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The 5 Best Keyboards For Mac - Winter 2023 Reviews

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Best Keyboards For Mac

Just because you use a Mac computer doesn't mean you need to use a Magic Keyboard, even if that's the best choice in features and compatibility. When exploring your options, one of the most important things to keep in mind is compatibility—whether a keyboard works well with macOS systems. Virtually all keyboards are at least "partially" compatible with macOS, meaning that almost every button, except for a few keys, works right out of the box. Another important feature is wireless connectivity, as newer Mac devices tend to lack USB-A ports. A Bluetooth keyboard is likely your best bet, as you won't need a port for a USB receiver. With all that said, below is a list of our recommendations for the best wireless keyboards for Mac devices.

While this list consists of the best Bluetooth keyboards for Mac, you may want to check out the picks in our dedicated best wireless keyboards article for models with greater wireless connectivity options. There's also our article for the best iPad keyboards if you're looking specifically for a keyboard to use with your iPad. Or, you can check out our recommendations for the best keyboards you can currently get.


  1. Best Keyboard For Mac

    The Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad is one of the most iconic keyboards on the market. It's no surprise that it's our top pick for the best keyboard for Mac devices, as it's specifically designed to complement them with its features and aesthetics. This latest entry to the Apple's Magic Keyboard lineup offers biometric sign-ins with its Touch ID chip that works with M1-equipped Mac devices. Although, it's important to note that the feature doesn't work with M1-equipped iPads.

    It connects to your Mac using Bluetooth and only supports pairing with one device at a time, making it a good choice if you're using a standalone iMac or a more permanent MacBook setup with an external monitor. However, thanks to Apple's Universal Control feature, you can use one keyboard across multiple Mac devices. Depending on your usage, the battery life lasts around a month, so you won't need to worry about charging it very frequently.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Keyboard For Mac

    At an upper mid-range price point, we recommend the Logitech MX Keys. This premium-feeling office model and its companion software are fully compatible with macOS systems, meaning you can get the most out of the keyboard's software features like Logitech Flow, which allows you to seamlessly use one keyboard across multiple devices and operating systems. There's also a Mac version of the keyboard with Mac-specific key legends on the modifier keys, but the base version has both Windows and Mac legends.

    While it may look like a fairly standard keyboard from across the room, Logitech has paid close attention to small details, making this keyboard a popular fixture in many offices and workspaces. Its low profile is comfortable to type on without a wrist rest, and each keycap has a small indent in the middle that helps guide your fingertips straight to the center of the key to help you avoid typos. On a full charge, it lasts up to 10 days with its backlighting on and up to five months with the backlighting off, so you don't need to worry about recharging it right in the middle of a busy work week.

    There's also a compact version of this keyboard called the Logitech MX Keys Mini. It's a great option if you have a smaller desk or don't need a Numpad. Uniquely to this version, it's also available in a few colorways, including Logitech's take on Space Gray' which fits very nicely into Mac setups.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Keyboard For Mac

    The Keychron K3 (Version 2) is our recommendation if your budget falls within a mid-range. Unlike our two first picks, the Apple Magic Keyboard and the Logitech MX Keys, the Keychron is a mechanical keyboard but uses low-profile mechanical switches. These switches offer a typing experience that's a cross between a standard mechanical keyboard and a laptop keyboard. These switches provide a premium-feeling typing experience and ergonomic benefits as they're very light to press. Also, because they're not very tall, you can rest your wrists comfortably on your work surface without straining your hands upwards at an awkward angle.

