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Best Alternatives to Apple’s Magic Keyboard: Logitech K380, Keychron K2, Satechi Slim X3, and more!

Best Alternatives to Apple’s Magic Keyboard: Logitech K380, Keychron K2, Satechi Slim X3, and more!

Apple’s Magic Keyboard is a great keyboard for Mac users. But if you aren’t a fan of it for some reason, there are plenty of amazing third-party alternatives on the market. Whether you want a full-size keyboard with a number pad, something cheaper than the Apple keyboard, or maybe a keyboard that can connect to multiple devices simultaneously, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve compiled some of the best alternatives to Apple’s Magic Keyboard on the market. As the Magic Keyboard itself is wireless and nobody likes to clutter up their desk, we’re only recommending wireless keyboards here. Also, we all know that ports are a luxury on most Macs.


    Slim and backlit

    Designed for Apple users, this Satechi keyboard sports an aluminium finish. It's also a full-size keyboard and can be connected to as many as four Bluetooth devices. What’s more, it features backlit keys with ten levels of brightness.

    Mechanical goodness

    The Keychron K2 is a compact mechanical keyboard that comes with 84 keys. It features Gateron Red Switches, which are great for general use. You’ll also get white LED backlight and a relatively bigger battery.

    Best option for most

    The Logitech K380 is probably the best bang for buck keyboard you can find on the market. It's slim and has a minimalist layout. It can also connect with up to three devices. Unfortunately, it isn't backlit.

    The all-rounder

    If you want pretty much everything on your keyboard -- this is it. The Logitech MX Keys is a full-size backlit keyboard that offers a great typing experience. It's also the most expensive of our picks.

    The budget pick

    If you’re a little tight on the budget, the Seenda multi-device Bluetooth device is a good option. It doesn’t skimp on the features and you get a full-size layout, connectivity with up to three devices, and a slim design.

    With a smartphone stand

    If you're planning to switch between a Mac and an iPad or iPhone, this Macally keyboard is for you. It features a built-in smartphone and tablet stand that makes it easier to mount your tablet or phone. It can also connect with up to three devices.

    Backlit party

    Like the Seenda multi-device keyboard but missing the backlight? This Seenda keyboard has plenty of backlight for you. It can be backlit in seven colors, so it’ll never look boring. Moreover, it can connect with up to four devices.

    Yet another full-size option

    If you're not impressed with other keyboards in this list, maybe this will catch your fancy. Macally Bluetooth Wireless keyboard sports a slim aluminum design and scissor-switch mechanism for a smooth typing experience.

    With numpad

    If you like the Logitech K380 but need the number pad as well, then the Logitech K780 is your best bet. It can easily switch among three devices. In addition, the keyboard is also OS-adaptive, so whether you are using macOS or Windows, it’ll recognize the device and map keys to give a familiar layout.


    Apart from Keychron K2, the Anne Pro 2 is also an excellent mechanical keyboard. You can use it in both wired and wireless modes. In addition, the keyboard is available in a variety of Gateron and Kailh switches. Further, you get full RGB backlighting and macro-programmable keys.

    Ergonomic option

    If you spend a lot of time on the keyboard and want something ergonomic, the Logitech Ergo K860 is an excellent wireless keyboard. It's supposed to cause less strain on your wrists. You also get wrist support for further comfort.

    Premium pick

    Happy Hacking is one of the biggest names in Japanese mechanical keyboards. If money is no bar for you, its Professional Hybrid keyboard is a fantastic wireless keyboard for your Mac. It can connect using a Type-C cable or Bluetooth, and you get a compact form-factor with just 60 keys.

These are some of the best alternatives to Apple’s Magic keyboard that you can buy right now. Logitech K380 and MX Keys are two great options for anyone looking to buy a compact or full-size keyboard, respectively. If you don’t want to spend too much, consider exploring the Seenda Multi-Device Keyboard and the Macally Small Bluetooth Keyboard. There’s a great option for the mechanical keyboard lovers as well — Keychron K2.

Before buying any new keyboard, think about which features you really need in it. Is a number pad really necessary? Are you going to need that backlight? How many devices are you going to connect to it? Answers to questions like these can help you make a smart choice.

Whichever you do end up choosing, let us know about your experience of using it in the comments section. Meanwhile, if you’re in the market for a MacBook Pro case, we have compiled some of the best MacBook Pro cases you can buy. Also, to enhance your macOS experience, we’ve published guides on how to force quit an app and how to completely uninstall an app.

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Gaurav Shukla
Gaurav Shukla

Gaurav has been covering technology for over a decade now. He has done everything from blogging about Android to reporting the latest from the world of Internet giants. When he is not writing about the tech companies, he can be found binge-watching new TV series on the web. You can reach Gaurav at [email protected]

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