Apple Magic Keyboard (MLA22LL/A) Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐:halfstar:



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  • Completely redesigned, the Magic Keyboard features a built-in rechargeable battery and enhanced keys.
  • Thanks to an improved scissor mechanism under each key, you get increased stability and optimized key travel.
  • The Apple Magic Keyboard has a lower profile, for a comfortable and precise typing experience.
  • Long-lasting battery - powers your keyboard for about 1 month or more between charges.
  • Pairs automatically with your Mac. Requires Mac OS X v10.11 or later.
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Software Developer's Review

I have the full sized Apple Keyboard with the numeric keypad, the original Wireless Apple Keyboard and now the Magic Keyboard. I'll go through each and list what makes the Magic Keyboard upgrade worthy.

Full Sized Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Obviously, these are great for those who need the extra keys. However, the problem for me is the length of the keyboard. Due to its length, it pushes the mouse or the trackpad too far off to the side for my comfort. I have since purchased an ergonomic chair (Steelcase Leap Fabric Chair, Black) with highly adjustable arms, but prior to owning this chair, having the mouse so far out to the side hurt my shoulders. The other issue is the big movement required to reach the mouse. And of course, the wires. I hate wires. So I purchased the bluetooth keyboard from Apple.

Apple Wireless Keyboard
These were great. It had amazing battery life and the keyboard felt good. Due to the shorter length, the mouse or trackpad can be placed right next to the keyboard and you don’t need an exaggerated movement to reach it. One thing that has always bothered me about the wireless keyboard was the angle of the keyboard due to the battery compartment. I kept wishing that it could sit flatter on the desk.

Magic Keyboard
It’s flatter! My wrist is thankful for it. This alone convinced me to purchase it. The rechargeable battery is also a great improvement from the previous generation. Some people worry that the built in battery will need to be replaced, but I am fairly certain that I will want to replace my keyboard before the battery dies. And if it does die, I can always plug in the lightning cable and use it as a wired keyboard. Battery life is great. I initially purchased the Magic Keyboard back in 10/29/2015. It came with a 99% charge. It’s now 11/11/2015 and still has 82% remaining. I use my computer A LOT because I work from home and write software for a living.

The much talked about key travel is also worth mentioning. I type around 120 words per minute. I was able to reach that speed on Typeracer (it’s an online typing game where you compete with others – type faster, and your race car moves fasters towards the finish line) immediately, but it just didn’t feel right. The only thing I have to say is to give it a chance. Your brain with adapt to it. It feels like my fingers are using less force and doing less work. I don’t notice it much anymore because I’m so used to it (that is not until I use another keyboard).

The other thing that really bothered me was the arrow keys. The left and right keys are full sized but the up and down keys are not. This kept throwing off my muscle memory. My fingers kept missing the up and down keys as I instinctively reached for them. Also, due to the lower profile of the keys, it was harder to get the tactile feedback to discern between the keys. The old Wireless Keyboard had a deeper groove separating the up and down keys so it was easier to sense the keys. I eventually got used to this, too, though it took a bit longer. Looking at the keyboard I can see why Apple made this design choice.

Finally, the keyboard looks better and sleeker than the previous generation. Attached are some photos for comparison.

Do I love it (5 stars)? Well, no, because I thought the original price was expensive enough but this one is even more expensive at $100 ($30 jump). But I really do like it, hence the 4 stars. I would not have trouble recommending it to someone who already has the original Wireless Keyboard.

Update 12/6/2015:
Someone asked if it’s loud compared to the old wireless keyboard. I just tested it, and although the sound different, the previous generation is definitely louder. They sound different (older one has more bass). I’m not sure how much these will help, but below are the recordings for comparison.

Previous Apple Wireless Keyboard

New Magic Keyboard
Also, I haven’t had to recharge my battery yet. I’m at 47%.

Update 4/29/2016:
Still loving it. The rechargeable battery is great. Even though the previous model has great battery life, I still find it annoying whenever I have to replace the batteries and I have none readily available. I ran into this exact situation last week (I still have the previous gen). The rechargeable battery is just one less thing to worry about. - Customer Reviews: Apple Magic Keyboard (MLA22LL/A)


Walmart Review by John :star::star::star::star::star:

Great product

Great keyboard - Customer Reviews: Apple Magic Keyboard (MLA22LL/A)


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Best Buy Review by ParentNeedsGift :star::star::star::star::star:

Apple does it again!

Ushering in a new generation of products - this keyboard update is a long time in coming!!! Anyone who used the original Apple wireless bluetooth keyboard, knows how great of a design it was, reducing desk clutter, needing no wires, and running for (often months) on a single set of 3 AA batteries (later they came out with a 2 battery model.) Well, the major improvement this time, was a sleeker smoother design / thinner key profile, but most importantly, absolutely no batteries! With just a brief plug in with the lighting connector, your keyboard charges and runs optimally for extended periods of time (weeks/months depending on frequency of use.) My biggest complaint with the old model, was the batteries failing right in the middle of a project, and having to swap my AA battery rotation, and there was no way to use the keyboard during the charging, if I didn't have them ready. Never again will this be an issue. Simply use the lighting connector (any Apple user has this already nearby) and enjoy full keyboard usage while charging! Way-to-go, Apple!! Similar battery-less versions of the Apple mouse and Trackpad have been released as well, so we can say goodbye now to the recurring battery charging of the past! - Customer Reviews: Apple Magic Keyboard (MLA22LL/A)