Recently my three-year Apple Magic Keyboard failed. There had been a lot, several keys were missing the letter, and it just gave up the ghost. I considered buying a replacement but the thought of spending $ 99 for a keyboard with no special features did not make me happy. Fortunately, Macally recently released two new keyboards – one that uses Bluetooth for connectivity and the other uses an RF dongle – which not only exceeds the capabilities of Apple's keyboards, but costs much less. In this review we take a look at Macally Solar Powered rechargeable slim Bluetooth keyboard for Mac ($ 89.99) and solar powered rechargeable slim RF keyboard for Mac ($ 69.99)
The two keyboards look quite the same. The Bluetooth model comes in Apple's popular gray gray finish with black keys, while the RF version is silver with white keys. Both have four solar panels over the top that work to keep the keyboard charged under indoor or outdoor light. This is a fantastic opportunity, since it means you never have to connect the keyboard to recharge or replace the batteries. In fact, there is no port to charge the keyboard.
The next great feature of these keyboards? They are complete keyboards with a numeric keypad. Where Apple charges $ 1
Between the two banks with two solar panels, three (two on the RF model) are small green LEDs. One means that the cap lock is on, a second that is not on the RF model, is used to display Bluetooth status, and a third is used to indicate power status.
The keyboards use full size and very quiet case key switch keys that have a good positive feedback and work well for tachograph. These keys include the common keys found on Mac keyboards, a variety of functions / hotkeys, and a 17-key numeric entry keyboard.