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Best keyboards for Mac to get you a lot of typing!

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Many people use a Mac, and much of their work involves a lot of typing. This entails a lot of clicking and clacking throughout the day. While you may be content with the keyboard that came with your Mac, there are a variety of different options available, ranging from low-profile boards like Apple’s Magic Keyboard to mechanical keyboards with a satisfying clickity-clack sensation. Although keyboards are a personal choice, having the proper one may make all the difference in terms of feeling productive while also being comfortable. Here are the greatest Mac keyboards on the market right now.

Apple Magic Keyboard

The Apple Magic Keyboard is the overall best choice for any Mac user who can live with the keyboard’s quietness and doesn’t appreciate the tactile feel of a mechanical keyboard. Because the Magic Keyboard is an Apple product, it will function with any Mac, including your Mac mini, iMac, or MacBook.

The Magic Keyboard is a low-profile keyboard that is extremely lightweight and thin, leaving a little footprint on your desk. It’s also quiet, thanks to the low-profile design, so you won’t bother anyone else. It charges by Lightning but connects via Bluetooth and has a battery life of over a month because it isn’t illuminated.

The Magic Keyboard is also available in two sizes: Compact and Full, so one can choose the one that best suits their needs. The Compact is $30 less for individuals who don’t require a number pad, thus you can save some money. However, if you do a bunch of data entry or calculations, the number pad is an alternative, albeit it will cost you a little extra. For a little extra, you can get the full size in Space Gray, which has Touch ID in both colors.

Keychron K2/K4

Because mechanical keyboards may be rather expensive, Keychron is a famous choice for inexpensive mechanical keyboards. Keychron makes some nice mechanical boards that are ideal for getting started in the hobby, and there are a lot of them to pick from.

It’s a 75% layout on the Keychron K2, so it’s a reasonably tiny board, letting you free up some space to work for your mouse and other items. Because Keychron is a Mac-centric keyboard, you get full F-row capability, but several toggles allow you to shift to Windows/Android mode if necessary, and they include equivalent keycaps (Alt and Win).

The Home/End, Page Up/Down, and arrow keys are still in the bottom right of the 75% layout, but they’re closer together, allowing for a lower overall size.

However, if you require a number pad, the Keychron K4 is likely to be the best option. It’s a full-size board with a 96% layout, meaning it’s somewhat smaller than a full-size board while still providing the same functionality. Between the Home/End, Page Up/Down, Ins/Del, arrow keys, and number pad, there are no vacant spaces to save space.

Keychron K2

Keychron K4

Logitech MX Keys

Look no farther than Logitech’s MX Keys if you want something similar to the Magic Keyboard but nicer. This is basically a supercharged version of the Magic Keyboard for Mac.

The number pad of the MX Keys is only available in one size. This keyboard is a no-brainer if you need a number pad for data entry, and it’s at least $59 less expensive than Apple’s Magic Keyboard with Number Pad. Each key on the MX Keys has a beautiful curvature to it, which makes typing more pleasant and ergonomic. Another feature that distinguishes it from the Magic Keyboard is the backlighting on the MX Keys.

The backlight is also dynamic, meaning it adjusts automatically depending on the amount of light in the room. You may, of course, switch off the illumination to extend the battery life from 10 days to 5 months.

As previously said, the real brilliance of the MX Keys is the customization. Users can remap any of the F-row keys, and also the special calculator/lock/lookup/screenshot keys, to something more useful using the Logi Options software. However, the Logi Options software is necessary for this, so if you wish to remap keys, you’ll need to download that.

Glorious GMMK

The Glorious GMMK is yet another good mechanical introduction board. The GMMK is available in three sizes: Compact 60%, Tenkeyless (TKL), as well as Full Size, which are all standard. You can also choose between a Barebones Edition and a Prebuilt Edition, with the former costing less but requiring you to supply your own switches and keycaps. Prebuilt costs a little more, but you’ll get basic ABS keycaps from Gateron Brown and Glorious in black or white, depending on the color keyboard you choose.

