• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No backlit keys is a huge disappointment

    • Written by Janae P from Las Vegas

    I love the design and feel of the keyboard, however, I am seriously disappointed the keyboard is not backlit.

    I got the gray keyboard that came with my new iMac Pro. As a MacBook Pro for the last 6 years, (it does have backlit keys), this keyboard does feel different so I keep looking down at the keys. Since it's hard to see the keys at night on a black desk even with the lights on, I seem to be hitting the backspace key quite a bit.

    I understand lighted keys can be an energy drain but still hope Apple reconsiders and gives the user the choice regarding turning backlit keys 'off and on' ourselves.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good until it wasn't

    • Written by Christopher S from Tallahassee

    This keyboard was great while it lasted, which---for me---was just long enough for the 1yr warranty to expire. Now, randomly, it won't pair with my MBP (even thought he identically-aged trackpad will) and there are no return options. I'm really unhappy the idea of paying $129/yr just to have external accessories for a computer that's already objectively overpriced. Hmph.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not that great

    • Written by Daniel H from Tyler

    While it's nice to type on, the keyboard feels woefully cheap. Nothing like the old wired keyboard. The aluminum bents like cheese, and it my particular keyboard doesn't seem to lay flat on any surface. Haven't decided on whether to keep or return. Works wired without blueooth.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the Idea, but Cannot Recommend

    • Written by Seth R from North Liberty

    I bought this strictly for the 10 key functionality. I've been using the original Bluetooth magic keyboard for years and like the chiclet style keys.

    Here are the reasons I can't recommend

    1) There's no way to adjust the height on this keyboard without a stand or rigging something up.
    a) The keyboard is very low profile so it looks nice, but I like a bit more of an angle when programming

    2) No backlight?! I knew this before purchasing so I can't hold it against it, but how can you sell a keyboard for $130 without a backlight

    3) If you switch from machine to machine throughout the day or even the week this keyboard is so much different than what you're going to see on stock PCs from major manufacturers that it always take me a bit of time to get reacquainted.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Bent Keyboard

    • Written by Guy P from PENZANCE

    Brand new just opened box - keyboard is bent! seems to work OK though . . .

    8 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too thin for the materials used

    • Written by Robert L from North Granby

    Yes, the key travel is short, but it's better than the standard Magic Keyboard—or at least I feel like it's easier to type on the extended version. It's closer to the feel of my mid-2015 MacBook Pro. And the key layout is mostly unchanged, except for the ESC key, which is a little bigger. And it's nice that this can be used wired or wirelessly.

    But the big problem is that Apple made it too thin to support its own weight.

    Mine arrived warped out of the box. The keyboard isn't rigid enough to support itself in the middle, and Apple didn't put a set of feet in the middle. So, it sags in the middle between the two feet. Over time, this is going to mar my desktop. I appear to be lucky that mine doesn't rock, and it's not sagging enough to be really noticeable when you type. But it's quite visible—especially when placed next to a Magic Trackpad 2, where the warping means edges don't quite line up.

    It's shocking that Apple would release something so visually sloppy. Jobs would've had a conniption fit over the fit-and-finish issue here. Either it needs to be stiffer, or it needs more feet.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but...

    • Written by Gus D

    The keyboard feels great at first use. It took some time getting used to typing with a short "pressing distance" (I don't know what it's called). It felt natural. The size of the keys and the layout of the keys is far better than other apple wireless keyboards. Actually I was preferring this to my Macbook pro keyboard. Then, a couple weeks into using it, I realized the lack of "rebound/cushion" when you press the keys was hurting my fingers especially when I typed fast. Today, every time I type, I'm reminded it is not better than my Logitech wireless. I might stop using it. I really wanted to like it, but it does hurt my fingers when I type long term.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Backlight Keyboard

    • Written by JOHN M. M from ROCKAWAY PARK

    I wish or maybe in the future. Apple would install a backlight on the keyboard. Although this would probably run down the battery, I think it would be beneficial. After all the charging port is easy to use for keyboard. Just a suggestion. Thank you.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Close but...

