Apple MacBook Pro or the MacBook Air are lauded for the slim profile, keyboard, and trackpad. However, if you have to connect them to an external monitor or prop them on a laptop riser, adding an external keyboard makes it easier to type on it for hours. While the Apple Magic Keyboard is the ubiquitous choice for many (thanks to the seamless connectivity), there are quite a few wireless keyboards that are compatible with MacBooks and offer a handful of more features apart from physical difference.
Like the Apple Magic Keyboards, these third-party keyboards are also lightweight and easily carried on backpacks and laptop bags. More importantly, they have a stable connection and remain connected to the MacBook.
So if you are in the market looking for quality wireless keyboards for your MacBook, here are our top recommendations. But first,
Well, the name says it all. The Logitech K380 is designed with MacBooks in mind and comes with its share of dedicated keys and shortcuts. This one is a Bluetooth keyboard and it can connect with other Apple products too. It is compatible with iPadOS and iOS, and should be a good alternative if you don't want to spend too much.
Apart from the handy features, the Logitech K380 has an attractive design, all thanks to its small form factor and rounded keys. The compact build ensures that you can carry it easily along with your laptop.
The keys are comfortable to type and the space between the keys adds to the comfort. They have a decent travel time and nice feedback as per the folks at CNN.
Lastly, the Bluetooth connection is stable. The keyboard stays connected with no significant latency.
However, the affordable pricing means you will have to give up on some features, and in this case, it's the backlit keys.
If you are used to a dedicated number pad on your keyboard, then the Keychron K4 V2 would be a better pick. This one is a full-fledged mechanical keyboard in a smaller package. The latter makes it increasingly easy to carry it around. It works with Apple MacBooks out of the box sans any special configuration.
As noted earlier, it bundles Gateron mechanical switches, and you can take a pick from Red, Blue, and Brown switch varieties. If you are the one who types for long periods, the Red switches are the ones for you.
They are quiet and lets you type without major distractions. At the same time, you get to pick between the regular white backlight or RGB backlight. Naturally, the latter lets you add a bit of flavor to your workstation.
The Keychron K4 V2 has a compact layout and is 96% of typical full-fledged keyboards. The keys have less spacing, and you may need a bit of time to get used to this. But if you often have to deal with numbers and mathematical functions for data entry and need a dedicated number pad on your keyboard, the Keychron K4 V2 makes for a good pick. Besides that, the price is not bad either.
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3. Logitech MX Keys
Battery: Built-in rechargeable battery (up to 10 days)
We have another Logitech keyboard on our list. Like the ones above, this one is designed with Apple MacBooks in mind. The Logitech MX Keys has the same form factor as the Apple Magic Keyboard. The only difference is that this one has an elevated top, which makes it easy to type. The keys are backlit, though you won't find mechanical switches underneath. More importantly, the MX Keys has dual connectivity options and lets you connect via Bluetooth or the proprietary USB wireless dongle.
For the latter, of course, you will have to take the aid of a USB-A to USB-C adapter. That said, the keys are designed with Apple MacBooks in mind and you won't need to re-assign them as is the case with other keyboards. You can customize the backlighting and the function keys with the proprietary software. However, you will have to deal with several permissions, especially if you are on Big Sur.
The MX Keys is a looker and the silver & black combination makes gives it a premium look. At the same time, the keys are recessed, which lets you rest the crown of your fingers briefly when typing. You get an ample amount of space between the keys, which adds to the comfort.
The bottom line is if you are looking for a fuss-free full-fledged membrane keyboard, the MX Keys proves to be a great pick. The typing experience is almost comparable to the Magic Keyboard and has a more ergonomic design.