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Keyboards for Apple computers

The Best Reviewed Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard is PC-only, but Logitech recently released an Apple-specific version. The Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac (*Est. $60) comes in either black or silver, and is essentially identical to the PC version except for its Apple-specific keys. As a result, few reviewers tackle this new model separately. Natalie Shoemaker of PCMag.com does review the Mac version and gives it 4 out of 5 stars, praising its "lovely design," solar power source, plug-and-play operation and the unifying receiver that can connect wirelessly to five other Logitech devices. However, she complains that the actual keys feels like a laptop keyboard rather than a desktop. She awards PCMag.com's Green Tech Approved designation,

The more than 70 users of the Logitech K750 Wireless Solar Keyboard for Mac at Amazon.com who review this version give it an average of 4.4 out of 5 stars. There are a few complaints from users on Logitech's website that some common Apple key adjustments are difficult to achieve (including the ability to reverse the function and feature keys) and that the application to track incoming solar energy must be downloaded separately from the App Store.

Apple makes its own keyboards, including the Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (*Est. $50) and Apple Wireless Keyboard (*Est. $70) , refreshing them every so often. We found two recent assessments of the latest Apple Wireless Keyboard, which sports a thinner aluminum chassis and is powered by two batteries instead of three. An automatic feature shuts the keyboard down when it's not in use to conserve battery life.

Editors at CNET like the combined affordability, design and good looks of the Bluetooth Apple Wireless Keyboard, making it one they would recommend to "anyone shopping for a Mac-friendly keyboard," while James Pikover of GadgetReview.com labels it "an incredible work of design and engineering." But he questions Apple's space-saving decision to drop the numeric pad, as do some at Amazon.com where the Apple Wireless Keyboard receives overwhelmingly positive reviews for its portability, sturdy aluminum housing and Bluetooth connectivity.

Reviewers point out, though, that the shallow key profile delivers a laptop feel that may feel odd to standard keyboard users. The keyboard features function keys that include shortcuts to an array of Mac features such as volume, play/pause, mute, screen brightness and expose, which lets you quickly open or hide all windows. Another button launches your dashboard widgets, which are small applications that provide Mac users with data such as stock tickers, weather reports or transit schedules. But some widgets are vulnerable to computer viruses and should be downloaded with caution.

The Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 (*Est. $35) is Mac-compatible as well, with similar drawbacks, but it does provide an affordable ergonomic option.

Among mechanical keyboards, the Matias Tactile Pro 3 (*Est. $125) is designed for Macs using the same keyswitch technology that Apple itself employed in the original Apple Extended Keyboard. CNET gives it 4 out of 5 stars, praising the "satisfying click" of its Alps mechanical switches, sculpted laser-etched keys, strong build and three USB 2.0 ports. The price and its noise, if you work in a quiet environment, can be drawbacks, they note.

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Microsoft Natural Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
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Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K750
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The Matias Tactile Pro Keyboard
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