    • Written by Gary P from San Jose

    Like many others I have been waiting for Apple to release a wireless keyboard with a numerical pad. I was excited when it finally happened. I have been using a Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard. I tried the new Apple keyboard and like others found the angle problem problematic. I attempted to use an external support to achieve the proper angle but that didn't work well. I do like the feel of the keys, but the angle thing is a killer.

    I will continue using the Logitech until the problems are resolved with the Apple product. Besides, I can replace the Logitech for half the cost of the Magic Keypad!

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Ergonomic problem, but not sure what's wrong

    • Written by Herman G from Tucson

    I really like that the new keyboard with num keys is wireless and rechargeable. However, there's something wrong with the ergonomics because my hands get sore, and I make more mistakes with this keyboard. Others have complained about spacing to the return key and the limited elevation of the back of the keyboard, but I'm not convinced.

    My previous keyboard was the Apple aluminum with num keys (A1243). It's wired USB and has ¼" more lift at the back. I measured the spacing between the middle of the dot on J key (where your right index finger rests) and the return key on both keyboards, and it's the same. I used a digital caliper to be absolutely sure. As for the limited elevation of the keyboard, I use the keyboard on my MBP without hand pain, and it's flat just like the new Magic Keyboard.

    The only other difference is that the responsiveness of the keys is very different on the two keyboards. On the old keyboard, the engagement of a keystroke was more spread out and somehow softer while the new keyboard has more of a click that seems to need more pressure to overcome. I suspect that this is the problem, and I may learn to work with it. However, I'm keeping the old keyboard and going back to it if my hand pain continues.

    The problem is subtle but profound.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Hard to adjust to after using the old Magic keyboard for years

    • Written by Geordie K from Fairfax Station

    I go back and forth between many keyboards and I find that my error rate on this is way higher than on any other keyboard I have ever used. I was really looking forward to finally having a numeric keypad back but after years of using MacBook keyboards and the standard Magic keyboard, I am just not able to adjust to the key placement on this. I am probably going to return it.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Waited forever for this....

    • Written by Adam S from Moncton

    I couldn't wait to get rid of my wired keyboard but couldn't leave the num pad behind. When I saw this I immediately purchased. Although it was a bit overpriced I do like the keyboard. Only thing I wish... They should have replaced the eject key with an ID Touch key. Also would have been more "Magic" if they could have added the Touch Bar (understand that probably would have been rough on battery life).

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    No Backlight!

    • Written by Jayson T from Honolulu

    The feel of the keyboard is good. But there is no backlight on the keys. They could have made it more magic if they had backlight keys.
    I hope the pro version that comes out in December has to backlighting .....Please.

    28 of 43 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Meh, could be better, but still usable.

    • Written by Kenneth N from Eden Prairie

    I was pretty excited to order this. I do a lot of CAD work, and a numeric keyboard is a must for entering dimensions etc. So, the original wireless keyboard was pretty much worthless. The original USB corded keyboard with a numeric keypad was decent. Overall I have mostly liked Apple keyboards, going back to what was probably the typist's best keyboard ever, the Enterprise. (It was called that because it was the size of an aircraft carrier.)

    This new one is mostly pretty nice. I wanted one less wire on my desk, and one fewer of my 2 USB3 ports on my MacBook Pro used up, so this seemed like a decent (albeit expensive) answer.

    PROS
    Nice to type on. Really nice.Key feel is good, travel is nice, action is positive. Good for touch typing. Overall very solid feel.
    Key spacing is good.
    Pairing is no brainer easy.
    Battery life appears to be good.
    Charging / lightning port is on the back of the keyboard, where it should be.

    CONS
    I had to get out the tiny booklet to find out there is an on/off switch which is not real obvious on the back. I guess its OK, but it could be a bit more obvious. Also, does this mean I have to shut it off every time I am not using the keyboard to achieve good charge life?

