Magic Keyboard Touch ID Review: Apple’s office wireless keyboard

Ergonomics

The build quality of this Magic Keyboard is like Apple’s always unmistakable. The anodized aluminum chassis gives it a high-end look and it is also very rigid despite its extreme thinness (almost 0.4 cm at the front and 1.1 cm at the rear). The slight tilt of the keyboard is very limited, but above all fixed, if there are no reversible feet; the keyboard is on 4 non-slip pads. Such goodness has the least advantage of avoiding using a palm rest to raise his hands.

The keyboard is so thin.

The keyboard is so thin.

With almost 369 g on the scale, it can be carried anywhere, even if its length is not suitable for all backpacks due to the presence of the numeric keypad. It’s actually 41.9 cm wide, which is pretty standard for a full keyboard, but it’s shallow (11.5 cm).

The cover of the black keys is neat and pleasing, but beware, it retains fingerprints a lot. The layout of the keys is pretty classic for the Mac and we can find at the “F” level function keys some interesting shortcuts; multimedia key first, but also the very practical Spotlight search, a key to activate the concentration mode or those dedicated to adjusting the screen brightness in particular.

Between the F12 and F13 keys, Apple has removed its Touch ID, its fingerprint reader that is used to instantly unlock your computer – the equivalent of Windows Hello – but also to pass secure steps or paying in the Apple Store or iTunes, for example. , without having to type in your password. A useful feature, which is unfortunately reserved for computers with the M1 chip.

The Touch ID key is very practical.

The Touch ID key is very practical.

You can connect the keyboard via Bluetooth in a few clicks or connect it to your Mac using the provided Lightning cable which also allows you to recharge it. As such, by 2022, we want to have a USB-C socket, which has now become the standard connection. Note that unfortunately we cannot access the battery if there is a problem.
Apple has announced a battery life of a month or more (depending on usage). A long life allowed in the absence of backlighting. But it’s available on some high-end competition keyboards like Logitech’s MX Keys or Razer’s Pro Type Ultra.

The keyboard is charged using the Lightning cable.

The keyboard is charged using the Lightning cable.

The Magic Keyboard can also be connected to a PC. Just turn it on and it will be recognized directly by the computer in the Windows Bluetooth settings. Unless you’re a fan of keyboard design, it’s obviously not recommended because Apple’s screen printing is different and many of the shortcuts don’t work.

Finally, to the right of the Lightning connection, there is an on/off button.



Under the keyboard.


The on/off button.

Strong points

  • Ultra-thin and light.

  • Very good construction.

  • Easy Touch ID.

  • Good autonomy.

  • Hilom.

Weak points

  • Touch ID is only compatible with the M1.

  • There is no multipoint connection.

  • No backlight.

  • Irreplaceable battery.

  • Charging using only the Lightning cable.

Conclusion

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Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

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There’s nothing wrong with the manufacturing quality of Apple’s Magic Keyboard, which is also a model of goodness and lightness. We appreciate the presence of a practical Touch ID, but the keyboard suffers from some drawbacks for a model placed at such a price point. Thus there is no backlighting, no multipoint connection, and the keyboard is difficult to use on the PC while the reverse is usually easier. Finally, the Magic Keyboard Touch ID is a great option if you need a fingerprint reader, if not other keyboards as much as ours.

Sub Notes

  • Ergonomics

    Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

  • struck

    Editor's Rating: 4 out of 5

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