• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overall Good Keyboard

    • Written by Judy M from Spanaway

    I've had this keyboard for a year now. I'm a freelance copyeditor and graphic designer, so I use my keyboard heavily almost every single day.

    I personally love having the 10-key on the keyboard. I use it often enough that I miss it when I'm working on a laptop, so I was really excited when I saw that Apple had a keyboard with a numeric keypad. I love the way the keyboard feels, I like the click of the keys, and despite what everyone thinks about this being worse for carpal tunnel, that's not what the stand on the back of keyboards is used for, and my wrists are straighter when using this keyboard.

    For the cons, a few of the letters are rubbing off, and they started rubbing off pretty significantly within 6 months of buying this keyboard. There is also a slight warp to the keyboard. There is a definite bend in the middle, and the left and right sides are slightly higher. It hasn't gotten bad enough that my keyboard is rocking or anything like that, but I expected sturdier construction from Apple. I feel like this would be a really easy thing to fix with slightly stronger materials.

    That being said, the advantage of having that numeric keypad outweighs everything else. It would be cool if the keys were backlit, but it's not a priority for me. Overall, good job, please never get rid of the numeric keypad, but the keyboard should not be warping.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great but...

    • Written by Doug G from Escondido

    No USB ports. If I need to plug in a device for charging or whatever I now have to go to the back of my screen. Not so convenient.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost perfect, but no backlight.

    • Written by Bruce L from Yardville

    The one drawback of this keyboard is the lack of a backlight (that, and it took Apple far too long to offer a wireless keyboard with numeric keypad). Otherwise it's great. Solid construction and the keys have good tactile feedback and sound good (not too noisy). Response is fast, with no noticeable lag between pressing a key and the response on screen. The rubber pads on the bottom keep it in place, but it's easy to move around on my desk when I change sitting position. It lays almost flat (matching the angle of the Magic Trackpad 2). Some people complain that it's too flat. Flat is a good thing (not unlike any laptop keyboard). This is more ergonomic than a tilted keyboard that arches your wrists backward unnaturally. The one glitch I've encountered was when modifier keys didn't work (e.g., shift click to select multiple attachments in a Mail message). Turning the keyboard off and on again cleared that up. I'm very pleased with this keyboard, despite the lack of a backlight.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it not backlit why!!!!

    • Written by Tim H from Scranton

    i love this keyboard but why in gods name wouldn't apple make it backlit ? i don't understand

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard

    • Written by Lawrence N from University City

    This is the first bluetooth keyboard I've used with an iMac but it is first rate. I bought it with my 2017 iMac 21.5" and it's been completely reliable and I love the action of the keys. Recharging is an infrequent event and since I keep a lighting cable on my desk all the time, when the keyboard does need a charge it's easy to plug the cable into the back charging port and keep working.

    It's the best Mac keyboard I've had.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Key Travel, Bendgate is a non issue.

    • Written by Brian B from East Aurora

    First, the price is rather silly. For $129 it should have should include a touch bar. **digression - If Apple's serious about promoting the Touch Bar it should be available for pros using external keyboards on Touch Bar equipped Mac's - end digression**

    Okay so the keyboard is actually slightly bent, however it doesn't rock or move at all while in use. The battery life is great, appears to be about 30 days and it quickly recharges in a couple of hours and it can still be used while charging.

    As far as the key travel, I know it's a personal taste, but I think the key travel of the new Magic Keyboard is superior to the wired extended keyboard I used previously and far superior to the keyboard of the 2017 MacBook Pro.

    It's not as great as the old 2003 Apple Wireless Keyboard, it's still a pleasure to use.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    If you like 2016/17 MBP keys you'll likely enjoy this keyboard

    • Written by Lenny B from Seattle

    For those wanting a a shallower button push with a more click feel this keyboard is for you. Key presses are noticeably shallower than the previous USB keyboard with numberpad. Charges quickly over USB / lightning cable but disappointingly didn't come with a USB-C cable , so those with new MBP (2016/2017) you'll need a USBA->C adapter. Lastly the angle the keyboard rests is a little lower than that of the previous model which had a steeper wedge shape.

    Overall love the keyboard though, enough to make me replace all the hard wired keyboards in my various work areas.

    Four stars because of the lack of usb-c consistency.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Underrated

    • Written by Jack K from Georgetown

    I don't typically write online reviews, but with the negativity of the reviews for this product, I felt my positive experience should be discussed. I am a senior college student in the process of applying to graduate school programs, so I have used this product extensively since I first purchased it about a month ago. While it does take a little time to get used to (hence four stars instead of five), it feels very smooth when I use it. I am able to type out essays and research papers without much issue or hinderance to typing speed. While it is definitely set at a bit of an awkward angle when compared to traditional keyboards, Apple has never hid the fact that it is a company about product differentiation and innovation. I also feel I should acknowledge the impressive battery life on this keyboard; I began using it straight out of the box roughly four weeks ago and have yet to receive even some indication of a deteriorating battery. This keyboard is also handy if you have a smaller desk and may need to shift things around when tasks do not involve the computer. I have found this incredibly convenient for studying out of my textbooks on my desk; the wireless keyboard allows greater versatility to your desk compared to a wired version. If you are considering this keyboard and are willing to take a day or two to get used to the unique feel, do it. If not, there are plenty of other (cheaper) options, but I have yet to regret this purchase.

