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The Best Mac Keyboards for 2023

Apple’s Magic Keyboard is compact and elegant, but it’s far from the only worthy keyboard option for Mac users. Whether you write all day, play fast-paced games, need superior ergonomics, or prefer the cacophonous comfort of mechanical keys, you can find lots of great Mac keyboards out there.

That said, not every keyboard works perfectly with Macs, so you’ll need to be aware of what works—and what works well. To help you find what works best for you, we’ve crafted a list of our favorite Mac-compatible keyboards across a wide range of categories, including gaming, ergonomics, and value. Read on to learn more about what it takes to buy a keyboard for a Mac.

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Deeper Dive: Our Top Tested Picks

Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard

Best Mac Keyboard Overall

4. 0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

Logitech finally serves up office workers a mechanical keyboard from its own stable. The wireless, low-profile MX Mechanical is a winner, offered in two sizes with three switch types.

PROS

  • Full-size and tenkeyless models available
  • Excellent, not-too-noisy typing feel
  • Attractive backlighting
  • Choice of three switch types
  • Handy setup software

CONS

  • Dull, dark appearance
  • Impractical emoji key
  • No wrist rest
  • No macro programming

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Das Keyboard MacTigr

Best Alternative to the Logitech MX Mechanical Keyboard

3.5 Good

Bottom Line:

Das Keyboard’s MacTigr would be the aftermarket Mac mechanical keyboard to beat—if it didn’t cost so much.

PROS

  • Extremely comfortable typing feel
  • Cherry MX switches deliver field-leading feedback
  • Soft-touch volume roller
  • USB-C hub

CONS

  • So, so expensive
  • No wireless options
  • No customization software
  • Lacks height adjustments or feet

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Logitech MX Keys S

Best Value Alternative to the Apple Magic Keyboard

3. 5 Good

Bottom Line:

The MX Keys S isn’t new enough to justify an upgrade if you own any of Logitech’s recent productivity keyboards, but it combines a fine wireless typing experience with truly helpful software.

PROS

  • Elegant design and form factor
  • Smart Actions are a useful addition to customization app
  • Responsive backlighting
  • Excellent battery life

CONS

  • Minimal improvement over previous MX Keys keyboard
  • Wrist rest is thin, uncomfortable, and sold separately

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Kinesis Freestyle Edge

Best Split Ergonomic Keyboard for Macs

4.0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

In the Freestyle Edge RGB, Kinesis brings best-in-class ergonomics to the gaming-keyboard scene for players serious about minding their wrists and hands in the course of their gaming endurathons.

PROS

  • True Cherry MX switches in a choice of three varieties.
  • Comfortable ergonomic design, once you’re accustomed to it.
  • Superb, plush wrist rest.
  • Per-key customizable RGB lighting.

CONS

  • Driverless SmartSet app is more work than we’d like.
  • Optional “lift kit” costs extra.
  • Steep learning curve.

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Kinesis TKO

Best Wired Compact Mechanical Keyboard for Macs

4.5 Outstanding

Bottom Line:

With bold and helpful features, the Kinesis TKO gaming keyboard carefully weaves competitive and ergonomic keyboard features into a single, awesome vision.

PROS

  • Four ergonomic feet enable reverse tilt and tenting
  • Three-button spacebar
  • Nine onboard profiles
  • RGB underglow bar
  • Bundled carrying case

CONS

  • Driverless software makes configuration and firmware updates more difficult than usual

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Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Keyboard

Best Full-Size Mechanical Keyboard for Mac Gamers

4. 0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

Swift and stylish, the Logitech G915 Lightspeed has it all—it sets a new benchmark in gaming keyboards. Only its super-steep price keeps it from snagging an Editors’ Choice.

PROS

  • Very comfortable low-profile key switches.
  • Wireless without lag.
  • Handy media, macro, and profile keys.
  • Handsome.
  • Good battery life.

CONS

  • Wildly expensive.
  • No built-in dongle storage.
  • Low-profile switches are an acquired taste.

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Corsair K70 RGB Pro Mini Wireless

Best Wireless Compact Mechanical Keyboard for Macs

4.5 Outstanding

Bottom Line:

The feature-rich Corsair K70 RGB Pro Mini Wireless is a stunner and one of the finest 60% keyboards we’ve seen.