The Glorious GMMK features a strong, aluminum body that is rather compact and rests lower than the Keychron, so a wrist rest may not be necessary. Because there is no framing around the keys, they are easier to clean when necessary. All GMMK models are also hot-swappable, allowing you to swap out the switches at any moment. It also works with practically all switches, which typically have Cherry MX stems, and the keys are regular size, so any keycap set should fit.

Glorious includes software that allows you to personalize the board, but it’s exclusively for PC. While the Compact and TKL sizes feature a removable USB cable, allowing you to use a stylish coiled aviator cable if desired, the Full Size does not.

Logitech K380

If you’re on a budget and still want to acquire one of the best keyboards for Mac, iPad, and iPhone, the Logitech K380 is a great option. This ultra-compact, low-profile keyboard is ideal for portability and is completely compatible with macOS and iOS, yet it can also be used on PCs and Android smartphones.

The K380 communicates through Bluetooth, and despite the fact that it does not recharge & requires two AAA batteries, it boasts an impressive two-year battery life – yes, you read that properly! The K380 will last about two years with just two good AAA batteries once you’ve installed them. It can connect to up to three devices at the same time, and switching between them is simple. When the keyboard is not in use, it detects this and switches to standby mode, or you can turn it off altogether using the power button.

The K380 keys are round with a tiny groove in them, unlike other low-profile, laptop-style keys, which are flat. This makes it extremely comfortable to type on, as well as reasonably ergonomic for your fingers. It also comes in a variety of colors and designs, so you may choose the one that best suits your needs.

Logitech G915 Lightspeed

If you want to do some gaming on your Mac (though let’s be honest, that’s better left to PCs), you’ll need a gaming keyboard such as the Logitech G915 Lightspeed. It’s wifi, while the G815 is somewhat less expensive if you want to be wired. There are no hot-swap options for the GL Clicky, Linear, or Tactile switches, which are all exclusive to Logitech. You can also select between TKL and Full Size. It’s also among the thinnest mechanical keyboards on the market, thanks to its aircraft-grade aluminum alloy body, which is light but highly sturdy and durable.

For typing and gaming, the low-profile mechanical switches provide a quick travel time. With sound, you get physical feedback as well. The G915 also has separate media controls and the G Hub software allows you to configure macro keys to make things easier. Unlike other well-known brands like Razer, Logitech’s software is fully interoperable with both macOS and PCs. The G Hub also has onboard memory that allows you to establish up to three distinct settings right on the keyboard. The RGB on the G915 supports millions of colors, and you may use the software to customize the lighting on each key or create your own backlight animations.

The G915 Lightspeed is totally wireless, with Bluetooth or a USB receiver as options. With the accompanying Micro-B cable, you can charge the keyboard for up to 30 hours on a single charge – it takes roughly three hours to charge the battery once it’s been depleted. If you want a wired keyboard, the G815 is the one to get, and it’s also $50 less expensive than the G915.

Conclusion

The Apple Magic Keyboard is clearly the greatest keyboard for Mac for most users. After all, it’s an Apple product that works with any Mac, regardless it’s an iMac, Mac mini, or MacBook. You won’t need any more setup to get it running properly, so you can get to work right away without having to fiddle with it.

To top it off, the Magic Keyboard is extremely compact and light, allowing you to take it with you wherever you go because it is wireless. It’s also really quiet, so you won’t annoy anyone. It’s also available in a tiny form akin to what you’ll find on MacBooks, or a full version with a number pad if you need to do a bunch of data entry or calculations.

However, as good as Apple’s Magic Keyboard is, some users may want more personalization choices. Others may prefer a keyboard that is more comfortable to type on and provides tactile and aural feedback, which is why mechanical keyboards are still available. If you prefer the mechanical way, Keychron is one of the few manufacturers that work flawlessly with Macs without the need for any additional setup or workarounds. The Keychron K2 is one of my favorite mechanical keyboards, and it’s also the one that got me into the hobby in the first place.

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