If you’re a new Mac owner, you’ve probably noticed that Mac keyboards look slightly different than those used on Windows PCs. Even worse, your options for native Mac keyboards are quite limited compared to the nearly endless selections of keyboards that everyone else has.
If you’re looking for the best wireless keyboard for your Mac or MacBook, one of these excellent offering choices might be for you
The first keyboard on our list is the only first party device here. If you have a MacBook or one of the desktop Macs that came with a wired keyboard, the latest Apple Magic Wireless Keyboard offers an excellent wireless experience. We loved the original Magic Keyboard, but it had some issues.
The main problem was the addiction to AA batteries, which always seemed to run out just when you wanted to get down to business. The new generation of Magic Keyboard has a built-in rechargeable battery, so at worst you’ll need to plug it in before you get on with things.
The Magic Keyboard is also excellent for iPad and iPhone users, letting you do real work. Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t provide an easy way to quickly switch between devices. Other than that, this is an excellent general purpose wireless Mac keyboard that is fantastic to type on and takes up almost no space. Unfortunately that streamlined shape comes at the expense of a full-sized numeric keypad and cursor keys.
This is by far the safest choice. We think most people will be thrilled with the original Apple, but if you’re looking for something a little more special, read on!
Macs have historically been the tool of choice for creative professionals. From video editing to audio production and everything in between, Macs are reliable professional workhorses. This is where Craft Advanced’s party makeup sets itself apart from the competition. At the top left of the wireless keyboard, you’ll find a circular knob called a “crown”.
This can be used to fine tune things in the software you are using. For example, you can use it to scroll through a video timeline or to fine-tune color channels. It depends on the specific software support for the control surface, but if you’re using apps that are officially compatible with Craft, it can be a real productivity boon.
Of course, if you’re a super serious creative pro, you might want to look at dedicated control devices. But for those who don’t need high-end creative hardware controls, Craft is an interesting half step.
Apple’s keyboards are comfortable enough to type on, but that doesn’t mean they have good long-term ergonomics. If you spend countless hours typing on your Mac, you owe your health and comfort to get something a little more wrist-friendly.
Logitech Ergo K860 is a full-fledged curved split keyboard model with native Mac support. Like other Mac-compatible keyboards from Logitech, the keys are double-labeled with Windows and Mac commands, so you can easily switch between macOS and Windows via Boot Camp.
Aside from the radical curve of this keyboard, it also features a rather innovative palm lift. Which is the opposite of how keyboard lifts usually work. The shape and design are the result of research that showed where the main stress points are when typing. According to Logitech, the K860 should minimize wear on tired joints.
If you’re a MacBook user or have an Apple Magic keyboard, you might be very happy with your setup overall. That is, until you have to start doing taxes or the boss needs a spreadsheet yesterday. So the general lack of a numeric keypad can be a huge productivity problem. It is no joke to enter data using the row of numbers at the top of the keyboard.
The good news is that you don’t have to buy an entire full keyboard to access a numeric keypad. HoRiMe makes this wonderful wireless numeric keypad, which also has full size cursor keys. While it’s easy to find many keypads like this one that use a wired connection, this is one of the few that use Bluetooth. This is a big deal for a few reasons. On modern MacBooks that only have a small number of Thunderbolt ports, you’d need a clunky dongle to connect a wired number pad. Which makes this wireless numeric keypad a much more elegant solution.
If you’re already using a wireless keyboard, this also helps you maintain a wireless workspace. We like that it matches Apple’s peripheral aesthetic too, so it won’t look out of place next to your Mac.
The only real problem is the use of the micro USB for charging. USB C would have been a more sensible choice these days. In the larger scheme of things, this is less of a problem.
5. The “All Apple” wireless choice: Logitech K380
Yes, the latest keyboard on our list of the best wireless keyboards for Mac is once again a Logitech, but that just shows how the peripheral giant continues to make products! This K380, also available in colors other than pink, offers an interesting alternative to the standard Magic Keyboard.
We particularly like the round keys, which use scissor switches. So it should feel pretty close to the traditional laptop typing experience. Which of course is also the case with the Magic Keyboard. However, apart from the price, why not just buy the Apple keyboard? It all comes down to simple multi-device switching. You can register three different devices and then simply press one of the three device buttons on the keyboard to switch between them seamlessly.
For example, if you have a Mac, a Macbook, and an iPad, you can register all three and use a keyboard for text entry for all of them. This could also be useful for Apple TV owners who want to quickly enter text. We weren’t able to confirm Apple TV compatibility, but in practice almost any iOS compatible keyboard should work.
While the Mac accessories market is relatively small compared to the PC market, that doesn’t mean you need to be happy with whatever Apple shipped with your computer. While these five choices are, in our opinion, some of the best wireless keyboards for Mac in their respective categories, there are still far more choices for Mac lovers.
While you’re waiting for your shiny new keyboard to arrive, why not check out the best keyboard shortcuts for macOS? If you’re struggling with your old keyboard, you should also switch to Some Keys on Your Mac Not Working Properly? In case you think your current keyboard is broken when it may not be!
What’s the best Mac keyboard you’ve ever used? Share your experiences in the comments and give us your wireless keyboard recommendations for Mac.