The Right iMac Keyboard - Which One Can I Use?

Apple keyboard

If you order an Apple iMac (no matter which model), the Apple Wireless Keyword in aluminum design is automatically included. I now also use Apple's wireless keyboard on my MacBook Pro because it is simply more pleasant to type with it while you are away from the MacBook screen. But of course you can also connect a USB keyboard to the iMac - even if it's not that fancy because the cable runs across the desk.

Apple keyboard
Apple keyboard as it comes with the iMac. Unfortunately for me already a little crouched. :)

When it comes to keyboards, prolific writers and programmers have different opinions: keystroke, damping, stroke and keyboard layout are characteristics that people like to argue about. I can even understand that to some extent, because if the keyboard layout isn't right, it can actually drive you insane. If you would like to try it out, you can add and select the US keyboard via “System Settings” -> “Keyboard” -> “Input Sources”. He will quickly notice how annoying it is when unfamiliar characters pop up in the editor that you don't want at all. :)

Alternatives to the original Apple iMac keyboard

But actually I would just like to briefly introduce you to a shopping list with keyboards that are well compatible with the Apple iMac and are therefore suitable as (cheaper) replacements for the original keyboard. I only have keyboards with a German keyboard layout (QWERTZ) in the list and accordingly do not mention it again in the descriptions.

25,01 EUR
Apple keyboard with numeric keypad - MB110D / B
For tax consultants, accountants and other people who inevitably have to work a lot with numbers on the Mac, this keyboard with number pad is certainly the keyboard of choice. Although it is wireless, it is just as indestructible as the small Bluetooth keyboard without a numeric keypad from Apple.
Logitec Easy-Switch - illuminated keyboard
This Bluetooth copy from Logitech is recommended for fans of keyboard lighting. Another top feature is the ability to pair the keyboard with multiple devices (Macs, iPads and iPhones!) And then switch from one device to the other at the touch of a button. For developers and people who have to work on multiple computers, this is an incredible relief. The keyboard layout corresponds 1: 1 to the Apple layout.
Wireless bluetooth keyboard
This wireless keyboard is optically very close to the design of Apple. The QWERTY keyboard layout is almost the same (except for the media eject key). At a price of less than EUR 20, you are in the right place if you are looking for an inexpensive replacement keyboard with Bluetooth. Small drawback: the keyboard switches to standby after a few minutes. If you press something after a long pause, the first character is swallowed because it is used to wake up. The keyboard also works perfectly with iOS devices.
Solar keyboard K750 from Logitec
This keyboard is Mac-compatible and available in different colors. The solar cells charge the wireless keyboard and provide enough charge to work with it in the dark for 3 weeks. The workmanship is said to be good, but not as good as the Apple keyboard. And a customer mentions that the batteries roughly give up after 2 years, which is a shame because they cannot be changed.
Apple USB Keyboard A1048
For the sake of completeness, I would also like to introduce the old, white crumb box that used to come with the Macs. The acrylic look is something, but unfortunately you can see all the dirt that is collecting in the case thanks to the transparent design. Despite everything: a cult keyboard!
diNovo wireless keyboard with block of 10 from Logitec
As far as I could see, this keyboard is the only wireless keyboard that works with a block of 10 on the Mac. However, it works over 2,4 GHz and not over Bluetooth, so a small radio module has to be connected to a USB port in the Mac.
Ergonomic keyboard vpn Microsoft - also for Mac
The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 is an old product. It comes with the QWERTY layout, but not with MAC keys, so you will have to get used to it at first. I find it a bit confusing that the product photo shows an English keyboard layout, while the QWERTY layout is propagated in the product description. When in doubt, just make a complaint ... but the selection of ergonomic keyboards for the Mac is very limited and this keyboard seems to be one of the few good ones.

For those who love something special, here's a treat:

Mechanical keyboard SteelSeries 6Gv2
The SteelSeries 6Gv2 USB keyboard is known to gamers. The buttons trigger the contact mechanically, which results in low latency. It weighs over 1 kilogram and is therefore certainly not the best choice if you want to go on a trip. But if you liked the old Cherry keyboards, you will have fun with the mechanical keyboard from SteelSeries. Frequent writers such as programmers and authors praise this keyboard.

If you still prefer the original iMac keyboard from Apple, you should access it here:

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I hope the article showed you some interesting keyboards for the Mac. If you have any tips, I would be happy if you could tell me a product that you particularly like.

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