Best alternatives to Apple's Magic Keyboard 2024

Many Mac computers come with the Apple-branded Magic Keyboard, and you either love it or hate it. The keyboards on this list are specifically for those of you who like the Magic Keyboard's general design but are looking for something slightly different. If it's time for a new keyboard, you might want to explore the other options and see what's available outside of the Applesphere. On that note, here are the best alternatives to Apple's Magic Keyboard.

Here are the best alternatives to Apple's Magic Keyboard

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Still want the official Apple Magic Keyboard?

There's one thing that no third-party keyboard can give you, however, and that's Touch ID. If you want Touch ID, or if you just need a keyboard that matches perfectly with your Mac aesthetic, then the Magic Keyboard is the only way to go. Here are the best options to pair with a Mac desktop computer. 

Which Magic Keyboard alternative should you choose?

If you love the Magic Keyboard, but you want something just a little bit different, you're sure to like one of the keyboards on this list. They all have a similar functionality but offer something a bit different. An iMore favorite is the Logitech K380 Multi-Device Bluetooth Keyboard. It's great to be able to switch between your Mac, iPhone, and iPad quickly. You can't go wrong with any of the Logitech keyboards. Of course, those of us who need to type a lot of numbers love Apple's Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad and find it worth the upgrade. If you want something with more tactile feedback, check out our best mechanical keyboards for Mac list.

However, if you want something inexpensive that you can toss into your bag when you're on the go, then pick up an Arteck HB220B Universal Slim Keyboard. It's compact at just 9.7-inches-by-5.9-inches-by-0.24-inches and the battery will last six months between charges with typical use. Plus, you get backlighting in all of those fun colors.

On the other hand, if you're looking for something else besides Apple-style keyboards, we've rounded up some other great keyboards for Mac for you. That list includes a variety of different styles, something for everyone.

Karen S Freeman

Karen is a contributor to as a writer and co-host of the iMore Show. She’s been writing about Apple since 2010 with a year-long break to work at an Apple Store as a product specialist. She's also a contributor at TechRadar and Tom's Guide. Before joining iMore in 2018, Karen wrote for Macworld, CNET, AppAdvice, and WatchAware. She’s an early adopter who used to wait in long lines on release days before pre-ordering made things much easier. Karen is also a part-time teacher and occasional movie extra. She loves to spend time with her family, travel the world, and is always looking for portable tech and accessories so she can work from anywhere.

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