I’m here with a brief look at the new Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. This is being launched alongside the new 2017 iMacs as a custom add. This is $30 more expensive than the standard keyboard, so it retails for $129.
This basically replaces a 10-year-old wired USB keyboard. We finally get a successor to that. I never thought we will see it, but we finally have it. It has an internal rechargeable battery, and this works either via Bluetooth or a USB connection. So you’ll get the best of both worlds! Now, just like the other Magic accessories, it instantly pairs. To pair this to your Mac, all you have to do is connect the USB cable to the Mac. And you could disconnect it once that’s done. Or you could go to your Bluetooth settings and find it on your devices. And as I said, if you want to use it as a wired keyboard, all you have to do is turn off Bluetooth. And because the cable is removable, that means that if the cable is damaged you don’t have to replace the entire keyboard.
This is basically the same design as a Magic Keyboard but just extended to the right for all the additional buttons. We’ll find a power switch in the upper right corner along with a Bluetooth radio in the left corner. The keyboard does have a nice incline to it, but it’s definitely much shallower than the previous model. But it does make it more compact for portability. And so, this makes it a great option for your iPad. If you look at the old keyboard next to the new keyboard, for the most part, the buttons are in the same place. There are some changes to the icons; the top function row was thinner and the bottom row was taller.
I’ve actually been using the Magic Keyboard since it came out. For the most part, I consider it to be a pretty big improvement over the previous generation. The keys are wider, and I think they’re a little more accurate. They’re not as wobbly and mushy as before, so to me, they feel a lot quicker. I really have no complaints about it. The only thing I would like to see is a little firmer click, sort of like the MacBook Pro. But then it might get a bit noisier.
The 10-year-old wired keyboard did have one feature that I think a lot of people liked and those were the 2 USB connectors that were located on either side. This became less useful with USB 3 and the power demands of more modern equipment. That’s why a lot of things just didn’t work with it. But it was kind of nice to have this hub sort of right next to your keyboard.
In terms of battery life, I’m able to get at least a month on a single charge. And that’s the case with the full-sized keyboard as well. Like most Apple products it’s also made out of aluminum. It is fairly rigid, but it does flex. But even if it flexes quite a bit, it still snaps back to a stable form. Thus, it doesn’t wobble on your desk.
For me, I don’t really think I have a need for the numeric keypad, but it is nice to the directional keys for gaming. But ultimately I think I prefer a more compact keyboard just because it keeps me closer to the mouse. So that’s going to do it from me in this quick look.
Again this is available with your iMac order or you can pick this up in the store separately.