The Apple Magic Keyboard is a good Bluetooth wireless keyboard for office use. Its scissor switches provide a quiet yet satisfying typing experience, but it lacks certain features such as backlighting, and the keyboard uses Apple's proprietary lightning connector to charge. It has a minimalist design that's great for those looking for a clean, wireless setup; however, it's only fully compatible with Apple products, as some keys aren't functional when used with Windows or Linux. This keyboard has a full-size variant that includes a numeric keypad, but the overall performance should remain the same.
The Magic Keyboard is mediocre for mixed usage. Though it performs well for general office use, the lack of programmable keys and software support makes it difficult to recommend for gaming or for programming. However, it's a good choice for those looking for a compact and stylish keyboard that won't take up a lot of space.
The Magic Keyboard is bad for gaming. It doesn't have any programmable macro keys or backlighting, which is disappointing for those who like to game in a dark room. There's also no software support for customization or to save profiles for different games.See our Gaming recommendations
The Magic Keyboard is good when used with mobile devices, but only with those running on iOS or iPadOS, as it doesn't work at all with Android devices. On the upside, the keyboard is very small and light, making it easy to travel with.
The Magic Keyboard is good for office use. It provides a comfortable typing experience and makes very little noise, which is great for noise-sensitive offices. Unfortunately, its compatibility with other operating systems is quite limiting, but for those using an Apple computer, it's an okay choice.
The Magic Keyboard is disappointing for programming. Although the typing experience is good, it doesn't have any programmable keys. Additionally, it's only fully compatible with macOS, as functionality is limited when connected to devices running on Windows or Linux.
The Magic Keyboard has a very small footprint since it's a tenkeyless keyboard. However, there's a full-size variant with a numeric keypad available.
The build quality is excellent. It has a rigid aluminum chassis and it's also very light. The keyboard doesn't exhibit any flex at all, and since the keys are very low profile, it leaves very little room for debris to accumulate, which helps to keep the keyboard clean.
This keyboard has decent ergonomics. It doesn't have incline settings and doesn't come with a wrist rest, however, the low profile keys are very comfortable to type on.
The Magic Keyboard doesn't have backlighting, making it unsuitable for dark room settings.
The keyboard charges via Apple's proprietary lightning connector and can be used wired as well.
This keyboard has good wireless versatility, as it can be used wirelessly via Bluetooth with almost any device, with the exception of devices running on Android. It has a built-in rechargeable battery and Apple claims that it should last over a month between charges, though this isn't something that we test for. For a wireless keyboard that can connect to multiple devices simultaneously, check out the Logitech K780.
Unfortunately, this keyboard has very few extra features. There are media control hotkeys, but it lacks features such as programmable keys or USB passthrough.
As with most scissor switches, the actuation point is low and it requires very little force to actuate, which can sometimes cause unintended keystrokes to register.
The typing experience on the Magic Keyboard is great. It has a similar typing experience to Apple laptops and is very easy to type on. Although it has a low key travel (more than the butterfly switches that we've seen in recent years), the keys feel responsive and provide a satisfying tactile feedback to let you know when a key has been actuated. The keys are well-spaced, which is great for typing accuracy; also, they're very stable and don't wobble at all.
Typing noise on this keyboard is very quiet and shouldn't be bothersome to those around you.
This keyboard doesn't have a software for customization.
The Apple Magic Keyboard has great compatibility. It can be connected to almost any device via Bluetooth, except for devices running on Android. The keyboard has full functionality when used with one of Apple's operating systems; however, function keys and OS-specific keys such as the launch pad and mission control don't work on Windows and Linux.
The Apple Magic keyboard is available in a full size variant with a numeric keypad and it's the only difference between them.
The Logitech MX Keys is significantly better than the Apple Magic Keyboard in mixed usage, though they're both decent for general office use. However, the Logitech is a full-sized keyboard with a numeric pad and also has backlighting. The build quality isn't as good as the Magic Keyboard, but it has full compatibility with Windows and has software for customization. The MX Keys can also be paired with up to three devices at the same time, making it much easier to switch between them.
The Microsoft Surface Keyboard and the Apple Magic Keyboard are very similar in terms of build and features. The main differences are that the Apple has a built-in rechargeable battery, while the Surface uses disposable batteries. The Surface keyboard is a full-size keyboard that includes a NumPad, and its higher actuation point can be better for typing accuracy, as there's less of a chance for unintended keystrokes to be registered.
The Logitech K780 is a more versatile keyboard than the Apple Magic Keyboard. All of the K780's keys work on all platforms, while the Magic Keyboard is only partially compatible with Windows, and can't be used with Android devices. The K780 can also be connected to three devices simultaneously, while the Magic Keyboard can only be connected to one. On the other hand, the Magic Keyboard is lighter and has a 60% compact design.
The Apple Magic Keyboard is much better than the Logitech Keys-To-Go in mixed usage, though the Logitech is meant more as a portable keyboard to be used with mobile devices. It's not as well-built as the Magic Keyboard, but it has dedicated media keys and typing noise is also kept to a minimum. It also uses a micro-USB cable to charge rather than a proprietary connector.
The Logitech K840 Mechanical Keyboard is better than the Apple Magic Keyboard in mixed usage. Although they use different switches, the Magic keyboard's scissor switches provide a satisfying typing experience with minimal noise. Unfortunately, there's no backlighting on this keyboard and it only has full compatibility with other Apple devices. It also lacks other features such as dedicated media controls and USB passthrough.