Magic Key­board

A more MacBook-like key­board for desk­tops – with an even lower pro­file

Mac Format - - RATED -

£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.

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