PROS

  • Excellent RGB implementation
  • Hot-swappable key switches
  • Included key cap and key switch puller
  • Bluetooth and 2. 4GHz connection options
  • Compact and lightweight
  • Can create up to 50 user profiles via Corsair iCue app

CONS

  • Expensive
  • 8,000Hz polling maximum may be overkill

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Drop Shift Mechanical Keyboard

Most Stylish Mechanical Keyboard for Macs

4.0 Excellent

Bottom Line:

The Drop Shift mechanical keyboard is an inventive full-size keyboard that feels great to type on, but its price and configuration options make it a niche pick.

PROS

  • Unique design squeezes a full-size keyboard into a compact package
  • Incredible build quality
  • Halo True Switches
  • Magnetic feet that allow for standard and reverse tilt

CONS

  • Web-based configuration app is hard to use
  • Expensive

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Apple Magic Keyboard With Touch ID

Best Keyboard for the Classic Apple Experience

3. 0 Average

Bottom Line:

The latest Magic Keyboard is a stylish companion for your Apple Silicon-based Mac, but improvements amount to Touch ID and little else, making the $179-to-$199 asking price hard to swallow.

PROS

  • Thin and lightweight
  • Long-lasting battery
  • Touch ID is a nice inclusion
  • Easily connects to Apple products

CONS

  • Flat-out expensive
  • Touch ID can be used only with M1-based Macs
  • Uncomfortable to use for long periods of time
  • No significant changes from the previous Magic Keyboard

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Buying Guide: The Best Mac Keyboards for 2023

Technically, you can use any keyboard with your Mac. Plug it in (possibly with the aid of a USB-A-to-C adapter) or pair it over Bluetooth, and its basic typing functions will just work. That said, if you’re used to a Mac and especially if you’ve been using Apple’s Magic Keyboard, you’ve grown accustomed to certain keys and features that you’ll want in any new keyboard you buy.

The default Magic Keyboard has a compact, 78-key design that crunches all of its keys, including the arrows, into the smallest possible typing block. Very few other keyboards, even small ones, use this kind of layout. Apple also makes a full-size Magic Keyboard with a number pad, but Apple treats that more like an XL model, whereas most keyboard manufacturers see the full-size 104-key layout as the default.

If you like a smaller keyboard, a useful term to look for is tenkeyless or TKL, referring to a keyboard that lacks the 10-key number pad. You may also see keyboards referred to in percentage terms—that’s not a percentage of a full-size keyboard’s length and width, but a percentage of keys, based on the 104-key standard. Some omit arrow keys, function keys, and more to get as small as 60% or 65%, often with a very compact layout.

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The keys in the top row of an Apple keyboard are assigned to system-level tasks such as screen brightness and volume controls. They can be used as classic F1–F12 function keys, but you’ll need to press the Fn key for that. On any keyboard not specifically made for Mac, the roles are reversed: F1 to F12 are the primary uses for those top-row keys, and the system-level tasks require some sort of shortcut. 

A last consideration: Macs have a few unique keys. The one you probably know best is the Command key, which is used for many popular keyboard shortcuts. It’s used very differently from the Windows key. The Option key is a more direct parallel to the Alt key on Windows. And the newest Magic Keyboard, which comes with the M1 iMac (and is now sold separately as an accessory for Apple Silicon-based Macs only), has a TouchID button that has no equivalent on a Windows keyboard.

If you want a keyboard that ships with Mac key configurations, your options are very limited. Some companies, like Logitech, do make Mac-specific models of their keyboards with Command and Option keys; these models tend to be labeled “Mac Edition” or “Made for Mac. ” But that’s not the only way to get the keys and functions you need. Remappable keyboards are increasingly popular among Windows gamers, and Mac users can often benefit from them too.


Keyboard Software on Macs: Mapping and Customization

If you’ve only used standard productivity keyboards, you’ll be amazed by the wide world of mechanical, gaming-oriented, and ergonomic keyboards. Gaming keyboards bring the shiny with customizable multi-colored RGB lighting, an aesthetic that can be a refreshing break from Apple’s clean monochrome style, and many have programmable macro keys for commonly used functions. Mechanical keyboards have a satisfying typing sound and tactile feel, and most of them feature longer travel—the distance your keycap moves when you press it all the way down—to be more supportive and comfortable.

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If you’re starting to experience pain in your hands, wrists, or shoulders while you type, you may want to consider switching to an ergonomic keyboard that’s designed to mitigate the pain of repetitive stress injuries. A keyboard that’s easier and more comfortable to type on can be a life-changing upgrade.

