Black Macbook Keyboard Wear

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by djinn, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. djinn macrumors 68000

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    Does keyboard wear show badly on the black macbook? Just curious. I suffer from the shiny key syndrome.
     
  2. PDE macrumors 68020

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    absolutely! But it's a gradual metamorphosis into what the 'matte' blackbook is under it's skin: glossy! Over time your whole macbook will reveal itself to be a glossy/shiny macbook covered in a thin matte skin.

    iskin keyboard protectors help, but they do change the feeling a little.
     
  3. djinn thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Are there a lot of people out there that use the iSkin for their macbooks? I have one for my macbook pro but sometimes I like to feel the keys under my fingers.
     
  4. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    Yes. They're from the oils of your hand. Eventually the oil becomes permanently stuck on the keyboard, creating the shiny look. Either clean your keyboard constantly, put an iSkin on it, or just accept it.
     
  5. djinn thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hows your macbook holding up? Are you using the iskin or have you just accepted the fact of shiny keys?
     
  6. e12a macrumors 68000

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    ehh..the its not the oil that get "permanently stuck" rather its the finish of the keys wearing down to a nice glossy shine from your finger pressing on it. Same with the trackpad.

    my macbook pro's f key is starting to do that...I got an iSkin now. it really does make typing quieter (mbp is already pretty quiet compared to other laptop keyboards).
     
  7. docss26 macrumors newbie

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    when i took my macbook to the apple store the mac "genius" said that it was a bad idea to use the iskin because one of the main sources of ventilation for the processor is above the elevated keys. i dont know if the heat caused by the iskin is significant enough to not buy one. I myself have it and stopped using it for peace of mind, but id like some of your insight on the issue.
     
  8. PDE macrumors 68020

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    I think that used to be the case with the powerbooks when the keyboard was built to allow heat to pass through, but I don't think the keyboard is really a primary area through which heat is released. I've used iskins on most of my powerbooks and macbooks/mbps. I don't think you need to worry.
     
  9. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    You can get a keyboard protector. really made to prevent spills and what not can also protect the keys from you fingers. I think iSkin makes them for the MB.
     
  10. djinn thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I went ahead and purchased the iskin for my macbook. if I notice any heat problems I'll remove it. I didn't notice any heat problems with my macbook pro.
     
  11. nickster9224 macrumors 6502a

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    i like my iskin its pretty nice, cept i wish the mb keys were backlit
     
  12. e12a macrumors 68000

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    with my iskin on temps dont seem to be affected. I believe more heat is dissipated through the speaker grille as well as the case itself.

    if heat were dissipated through the keyboard, wouldn't that make the keyboard really warm? The iskin barely feels warm.

    i believe it is a worthwhile investment because now i can eat snacks (not drinking) and leave my LCD open at all the time (dust). I've heard of some iSkins curling up at the corners, but after some break-in it should be fine. I had an extremely minor problem with that..but now it's flush with the top case.
     

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