Keyboard Life: 3,000,000 Key Taps

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  1. Apple!Freak macrumors 6502a

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    Through testing I have found my last keyboard before hitting the junkyard endured well over 3 million key taps. Pretty interesting if you think about it. That's a lot of punching of the keys.

    Keep in mind this keyboard that I am referring to, came and went in a years time. In result, this would mean I tap the keyboard almost 10,000 times per day. :eek:

    I just purchased my iMac G5 back in March along with a brand new Apple Keyboard and just in this short period of time, the A key is already discoloring. Also to keep in mind, it's not because of dirt simply because I wash my hands every time before I jump on my iMac (Yes, I love my Mac that much!).
     
  2. sjpetry macrumors 65816

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    Yes I'm wondering how you managed to keep count :D
     
  4. fowler. macrumors 6502a

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    In less than a year, I think I need a new one too. The keys seem to stick, which makes it sorta tough to type without paying too much attention to where my fingers are.
     
  5. Apple!Freak thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have a counter on my (old) PC which I bought a year ago and ran a check on how many keys had been hit since I started it up. Although now the PC is sitting in the corner of my desk, gathering dust.
     
  6. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    You can get keyboards professionally cleaned, which should fix sticky keys.
    Discoloring IS dirt. Try wiping down the keys.
    At £19 it's not much of a price to pay though.

    EDIT: do you mean 3,000,000 taps for each key? Surely the actual keys' mechanism have a cycle lifetime only, not the whole kb?
     
  7. mkubal macrumors 6502a

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    I've had one of my Macs for over 4 years now. I've must have surpassed the 3 million mark a couple years ago and yet the keyboard still works perfectly.

    Are you sure you don't hit the keys too hard or something. Perhaps with a clenched fist. :)
     
  8. Platform macrumors 68030

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    Does this count for most KB's or is this special for apples KB's :confused:
     
  9. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    From my memories as a mechanical engineer, we were told that everything had a limitation (which is true) and that we must assign a number to all of these limitations (which is impossible and involves much guessing). I'd take the 3,000,000 figure with a pinch of salt because there are so many variables involved in the lifetime of a keyboard that it's really pretty redundant.
     

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