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The 6 Best Keyboards For Mac - Fall 2022 Reviews

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 terms of features and compatibility. When branching away from the Apple ecosystem, the most important thing to remember is compatibility—whether a keyboard even works with macOS systems. Most keyboards are "partially" compatible with macOS, meaning that almost every button, except for a few keys, works right out of the box. Another thing to keep in mind is wireless connectivity as 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 Bluetooth keyboards for Mac devices.

While all of the keyboards presented on this list are wireless, you may want to check out the picks in our dedicated best wireless keyboards article for more 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, and 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 in terms of aesthetics and features. 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. Though, 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 attached to an external monitor. However, it's also compatible with Apple's Universal Control feature, so you can use one keyboard across multiple Mac devices at once without really having to set anything up. The battery life lasts around a month, depending on your usage, so you won't need to worry about it dying mid-use very frequently. When you do need to charge it, you can use its included Lightning to USB-C cable.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Keyboard For Mac

    The Logitech MX Keys is an excellent choice for a premium product outside of the Apple family. This popular 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 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.

    While at first glance it seems like a standard keyboard, it's full of tiny details that add up to a clear picture as to why this board remains a fixture in offices and workspaces. Its low profile keeps things comfortable, and each keycap has a small indent in the middle that helps guide your fingertips straight to the center of the key to avoid typos. Plus, on a full charge, it lasts up to 10 days with its backlighting on and up to five months with the backlighting off, so it's got enough juice to get through the work week, even if you don't.

    Overall, it's easily the best wireless keyboard for Mac currently available as you can connect it with Bluetooth with up to three devices simultaneously, including iPads and MacBooks. You can also use Logitech's Unifying Receiver, which connects to select Logitech mice, so you only need one receiver for your mouse and keyboard.

    See our review

  3. Best Mid-Range Keyboard For Mac

    While the other keyboards on this list feel similar to a laptop or MacBook keyboard, the Keychron K3 (Version 2) uses low-profile mechanical switches to deliver a light typing experience with a distinct and satisfying sound. It's the best mechanical keyboard for Mac that we've tested as it's a compact board; it's very easy to bring around from school to the office or co-working space. While it lacks a full navigational cluster, it does keep some keys, including the dedicated arrow keys that make zipping through documents or spreadsheets a breeze.

    It connects with up to three devices at once using Bluetooth, so you won't have to worry about a cable or taking up a precious USB port with a receiver. Plus, the manufacturer advertises its battery life to last up to 34 hours with the RGB backlighting on, so you should get through most of a typical work week without needing to charge it, and if you turn the backlighting off, it'll last even longer.

    As Keychron makes a wide variety of sizes and configurations for their keyboards, you'll easily find a mechanical keyboard to use with your Mac setup should you want a larger size than the K3. You can also get a nice travel pouch for this keyboard as a separate purchase directly on Keychron's website.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Keyboard For Mac

    While the sleek design of an Apple Magic Keyboard makes it an appealing choice, you might wonder if it's worth dropping that kind of coin on a keyboard. Fortunately for you, the Logitech K780 is a budget-friendly option that offers incredible performance on par with some higher-end options. It has a built-in device stand made of grippy rubber that props up your iPad or iPhone at a nice viewing angle.

    Like the other keyboards on this list, you can connect it with up to three devices using Bluetooth and switch between them using hotkeys in the function row. For its price, it offers a solid build quality, a quiet typing experience that's great for open offices or shared spaces, and an incredible battery life of up to 24 months, depending on your usage. Though, you should note that it requires two AAA batteries for power.

    See our review

  5. Best Cheap Keyboard For Mac

    If you're looking for something even cheaper, say to toss into a backpack without thinking twice, the Logitech K380 is a popular choice among students and on-the-go typists wanting a cheap, portable option that can withstand the commute and the daily grind. As it's a cheap model, it lacks many features like backlighting or a rechargeable battery found on more expensive options. However, it still offers a decent typing experience and the ability to pair it with up to three devices at once over Bluetooth.

    Though it lacks a Numpad and dedicated cluster of navigational keys, its small size makes it easy to carry around and use in tight work spaces like dorm room desks or cafes. If you need a full-size keyboard with a Numpad for data entry tasks, the Logitech K360 is another cheap option, but you'll need to make sure your Mac device has a USB-A port for its USB receiver.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Keychron K4: Keychron makes some of the best mechanical keyboards for Mac, and the Keychron K4 is no exception. As a budget option, it offers a more typical mechanical typing experience as the switches and keycaps are full-profile rather than low-profile. However, it's only suited to more permanent setups as it's too bulky to carry around. 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, the MX Mechanical doesn't feel as nice to type on as the MX Keys. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

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

  5. 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.

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.