What protection is necessary?

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  1. snowwhite007
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    Iv been looking at possibly buying a sleeve maybe a neoprine one and maybe a keyboard cover? Does the backlight still work with keyboard cover?
     
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    I have a sleeve
    no need for keyboard cover
    the backlit does does work
     
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    If the keyboard cover is clear, the backlighting will still work. If you get one of those thick colored ones from ebay, no.
     
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    I was lookin at the clear keyboard covers on ebay? Wat sleeves are best?
     
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    I would recommend a keyboard cover if you don't mind spending the money for something not THAT useful. The Moshi clear one is really good. Some people thing that they're annoying but I don't mind at all.
     
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    Cool i take it all sleeves are good? Dont wana spend £30 iff i can spend 10
     
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    You get what you pay for. Depends on what your goals are and how much protection you need.

    I just use a basic laptop carrying bag ( something I got for free at an Oracle conference ) but then again I am pretty darn careful with my machine.
     
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    Suppose your rite ill swing by Apple tom see wat they got
     
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    I have a £15 neoprene sleeve that I bought from John Lewis. Its done great, and my MBA has no damage at all on it. I have always found keyboard covers to be pointless; I dont like the feel of them, and I find them more difficult to type on. They will keep your keys looking new though, so its up to you.

    But a sleeve is definitely 100% necessary if your going to be travelling with your MBA.
     
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    From my experience looking for sleeves, the ones that I ended up liking, which were typically those with minimalist designs and didn't look 'cheap', were between $50 - $100.

    As for a keyboard cover, I didn't use one on my 13" Pro during the two years I had it, but I'm going to get one for my 11" Air, because I did notice that the keys would smudge after some use, and I would also find that lint & debris would often fall onto the keyboard area.

    If you buy one from the Apple Store or a local computer store, you could possibly end up paying around $18-25 for one. I suggest just looking for one from eBay and paying the Buy-it-now price. I ordered one a few days ago and payed $5 with shipping included. It should be arriving in a few days.
     
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    Do the Moshi keyboard covers "settle" over time? I just picked one up and it has a tendency to rise up at times when typing...I'm considering removing it entirely to be honest :(. This *is* my first keyboard cover, and I'm not a fan of this one as of yet.
     
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    Looking for a cover for 2011 13" air

    I have done some research on a cover for my macbook air, just have not decided which one will work the best.;)
     
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    im going with the wrapsol on outside, moshi on trackpad and keyboard
     
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    I may end up getting a new sleeve for mine but I'm currently just using my Zeroshock case that I had from my Blackbook. My MBA shakes around it a bit but works for me (for now).

    As far as protection goes, I got the keyboard protector from Moshi, iVisor and InvisibleShield.

    I haven't installed my InvisibleShield yet as I'm within the 14 day return period - whoa, just noticed. This is D-14 for me. As long as my computer doesn't break today, I'll be applying my InvisibleShield on it very soon :) I want to preserve the aluminum matte look but oh well...for the price of being a little uglier(?) I get to prevent it from scratches.
     
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    Are screen protectors worth it?
     
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    Absolutely not in my opinion. You might want one on an iPhone for instance, because the phone may fall, and it's constantly being slid in and out of a pocket that may have debris which can cause scratches. But a laptop screen is very rarely in contact with anything that may scratch the screen. I think it would be a pain to install, and it may even make the screen look worse.


    I just received my silicone keyboard cover I purchased on eBay, and it fits pretty well. It does feel funny, a little squishy, but the backlight still works well with it, and I only payed $5 for it, so I'm going to see how long I can keep it installed.
     
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    Cool ordered an aparantly super thin clear one on ebay £4 and a Monster sleeve for £8 so well see how it is Ones in Apple today cost £45 upward
     
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    I didn't actually notice this on my Moshi until I read your post, I've had mine for a month. The cover on adjacent keys sometimes rise a little bit when I press a key. I think it depends how I press it, doesn't happen when I'm touch typing fast. Also, the cover does settle in a little – when I just removed and replaced the cover, pressing on the number keys causes the ones on the fn row to rise, but not after the cover has been on for a few minutes.
     
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    I think they are. I have the photodon one to protect my screen from getting scratched while the laptop is closed in my bag being squeezed by a bunch of textbooks. I has happened before.
     
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    Hmm. Well, I'm going to keep giving it a shot. I like the idea of keeping any excess oil and dirt off of the keys if I can help. Thanks for responding btw.
     
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    For traveling, a sleeve is great.

    As for everything else, (skins, screen protectors, keyboard protectors, etc) they are completely unnecessary in my opinion. They ruin the look of the computer.
     

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