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asif786
Jan 18, 2005, 09:42 AM
Hey,

Just thought I'd chime in with a mini-review of an iSkin keyboard cover I bought the other day.

The product cost me 20 ($40), and After using it for 2 days, I must say this is possibly the biggest waste of money ever.

The concept is great - a keyboard cover to stop rubbish getting in your keyboard. But the usability of this thing is terrible! It didnt fit on my Pro keyboard properly, and typing felt horrible.

tbh, I'd rather just buy a new Apple keyboard every six months instead of having to deal with this thing. I was making contant typos and typing incredibly slow yesterday. I took the iSkin off and the KB feels so much better!

My word of advice - try this thing and see if you like it before you buy out on it.

/asif

rdowns
Jan 18, 2005, 06:48 PM
I agree. Bought one for my iBook and it sucked.

cmvsm
Jan 18, 2005, 06:53 PM
I'll 3rd that. I have the Pro Skin model for the wireless keyboard and it really blows. The skin doesn't stay all the way down on the buttons and its like typing on cellophane where the reviews of the stupid thing say otherwise. The price is hefty too at over 20 bucks.

You'd be better off just putting a towel over the keyboard when not in use.

Jdm_rsx
Jan 18, 2005, 06:57 PM
i bought one on ebay

and i love it

it perfectly fits my powerbook

and my keyboard has been covered since day i bought the PB...

Jdm_rsx
Jan 18, 2005, 06:57 PM
oops
*edit*

it only cost 20 bucks shipped to my door...

this product comes from a hong kong seller..

McCord9
Jan 18, 2005, 08:34 PM
I bought one too. Used it once. I thought it would sort of stick to the keys. It worked terribly and felt terrible... Don't buy one. Worst waste of money ever.

imac9556
Jan 18, 2005, 08:54 PM
I got one too around July 2004, its a nice product but it takes a lonngg time to get used to. (using it right now) Had it on since I got the PB... So far, the keys look like new and there isn't any dirt between the keys either.
the only complaints are: takes awhile to get used to, fits well, but the edges of the protector are a little, a very little buckled up...
the good part is: protects the keys from dirt and makes it look new longer, washable, I can reuse it

sjpetry
Jan 18, 2005, 08:56 PM
I have heard some people and they say they love it.

wwidgirl
Jan 18, 2005, 09:14 PM
i just ordered this for my pb 12" today, as well as an iskin for my ipod mini. hopefully it's useful for me, especially since I always get crap on my keyboard. I'll write a review of it when i receive it.

Jdm_rsx
Jan 19, 2005, 10:39 AM
how hard is it to get used to this? been using it since day 1...

its better for your laptop ..increases resell value, keeps the condition like new..

aricher
Jan 19, 2005, 12:24 PM
Nasty on the Powerbook - looks bad and feels worse. If you think condoms decrease sensitivity you'll hate these :) Seriously though - If you keep your PB clean there is no need for this - it really does feel waaayyy too mushy when typing.

asif786
Jan 19, 2005, 12:55 PM
what annoys me most about this thing is that it's pacakged in a way that makes it impossible to return it if you hate it.

Now I'm left with a $40 mat.

YS2003
Mar 18, 2005, 08:19 PM
I have iSkin keyboard protectors for my PBs (all three of them) and they are very comfortable to use on PB. However, for an iSkin on the Apple Pro Keyboard, I have not yet fully gotten used to it as it affects my typing a little.

I am wondering if it is safe to keep the iSkin on while PB is closed with one of those thin screen protector on top of iSkin. I am not sure if iSkin and screen protector will add pressure on PB's screen when closed. Any comment on this?

ericssonboi
Mar 18, 2005, 08:40 PM
I also have an iSkin keyboard protector for my PB... works great.. keeps the dirty out.. It does need some getting used to.. but other than that.. It does the job.

yOyOYoo
Mar 18, 2005, 10:33 PM
I tried using it for a week. Hated it and returned it.

IT never seemed to fit properly, and since I have a 12", some of the silicon came out of the sides. It was awful!

Artful Dodger
Mar 18, 2005, 10:35 PM
I have one for my iBook and I like it alot but I does fit funny on the PB keyboard. But it seems to make the iBook keyboard feel nice and well... keep it cleaner than nothing at all.

wwidgirl
Mar 19, 2005, 01:59 AM
i have a blue iskin for my powerbook 12". Love it. I eat by my computer all the time and it really helps to keep the crumbs and such off the keyboard. It's gotten to the point where it feels kind of weird for me when I take the cover off. Anyway, here's my recommendation for the iskin.

anotherjeff
Mar 19, 2005, 02:23 AM
I am wondering if it is safe to keep the iSkin on while PB is closed with one of those thin screen protector on top of iSkin. I am not sure if iSkin and screen protector will add pressure on PB's screen when closed. Any comment on this?

I tried the iskin and the marware screen protector (a piece of neoprene you lay on the kb when it's closed) but when I closed my PB it felt too tight, like there was too much pressure on the latch.

I didn't like the iskin on my 12"pb because there was some overlap off of the keyboard, and it felt funny. It's too bad because tons of crap likes to fall onto my keyboard.

If you want to use the iskin and a screen protector I recommend the screensavrz from radtech because it's pretty thin.

Passante
Mar 19, 2005, 06:15 AM
snip

I am wondering if it is safe to keep the iSkin on while PB is closed with one of those thin screen protector on top of iSkin. I am not sure if iSkin and screen protector will add pressure on PB's screen when closed. Any comment on this?