Most premium productivity and gaming keyboards can be reconfigured with software provided by the manufacturer. Configuration apps allow you to change (remap) what each key does; alter other settings, such as how quickly a wireless keyboard falls asleep; and program RGB lighting. This is how you can turn a Windows key into a Command key, set your Caps Lock to activate Option, or otherwise create your ideal keyboard layout.

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Corsair’s iCUE software makes it easy to remap the K100 RGB Gaming Keyboard. (Credit: Corsair)

When you’re setting up a keyboard that isn’t explicitly designed for Macs, being able to use its configuration software is crucial. Unfortunately, many manufacturers’ configuration apps don’t run on macOS, so you need to make sure you find one that does. The biggest Mac-friendly names in productivity keyboards are Logitech and Kensington. For gaming, we’re talking about Corsair, Logitech, and SteelSeries.

Some smaller manufacturers, including Kinesis and Drop, don’t have traditional config apps. Instead, they provide customization support through a combination of onboard controls and either driverless apps that work through the keyboard or web apps. These processes can be a little less convenient than an app, but they’re broadly compatible.

The web-based configuration tool for the Drop Shift Mechanical Keyboard works on any computer. (Credit: Drop)

If you think it’ll confuse you to remap a key’s function without relabeling the key, don’t resort to masking tape. Instead, purchase a sheet of inexpensive key label stickers. They’re intended for keyboards where the legends have worn off, but they work just as well for relabeling a remapped key. Some mechanical keyboards come with replaceable keycaps for Command and Option, but if you want to set up Mac-style function keys, you’ll probably need labels.


Ready for Our Recommendations?

Armed with all the details, you’re ready to pick the best keyboard for your Mac. Our recommendations and reviews will help you figure out which of our favorites will be a good fit. If you’re looking for specific features, check out our lists of the best wireless keyboards and the best ergonomic keyboards. And if you need a mouse to match, consider the best mice for Macs as well as the best gaming mice for Macs, which are designed for gaming but work well for any purpose.

Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad Review

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Reviewed Oct 06, 2021 at 10:49 am

Latest change: Test bench update Jun 15, 2023 at 04:36 pm

By Samuel Breton, Nicholas Di Giovanni, and Yannick Khong

5.8

Gaming

7.5

Mobile/Tablet

7. 8

Office

6.8

Programming

4.0

Entertainment / HTPC

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Size

Full-size (100%)

Connectivity

Wireless

Switch Type

Scissor

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad is the second generation of the Apple Magic keyboards, replacing the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. There are only a few design differences compared to the older model, with rounded edges and new hotkey buttons, but the main feature is the new Touch ID. It works with any M1 Mac computer, so you can quickly unlock it, but it’s not compatible with the iPad or iPhone. It’s available in a compact and a full-size option with a numpad, but it still lacks backlighting, which is disappointing for those who work in a dark environment. It’s also only available in the silver color scheme if you buy it on its own, even though Apple sells other colors with the 24-inch iMac.

Our Verdict

5.8

Gaming

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is disappointing for gaming, but it isn’t designed for this use. The keys have a short pre-travel distance and are fairly light to press, but latency is too high for gaming. You also can’t reprogram or set macros to any key.

Cons

  • Can’t reprogram or set macros to any key.

  • No backlighting.

  • High latency for gaming.

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7.5

Mobile/Tablet

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is decent for mobile use. The variant we tested is full-size, which is too big to carry around, but there’s a compact version available. It connects with any device via Bluetooth, but there’s no multi-device pairing feature. While most keys work with iPadOS and iOS, the Touch ID isn’t compatible with either.

Pros

  • Connects to any device via Bluetooth.

  • Lightweight design and excellent build quality.

Cons

  • No multi-device pairing.

  • Touch ID feature isn’t compatible with iPad or iPhone.

7.8

Office

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is very good for office use. Typing feels great because the keys are light and offer good tactile feedback, and you shouldn’t feel fatigued during long typing sessions, thanks to the low profile. It connects to any device via Bluetooth, but only one device at a time. Its Touch ID feature only works with certain macOS computers, which isn’t convenient if you don’t have those.

Pros

  • Connects to any device via Bluetooth.

  • Great typing quality.

  • Quiet typing noise.

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6.8

Programming

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is unremarkable for programming. It lacks a multi-device pairing feature, doesn’t have backlighting, and you can’t reprogram any of the keys. On the plus side, it offers great typing quality, and you shouldn’t feel much fatigue during long programming sessions because it has a low profile.

