6 Best Alternatives to Apple’s Magic Keyboard

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Do you need to replace your Mac’s Magic keyboard but don’t really want to pay the “Apple tax?” Or what about that hated default “Butterfly” keyboard that leads you to prefer to use an external keyboard? You’re in luck. We’ve assembled a list of some great alternative keyboards that maintain the functionality and mimic the aesthetics of Apple’s bundled keyboard, all without breaking the bank.

1. Anker Ultra Compact Profile Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard

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This super-slim keyboard from Anker looks like it was lifted straight out of a MacBook. The compact keyboard has a sleek aluminum finish that will look right at home among other Apple gadgets. Furthermore, the Anker Ultra Compact Profile keyboard connects via Bluetooth. This makes it compatible with virtually everything from macOS to Windows, iOS and Android. To top it all off, the Anker Ultra Compact keyboard has incredible battery life. A single charge can last an entire month, based on two hours of non-stop use per day!

2. Macally Ultra-Slim USB Wired Keyboard/Macally Slim USB Wired Compact Mini Keyboard

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If you don’t need a wireless keyboard, you may want to consider the ultra slim keyboards from Macally. The Macally Ultra-Slim USB Wired Keyboard is a full-sized extended keyboard with a ten-key numeric keypad for data entry. Furthermore, there are twenty Apple shortcut keys, including cut/copy/paste, iTunes control, Volume up/down and more. In addition, there are multimedia shortcuts for Windows-based PCs.

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On the other hand, the Macally Slim USB Wired Compact Mini Keyboard is only two-thirds the size of a normal keyboard. Despite its small size, it still features full-size keys and thirteen Apple shortcut keys as well as multimedia shortcuts or Windows. Both Macally keyboards feature an aluminum finish with white keys that evoke the Apple aesthetic. Additionally, each keyboard has a long 4-foot 7-inch USB cable.

3. Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard

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If you need a wireless keyboard but shudder at the prospect of swapping out batteries or recharging it, the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard is for you. This keyboard is totally solar powered and can run for up to three months in total darkness on a single charge. Furthermore, the Logitech K750 can be charged by any light source, including indoor lighting.  The K750 keyboard also features the familiar Mac layout, complete with a Launchpad hotkey. The only downside to this particular keyboard is that it does not operate via Bluetooth. Instead, it connects via a 2.4 GHz receiver, meaning it will chew up one of your USB ports.

4. Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard

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If you’re after a more premium keyboard, look no further than the Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard. This is a sleek, extended keyboard with a full numeric keypad. The keyboard connects via Bluetooth and can be connected to up to three devices simultaneously. The Satechi keyboard has a selector switch to quickly switch between your smartphone, tablet and computer, all without having to connect and disconnect. Furthermore, the keyboard charges via USB-C and can last for 80 hours of uninterrupted use before needing a top-up. Finally, the Satechi Aluminum Bluetooth Keyboard comes in four different colors: Space Grey, Silver, Gold and Rose Gold.

5. iHome Full Size Mac Keyboard

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iHome has been making Apple-compatible peripherals for years, so it should come as no surprise that iHome has a keyboard that looks the part. The iHome Full Size Mac keyboard is about as basic as you can get. It connects to your Mac via USB and features a numeric keypad with dedicated multimedia keys. It’s not all that flashy, but it is inexpensive and sleek.

6. Nixeus Moda Pro Keyboard

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Mechanical keyboards are more robust and a more improved typing experience. In addition, the clicky sound that the keys make is very satisfying. If you want a mechanical keyboard that fits in with the rest of your Apple gizmos, you’re going to want to check out the Nixeus Moda. The keyboard is made from steel and features a key switch rating of 50 million keystrokes, ensuring it can go the distance. Furthermore, you can choose between the compact or full-sized model.

If none of the above attracts you, you can try to build your own custom mechanical keyboard. Check out our two-part detailed guide for that.