    As others have mentioned, the keyboard is pretty flat. It IS nice and thin, so there's that, but it would be nice if there were some way to have a bit of adjustment in the angle. I guess we're all getting used to typing of flat keyboards what with thin laptops, tablet keyboards, etc, but that doesn't mean it is a good thing. A little angle is nice, and ability to adjust it is helpful in avoiding wrist strain.

    As somebody else mentioned, backlit keys would be a nice touch, but not a huge deal.

    If it sounds like I'm being overly picky, I guess I am BUT for $130, this thing OUGHT to be darn near perfect. So, although a very nice keyboard, I can't say it is a real great value.

    OVERALL, I'm glad I bought it.

    23 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Another beautiful and somewhat impractical Apple product

    • Written by Matthew M from Centerville

    The design is contemporary, the materials are high quality... it's everything the USB full-size keyboard is, in a slightly updated design. But, once again, Apple trades usability for "slimness." The keyboard is too thin and doesn't have any pop-out feet, so it's pretty terrible ergonomically. I really wanted to love it as much as I do my Magic Trackpad, but I might be switching back to the wired one so as to not hurt my wrists.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Half way there

    • Written by Mike M from MOKENA

    Finally we have a numeric keypad on a Apple Bluetooth keyboard. Set up is a breeze, it's very responsive, no lag time with keystrokes.

    Improvements - where in the heck is the backlit feature? It's an across the board feature of your laptops - why not this too? Will we wait another 7 years waiting for that too?

    Tactile feel of the keys is lighter and less "feel" compared to the numeric keyboard that's wired. Feels cheaper, but works fine. The keyboard itself is very light, and has no incline capability. Still, it's worth having if you must have a numeric keyboard - like many of us do.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Better Than Nothing

    • Written by Thomas S from Port Orchard

    I always felt the tiny keyboard that came with the iMac was next to useless and would have replaced it with a Surface Keyboard, but it didn't play well with the iMac. I also was not about to purchase a USB full sized keyboard from Apple when Bluetooth was available from every other manufacturer. So when Apple FINALLY came out with a full sized BT keyboard, albeit about 7 years late, I thought I would take the plunge. The overall character of the keyboard is excellent and quite superior to the original toy keyboard. The keys have enhanced soft 'click' to them that the original did not. I would describe it as more crisp than the original. I am finding I am already typing faster and with more accuracy. Now for the bad. Apple, in their continued obsolescence strategy has made the keyboard smaller than the original trackpad and mouse. So you have the option of buying new peripherals or living with it. I have no intention on using a mouse that: 1-has no right click key and 2-has the charging port on the bottom. I already replaced that with a white MX Master. The new trackpad may be worth getting when I have some money to waste. The biggest con for this keyboard is that there is no way to angle it up, so you are typing on essentially a flat surface. Thanks a lot, Tim! Ever hear of ergonomics? In summary, it is better than the original by quite a bit, but falls short on knocking it out of the park.

    350 of 481 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed

    • Written by David H from Athens

    I've wanted a bluetooth Mac keyboard for years, but couldn't let go of the numeric keypad on my standard USB keyboard, so I was thrilled when this was released. Just one day in and a few thoughts. The keys function well, but there are issues. The first is that the angle at which it sits on a desk is not ergonomically appropriate. The standard keyboard has a separate "bar" at the back that raises it up and allows it to sit on the desk at an angle; the Magic Keyboard sits almost flat, and I can almost feel the carpal tunnel forming in my wrists as I type this review. The second issue is minor, but significant. If you're like me, you slide the keyboard around to slightly different positions during the day — to take a call, swivel in your seat, etc. The base of this keyboard is very "sticky", and really doesn't slide. Obviously making it not sticky enough would be a problem while typing, but the old keyboard struck a good balance that this one lacks. Will I keep my new Magic Keyboard? Not sure yet.

    557 of 689 people found this useful