Apple Wireless Keyboard vs. Apple Magic Keyboard A Review & Comparison


Apple’s newest line of wireless peripherals are shipping out with their new Mac computers, but you can also buy them for $79.99 each in the Apple store or on Amazon. Whether you have the original and are thinking about upgrading, want a new keyboard and can’t decide if you should get the new or the old, or just wondering how Apple’s newest keyboard compares, we’ll go over the details to help you make a decision.

The Original Apple Wireless Keyboard


The original Apple wireless keyboard came in multiple versions, which are difficult to tell apart. The first generation has four batteries, the second three, and the third two. I have the newest model, the 2 AA battery option.

This keyboard features a solid aluminum frame, a push button tucked out of sight on one end, a near invisible on light (turns on when you press the power button), a round metal backing that serves to prop the keyboard up ergonomically, and white keys. It does not include a numeric keyboard. Laser etched chiclet keyboard caps, and scissor keys make for a nice typing experience, with a low profile, with a slight tactile bump and an audible click when they key actuates. This is great for a typist, because the keys don’t exhaust your hands, although the smaller keyboard does take some time to get used to.

The Apple Wireless keyboard features Bluetooth and automatically goes into low power mode when it’s not in use for a few minutes. This allows the batteries to last for months, even if you don’t routinely turn the power off when you leave.

The New Apple Magic Keyboard


Much like the original Apple Wireless Keyboard, the Apple Magic Keyboard is made of aluminum, features white etched chiclet caps, scissor keys (although a different design) and a slight upward tilt for ergonomic typing.

There are, however, many differences. First, the new Magic Keyboard does not use AA batteries, but is rechargeable via lightning port. The charging port is located conveniently on the back of the keyboard, and surprisingly, the first charge lasted me 2 months of heavy use (8-12 hours per day).

The upward tilt Isn’t as much as on the original Wireless Keyboard, and there isn’t any space under the keyboard, because rather than propping it up from the back, the new Magic Keyboard just gently slopes up. This creates a sleeker, more modern design, and is more convenient if you’re prone to eating around your keybaord because you won’t be losing anything under. Conversely, you can’t hide things under it either.

Main Differences:

  • Magic Keyboard keys are lower profile so you don’t have to press as hard
  • They’re also lighter to type with, so they won’t exhaust your hands as easily.
  • Rechargeable battery
  • The space between the keys and the keyboard is smaller, making it less likely for debris to become lodged in the cracks.
  • Its lighter, at just 0.5 lbs.
  • Nicer feel while typing

Other than that, there aren’t actually that many differences. Both keyboards are great if you like Apple, perfect if you’re a writer, and overall pretty terrible for gamers thanks to the lack of macros, mechanical switches (scissor switches aren’t great for repeated hits on the same key), and lack of a numeric keyboard, but it’s really great for writers and typists who want something portable, lightweight, and cord free.

Should you upgrade from the preivous model? Probably not. The advantages are nice, but small, so you won’t be feeling like you’re stepping into a whole new world of technology. Of course, if you have the disposable funds and you realy hate using rechargeable batteries or throwing batteries out, then it could be a great investment.

Is it the best keyboard ever? Not quite, but it is extremely decent for the money, and the rechargeable factor is very nice.


Click through to page 1 to learn more about the Apple Magic Keyboard 2. Visit page 3 to see an updated review after a year of use.