• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    1 year reliability - 1/8th of my last Apple Keyboard

    • Written by Mark B from Conowingo

    Pros:
    Small
    Lighweight
    USB/Lightning Rechargable

    Cons:
    Small
    Reliability

    I owned my first iMac from 2008 and a year or so after buying it bought the battery-powered keyboard. The iMac and keyboard were in great (though I did have to replace the hard drive and not-so-SuperDrive) shape when I sold them last year on Craigslist. Upon selling, I bought a new iMac in Aug 2017 and already - just 1 year later - the keyboard is acting up. The letter r would arbitrarily work/not work and then when depressing the shift, return, or some other keys, a series of letter r would begin streaming out. I made sure I fully charged the keyboard, enabled and disabled it from menu bar, ran through the recommendation for "keyboard isn't working as expected" and still had the same problem. In disgust and anger (was trying to complete a job application) I picked up the keyboard and gave it a good whack and...voila...it starting working. But it worked for only a bit. Another whack got it working again but I've made an appointment at the genius bar to get it looked at. I'm not happy that a keyboard this expensive does not have the reliability I came to expect from Apple products in the past and not having backlit keys really limits it's use in low-light conditions - I use my keyboard on pullout keyboard tray in my desk and the desktop block light from the monitor and desk lamp so backlighting would be nice...and expected at $100.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't be Put Off by the Three SDtar Rating

    • Written by Arthur S from Haddonfield

    I use Bluetooth mice and keyboards a lot. But I always keep wired counter parts around just in case the blue tooth devices can't be detected. And the batteries are forever running low. I have this mouse and the Apple Bluetooth keyboard (without the numeric keypad and rechargeable batteries) for an iMac. At first the mouse felt a little strange. and somewhat uncontrollable I didn't like the placement of the charging port. The keyboard felt a little small. And for a couple of years I didn't use them. Finally I charged them up and I am pleasantly surprised. Once you charge them they hold the charge a long time. I have my machines automatically shut down every night and startup in the morning. I actually remember to turn off both Bluetooth devices. There is never a problem at startup detecting devices. They are pricey and they are not the MOST ergonomic of devices but they do work well. Well enough that I have just purchased a second set. In both cases they replace an Apple replaceable battery wireless keyboard and a Logitech mouse. The second set is for a Mac-mini connected to the TV.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Arrow keys placement - Unfit for developers / Excel users

    • Written by Pothi K from Srivilliputhur

    Pros: Looks nice. Less key travel. Works flawless in general.

    Cons: The placement of arrow keys make the developers and Excel users less-productive. Left and right arrow keys are fit to fill the space found just about them. And then, the up and down arrow keys are smaller for most grown-ups.

    Please do not waste your money if you are a developer or an Excel user.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The F key

    • Written by Cory E from Imperial

    For some reason, the F key stopped working reliably. The key is more finicky than it used to be. Of course it is just out of the one-year mark and not covered by warranty.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mushy Keyboard

    • Written by Nick B from Shorewood

    While the keyboard is small, light, and pretty, the keys are mushy, and the overall speed and typing experience is slow. I currently have the new Butterfly Keyboard 2 on my Laptop and I can generally get about 75 WPM with that compared to the 70 with this Magic Keyboard. If you type a lot, it is in your best interest to stay away from this keyboard and go for something nicer.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Get a basic wired keyboard instead

    • Written by Marc P from Chicago

    Pros: cute, rechargeable, and converts into a wired keyboard, which is what you should have got in the first place.

