APPLE MAGIC KEYBOARD
You might be asking, ‘Why is an Apple keyboard in a multi-device shootout?’ While Apple doesn’t publicize it, it’s actually really easy to pair the Magic Keyboard with any iOS, Android or Windows device. Just turn it off and on again with the power switch in the top-right corner and it will be discoverable in your device’s Bluetooth menu! Select Magic Keyboard and pair. Unfortunately, unlike the other keyboards in this shootout, you can’t easily switch between devices – every time you want to connect to a new device you’ll have to re-pair it again.
It weighs 231g and measures 279 x 115 x 10 mm with a tapering wedge shape, making it fairly portable. Like all Apple products, it’s beautifully designed with a frame made from silver aluminum with white keys. The back doesn’t look as good though, with its glossy white plastic rear. The keyboard has a rechargeable battery that Apple says will last about one month between charges, after which you’ll have to use the provided Lightning cable.
Apple has designed a new low profile scissor switch mechanism for the Magic Keyboard that offers increased stability, while still allowing for a generous amount of key travel. The keyboard is essentially the same one found on Apple’s MacBook, and the typing experience on the Magic Keyboard was the best out of all four of our keyboards. The keys feel firm with absolutely no wobble, and the wedge shape of the keyboard provides a comfortable typing angle. The only downside to the keys is that they’re a little noisy.
As an Apple keyboard, the Magic Keyboard is designed for iOS and OS X devices, so some of the extra functionality buttons may not work with all devices. While the media keys (F7 to F12) seemed to work fine, screen brightness (F1 and F2) didn’t work when paired with my Android phone. The Command and Option buttons do actually work with Windows and Android, but you won’t find any extra functionality there like with the Logitech K380.
The Magic Keyboard has a sleek aluminum frame.