Best Keyboards for Mac mini iMore 2021
The improved Mac mini (2018) features the same compact and sleek design as its predecessor but carries pretty impressive specs, and we must say, it was worth the wait. As always, Apple requires you to provide your own mouse, keyboard, and monitor. The good news is that your Mac mini will connect to most USB or Bluetooth keyboards. Whether you are looking for a wireless, mechanical, or backlit keyboard, there is something for you. The Apple magic wireless keyboard is our all-time favourite keyboard as it carriers all features for use with a macOS.
- Best Overall: Apple magic wireless keyboard
- Runner-up: Logitech Craft Wireless Keyboard
- Best Budget: Anker Ultra Slim Keyboard
- Best Mechanical: Das Keyboard 4 Professional
- Best Ergonomic: Perixx PERIBOARD-612 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard
Best Overall: Apple magic wireless keyboard
In place of the discontinued wired keyboard, Apple has the magic wireless keyboard, with and without an integrated number pad. If you crunch numbers a lot, the variation with an integrated number pad will do you a lot of good. The extended layout allows room for full-size arrow keys and document navigation controls.
The keyboard comes ready with all features and shortcuts needed to run macOS. It is quite stunning with a sleek compact design, as you would expect from an Apple product. Connecting this keyboard with a Mac mini is straightforward via Bluetooth, giving your desk a break from wires. Besides, it works like magic with all other Mac computers sporting OS X 10.11 or later and iOS devices running iOS 9.1 or later.
The keys are equipped with a scissor-switch mechanism that gives it a low profile and facilitates key travel. As such, you can type in absolute comfort and with precision. The only downside to this keyboard is that it's a bit pricey compared to others on this list.
- Long-lasting rechargeable battery
- Sleek design
- Supports wireless connection
- Excellent navigation controls
- A little bit pricey
Runner-up: Logitech Craft Wireless Keyboard
Logitech is a household name when it comes to quality computer accessories, and the Logitech Craft keyboard is no exception. It is the epitome of functionality, especially for creatives and designers. It would probably be our top pick if it wasn't more expensive than the Apple option.
The craft keyboard connects both wirelessly and using a USB unifying receiver, which means it is quite flexible and can be used with almost every Apple, Android, and Windows device. The keyboard is also built with a sturdy metal frame and the low profile keys create an amazing typing interface that's comfortable to use.
With a backlighting function that auto-adjusts depending on the surrounding light conditions, it's a superb choice for use in dark rooms or when working at night. Also, the keys light up when your hands approach the keyboard. On a full charge, the keyboard's battery can take you through a week of heavy use and up to three months with average use and without backlighting. The special creative dial/knob in the top left corner allows you to quickly adjust settings depending on the apps you are using. The keys have a spherical shape so you can type with absolute precision and stability. It is quite pricey but it spots excellent features, making it one of the most stylish and comfortable keyboards available today.
- Very flexible connectivity
- Excellent performance
- Sturdy, durable build
- Quite expensive
Best Budget: Anker Ultra Slim Keyboard
The Anker universal keyboard features a slim and low-profile design. Measuring 11.3-by-5.0-by-0.5 inches, this keyboard is only two-thirds the size of a conventional keyboard, so it'll take up minimal desk space. The built-in rechargeable battery can last you up to six months on a single charge, which is quite impressive.
Typing is quick, accurate, and comfortable since the keys spot a scissor mechanism, similar to the Apple keyboard. Using Bluetooth as the connection medium, it will easily pair with the Mac min. The keyboard is automated to enter power saving mode after 30 minutes of inactivity. Waking it up is easy as you just press any key and wait for 2-3 seconds.
- Surprisingly affordable
- Features a slim and compatible build
- Compatible with both Macs and Windows
- Connection is wireless
- It is not ergonomic
- Lacks a numeric keypad
Best Mechanical: Das Keyboard 4 Professional
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional gives you a choice between blue and Cherry MX Brown mechanical key switches, so it's is a perfect pick for writers or anyone who is a heavy keyboard user. Since mechanical switches have a tactile bump that activates once you press any key, you'll be able to type faster and longer without having to push keys all the way down. It is designed with rugged construction to withstand over 50 million keystrokes.
The keyboard has two super-fast USB 3.0 ports for the quick transfer of large or HD files. For added comfort and ergonomic incline, the keyboard comes with a magnetic foot bar that doubles up as a well-calibrated ruler. Also, it has a dedicated media control panel with a volume knob for easy media control. As a bonus, the Das Keyboard 4 professional has an instant sleep button to help you save energy. For faster gaming, the keyboard is equipped with NKRO feature. The firmware of the keyboard can be updated and does not require drivers to connect with your Mac mini.
- Excellent quality and design
- Dedicated media buttons
- Superb for both gaming and work
- Updateable firmware
- No backlighting
Best Ergonomic: Perixx PERIBOARD-612 Ergonomic Keyboard
This instinctively designed keyboard is an improved version of the classic wired PERIBOARD-512. What sets this keyboard apart is the ergonomic, full-size split design. The split design allows your hands to assume a natural typing position. You don't have to artificially straighten your fingers, as is the case with regular keyboards. Also, it works great with the 10-finger typing system.
The 3D keyboard design gives it a natural curve, which prevents the development of mouse arm, a form of RSI syndrome. If you've already developed any of these complaints, this keyboard will bring you undeniable relief.
It's compatible with Mac OS X 10.10 and above or Windows 10 and above. You can always switch between two wireless connection options. The default 2.4GHz and Bluetooth 4.0. It comes with four switchable keys and a key puller. That way, you can optimise the keyboard for use with Macs or PCs.
- Dual wireless connectivity
- Compatible with both Macs and Pcs
- Dedicated multimedia keys
- A full-size ergonomic key split
- The home/end/pg up/down keys have a weird layout.
The freedom to choose your keyboard, mouse, and screen to use with the Mac mini gives you the freedom to settle for the best and set up your workstation however you want. Our round-up of the best keyboards focuses on functionality, comfort and value.
All these keyboards are great but the Apple magic wireless keyboard is a mini champ for Mac minis. Besides being crafted for precision and speed, it has a sleek design, excellent controls, and a premium battery. It is ideal for both gaming and typing. Considering that it is an Apple product, it comes ready with all features needed to run macOS.
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Grace Monene is an avid Tech Writer. If she is not reading, she is reviewing or testing new technology. She also probably tweets way too much.
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