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6 Best Keyboards For Mac - 163 Tested - Spring 2022

Best Keyboards For Mac

Buying a Mac computer doesn't always mean you need to get an Apple keyboard, even though it's a logical option. Many keyboards are fully compatible with macOS, while others are only 'partially' compatible, meaning only a few function keys don't work. When buying the best keyboard for Mac or even the best keyboard for MacBook Pro, pay particular attention to their compatibility, build quality, comfort, and overall typing experience.

Below are our recommendations for the best keyboards for Mac. You can also check out our picks for the best keyboards and the best wireless keyboards, or if you write a lot, check out the best keyboards for writers.

  1. Best Office Keyboard For Mac

    If you're looking for a tried and true keyboard to use with a Mac office setup, the best wireless keyboard for Mac that we've tested is the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad. It's Apple's latest release of their well-known Magic Keyboard and is available in both a full-size variant, which is the one we tested, and a 75% compact size if you prefer something smaller.

    As this is an Apple keyboard, it's fully compatible with macOS. It has the new Touch ID button at the top right, which works with M1 Mac computers so that it's easier for you to unlock your PC, but the Touch ID button doesn't work with any other Mac. Typing feels great as the low-profile switches are comfortable and are fairly light to press, but it takes some force to get over the tactile bump.

    Sadly, it doesn't have any backlighting, which is disappointing for a high-end Apple product, so it's not ideal to use in a dark environment. Also, while it has Bluetooth support, you can only connect to one device at a time, so you can't use it to type a document on your Mac and quickly respond to an email on your tablet. If that isn't an issue for you, it's a solid choice for an office keyboard to use with a Mac.

    See our review

  2. Cheaper Alternative

    If you prefer something cheaper, then check out the Logitech MX Keys. It's not a dedicated Apple keyboard like the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad, so you don't get features like Touch ID. However, all keys work on macOS, and you can wirelessly pair multiple devices at once over Bluetooth, while you can only pair one device at a time with the Apple keyboard. It has white backlighting, making it a good choice for dark rooms. You can reprogram some function keys to a preset list of commands through the Logitech Options software. Typing feels great as the keys have a short pre-travel distance, and the keycaps are indented to help guide your fingers to the middle, which helps reduce typos or accidental key presses. The scissor switches may feel a bit heavy to get over the tactile bump, but typing still feels light overall, and it's very quiet.

    If you're in the market for the best Mac keyboard for office use, you can't go wrong with the Apple, as it's designed to fill that role. However, if you want something cheaper that has backlighting and multi-device pairing, look into the Logitech.

    See our review

  3. Best Ergonomic Keyboard For Mac

    If you tend to spend long hours at the computer and want something comfortable, the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard is the best wireless keyboard for Mac we've tested with an ergonomic design. The wave-like design splits the keys down the middle, so you have a cluster for each hand. While this may take some getting used to, it's intended to ease any discomfort in your wrists.

    This keyboard also has negative incline feet, meaning you can tilt the keyboard downwards to achieve a more natural posture for your wrists. There's also an attached plushy wrist rest for extra support. Inside the board, the scissor switches offer great tactility, so you know when you've pressed a key. Though the switches do take a bit of force to overcome the tactile bump, you're not likely to experience finger fatigue thanks to all of the ergonomic features on the board. This keyboard is also compatible with Logitech Options software, which is available on Mac, meaning you can do a bit of customization, like reprogramming keys to a preset list of functions.

    Unfortunately, this keyboard doesn't have backlighting, so you'll have a hard time reading the key legends in a dark room. However, if you frequently touch-type, this shouldn't be an issue. If comfort is your main priority, this keyboard is a great addition to your Mac setup.

    See our review

  4. Best Mechanical Keyboard For Mac

    If you like the sound and feel of mechanical switches, the best Mac mechanical keyboard we've tested is the Keychron K10. While most mechanical keyboards are for gaming use, this one is specifically for office use. It has a macOS mode for full compatibility with Mac systems, so every key works as intended.

    This keyboard is full-size, so it has a row of function keys and a Numpad, but Keychron makes very similar models available in several sizes, like the TKL Keychron K8 or the compact 75% Keychron K2 (Version 2). Additionally, you can also get the board with your choice of Gateron Red, Brown, or Blue switches. The Brown switches on our unit feel light to press and are quiet, great if you're looking for a mechanical keyboard for an office space. Also, it connects wirelessly with up to three devices at once, and it has bright backlighting to help you see the keys in the dark.

    Unfortunately, like most Keychron offerings, it lacks companion software to allow you to remap keys or customize the lighting, but Keychron recommends using third-party software. Also, its ABS keycaps feel slippery and are prone to developing oil shine and slickness over time from your fingertips. With that said, it's a great choice if you're looking for a mechanical keyboard to use with your Mac.

    See our review

  5. Best Compact Mechanical Keyboard For Mac

    The Obinslab Anne Pro 2 is the best Mac mechanical keyboard that we've tested in a compact size. Its 60% form factor is great if you're looking for a mechanical keyboard to bring around with you on-the-go, or if you have a small workstation and can't fit a full-size board. It connects wirelessly with up to four devices via Bluetooth, so it's a great choice if you have a multi-device set up with an iPad or MacBook.