Cons

  • Can’t reprogram or set macros to any key.

  • No backlighting.

  • No multi-device pairing.

See our Programming Recommendations

4.0

Entertainment / HTPC

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is poor for home theater PC use. It’s not designed for it, so it doesn’t have a trackpad, and it also lacks any sort of backlighting. Luckily, it connects to any device via Bluetooth.

Cons

  • No backlighting.

  • Lacks a trackpad.

  • 5. 8

    Gaming

  • 7.5

    Mobile/Tablet

  • 7.8

    Office

  • 6.8

    Programming

  • 4. 0

    Entertainment / HTPC

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  1. Updated Jun 15, 2023:
    We’ve converted this review to Test Bench 1.2. This update introduces new Backlight Features and Backlight Clarity test boxes. We’ve also added a new Switches test box, added additional test comparisons to our Hardware Customizability test box that we introduced with our last Test Bench. For an in-depth look at our changes, you can see our full changelog here.

  2. Updated Mar 22, 2023:
    We’ve converted this review to Test Bench 1.1. This update adds several new tests addressing Hardware Customization, Macro Keys And Programming, and Wireless Mobile Compatibility. We’ve also added new objective evaluations to the Typing Noise test, and we’ve simplified several tests and removed several others that were no longer relevant. For an in-depth look at all our changes, you can see our full changelog here.

  3. Updated Oct 06, 2021:
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  4. Updated Oct 04, 2021:
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Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We tested the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad, which is part of the second generation of Magic Keyboards from Apple, replacing the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. You can see the differences with the other second-gen keyboards below. When purchased separately, the keyboard is only available in one color, even though Apple offers it in different color schemes when bundled with the 24 inch iMac.

Name Size Touch ID
Apple Magic Keyboard Compact No
Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID Compact Yes
Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad Full Yes

If you have the keyboard and it’s different from ours, let us know and we’ll update the review. You can see the label for our unit here.

Compared To Other Keyboards

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is a good office keyboard, but it’s only really useful if you have a Mac with the M1 chip so that you can use the Touch ID feature. Otherwise, it’s an expensive keyboard and there are cheaper options available, like the Logitech MX Keys.

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The Logitech MX Keys is a more versatile keyboard than the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad. The Logitech has multi-device pairing with up to three devices at once, and it has white backlighting, both of which the Apple doesn’t have. The Logitech also has dedicated software to reprogram a few function keys, and it works fully on Windows and macOS. However, the Apple keyboard is meant for Mac computers and it has a Touch ID button, which the Logitech doesn’t have.

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The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad and the Logitech MX Keys Mini are wireless, low-profile boards. The Apple is a full-size model, though it also comes in the same compact size as the Logitech. The Apple has a Numpad, a Touch ID key in the top right corner, and full compatibility with macOS. Also, you can use its cable for changing and in wired mode, while the Logitech is a wireless-only board that only lets you use the cable to charge the battery. That said, the Logitech has a few more features, like white backlighting, multi-device pairing via Bluetooth, and customization software to remap some keys.

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The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad is a newer version of the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. As the name suggests, the newer model features Touch ID with compatible Mac computers. It also has a few aesthetic changes like rounded edges and new shortcut hotkeys. The model we tested is full-size, but it’s also available in a compact version like the 2017 model we tested. Typing also feels better on the newer keyboard because the keys are more tactile. That said, the newer model we tested flexes more than the 2017 version, but it’s also significantly wider, so this is to be expected.

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The Microsoft Surface Keyboard and the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad are both very good office keyboards with different purposes. The Microsoft is designed to work with Windows computers while the Apple is meant for Mac computers, specifically those with M1 chips. However, they both connect to any device via Bluetooth so you can use either with any operating system, but some keys don’t work. The Apple has a rechargeable battery and the Microsoft uses disposable batteries. Other than that, they’re very similar because they have great typing quality and decent ergonomics, but they each lack backlighting and customization features.

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The Keychron K6 and the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad are two different types of wireless keyboards. The Apple is a full-size keyboard with scissor switches, but it’s also available in a compact version. It connects to one device at a time via Bluetooth, and it works best with macOS PCs. On the other hand, the K6 is a compact mechanical keyboard available in different switch types, and it has multi-device pairing with up to three devices at once. It also has backlighting, which the Apple keyboard doesn’t have. Typing is great on both, but it all depends on whether you prefer mechanical or non-mechanical switches.