You will get screen marks with the iSkin. I did :( . So there is some screen contact. I think the skin is soft enough that there is no risk of screen damage.


That said I don't even notice the iSkins on my desktop and powerbook anymore. Both are over a year old now. The iSkin has saved me from having two coffee spills on my PB keyboard. Give the skins a try for a month. You may find that you'll get used to them. Just like a one button mouse :D

YS2003
Mar 19, 2005, 07:46 AM
If you want to use the iskin and a screen protector I recommend the screensavrz from radtech because it's pretty thin.

Has anyone tried iSkin and Radtech Screensavrz at the same time while PB is closed? I am going t return Marvare screen protector (its thickness is 0.16 MM). Radtech web site says its Screensavrz's thickness is 0.06 MM. I feel I can use iSkin and Radtech Screensavrz at the same time; but, I want to hear from the actual users.

Mahone
Mar 19, 2005, 10:48 AM
I love my iSkin for my 12" iBook. It took very little time to get used to it and it fits nicely. One of my favorite things about this little piece of plastic (which I got at the Apple Store for only $15, btw) is that it mutes out the clicking of the keys. That is such a nice touch when I'm taking notes in class. All the Dell owners are making such a racket, and here I am, quietly typing away! :)

MacHarne
Mar 20, 2005, 09:25 PM
When I bought my iBook, the previous owner included his iSkin keyboard cover for it. I tried it for about 20 seconds (after a complete 10.3 reinstall) and got rid of it.

The concept is great though - keep the keyboard and, especially, the underside of the keyboard clean and free of food, dust, and light liquid spills. But apart from good intentions, I really couldn't justify the thing. My typing was hindered by the rubber feel that kept grabbing my fingers, and I simply preferred the natural feel of the keys beneath my fingers rather than some flimsy medium.

I, too, have marks on the iBook screen that were left from the previous owner closing the iBook with the iSkin in it. They aren't as noticable when I'm using the computer, but when it is shut down I can truly see the marks (something more like a smear though, likely due to oil from the hands).

Good product idea, but it achieves very little considering the trade-offs.

andrewfee
Mar 21, 2005, 05:48 AM
I've used one since day one of having my 17" Powerbook and love it. I don't usually eat at my computer, but it keeps dust and hairs out of the machine. (I couldn't believe how many cat hairs were on the iSkin after a week of use)

I think it was probably because I used it from day 1 that I like it; if I had used the Powerbook keyboard before, I might not have.

It might be because I had the 17", or because it was a Rev.D machine, but it wasn't leaving any marks on my screen either.

chelseasian
Mar 23, 2005, 02:23 PM
I thought about getting the iSkin as well but when I compare the cost of it at $29, I realised i can buy a new keyboard for the same price. As much as I like the keyboard to be white, I seriously hate the dirt smudges. It DOES smudge easily. I wish Apple would sell the black keyboard as they used to.

Tom Morello
Mar 23, 2005, 02:42 PM
Just cover it with some clingfilm if you're that fussy.
And you can change it if it gets skanky as it's cheap.

lanray
Mar 23, 2005, 02:53 PM
I've had my iBook for 2 years or so, in all kinds of grimy conditions (my backpack next to lunch, etc.), and my keyboard still works. Sure, there's some filth under the keys, but I imagine a good vacuum could fix that. Just curious...

dscan99
Mar 23, 2005, 03:12 PM
I bought one for my iBook and LOVE it!!! It's made a HUGE HUGE difference to the keyboard cleanliness. Fits like a glove and love the fact that it cushions most of the typing noise too. I tend to type hard! ;)

ldburroughs
Mar 23, 2005, 07:44 PM
i bought one on ebay

and i love it

it perfectly fits my powerbook

and my keyboard has been covered since day i bought the PB...

Yes. I bought mine on eBay for about $14 and it works perfectly. I'm actually amazed at how well it stays down and fits so perfectly. I often forget it's there. It is also super quiet compared to standard typing.

pimentoLoaf
Mar 23, 2005, 08:09 PM
Have had one on my 17" pb for about four months and it works great, adds better keyboard feel, and every few weeks I run it under the tap, soap it down with a sponge, then rinse.

Counterfit
Mar 24, 2005, 12:25 AM
I got one as a "demo" at MacWorld Boston last year. I figured they'd want it back, but they never came back to the booth I was volunteering at (the MUG booth, come to the BMAC meeting if you're at MWB!!! :D ). I only use it when I take my PB to Boston for BMAC meetings, just in case someone else spills something. It feels very different from a PowerBook keyboard, and it doesn't like to let my fingers slide across the keys lightly. Hard to beat free though :)

YS2003
Mar 25, 2005, 12:18 AM
I tried the iskin and the marware screen protector (a piece of neoprene you lay on the kb when it's closed) but when I closed my PB it felt too tight, like there was too much pressure on the latch.

I didn't like the iskin on my 12"pb because there was some overlap off of the keyboard, and it felt funny. It's too bad because tons of crap likes to fall onto my keyboard.

If you want to use the iskin and a screen protector I recommend the screensavrz from radtech because it's pretty thin.

I just purchased Radtech's ScreensavRz for my 12" and 15" Al PBs. It seems iSkin and ScreensavRz combo works well even when you use them at the same time while the PB is closed. I felt the combo of iSkin and ScreensavRz will fit snugly when PB is closed. I just thought I would share this finding.