A more MacBook-like keyboard for desktops – with an even lower profile
£79 Manufacturer Apple, apple.com/uk Dimensions 0.41-1.09x27.9x11.5cm Weight 231g Connectivity Bluetooth, Lightning to USB (cable included)
Apple’s update to its desktop Bluetooth keyboard is heavily inspired by the 12-inch MacBook’s, which may be divisive. It isn’t exactly the same as it though, as it uses scissor switches, more like Apple’s previous Bluetooth keyboard than the MacBook’s butterfly switches – but the result is really very similar.
One small omission of note, however, is that there’s no backlight for the keys, unlike a MacBook. While this didn’t bother us, there are other wireless keyboards with this feature should you be looking for it.
The keys are more stable and have noticeably less travel than on Apple’s older keyboards. They give a sharper click when pressed, meaning that they still provide easily enough feedback for us to touch-type, just in a different way. The keys do feel a tiny bit dead compared to the previous model, but not enough to spoil the experience. We were able to type accurately from the get-go.
The keyboard is comfortable to type on – the angle of its keys being shallower than its predecessor, which is ergonomically desirable as it enables your wrists stay in a more neutral position. Its rubber feet grip your desk firmly, too.
It’s easy to set up the keyboard just by plugging it in using the bundled cable (you’ll need to be running El Capitan), after which you can switch to wireless operation. The cable is used to charge the keyboard’s built-in battery, and it’s convenient thanks to quick charging. Matt Bolton It’s a shame it costs more, but we really like this keyboard. Some won’t like its action though, so try it in-store.
Responsive, clicky keys
Easy to set up
Better typing angle
Keys feel a little dead
The shift to an integrated battery rather than two AA cells means the Magic Keyboard sits flatter on a desk.