Apple’s Magic Keyboard is the default option for every Mac desktop and a popular choice for MacBook users using a dock. But did you know you have far better options?
The Magic Keyboard costs $99, has a slim profile, and doesn’t include a number pad. It feature scissor keys, which aren’t as bad as the Butterfly form on new MacBook models, but are nowhere near as good as the old Apple Keyboard. Its bigger keys are more stable, but lack in key travel—this can make typing for a long time uncomfortable.
Whether you need a slim portable option, a mechanical keyboard, or an ergonomic design, here are the best keyboards for Mac users.
This model packs a lot of functionality in the size of the Magic Keyboard, and is the best wireless keyboard Logitech makes. The Logitech K380 comes with multi-device support, so you can connect up to three different devices and quickly switch between them using the function keys at the top. It supports macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS.
Even better, it intelligently switches the keyboard layout when you pair to another device. For example, when you swap from a Mac to a Windows PC, the Option key becomes the Windows key.
The Logitech K380 hits the sweet spot. It’s compact enough that you can keep it in your bag wherever you go, but the keys are big enough to serve as a full-time desktop keyboard. The keyboard runs off two AAA batteries, which should last for a year.
Anker’s Ultra Compact Keyboard gives you a Magic Keyboard-style layout at a fifth of the price. If you’re taken by the Magic Keyboard’s slim profile and design, but can’t justify the $99 price tag, take a look at the Anker Ultra Compact Keyboard.
It’s a great option for MacBook users who need a keyboard occasionally when traveling. The keyboard comes with a Mac layout, complete with media playback and macOS function keys at the top. There’s a built-in 800mAh battery that will last for six months.
Matias makes some of the best keyboards for Mac, and the Wireless Aluminium Keyboard is no exception. It comes in Space Gray, along with a full numeric pad. You’ll find your familiar macOS function and playback keys at the top.
The Matias keyboard pairs with up to four devices and you can easily switch between them. Unlike some of the cheaper keyboards from Logitech, Matias provides dedicated buttons for device switching (instead of doubling them up with function keys).
The keyboard lasts for a year on a full charge and comes with a rechargeable battery. The only downside is that you can’t change the typing angle of the keyboard.
Das Keyboard means business. And if you type all day on your Mac, we recommend a mechanical keyboard. The tactile keys make it easy to type for longer periods of time.
Das is one of the few companies that make mechanical keyboards with full macOS support. The layout mimics the Magic Keyboard and there’s no need to install a driver. Just like a Magic Keyboard, it works reliably every time.
This keyboard gives you a choice between MX Cherry Brown and Blue switches. If you’re new to the mechanical switches scene, the difference is simple. Blue switches are more clicky and thus make a louder noise, while Brown switches are softer and quieter. Both give you the same tactile feeling when pressing them.
The board comes with a 6.5-foot cable and a big volume dial that’s satisfying to use. The Professional version of the Das keyboard includes two USB-A 3.0 ports as well.
While there’s no built-in elevation on the keyboard, it does come with a detachable magnetic foot bar that also acts as a ruler. In all, the Das Professional 4 Keyboard is the best option for Mac users who want a reliable, high-end mechanical keyboard.
5. WASD Code
WASD’s Code mechanical keyboard is all about the features, even if it looks basic at first glance. This options is designed with minimalism in mind. It doesn’t even have a logo on the front, and is all black and white.
Look a bit further, and you’ll find that the keyboard is backlit. It comes with a six-foot detachable USB cable with five channel cable management built-in. WASD’s stellar keycap puller is included in the box, so you can easily pull out a key.
At the back, you’ll find some DIP switches that let you switch between different modes. You can switch to Mac layout, disable the function keys, or even try an alternative ergonomic typing layout like Dvorak. All of this is built right into the hardware, so there’s no need to mess around with software.
This keyboard comes in many layouts, from 61 keys to a full 104-key layout. And you can get it with Cherry MX Clear, Brown, Blue, or Green switches based on your key preference.
Azio MK brings back memories of the old Apple II keyboard. Its pure white isn’t just for looks; it’s rugged as well.
The Azio MK Mac Keyboard is one of the few keyboards with a full Mac layout and numeric pad. It comes with a brushed aluminum face plate that gives it the 80s look. While it’s quite bulky, you can detach the handrest to reclaim some space. This mechanical keyboard comes with Cherry MX Brown switches.
Azio MK makes both wired and wireless versions. The wired version comes with a branded USB cable and is backlit.
If you’re a programmer, or you type for hours on end, you should try using an ergonomic keyboard. It will help you deal with fatigue, pain, and RSI issues.
Of the many ergonomic keyboards available, Microsoft’s Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is the best option for most users. It works well with a Mac and doesn’t do anything extreme in the name of ergonomics.
You’ll find a standard split keyset design that partitions the keyboard in two halves. There’s a slight curve to the two halves, which make it easier to position your hands on the cushioned palm rest. The keyboard comes with a detachable number pad, so you can place it at a distance that’s comfortable for you.
Make Any Keyboard Better With Keyboard Shortcuts
Choosing the perfect keyboard is highly subjective. If you need something portable that you can use with multiple devices, buy the Logitech K380. But if you plan to use your MacBook as a desktop, buying an ergonomic or a mechanical keyboard makes a lot more sense.
Now that you have the keyboard set up, you should spend some time learning the most useful Mac keyboard shortcuts. They’ll help you get tasks done faster.