How does the 2011 keyboard compare to the 2010?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by tyronehowe, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    Hi Everyone

    My first post on this forum!

    Is the keyboard on the 2011 13” any better than that on the 2010? I currently have a maxed out 2010 13” and the keyboard feels a little … well, dead is the best way to describe it. As if there isn’t quite enough room for the full key action. Nothing like as good as a standard Apple keyboard.

    I’m assuming things are the same on the 2011 model, but would love to hear otherwise!

  2. yao, Aug 8, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011

    macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2010
    The keys of my 2011 11" seem to be softer, I like it better.
  3. macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2010
    The 2011 have more tactile response to them. They feel more solid.
  4. macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I like the newer keyboard as well - the keys seem to have a bit more of a concave shape, which I really like.
  5. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    I can't really compare since this is my first Air, but as a writer, I will say that typing on the Air is a pleasure.
  6. macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    I've found the backlight of the 2011 to be much better than the 2010. ;)

  7. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 8, 2011
    Thanks for all the useful comments. :)

    I changed from a 15” MacBook Pro to a 2010 MacBook Air earlier this year. The only things I really missed were the backlit keyboard and the feel of the keyboard. :(

    Glad to hear that the 2011 MacBook Air has been improved. I look forward to trying one out in an Apple store soon! :apple:
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    I know this is an old topic (sorry), but I just tried out a MacBook Air 2011 in the shop and it is indeed a lot better.

    I've hardly used my 2010 since the keyboard is so useless. The keys are so light to press that I constantly have to hold my fingers up in fear of touching the keys slightly because it will press them.

    The 2011 is a bit harder to press and a bit more of a tactile 'click'. Much improved. I never thought of that when I went for a refurb 2010.
  9. macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
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    The 2011 has keys with more travel that are thicker. The 2010 are thin and generally feel a bit weak. I know what you mean!

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