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Although both under the same Magic Keyboard name, the Apple Magic Keyboard for iPad 2021 and the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad are very different. The one for the iPad is a folio case designed to protect the iPad, it can only connect to it via the Smart Connector, and it has a trackpad so that it’s like a MacBook laptop. On the other hand, the keyboard is meant for Mac computers, and it has Touch ID for compatible devices. It’s also bigger, but there’s a more compact variant if you need to carry it around.

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Design

Size

Full-size (100%)

Height

0. 4″ (1.1 cm)

Width

16.5″ (41.8 cm)

Depth

4.5″ (11.5 cm)

Depth With Wrist Rest

N/A

Weight

0.80 lbs (0.364 kg)

Keycap Material

ABS

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID has excellent build quality. It has a solid plastic base plate with an aluminum chassis that feels sharp on the edges. It’s a stiff keyboard, but it flexes more than the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017 because it’s bigger. However, you still need a lot of force to bend it, and it shouldn’t be an issue for normal use. The ABS keycaps have a low profile and feel nice to touch. Surprisingly, there’s a fair amount of rattle when you shake the keyboard, and the larger keys rattle the most. It shouldn’t be a problem for regular use, but the keys aren’t as stable as they should be. Lastly, the four rubber feet underneath the keyboard keep in place.

Curved/Angled

No

Split Keyboard

No

Key Alignment

Staggered

Minimum Incline

2.8°

Medium Incline

N/A

Maximum Incline

N/A

Home Row Height

7.3 mm (0.3″)

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is a low-profile keyboard with decent ergonomics. It doesn’t have any incline settings or wrist rest, but you shouldn’t need either because it sits nearly flat against the table, and you shouldn’t experience fatigue.

Replaceable Cherry Stabilizers

No

Stabilizer Fixation

Non-Customizable Design

Spacebar Stabilizer Size

Non-Customizable Design

Size Of Right Mod Keys

Non-Standard

Hot-Swappable Switches

No

Switch Stem Shape

Non-Customizable Design

Switch PCB Socket

Non-Customizable Design

North-Facing Cherry MX Interference

Non-Customizable Design

Backlighting

No

RGB

No

Per-Key Backlighting

No

Effects

No

Software Controllable

No

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID doesn’t have any backlighting, disappointing for those who want to work in a dark environment.

Connectivity

Wireless

Detachable

Yes (Wired Mode and Charge)

Length

3.4 ft (1.0 m)

Connector (Keyboard side)

Lightning

It comes with a nice braided cable that feels better than the standard rubber cable that came with the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017. It has a USB-C connector on the end, meaning you can connect it with any USB-C-compatible device. You can use it as a wired keyboard if you don’t want a Bluetooth connection.

Bluetooth

Yes

Bluetooth Multi-Device Pairing

No

Proprietary Receiver

No

Battery Type

Rechargeable

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID connects with one device at a time via Bluetooth. Apple advertises that the battery should last about a month, but it depends on your usage.

Dedicated Macro Keys Count

0

Onboard Macro Programming

No

Macro Programming With Software

No

Media Keys

Non-Dedicated

Trackpad / Trackball

No

Scroll Wheel

No

Control Knob

No

USB Passthrough

No

Numpad

Yes

Windows Key Lock

No

Lock Indicator

Caps Lock

The stand-out feature of the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is the Touch ID on the top right. It’s advertised to only work with Mac computers with the M1 chip and not iPads or iPhones.

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Typing Experience

Switch Name

No Marketed Name

Switch Type

Scissor

Feel

Tactile

Operating Force

64 gf

Actuation Force

32 gf

Pre-Travel

0. 9 mm

Total Travel

1.3 mm

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID uses the same scissor switches as the previous model. They’re low profile and have a short pre-travel distance, but they require some force to get over the tactile bump. It means that you likely won’t accidentally actuate keys often.

The typing quality on the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID feels great. The key spacing feels standard, and it’s comfortable to type on, so you shouldn’t feel any fatigue. The switches offer good feedback, they aren’t mushy, and typing is quick thanks to the short pre-travel distance. Most of the keys are stable, but there’s still some wobble to them, and the Spacebar makes a rattling noise when you actuate it. The Shift and Enter keys don’t have this issue, though. Overall, it offers better typing quality than the Apple Magic Keyboard 2017 because there’s more tactile feedback, but it’s not a significant difference.

