The Mac mini is the most affordable Mac that you can get with your money. However, it's also the most affordable because you need to bring in your own accessories, including a display, mouse, and a keyboard! It's not an all-in-one solution, but for some people, that works out better. And if you're looking for a great keyboard for your Mac mini, here are some of our favorites.
Type away with a great keyboard for your Mac mini
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The classic Apple keyboard that you know (and maybe love?), comes with all the features you need to run macOS smoothly and seamlessly. All the shortcuts you could want are present, and the slim and small profile makes it really great for small spaces. The variation with an integrated number pad is an excellent choice if you crunch in numbers a lot.
Optimized for MacOS
Satechi's keyboard looks very similar to Apple's Magic Keyboard with the Numeric Keypad and has a nice, comfortable slant for typing. Although it lacks all the bells and whistles of a wireless keyboard, it does offer a reliable wired connection via an included USB-A cable. The keyboard is available in two Apple-friendly colors, space grey, and silver.
One of the best
The Logitech MX Keys is a compact keyboard designed with Mac in mind that has plenty of useful additional features. It feels like the Apple Magic Keyboard, but it is much more customizable through Logitech's software, and it's more comfortable to use with the fingertip grooves in each key. You can also pair multiple devices with it.
For a low-cost alternative to Apple's Magic Keyboard, you'll be happy with iClever Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo. It uses the Magic Keyboard's scissor mechanism keys, so your typing experience will be very familiar. iClever blended adaptability, quality materials, and craftsmanship to give the keyboard a luxurious finish that matches the premium feel of the Mac mini.
Great and customizable mechanical
The Keychron Q1 is the keyboard of choice for our resident mechanical keyboard expert, Christine Romero-Chan. The 75% layout is a perfect combination of the essentials and small, compact size, but there are also other Q-series boards if you need more keys or a different layout. Keychron's Q-series feature an all-metal body, double gasket mount design, hot-swappable PCB, south-facing RGB lights, and can be customized through VIA software, including the optional rotary knob.
For the gamers
Our friends over at Windows Central enjoy the Logitech G915 TKL. This keyboard uses aircraft-grade aluminum alloy for a thin but rigid design that is also durable, so it's great for gaming sessions. You have the choice of GL Linear, Tactile, and Clickly low-profile switches. Since this is a wireless keyboard, you can get up to 30 hours of use on one full charge, and with the G-HUB software from Logitech, you can even customize the RGB lighting and macros for your needs.
Bring your own keyboard
Apple's Mac mini is one of the best Macs that you can buy, especially if you want to customize your entire setup from the get-go. Because unlike the iMac, the Mac mini requires you to bring your own display, mouse, and the best keyboard. It's definitely for those who just want a Mac to power up the rest of their workstation, and don't necessarily care for the all-in-one convenience of an iMac or even a great MacBook.
If you want the most Apple-like experience with your Mac mini though, you can't go wrong with the Apple Magic Keyboard. It's super compact, thin, and lightweight, making it a perfect accessory. And if you're already accustomed to Apple's switch mechanisms, the Magic Keyboard welcomes your familiarity.
Personally, I like to go with a mechanical keyboard, so the Keychron Q1 is my keyboard of choice every day. I love feeling each keystroke, and the tactile feeling and clicking sounds of a mechanical switch just make my day complete. Those who prefer a low-profile board like the Magic Keyboard, but want more customization and power should look into Logitech's MX Keys.
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Christine Romero-Chan was formerly a Senior Editor for iMore. She has been writing about technology, specifically Apple, for over a decade at a variety of websites. She is currently part of the Digital Trends team, and has been using Apple’s smartphone since the original iPhone back in 2007. While her main speciality is the iPhone, she also covers Apple Watch, iPad, and Mac when needed.
When she isn’t writing about Apple, Christine can often be found at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, as she is a passholder and obsessed with all things Disney, especially Star Wars. Christine also enjoys coffee, food, photography, mechanical keyboards, and spending as much time with her new daughter as possible.
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