Desperately seeking keyboard recommendations [Setups]

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Which keyboard would you suggest for this setup?
Which keyboard would you suggest for this setup?
Photo: KunalBH@Reddit

Redditor KunalBH bought a compact, no-frills Anker keyboard to use with his iPad in 2017. Now he’s asking the universe for help finding a worthy replacement (or additional) keyboard for his MacBook Pro-based setup.

Passionate suggestions are pouring in. See below for some of the leading contenders.

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The lineup the keyboard will join

The winning keyboard will handle input entry for a setup featuring a 2020 MacBook Pro with an Intel i5 chip displaying externally on a Dell S2421HN 24-inch HD 1080p Monitor.  The mouse is a basic number from Microsoft.

With that, KunalBH runs audio through 80-watt Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers and charges his Apple Watch and small devices on a Seneo QI Wireless Charging Pad.

The contenders

The suggestions range from modern computer keyboards to customizable mechanical keyboards.

Gamers, programmers and all sorts of other folks get super-specific about how typing feels and their related preferences. Old-school mechanical keyboards have plastic switches under the keys rather than membranes. That gives each keystroke a customizable amount of definition and sound.

Anything Keychron

As we know from a million Setups posts, Keychron mechanical keyboards are all the rage. In addition to the general suggestion of Keychron by one Redditor, another commenter put forward their Keychron K4 V2.

“Can confirm my K4 v2 works perfectly with my mac and it comes with keys to swap it to Windows caps if you want. Plus it has physical toggles for wired and bluetooth and mac or windows layouts which [is] handy,” they said.

Logitech Craft Wireless

Logitech is another favorite among Redditors for its offerings in both the mouse and keyboard departments.

The Craft is notable for its “creative input dial.” That’s a nob in the upper left corner that lets the user access context-specific functions.

Logitech MX Keys

Another popular choice is the Logitech MX Keys Advanced Illuminated Wireless Keyboard for Mac. One commenter called it “perfect for Mac and low-profile typing.”

In addition to having keys you can easily customize for your Mac workflow, it’s engineered with “dished keys” – that is, with fingertip recesssions on the surface — for comfortable typing.

Logitech Ergo K860 Wireless Ergonomic Keyboard with Wrist Rest

This keyboard is raised in the middle to split the keyboard into two sloping sides, providing improved typing posture with reduced strain on the wrists and forearms. It also comes with a wrist rest.

Vortex Tab 90M Mechanical Keyboard

One fan of this model called themselves a huge fan, saying “… compact keyboard, with numpad, and still has the double size 0 key on the numpad.” What more do you need to know? Oh. Everything. Well, click the link above to see the different key switches ordered.

For his part, KunalHB replied that it’s a stunning keyboard, “however a little out of my budget for one.” It’s about $160, depending on the customizations.

Anything mechanical, really

The link above, offered to KunalBH by a helpful commenter, simply points to the Reddit thread about mechanical keyboards. In it you can learn at your own pace about the lengths people will go to for a specific look and feel, often having a keyboard built-to-order.

Apple Magic Keyboard with Touch ID

This new product coming soon from Apple got a mention in the post, but the Touch ID functionality will only work with M1-powered Macs. KunalBH’s MacBook Pro has an Intel i5 chip. He can use it as a nice, new keyboard otherwise, though.

Shop these items now:

2020 MacBook Pro i5

Dell S2421HN 24-inch HD 1080p Monitor

Logitech Z333 2.1 Speakers

Seneo Apple Watch / QI Wireless Charging Pad

Klearlook Vertical Laptop Stand

Anker Ultracompact Wireless Keyboard

Microsoft Basic Optical Mouse

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