Average Loudness

37. 8 dBA

High Pitch Clicks

No

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is very quiet and shouldn’t bother people in a noise-sensitive environment.

Latency Wired

27.1 ms

Latency Receiver

N/A

Latency Bluetooth

26.5 ms

The latency is high for gaming, but it’s not designed for this anyways. It’s fine for desktop use, and you shouldn’t notice any delay.

Software and Operating System

Software Name

No Software

Software Windows Compatible

No

Software macOS Compatible

No

Onboard Memory

No

Profiles

No Profile

There’s no dedicated software to reprogram keys or set macros. You can customize some shortcuts through the Settings menu on the Mac.

Windows

Partially Compatible

macOS

Fully Compatible

Linux (Ubuntu 22)

Fully Compatible

Media Key Compatibility

MacOS & Linux

The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID only fully works with all features with macOS, and you need an M1 Mac computer or newer for the Touch ID to work. As expected, the Touch ID doesn’t work with any other operating system or Apple products. The hotkeys don’t work on Linux and Windows, and the Fn key doesn’t work on Windows either.

Android

Partially Compatible

iOS

Fully Compatible

iPadOS

Fully Compatible

Media Key Compatibility

iPhone & iPad

Everything works on iPadOS except for the Touch ID, and the F3 button doesn’t work on iOS. We don’t have the new iPad Pro with the M1 chip, but many reports online mention that it isn’t compatible with the Touch ID. As for Android, the Fn button registers as Brightness Down, and the Option key brings up the voice assistant. The hotkeys don’t work either, but there is a list of shortcuts, as you can see here.

TOP 7 Best Keyboards for Mac in 2023

Best Keyboards for Mac provide more flexibility, can increase your productivity, add convenience and comfort.

The best Mac keyboards can give you more flexibility so you can work more productively and comfortably. Ever since Apple brought the Magic Keyboard back to the MacBook lineup, Apple has really improved the experience with it.

But updating your Mac’s keyboard with an alternative solution can work wonders, especially if you want to put your device on a laptop stand. So if you are looking for one of the best keyboards for Mac, we have everything you need in this ranking.

If you’re looking for other top-notch peripherals, be sure to check out our rankings of the best Mac mice, the best MacBook Pro monitors, and the best Mac external drives you can buy this year. And if you’re looking for a new Apple laptop, we’ve got everything you need to know in our ranking of the best MacBooks.

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Logitech MX Keys

Best keyboard for Mac overall

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Connection interface: Bluetooth / USB
Keyboard type: scissor, wireless, slim, chiclet
Illumination: key illumination
Colour: gray
Total number of keys: 104
Power supply: own Li-Ion
Dimensions: 430x20x131 mm
Weight: 810 g

Pros

  • Comfortable typing
  • Long life battery
  • Connects to up to three devices

Cons

  • Only one color option

The perfect Mac keyboard should have several things: first, it should be comfortable to type on; it should be familiar to Mac users; and it should have some handy additions.

Logitech MX Keys for Mac has it all. Its concave keys are incredibly comfortable and natural for everyday use. Its shape and space gray color match perfectly with Mac hardware. And the ambient light sensor turns on the backlight only when you need it, thereby saving battery power. It’s everything you need in a Mac keyboard, brilliantly crafted.

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Satechi Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard

The best wireless keyboard for Mac

Connectivity: Bluetooth
Keyboard type: membrane, wireless, slim, chiclet
900 21 Colour: gray
Total number of keys: 104
Dimensions: 432x10x119 mm
Weight: 780 g

Pros

    90 048 Solid build quality
  • Works with three devices
  • Looks nice

Cons

  • Lacks advanced extras

At first glance, you might think that the Satechi Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard was made by Apple. It’s available in two colors (space gray and silver), both of which perfectly match Apple’s aesthetic. This means that no matter what you choose, it will pair perfectly with your other Apple devices.

But it’s not just about looks. This keyboard can wirelessly connect to up to three devices at the same time, switching between them with a quick keystroke. It has all the important function keys, plus a few for common tasks like copy and paste. And its rechargeable battery lasts up to 80 hours, so you don’t have to worry about running out of power too quickly.

