For a company that’s gotten so much hate for sometimes caring a little too much about thinning their products. When it came to their keyboard, they tried to go big or go home. And this keyboard is the end-result. Let’s review a product that in my opinion is a few years late to the party after being discontinued in 2008. But let’s not judge it based on how late it is, but rather, is It a good product?
Apple have been using Bluetooth keyboards for a while in their IMac line, as well as selling them individually in stores. But this is actually the first Number pad wireless keyboard they released in a long time. Yes. It’s 2017 and just now they decided to. I guess you can say it’s similar to how they didn’t want to release a larger iphone until the iPhone 6 series.
Right out of the box you get the keyboard, a lightning cable and some user manuals. Do people still read these?
Out of the gate you can already tell this keyboard is on the slim side of things, comparing it to a Corsair Strafe keyboard, it looks tiny especially when next to the hulking monster that is the corsair strafe. It’s not mechanical like the strafe but in return gives a subjectively more pleasant, easy on the eyes design.
The keyboard has a nice solid aluminum build with a cutout for the Bluetooth receiver, lightning port for charging and a switch to turn the keyboard off and on. The back is a glossy white finish that’s similar to the magic mouse and the old white macbooks of the late 2000s which means lots and lots of smudges. Oh and it has rubber feet so it doesn’t slide around too much. Sorta.
Overall the keyboard is well, a keyboard. It feels nice to type on and doesn’t make much noise. It’s much quieter than both the keyboard on the 2016 Macbook pro as well as my corsair strafe with silent switches. It sounds pretty similar to the old apple wireless keyboards actually. Here’s a quick sound test. Unlike the regular Magic Keyboard, the number pad one also features full sized arrow keys for all you mac gamers out there. The FN key is stationed in a different location and the esc and Function keys aren’t mushed rectangles, they’re more squarish. Basically, imagine this keyboard as a wireless version of apple’s wired keyboard, except it doesn’t have usb ports and has redesigned scissor mechanism making this look like a good keyboard for people who are used to more traditional keyboard layouts. This thing has an estimated battery life of a month. The keyboard is satisfying to use and is really a good middle ground between a chiclet style, quiet keyboard and a loud mechanical one. It isn’t as clicky as a mechanical keyboard and I don’t think it’s trying to be.
So after using it for around two weeks here’s my thoughts on it. I enjoyed using it over my mechanical keyboard sometimes. The fact that I can use it without a cable playing tug of war with me every time I wanted to move it was nice. It was great to use in most situations until It got dark. Then it becomes apparent this thing lacks backlighting. I understand that backlighting may use more battery. The Logitech K811 and the Logitech K800 are both backlit and wireless. But they are, in my opinion, uglier. Especially the K800. Looks like a keyboard from a decade ago. Also the price… Seems really steep. $130 dollars for this? I understand there’s an apple tax on some items. That’s true, but this keyboard is expensive. You’re paying for the form factor for sure. Because it’s one of the smallest, if not smallest full sized keyboard I’ve ever used. And even though it’s pricey, I didn’t hate it, and actually really enjoyed my time using it.
I say this a lot in my videos but try it out before you buy it. Because the “best” keyboard is based on if you like how it feels to type on it. Each keyboard feels different and a particular model may not be what you enjoy. If you can’t find a magic keyboard with number pad, try the regular magic keyboard because those are pretty similar.
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