Magic Keyboard with numeric keypad vs regular

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Filocullen, Sep 23, 2017.

  1. Filocullen macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2013
    Hi, I'm getting my first Imac, given that I don't work with numbers, do you think that the new keyboard with numeric pad increase and make the overall experience easier? I'm undecided which one to get. Any advice?
  2. nambuccaheadsau macrumors 68000


    Oct 19, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    Simple. Do you use a numeric keyboard now?

    If not don't bother. Haven't used one since MDD G4 days.
  3. phairphan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 21, 2005
    Reject Beach
    The full-size arrow keys are a nice addition...
  4. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    I don't personally have a need for the 10-key numeric pad... but the full size up/down arrow keys might be nice. I got the iMac combo with the small keyboard (no keypad) and the Magic Trackpad (2)... then put it in the Bridge from TwelveSouth... that combination is about the same size as the full size keyboard with numeric keypad... and works well for my needs. I also have a Magic Mouse (2) from a previous purchase.
  5. Filocullen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2013
    I hadn't thought about that, I'm now getting the Magic mouse, but if I also wanted to get the magic trackpad I could combo it with the standard keyboard, and I like this idea more than having full size up/down arrow keys!
  6. EugW macrumors 603


    Jun 18, 2017
    I have two of the old compact wireless keyboards in my house. I never use them. I always would get the wired keyboard with numeric keypad and full sized arrow keys.

    I am so happy that now they FINALLY added wireless to the proper desktop keyboard with numeric keypad. It's about time.
  7. guibo macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2017
    It’s not just the numbers, you get full sized arrow keys and a DELETE button. I never realized how much I missed that vs just a back space.

    The numeric keypad is still less wide than the 27” imac, I don’t see the need for a compact laptop keyboard on a desk unless you heavily use other input devices that take up space.

    This option is a long time coming, thank you Apple!
  8. colodane macrumors 6502a


    Nov 11, 2012
    It is a very decent keyboard. Have been using it for a few weeks now as an option for my Logitech K811 which is a more compact model without a keypad. To be honest, I miss the key backlighting of the Logitech so not sure which one I'll use for the long term - Perhaps both.

    The Apple extended keyboard has an extremely long battery life between recharges. It wasn't charged to 100% when I first received it and has been in daily use now for almost 8 weeks and is still at 45% charge. As a point of comparison, the Apple TrackPad 2 needs recharging about once a month. The Logitech K811, even with the backlighting, needed recharging about every 6 weeks.
  9. ahendarman macrumors member


    Feb 23, 2013
    The Magic keyboard with numeric keypad is a lot wider than the one without such as the spacing between your left hand on the keyboard and you right hand on the mouse/track pad is going to be quite a bit different. I can't seems to get used to a wider keyboard, so I prefer the one without number keypad. YMMV of course.
  10. rotlex macrumors 6502a

    May 1, 2003
    I really like the Magic Keyboard with the number pad. Feels more substantial, full size arrow keys, plus I use the number pad often in my work. For $30 more, I don't think you can really go wrong.
  11. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    This is my setup, as described above (post #4).

    My Magic Keyboard 2 and Magic TrackPad 2 (bottom) compared with my wife's full size wired keyboard. I'm used to the smaller up/down arrows... and have no need for the EJECT key, DELETE key or numeric keypad. As with most things, YMMV.

  12. rlodina macrumors newbie


    Aug 14, 2017
    The Fn key position in keypad version has changed and for my habit it's unacceptable.
  13. alien3dx macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2017

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