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Keychron K8

Best keyboard for MacBook Pro

Connection interface: Bluetooth / USB
Keyboard type: mechanical, wireless, desktop
Under illumination: key illumination
Colour: gray
Total number of keys:
Dimensions: 355x35x123 mm
Weight: 650 g

900 02 Pros

  • Very comfortable to type on
  • Mac/Windows smart switch
  • Compact size

Cons

  • Mechanical buttons are not for everyone

Apple has done a good job of improving in recent years of their MacBook Pro keyboards, but if you have a model with the divisive butterfly keyboard, you might want an alternative for typing. Even if you have a MacBook with Magic Keyboard, a more tactile option might work for you. The

Keychron K8 sounds very familiar – it’s a Mac-friendly mechanical keyboard with plenty of key travel for a very pleasant typing experience. It is compact, portable and can switch between three devices. You can even switch between macOS and Windows if you’re also using a PC.

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Apple Magic Keyboard 2021 with Touch ID

Best keyboard for Mac mini

Connectivity: Bluetooth
Keyboard type: membrane, wireless, slim, chiclet
Total number of keys: 79
Power supply: own Li-Ion
Dimensions: 278.9×10.9×114.9 mm
Weight: 243 g

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  • Adds Touch ID to Mac mini
  • Very convenient keys
  • easy to take with you

minuses

  • expensive compared to competitors

Mac mini – fantastic computer. But it doesn’t come with a keyboard, which means you’ll need to arm yourself with something good. Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID is what you need.

You get Apple’s great typing and it looks sleek and slim on your desk. But the real attraction lies in the Touch ID button. While all modern MacBooks have Touch ID for logging in and confirming purchases, most standalone keyboards don’t, meaning the Mac mini has been stripped of it as well. Just note that you’ll need an Apple Silicon Mac mini for Touch ID to work.

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Logitech Craft

Best keyboard for creative Mac users

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Keyboard type: membrane, wireless, slim, chiclet
Backlight: backlit keys
Colour: gray
Total number of keys: 1 09
Number of additional keys: 5
Power supply: own Li-Ion
Dimensions: 430x32x149 mm
Weight: 960 g

Pros

  • Convenient quick access wheel
  • Good quality buttons

Cons

  • Expensive compared to other keyboards
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    Like the MX Keys, the Logitech MX Craft is a full-size keyboard with comfortable key travel and Mac-friendly space gray. But it offers what MX Keys lacks: a smart, customizable control wheel.

    This wheel performs different tasks depending on the application you are using. Turn it on in Photoshop and you can adjust the brightness. In Illustrator, it sets the thickness of the stroke. And in Microsoft Excel, it can be used to create charts instantly. If you find yourself doing the same tasks in your apps and want a faster way to complete them, this keyboard can be a real time saver.

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    Logitech Ergo K860

    Best ergonomic keyboard for Mac

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    Connection interface: radio channel
    Keyboard type: mechanical, wireless 3 Total number of keys: 111
    Power supply: 2xAAA
    Dimensions: 456x48x233mm
    Weight: 1160g

    Pros 900 03

    • Great for maintaining posture
    • Lots of ergonomic features

    Cons

    • Quite bulky
    • Takes some getting used to

    900 02 Typing all day can lead to wrist pain if you don’t set yourself up properly. To alleviate (or prevent) this discomfort, the Logitech Ergo K860 may be just what you need. This is an ergonomic board that separates the left and right sides of the keyboard by lifting its profile in the middle. The result is a much more comfortable and natural typing position that will help improve your posture.

    It also comes with a built-in wrist rest and comfortable, quality typing. Pair it with the Logitech MX Ergo from our roundup of the best MacBook mice and you’ll notice the difference right away.

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    SteelSeries Apex Pro

    The best keyboard for gaming on Mac

    CASHBACK for purchases, learn more… 02 Connection interface: USB
    Keyboard type: mechanical, island
    Illumination: key illumination, zonal key illumination adjustment
    Colour: black
    Cable length: 1.8 m
    Total number of keys: 106 9002 3 Number of additional keys: 2
    Dimensions: 436. 7×40.3×139.2 mm
    Weight: 970 g

    Pros

    • Adjustable key sensitivity
    • Integrated OLED display

    Cons

    • Not wireless
    • Too expensive for a keyboard

    Mac games aren’t as rare these days as they used to be, thanks to improved gaming performance on Apple computers and better developer support. If you enjoy playing on your Mac, the right keyboard can make a big difference. The

    SteelSeries Apex Pro is one of our favorites. It’s a mechanical keyboard (ideal for both gamers and typing) with a blazing fast 0.4mm actuation point – perfect for fast-paced gaming. There’s a built-in display for changing settings and profiles, the keys are rated for a whopping 100 million keystrokes, and you can even adjust their sensitivity on the fly.

