Apple keyboards are different than PC keyboard because the Command ⌘ and Option/Alt ⌥ keys are switched. This causes a workflow disruption for me, because I use keyboard shortcuts for everything. I can't really use a Windows keyboard for my Mac, because of this problem.

Here's the Apple keyboard:
Apple keyboard
And the Windows keyboard:
Windows keyboard
Are there any third-part keyboards that have the Apple layout?

6 Answers 6


You can actually change the layout of your Windows keyboard. Go to System Preferences, Keyboard, and in the Keyboard tab, you will see a button "Modifier Keys..." Click on it and you can change the external keyboard layout.

For me, I mapped ALT key on external keyboard to Command and the Window key to alt/option, so my external PC keyboard now has the exact same layout as OS X keyboard.

  • Cool! Thanks! I will definitely keep this in mind.
    – daviesgeek
    Commented Jan 29, 2012 at 2:08
  • Although this does not directly answer my question, out of all the answers, I have to accept this answer, because it answers the question the best. See the XY problem. Please continue posting answers, but this is the best answer for my situation.
    – daviesgeek
    Commented Feb 9, 2012 at 20:00

Yes, there are several companies producing keyboards with Maclayout, e.g. Logitech: http://reviews.logitech.com/7061/4741/logitech-dinovo-keyboard-mac-edition-reviews/reviews.htm, and also Keysonic: http://www.computerbild.de/artikel/cb-News-PC-Hardware-Keysonic-ACK-540-MAC-RF-Spezialtastatur-fuer-Apple-Rechner-3364609.html


There are many. Here are a few.

Matias Keyboards

MacAlly Keyboards

Happy Hacking Keyboard Lite 2

Kensington, Adesso and Logitech also offer keyboards for Mac, or keyboards you can adapt to use on a Mac. You can use any Windows-style keyboard with a Mac. You just remap the command and option keys.

I've never liked Apple's keyboards or mice, and I've been using third-party replacements on my Macs since the early 1990s.

Here's the list of dozens of third-party keyboards for sale at MacMall.


If you like old school "clicky" keyboards:

daskeyboard Model S Professional For Mac

Unicomp Spacesaver M


Razer has a Mac-layout of their BlackWidow mechanical keyboard.


Beyond that, it's fairly easy to remap the keys (which is what I've done) so they obey your Apple-created muscle memory.

  • Can you include a link please?
    – daviesgeek
    Commented Jan 28, 2012 at 22:37

The happy hacking brand keyboards are made with Apple's OS X in mind.


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