Has Apple been asleep for a decade? They have produced wired and wireless keyboards over the years, but not until now have they introduced a wireless keyboard with a number pad: the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad.
If you work with spreadsheets or do frequent number crunching, you have probably relied on a keyboard with a numeric keypad. Most of Apple’s competitors have produced similar keyboards at reasonable prices.
For several years, Apple has relied on their Magic Keyboard, a Bluetooth-formatted keyboard—but without a number pad. This keyboard has a nice feel to the touch and was easy to recharge. If you wanted an Apple keyboard with a number pad, you had to be content with their Apple Wired Keyboard with Numeric Keypad. This was a serviceable keyboard that sold for a very reasonable $49.00
At Apple’s WWDC held in June, Apple introduced their new keyboard without much fanfare. What Apple did not disclose was they were discontinuing their previous wired number pad keyboard.
Their current keyboard, the Magic Keyboard is selling for an overpriced $99, especially when compared to their competition. For example, Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard sells for $59.99. And that keyboard includes a number pad!
Apple has priced their new Magic Keyboard with Number Pad at $129.00, considerably higher than the competition. Continue reading…