The Magic Keyboard

Wow, the arrow keys’ resizing is jarring, just like all the reviews said.

I find myself at my local Apple Specialist store once again looking to see if they have Magic Keyboards available, and for the third time in the last week, they’ve sold out before I could get a hold of one. But thankfully, they now have Magic Keyboards available for me to test on a display table with iMacs. Here’s my first impressions.

It’s really easy to type on this board because I’m used to mechanical keys with lots of resistance. All that a Magical key needs is a soft tap. I don’t feel like I’m pressing very hard before the key is down and the job is done—it’s not getting any lower. These keys want to be move at the slightest touch. If you’ve tapped out at the bottom of a keypress you’ll feel a jarring thud, as is the case with most chiclet keyboards.

The one detail that strikes me as odd is the Eject key. I realize that many people still use external CD-ROM drives, but considering how often Apple moves away from the old and advances the new, it feels like a relic. No doubt, the keys that will see the least action are F5, F6, and Eject. Too bad that the top-right space on the board is used for a thing of the past, because that key’s space would be great serving another purpose. Can’t imagine what it would be, though.

Other than that, this keyboard is 99% invisible in all the right ways. You’ll hardly notice a difference if you’re used to the previous Apple Wireless Keyboard unless you usually pay close attention to hardware details. I can tell a difference and I like the subtle improvements.