    The Gateron Brown switches in our unit provide great tactile feedback without being noisy. The board is also available in a wide variety of switch types, like Cherry MX, Gateron, and Kailh, meaning you can get the typing feel and sound you're looking for. It comes with companion software that's fully compatible with macOS, so you can use the software to reprogram keys, assign macros, or customize the RGB backlighting.

    Unfortunately, the small form factor eliminates the Numpad and arrow keys, so it's not well-suited for tasks like data entry. Also, this keyboard has a fairly high profile and doesn't come with a wrist rest, so you'll likely feel a bit of wrist fatigue after a long period of use. With that said, it's an overall high-performing choice if you're looking for a compact mechanical keyboard to use with a Mac device.

    See our review

  6. Best Budget Keyboard For Mac

    If you're looking for a budget-friendly keyboard to use with your Mac devices, the best budget keyboard that we've tested is the Logitech K780. This full-size keyboard also has a plastic stand built into the back to hold your iPad, iPhone, or other mobile devices. Overall, its slim design looks and feels similar to the popular Logitech MX Keys, but it's significantly cheaper.

    This keyboard connects wirelessly using a Bluetooth connection and supports multi-device pairing with up to three devices simultaneously. You can swap between these devices at the press of a button, so you won't have to worry about disrupting your workflow. You also won't have to worry about cable management, as it uses two AAA batteries for power, and Logitech advertises a battery life of 24 months before needing to change them out.

    Unfortunately, its customization is limited to a few preset commands from a drop-down list, so you can't program macros or remap keys. It also lacks backlighting, so your key legends will be hard to read in a dark environment. Also, if you're planning on purchasing a budget keyboard to toss into a backpack and bring on the go, it's worth noting that this keyboard is rather large and heavy. Despite those shortcomings, this is one of the best Bluetooth keyboards for Mac that we've tested and a solid budget-friendly option.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • SteelSeries Apex Pro: The SteelSeries Apex Pro is a fantastic mechanical keyboard for gaming if that's what you're looking for, but it's not wireless like the Keychron K10. See our review
  • Logitech MX Keys Mini: The Logitech MX Keys Mini is a smaller version of the Logitech MX Keys, which is good if you prefer something smaller. See our review
  • Apple Magic Keyboard 2017: The Apple Magic Keyboard 2017 is an older version of the Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, but it's harder to find. See our review
  • Dygma Raise: The Dygma Raise is a highly customizable ergonomic mechanical keyboard, but it costs a lot, and it's not wireless like the Logitech K860. See our review
  • Logitech K380: The Logitech K380 is essentially a smaller alternative to the Logitech K780 that doesn't have a stand for your phone; get whichever you prefer. See our review
  • Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard: The Microsoft Surface Ergonomic Keyboard is similar in design to the Logitech K860 and costs about the same, but it doesn't have customization software. See our review
  • Drop SHIFT: The Drop SHIFT is a great mechanical keyboard with better typing quality than the Keychron K10, but it costs a lot. See our review
  • Logitech Craft: The Logitech Craft is similar to the Logitech MX Keys and has a knob for volume, but for minimal difference, it costs more, and it's not worth the price increase. See our review
  • Ducky One 3: The Ducky One 3 has a better typing quality than the Keychron K10, but it's not fully compatible with macOS, so some keys don't work. See our review
  • Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard: The Logitech K480 Bluetooth Multidevice Keyboard is an excellent mobile tablet keyboard with a phone or tablet cradle. However, its rubber dome switches don't feel as responsive as the Logitech K780's scissor switches. See our review
  • Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB: The Kinesis Freestyle Edge RGB is a fantastic alternative to the Logitech ERGO K860 Wireless Split Keyboard if you prefer a fully split design with mechanical keys that lets you position the two halves to your preference. However, it doesn't have any incline settings. See our review
  • Keychron K12: The Keychron K12 is a compact alternative to the Keychron K10 with a 60% layout, but it doesn't have macro-programmable keys like the Obinslab Anne Pro 2. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. Mar 10, 2022: Picks verified for availability and accuracy; no changes to picks.

  3. Feb 11, 2022: Text updated for clarity and accuracy; no changes to picks.

  4. Jan 11, 2022: Verified availability and made several changes for accuracy. We also transformed our 'Compact Alternative' pick into a new 'Best Compact Mechanical Keyboard For Mac' category, with the Obinslab Anne Pro 2 remaining as our pick.

  5. Nov 12, 2021: Complete restructuring of the article to reflect user needs on a Mac. Added the Apple Magic Keyboard 2021 as the 'Best Office' and moved the Logitech MX Keys as Cheaper Alternative; moved the Logitech ERGO K860 to its own category as 'Best Ergonomic'; added the Keychron K10 as 'Best Mechanical' and moved the Obinslab Anne Pro to Compact Alternative; moved the SteelSeries Apex Pro to Notable Mentions.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best keyboards we've tested for Mac, 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.