    Cons: missing useful keys, has to be recharged, useless for holding down Option key in order to use Boot Camp, and generally subject to all the downsides of a Bluetooth device.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Keys feel good, terrible pairing

    • Written by Joel W from Grapevine

    I like the action on the keys better than the last gen keyboard though I miss the full numpad and the full size up/down arrow keys. The biggest problem with it is it continually disconnects from my computer, at least twice a day.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly good, definitely some opportunity to improve

    • Written by Collin M from Saratoga

    This is the nearly the same layout and size as my MBP's keyboard (aside from the square left & right arrow keys and slightly larger keys with slightly less space between) so it is easy for me to get used to for that reason. Of course, I purchased this keyboard for the desktop experience and not as an additional portable device. While I did have all the facts about what the likely keyboard experience would be (small and without a numerical keypad) I did still shallowly purchase it to match my other apple products it would be paired with. For now I am content with my purchase and what I do like about the keyboard is the slim design, low profile keys and "feel" of typing. What I hope apple changes in the future would be to include a numeric keypad, get a bit more space between the keys and add back lighting. Another reviewer pointed out that if this keyboard had the numeric keypad, it would force a separate trackpad to be pushed further to the side which may negatively affect the economics of using that device. That's sound logic, but as I stated before, I bought this for the desktop experience and that requires a full sized keyboard with a numeric keypad. Seems weird that I cannot buy a proper full-sized wireless keyboard or Apple branded monitor for that matter from the most well regarded computer manufacturer on the planet. Maybe it's because Apple is distracted making watches few people want or need, wireless EarPods and rumors of developing a "smart" car, yikes!

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Way too Small

    • Written by Jason S from Doylestown

    I got this keyboard with my new iMac and immediately swapped it out for my old Logitec wireless keyboard with the numeric keypad built in. This keyboard is way, way too small. My 12 year old daughter is using it with my old iMac and it suits her fine - for now. Even she says it'll be too small pretty soon. I understand saving materials, but there is such a thing as being too frugal. This keyboard is pretty unusable by most adults, or anyone with hands that aren't rather small. This design is a step backwards.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great if you don't use arrow keys

    • Written by Scott M from Mound City

    This would be a 5-star product; however, the arrow keys are not up to par now that the left and right arrows are taller than they used to be. They need to be redesigned to be the old inverted "T" shape.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad, really bad arrows

    • Written by Randolf R from Bucaramanga

    Keyboard is great for extended typing, but it has one big fault: the left and right arrows. Being the same size as the option key, it's very hard to proper positioning the hands without looking it, and you end up touching the left arrow instead of the option key and viceversa. How important/problematic this is? Well, It's very hard to use Xcode with such a problem.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Its Good - but with a disappointing retrograde feature

    • Written by Karen B from Salisbury

    I really like the new slimline Magic Keyboard. It is more ergonomic is design - better for the wrists.
    I also like it that its wireless AND I can charge it - no more batteries.
    However, the BIG disappointment is that its noisy. I loved my previous battery operated wireless apple keyboard particularly because it was so quiet. I am in a shared office and the sound of my typing disturbs my colleagues and especially me.
    Hey Apple - please resolve this problem on your next model.
    Thanks.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Silly arrow key sizing

    • Written by Joshua M from Loveland

    The keyboard itself seems fine, but as a developer I'm having troubles getting used to the enlarged left/right arrow keys.

    The reason I like having them equally sized with the empty space above the left/right arrow keys is because without looking at the keyboard it provides me with a better sense of relative position for the up/down arrow keys. It really feels like a designer decided they didn't like how the empty space looked so filled it in with larger keys.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mmmh good but no cigar

    • Written by Rohan D from Haarlem

    Been using the keyboard for a few months now and I have to see it toke a little getting used to. However it is far from perfect and I do have some gripes with the thing. So here goes:

    1. Why is there still a eject button on the thing? I do still have a DVD player attached but I never use the eject button anymore. Right now it is just wasted space and should have been used for something useful.

    2. Why are the keys still white. White keys used to be the thing that set Apple apart from the rest. However since every single Apple laptop now has black keys I think it is time for the Apple Mac peripherals to follow suit, or at least give customers the choice. I know what I would choose.

    3. The keyboard on my retina MBP is perfect love the stroke, don't hate the new feeling though, but what makes the keys on my Retina so much better is the fact that at low light they are backlit. Never have I loved any feature on a keyboard so much as the backlit keys on most of my Apple laptops. It really makes a difference to me.

    4. What would make it the ultimate keyboard, if it had come with a key that could make it switch between multiple device.

    4 of 6 people found this useful