7 Best Alternative Magic Keyboards For Mac and iMac

By | April 14, 2022

Apple’s Magic Keyboard is the default option for every Mac desktop and a popular choice for docked MacBook users. But did you know you have much better options?

Whether you need a sleek portable option, a mechanical keyboard, or an ergonomic design, here are the best keyboards for Mac users.

Logitech K380

This model has a lot of functionality in the size of a Magic Keyboard, and is the best wireless keyboard Logitech has made. 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 on the top. It supports macOS, Windows, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS.

Even better, it intelligently changes the keyboard layout when you pair it to another device. For example, when you switch from a Mac to a Windows PC, the Options key becomes the Windows key.

The Logitech K380 is the first choice. It’s compact enough that you can keep it in your bag wherever you go, but the keys are large enough to function as a full-time desktop keyboard. The keyboard ran out of two AAA batteries, which should last for a year.

Anker Ultra Compact Keyboard

The Anker Ultra Compact Keyboard gives you a Magic Keyboard-style layout for a fifth of the price. If you’re intrigued by the Magic Keyboard’s sleek profile and design, but can’t justify its $99 price tag, take a look at the Anker Ultra Compact Keyboard.

This is a great option for MacBook users who need the occasional keyboard on the go. The keyboard features a Mac layout, complete with media playback and macOS function keys at the top. There is a built-in 800mAh battery that will last you for six months.

Matias Wireless Aluminum Keyboard

Matias makes some of the best keyboards for Macs, and the Wireless Aluminum Keyboard is no exception. It comes in Space Grey, along with a full numeric pad. You’ll find the familiar macOS functions and playback buttons at the top.

The Matias keyboard pairs with up to four devices and you can easily switch between them. Unlike some cheaper keyboards from Logitech, Matias provides dedicated keys for device switching (instead of duplicating them with function keys).

The keyboard lasts one 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 4 Professional for Mac

Das Keyboard means business. And if you type all day on your Mac, we recommend a mechanical keyboard. Tactile keys make it easy to type for longer periods of time.

Das is one of the few companies that makes mechanical keyboards with full macOS support. The layout mimics Magic Keyboard and there is no need to install drivers. Just like Magic Keyboard, it can be relied on at all times.

This keyboard gives you the choice between Cherry Brown and Blue MX switches. If you’re new to the mechanical switch scene, the differences are simple. The blue switch clicks more and thus makes a louder sound, while the Brown switch is softer and quieter. Both give you the same tactile feeling when pressing it.

This keyboard comes with a 6.5 foot cable and a large volume dial that is satisfying to use. The professional version of the Das Keyboard includes two USB-A 3.0 ports as well.

While there is no built-in height on the keyboard, it does come with removable magnetic feet that also act as rulers. Overall, the Das Professional 4 Keyboard is the best choice for Mac users who want a reliable, high-end mechanical keyboard.

WASD Code

The WASD Code mechanical keyboard is all about features, even if it looks basic at first glance. This option is designed with minimalism in mind. It doesn’t even have a logo on the front, and it’s all black and white.

Look a little further, and you’ll find that the keyboard is backlit. It comes with a detachable six-foot USB cable with built-in five-channel cable management. A WASD key star puller is included in the box, so you can easily pull out the key.

On the back, you’ll find several DIP switches that let you switch between different modes. You can switch to a Mac layout, disable the function keys, or even try an alternative ergonomic typing layout like Dvorak. All of this is attached directly to the hardware, so there’s no need to mess around with software.

This keyboard comes in many layouts, from a 61-key layout to a full 104-key layout. And you can get it with Cherry MX Clear, Brown, Blue, or Green switches based on your ultimate preference.

Azio MK Mac Keyboard

The Azio MK brings back memories of the old Apple II keyboard. Pure white isn’t just for looks; it’s also rude.

Azio MK Mac Keyboard is one of the few keyboards with a full Mac layout and numeric pad. It comes with a brushed aluminum faceplate which gives it an 80s look. Although it is quite large, you can remove the armrest to reclaim 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 and backlit USB cable.

Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard

If you are a programmer, or you type for hours on end, you should try using an ergonomic keyboard. This will help you deal with fatigue, pain, and RSI issues.

Of the many ergonomic keyboards available, the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard is the best option for most users. It works great with Mac and does nothing extreme in the name of ergonomics.

You’ll find a standard split key lock design that divides the keyboard into two halves. There is a slight bend on both sides, which makes it easier to place 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 convenient for you.

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’re planning on using your MacBook as a desktop, buying an ergonomic or mechanical keyboard makes a lot more sense.

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