What keyboard do you use on your Mac? Most of us have Mac notebooks, so most of us– Apple says 80-percent of all Macs sold are notebooks– use the built-in keyboard. That’s the case with my aging MacBook Pro, but what I use more is the desktop iMac with Apple’s Bluetooth keyboard. As keyboards go, Apple’s is decent, perhaps a shade better than average, but keyboards are like lovers; differences are the order of the day. Preferences, too.
I’m looking for a new permanent keyboard and won’t bother to pick up a new Mac notebook until, 1) it comes with Face ID, and, 2) it has a better keyboard (butterfly don’t fly).
Chris Martin has a list of what he determined are the Best Keyboards 2019. Maybe so, maybe not, but there are choices and a good definition of Mechanical vs. Membrane.
Membrane keyboards use a layer of conductive plastic underneath the keys which forms an electrical contact when pressed. Mechanical keyboards, on the other hand, use physical switches underneath each key that are actuated when pressed.
I grew up on mechanical keyboards. Most of them make noise; think clackety-clack-clack. If you think $99 for Apple’s wireless keyboard is a stiff price, check out the Logitech Craft for $199. That price pays for a backlit keyboard, a spherical key imprint, and a dial.
Dial? Think rotating Touch Bar.
Another impressive-looking keyboard is the Hexgears Venture which uses the renowned Hailh Chock mechanical switches with a choice of linear, tactile and smooth, or clicky.
What’s missing in Martin’s list are affordable keyboards.
Over the past few years I purchased a few extra keyboards on Amazon– Anker, Omoton, Logitech, and other brands come to mind– for less than $25 and they feel and perform about as well as Apple’s own Magic Keyboard ($99) but with much better battery life.
Just don’t expect any clackety-clack-clack.
I mention that because, being old school and all, I tend to bang away on keyboards; typing speed nears 70-wpm, irritating sound included, so I need something that feels right and remains durable. I have stuck with the Magic Keyboard (I still have two that use batteries; I know, right?) because feel is consistent and they have been in use for many years.
Unfortunately, there is no keyboard store where one can try out differing keyboard types, and who can believe 891 4.5 star reviews on Amazon?