Apple’s Mac mini is a small desktop computer sold without any screen, keyboard, or mouse. It was first released in 2005, with the latest version, the Mac mini M1, updated in 2020.
It’s a “BYODKM” (Bring Your Own Display, Keyboard, and Mouse) device, but how do you know which keyboard to bring?
Here are the five best keyboards for the latest version of the Mac Mini.
Apple Magic Wireless Keyboard
After that, the Apple Magic keyboard will have power for more than a month before it needs to be recharged (depending on your hours of usage, of course).
Charging is done by plugging the Apple lightning cable into the USB end of your Mac mini, and it will begin charging while you are typing. Plugging it in for just two minutes can supply about 8 hours of use.
This keyboard pairs by Bluetooth automatically with your Mac mini, but also offers wireless and lightning cable connectivity.
Along with shortcut keys, there is an extended layout, integrated number pad, and precise typing is enhanced by the scissor switches. As a low-profile keyboard, it is designed for your hands to maintain a flatter, more comfortable position while typing.
The Apple Magic Keyboard has a compact design which makes it easy to use on small desks in small spaces.
- Dimensions – 11.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches
- Weight – 7.2 Ounces
- Number of Keys – 78
- Keyboard layout – QWERTY
- Great battery life
- Ergonomic typing experience
- No backlighting
- You can only connect to one device at a time
- The high cost might be a deterrent
Satechi Aluminum USB Wired Keyboard
Designed for iMac computers, the Satechi comes with enhanced scissor-switch keys for fast and precise typing, and an extended keyboard layout with a full numeric keypad. It boasts MacOS hotkeys for extra convenience and efficiency.
The supplied USB-A cable provides a reliable wired connection and is long enough to allow freedom and flexibility with movement.
Setup is a simple exercise requiring only that the USB-A cable is plugged into one of your Mac mini USB ports. Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be all set since there are no extra drivers to be installed.
This keyboard does not come with a built-in rechargeable battery. Instead, you will need to power up the Satechi keyboard with two AAA batteries.
Your Mac mini should have this companion for a long time, with a lifespan of up to 3 million clicks.
- Dimensions – 17.09 x 4.69 x 0.51 inches
- Weight. – 1.11 pounds
- Number of Keys – 108
- Easy setup process
- Long USB-A cord
- No wireless connectivity
- Requires AAA batteries which are not included
Logitech Easy-Switch K811
The Logitech Easy-Switch K811 comes with keys that have auto-adjusting illumination. They are great not just for their beauty, but also for their practical use – you can work in the dark with these keys!
What’s also good is if you take a break from using this keyboard, the key illumination automatically dims to save power and then brightens when you resume use of the keyboard.
The Logitech K811 allows you to have a strong and consistent wireless connection to your Mac mini within a range of up to 30 feet, while also simultaneously connecting to your other Apple devices.
You just press a single button to switch effortlessly between your iPad and iPhone, and even control your Apple TV. (Hence the name “easy switch”!)
Specially designed for your Mac mini, Logitech Easy-Switch K811 has a Mac keyboard layout with your favorite Mac keys found where they should be.
It isn’t an Apple original product, but its industrial-grade aluminum matches perfectly with your Mac mini.
The built-in battery is easily recharged with a USB cable even while you’re working. A full charge gives you around two weeks of power, depending on the key brightness and hours spent typing.
An on/off switch helps you save on power, and the battery indicator light shows when your Logitech keyboard needs to be recharged.
There is a spacious layout with full-size keys that make typing easy compared with a laptop keyboard or on-screen touch keyboard. Typing is a quiet experience because of the Logitech concave keycap design.
- Dimensions – 12 x 5.7 x 1.3 inches
- Weight – 1 pound
- Easy-switch button for pairing with other Apple devices
- Quiet and comfortable typing
- The battery is not very long-lasting
iClever BK10 Wireless Keyboard
As a Bluetooth keyboard, it is compatible with Windows, Mac OS, iOS, and Android, making this not just compatible with your Mac mini, but also any mainstream platform. It can simultaneously pair with your Mac mini along with two other devices.
The scissor-switch keys give the iClever keyboard an ergonomic design. These switches provide you with a very satisfying typing experience. The key responsiveness is optimized so that you can feel every keystroke.
The iClever comes with useful and comprehensive LED indicators that make it easy for you to know the state of your Bluetooth keyboard.
These lights are positioned in the top right corner of the keyboard so you can keep track of them without being obstructed while you work on your keyboard.
The iClever BK10 also features environmental protection in the form of a power-saving function. This feature puts the keyboard to sleep after 30 minutes of inactivity, saving on unnecessary energy usage.
The built-in battery has a decent life based on company claims that it can provide 90 hours of continuous typing.
- Dimensions – 14 x 4.9 x (0.15 – 0.48) inches
- Weight – 1.11 pounds
- Connectivity – Bluetooth
- Useful indicators
- Ergonomic shape
- Low power consumption
- Long-range Bluetooth connection
- Key compressions are not very quiet
Das Keyboard 4 Professional
It has the convenience of a two-port USB 3.0 hub which allows you to transfer files and connect devices, operating at 10 times the speed of USB 2.0.
The layout also includes all the expected Mac shortcuts, and the Das Keyboard features dedicated media controls, including a convenient oversized volume knob.
An instant sleep button saves energy and there’s a removable foot bar that can be used to raise the keyboard to an optimal 4 degrees. This same footbar also doubles as a ruler!
The Das Keyboard 4 Professional features soft pressure point switch technology that makes the mechanical keyboard less clicky without compromising the tactile experience.
It also has gold-plated Cherry MX mechanical switches that are made to last for up to 50 million keystrokes. These switches assure both tactile and audio feedback that makes typing fast and precise. They also feature laser-etching to ensure long-lasting inscriptions.
- Dimensions – 18 x 6.8 x 1.3 inches
- Weight – 2.87 pounds
- Number of buttons – 104
- Great durability
- USB 3.0 ports for data transfer
- Dedicated media controls
- Mac shortcut keys
- Weighs more than other keyboards for Mac mini
If you are considering buying a Mac mini, or if you’ve already purchased one, your first instinct may be to get the Apple Magic Keyboard because it is also from Apple.
This would certainly not be a bad choice, but if you are on a budget, you might be deterred by the price of the Apple Magic Wireless keyboard.
Fortunately, many other keyboards are fully compatible with Mac OS, and even rival the Apple Magic Keyboard. When buying the best keyboard for Mac mini, let’s consider a few key features to look out for.
Although you might be looking for a keyboard to work with a Mac mini, it is a good consideration to get a keyboard that allows connectivity to other devices as well.
That way you get more convenience and more bang for your buck. It’s even better when you only need one button to switch between devices, like with the Logitech Easy-switch K811.
When you make an important investment, you should look to get the most out of it for as long as you can.
That’s where the build quality of your Mac mini keyboard will matter. From our list, the Logitech Easy-switch K811 and the Das Keyboard 4 Professional shine in this aspect.
Comfort in using a keyboard will ensure you have an ergonomic experience even if your keyboard isn’t specifically branded as an ergonomic model.
Keyboards with keys that lack ‘travel’, (the up and down movement of the keys as you press them) for instance, may feel like you’re doing less work to compress them. The Apple Magic keyboard is a good example.
Mechanical keyboards tend to provide a more satisfying tactile feedback. If this is important to you, then a mechanical keyboard like the Das Keyboard 4 Professional will work great.