Apple's Magic Keyboard - First Impressions

Frequent Readers of this blog will know of my ongoing frustrations with the Apple Wireless Keyboard. The 1 and 2 keys on the first unit I began using in 2011 stopped working after about 2 years of daily use. Liquid may have spilled on it in that time, perhaps it was a manufacturing defect. Either way, I ordered a new keyboard.

The second Apple Wireless keyboard took 2 AA batteries instead of 3 and as far as I could tell, that's where the changes ended. I was happy use be using less batteries, so far so good.

Earlier this fall, the 1 and 2 keys on that second keyboard also failed. It could be because, in Objective-C, the ! and @ are commonly used symbols, but the same failure on the same model is more than a 1-off defect. Likely, a 3rd keyboard would eventually exhibit the same problem.

I decided not to buy a third Apple Wireless Keyboard and instead shop around for a different brand all together. I quickly learned that the alternatives either had the aesthetics of a first-grader or were filled with blue LEDs.

With the 2015 5K iMac, Apple introduced the Magic Keyboard. It has a thinner profile, low-travel keys, San Francisco key type, rechargeable battery, and includes no blue LEDs (it's a feature, not a bug). The rechargeable battery is what attracted me to it as I was plowing through over a dozen AA batteries each year.

I placed my order and I'm using the Magic Keyboard to write this post.

So far, I've been happy to have a keyboard with working 1 and 2 keys again. Pairing the keyboard with my iMac was as easy as plugging the keyboard into a Lightning cable. I now prefer the new low-travel keys over the old style and key strikes sound good to my ear.

Looks like I'll be sticking with the Apple Magic Keyboard.