    Like all Keychron models, this keyboard also has a compatibility toggle on the top to switch between macOS and Windows, and it includes extra OS-specific keycaps. You also don't have to worry about finding a dongle or an adapter for a receiver, as this keyboard connects using Bluetooth and has decent battery life, typically lasting up to 34 hours with backlighting on or up to 240 hours with backlighting off.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Keyboard For Mac

    The Logitech Signature K650 gets our recommendation if you're on a tight budget. While it doesn't have a Mac-specific version, like our top pick, the Logitech MX Keys, or Mac-specific keycaps like the above Keychron K3 (Version 2), it does have pad-printed legends on the keys for both Windows and Mac systems. Despite the budget price point, this keyboard offers several ergonomic features to keep you comfortable, including a built-in palm rest, two incline settings, and deep-set keys that don't require you to strain your wrists at a sharp angle to type.

    Plus, it has a host of easily accessible shortcuts along the function row and a suite of dedicated media controls, which are fairly rare features for a budget keyboard. As a bonus, you won't have to worry about charging this keyboard very often as this keyboard uses AA batteries which can last up to 36 months. That said, there are some downsides, as it doesn't support multi-device pairing over Bluetooth. Alternatively, if you have a multi-device setup and want a keyboard that can support more than one Bluetooth connection at once, the Logitech K780 is a great choice. Unlike the K650, this keyboard has a grippy tray on the top to hold devices while you work. However, it lacks any ergonomic features.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Keyboard For Mac

    The Logitech K380 is the best cheap keyboard for Mac that we've tested. This compact unit works great with Mac products as it only connects using Bluetooth, so you don't have to worry about dongles, adapters, or needing a USB port. You can pair it with up to three devices at once, and you can switch between devices at the press of a button. While there are specific Mac variants available, the base version also has both Windows and Mac legends printed on the keycaps.

    The real standout feature of this board is its incredible battery life. With a fresh pair of AAA batteries, you may get as much as two years of battery life, and you'll never have to worry about cramming a charging cable into your backpack. However, as you might expect from a keyboard at this price, there are some downsides. While the low profile makes it fairly comfortable to type on, it doesn't have any additional ergonomic features like adjustable incline settings. Also, the keycaps have a circular shape and are smaller than those on most standard keyboards. The keys themselves are also quite close together. You'll likely have no problems getting used to the design, but you may find yourself making more typos than usual when you're first using it.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • NuPhy Air75: The NuPhy Air75 is an excellent wireless mechanical keyboard that boasts compatibility with all major desktop operating systems. It's very similar to the Keychron K3 (Version 2) in terms of additional features and connectivity options, but it's much more expensive, and its key legends aren't shine-through, making them hard to read in the dark. See our review
  • Keychron K10: Keychron makes some of the best mechanical keyboards for Mac, and the Keychron K10 is no exception. It offers a more typical mechanical typing experience as the switches and keycaps are standard, full-profile rather than low-profile. However, it's only suited to more permanent setups as it's too bulky to carry around, unlike the Keychron K3 (Version 2). See our review
  • Logitech MX Mechanical: If you like the compatibility across devices that the Logitech MX Keys offers and want a mechanical upgrade, the Logitech MX Mechanical is a great choice to use with Mac computers. However, it doesn't feel as nice to type on. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 31, 2023: We've confirmed all our recommendations are in stock and remain the best options for their categories. We've also refreshed some of the text in this article and added a special mention of the Logitech MX Keys Mini in our 'Best Upper Mid-Range Keyboard For Mac' category.

  2. Dec 02, 2022: Updated the text for readability; no changes to picks.

  3. Oct 03, 2022: Replaced the Logitech K780 with the Logitech K650 as the 'Best Budget' pick due to better ergonomic factors.

  4. Jul 27, 2022: Restructured the article to better align with user queries with price-based product categories. Removed Notable Mentions that were no longer relevant.

  5. May 09, 2022: Swapped the Ducky One 2 with the Ducky One 3 in the Notable Mentions for consistency across articles; no changes to picks.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards for Macbook Pro and other Mac devices, for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper product wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no keyboard that is difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you would like to do the work of choosing yourself, here is the list of all our keyboard reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no product is perfect for every use, most keyboards are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them. Be sure to know your key switch preferences before choosing.

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