What's the deal with the removeable keyboard iBooks?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by PHARAOHk, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. PHARAOHk macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2003
    I just got an iBook on the 5th. I am little disappointed with the design of the keyboard. How sturdy and or durable is it? I had a hell of a time taking it out to put in an airport card. Frankly I am not so comfortable with this purchase. After bringing it home it would not start or run the hardware test. I ran back out to the store and turns out the harddrive was dead. They gave me a new one and that's when I discovered the weird keyboard. Is the keyboard easy to have replaced if it does break? Everything seems OK but from a design standpoint and Apples apparent attention to detail and design the keyboard thing was a completely surprising design choice.
  2. iEric macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2003
    it is easy to replace and purchase, but i never had the keyboard ever break on me..they are usually strudy. but with an ibook, u gotta worry about the motherboard and screen more...those tend to break/disfunction more.
  3. latergator116 macrumors 68000


    Sep 30, 2003
    Providence, RI
    The keyboard and they keys on it are actually suprisingly durable. If you are not used to laptops, they might seem a little flimsy, but I have never heard of a keyboard cracking/snapping/breaking. If there is any problem with it though, apple will fix it for free.
  4. Spock macrumors 68000


    Jan 6, 2002
    If You are not happy with the iBook's keyboard why don't You trade in for a Powerbook 12' it has no removable keyboard. Why do people have to complain , do You think I really care if You don't like the keyboard? Why can't someone make a post like "I just got a new (Enter Apple Computer Here) and love it. It is the coolest computer in the world" I mean look at all the people who love Mac's and are stuck with a old Pre-G3 macs hearing people whine that they don't like the computer they just paid over a thousand bucks for couse the keyboard is not as sturdy as they want. I'm sorry I need to get some sleep.
  5. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    I used a PowerBook G3 for 4 years with a keyboard that isn't as "sturdy" as the new iBook G4 keyboards and I never once had a problem with it, in fact, I thought the keyboard was really pleasant to type with. It worked fine and made it insanely easy to upgrade the RAM, processor, and HD with just unlatching two simple latches between the Function keys.
  6. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    Re: What's the deal with the removeable keyboard iBooks?

    i dont understand your hissy fit. this is by far one of my favorite keyboards! maybe it get a little getting used to at first but everyone who has used my iBook seems to agree.
  7. PHARAOHk thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 19, 2003
    Well, that is MY point. When I installed the airport card I had to pry the keyboard open. No the numberlock screw was not engaged. I guess it was not seated properly. After the first wouldn't work and then that and then I read about an iBook lawsuit I started to feel like I bought an overpriced heap. I have a powerbook and it has been amazing. Because of the awesome quality i got this iBook without thinking.

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