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    Svetlana Simagina

    Over the past six months, Apple has updated both iMac and Mac mini. The iMac 2022 comes with a Magic Keyboard, but you can always buy a better one. Below we have compiled the best keyboards for MacBook, Mac mini and iMac.

    Below you will find keyboards for every taste. There are mechanical keyboards, silent keyboards, and so on. First, we will talk about the most expensive options, and then we will go down to more budget ones.

    • 1. Das Keyboard 4
    • 2. Logitech Ergo K860
    • 3. Logitech MX Keys
    • 4. Apple Magic Keyboard
    • 5. ANNE PRO 2
    • 9004 8 6. Perixx Periboard-612

    • 7. Keychron K2 v2.0
    • 8. Logitech K750
    • 9. Retro Typewriter USB
    • 10. Satechi Aluminum
    • 11. Jelly Comb
    • 12. Macally Wireless

    1. Das Keyboard 4

    This is a full size mechanical keyboard with one hidden benefit. Firstly, the keyboard feels very nice, and it also has a backlight. The keys must withstand 50 million keystrokes.

    The main advantage of the keyboard is that it has a very convenient volume button and a sleep button. If you’re used to controlling volume through the keyboard, this is a good option for you.

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    2. Logitech Ergo K860

    Not to mention the Logitech keyboard. It’s a wireless full-sized keyboard designed to keep your wrists comfortable during extended typing.

    It also has a special place where you can put your hands to rest, which is very convenient. This panel can be used at different angles for maximum convenience.

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    3. Logitech MX Keys

    Want a more compact Logitech keyboard? Choose Logitech MX Keys. This is one of the best wireless keyboards for Mac. It is full size, although smaller than the previous one.

    MX Keys is optimized for macOS and compatible with iPad. There is a backlight, so that the text can be comfortably typed in the dark. The keyboard has a Type-C charging connector, and one full charge should last for 10 days. If you turn off the backlight, the keyboard can work up to 5 months.

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    4. Apple Magic Keyboard

    The iMac 2021 already comes with the Apple Magic Keyboard. If you have a Mac mini and want to stay in the Apple ecosystem, you can buy the company’s beautifully designed keyboard.

    Typing on this keyboard is very convenient. You can also wait for the launch of the new Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, which is currently only available with the new iMac.

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    5. ANNE PRO 2

    The Anne Pro 2 keyboard will suit lovers of minimalism. You can connect up to four devices to it and easily switch between them. The keyboard has a powerful backlight, and there is also a separate program for customization.

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    6. Perixx Periboard-612

    If a comfortable Logitech keyboard is too expensive for you, try the Perixx Periboard-612 keyboard. It supports different types of connections. There are both wired and wireless versions. There are also two color options available – white and black. There is a separate panel with numbers, which is especially convenient for those who work with data entry.

    While typing, your wrists rest comfortably on the keyboard, which will make them less tired. Includes keys for both Windows and Mac.

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    7. Keychron K2 v2.0

    This keyboard is perfect for those who love dark technology. It has a white backlight, but you can buy a version with a multi-colored one. The keyboard supports both wired and wireless connections.

    You can also order an aluminum housing for stability. The keyboard uses Bluetooth 5.1 and USB-C connectivity. Charging lasts for 72 hours, which is very good.

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    8. Logitech K750

    If you work at home near a window, you need the K750 keyboard. It is powered by solar energy, so you don’t need to charge it. This is a full size wireless keyboard with comfortable keys.

    The keyboard layout is made for Mac and has a very compact design.

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    9. Retro Typewriter USB

    If you love retro style, you need this keyboard. She has round keys, like a typewriter, and a beautiful backlight. The keyboard supports both wired and wireless connections. It is available in black and white colors.

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    10. Satechi Aluminum

    This is a full size keyboard with a separate number pad. it also has copy/paste buttons. The keyboard is very elegant and is available in gray and space gray. There is a backlight.

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    11. Jelly Comb

    If you’re on a tight budget, the Jelly Comb keyboard is for you. This is an aluminum full-size keyboard with wired and wireless connectivity. She also has a backlight. You can connect three devices to the keyboard at once and easily switch between them.

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