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great keyboard from Apple

    • Written by Sonny S from Buckeye

    I love this keyboard! I needed a new keyboard to replace my aging 8 year-old one that came with my 2009 Mac Pro. I am running MacOS Sierra. Just turn this baby on and everything is configured and works perfectly out of the box! All function keys worked as expected, including Dashboard and Spaces shortcuts. Adjust volume, screen brightness, even a key to eject my old DVD drive! Couldn't be happier.

    Some have criticized the keyboard for not being steeply angled or adjustable. To them I say this - ask your doctor which angle is better. You will find out that a keyboard sitting flat, or angled AWAY from you, is actually the proper ergonomic position for typing. This puts less stress on your wrists. Angling the keyboard towards you, raising it in the back, is the worst ergonomic position for a keyboard as it puts incredible stress on your wrists as you bend them upwards.

    Buy this keyboard if you want a solid, quality product that will no doubt serve you for years to come.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Keyboard...

    • Written by GEORG S from Cincinnati

    I struggle with some of the negative comments regarding function keys not working. The tech specs for the keyboard are pretty clear:

    Bluetooth-enabled Mac computer with macOS 10.12.4 or later
    iOS devices with iOS 10.3 or later

    If you are not operating your iMac/Macbook with 10.12.4 or later (OS Sierra) then it will not work as designed. To my knowledge the function key issues are only happening when running the keyboard with an older OS version.

    Besides the above: key travel is great and a good companion to the 16/17 MacBook Pro keyboards.

    Aesthetics: great fit with silver MacBooks or MBPs.

    Battery life: spectacular with one charge (about a month for me with daily usage of several hours).

    Comfortable to use (I have no issue with is being almost flat to the surface coming from the original battery model).

    Only negative for me is the sheer size/width of the keyboard coming from the previous version. It is significantly wider and when using a mouse as well that mouse get pushed quite far out to the side.

    Overall, great job Apple! Of course, $99 would have been sufficient as a price!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Waaaaay better

    • Written by Kendall V from Mukilteo

    I upgraded to this from the old style wireless keyboard and like this one much more. Not only does it have the number pad but also lots of F keys for use with keyboard shortcuts. This is absolutely essential to me. The large arrow keys are much better. The charging via Lightning is much better then having to rely on double A batteries. Providing this option allowed them to do away with the old wired option that should have long since died.

    But no touch ID or touch bar options? That lowers the rating by about a star or two. This is still much better then the options provided by third party manufacturers who often had poor build quality. With the third party I had a button that would break off from even the slightest drop. Solar powered would often be a problem if I forgot to turn the keyboard off at night and the power ran down. This keyboard doesn't have that problem.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How are you at playing the piano?

    • Written by Jayne J from Scottsdale

    I love Apple products. First Apple computer I had was 1986. I have iPhone, watch, iPad, you name it. Big fan. This new Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad is no exception BUT it does present one challenge I haven't overcome, as yet. With Apple's new design, there are now TWO keys instead of one key to span in order to REACH the Return key with your pinkie finger. We've all seen examples of ridiculous complaining that makes you roll your eyes. Not my intention here. Merely saying if you don't have super-long fingers and/or big hands, or if you've had YEARS & YEARS of typing on a regular keyboard as I have, this change in design might present a challenge. Just sayin'

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy --- Almost perfect

    • Written by Colin B from San Francisco

    This keyboard works great; having numeric keypad, full-size arrow keys and full set of function keys is AMAZING! I came from the Apple full size wired keyboard and much prefer the feel of this keyboard, mainly as its closer to the "feel" of my 2017 13inch MacBook Pro. This makes switching back and fourth a lot easier.

    I am disappointed Apple did not:
    - include USB-C cable for charging (this is expensive and all your new MacBooks are USB-C only, this meant I needed to buy another dongle putting the price even higher)
    - did not include key "back-lighting," there are 3rd party options that include both space gray and back-lighting
    - does not sell a space gray version to match my brand new 2017 MacBook Pro
    - has not found a way to "un-map" the F14 and F15 keys from screen brightness (this was available within accessibility prior to Sierra OS X). To me, this is simply unacceptable.
    - finger print sensor (I can live without this as its easy enough to just use the MacBook Pro touch bar but slightly frustrating as the Microsoft equivalent of this keyboard includes this feature for the same price as the Apple keyboard)

    Some people complain this keyboard is not ergonomic as it doesn't tilt up (towards you). This is ABSOLUTELY ridiculous!!! If you understand ergonomics you would know that the keyboard should allow your wrists to remain as flat as possible. An "up tilt" only makes ergonomics worse, not better. This keyboard is fantastic for ergonomics as it lays flat, this also more closely mirrors your hand position on a laptop. This obviously is not a full fledged ergonomic keyboard as it does not split/separate in the middle, but that is more than clear in the picture.

    Overall, I'm very happy with the keyboard. In my opinion there isn't a better keyboard if you use Apple iMac or MacBook. With that said, Apple has the tech to make this keyboard much better and I'm disappointed they wouldn't. The changes I suggested would be very easy and relatively inexpensive with the exception of the finger print sensor.

    9 of 12 people found this useful