Who uses a keyboard protector/cover here?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by daonesteven, Jan 17, 2013.


Who uses a keyboard protector/cover here?

  1. Yes

    7 vote(s)
  2. No

    21 vote(s)
  1. macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    I know this poll has been on here before but I think it was a while ago and I just wanted to see an updated number.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    I have one, but didn't like how it fit and the feel when I was typing. Instead I took it off and got a screen cloth that I put on the keys when I close the lid so the screen doesn't get damaged.
  3. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    Bought one but never used it after I found out I can buy replacement key caps as needed. I can almost guarantee the addition of a cover will leave smudges on my screen which will bug me more.
  4. macrumors member

    May 13, 2012
    I had one too, but took it off, because it does not allow heat to escape!
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    I use them on all three of my MacBooks and wouldn't dream of not having them. The way I figure it, $7.50 for the cover is a lot cheaper than $750 for a new logic board. No tactile or heat issues whatsoever.
  6. macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    baltimore, md
    I use a cover because I hate it when my keys get shiny from use.

    Never had heat issues, and haven't had issues with the screen so far.
  7. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Heat radiates in all directions and dissipates through the aluminum body. While clamshell mode or using a keyboard covering slightly inhibits dissipation, it's not enough to cause problems or raise temps more than a few degrees, since the primary cooling is through the vents.

    There has never been any air intake or exhaust vents through the keyboard on any Mac notebook. For all Mac notebooks except the MBP-Retina, both intake and exhaust has always been through the vents in the rear near the hinge. The new MBP-Retina has intake vents along the sides at the bottom and exhaust through the rear vents, near the hinge.
    Learn about the fans in your Mac
    This arrangement allows for venting with the lid open or closed (for operating in clamshell mode). There is a solid panel under the keyboard, preventing any meaningful airflow.
  8. macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Thank you for this. It cannot be repeated enough. People on Reddit say it all the time and it makes my brain hurt. They simply will not listen.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Dec 13, 2012
    Southern California
    I've been using MBA's & MBP's for years without any protective covers.

    Just a little common sense & care results in a "like new" appearance 18 months later when I upgrade to new models.

    Apple designed them to be used uncovered & did an exemplary job of it.


    Conversely, I really like the patina that develops on the keys of my various Macs.

    It's a sign of use, enjoyment and its uniquely mine. :D
  10. macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    baltimore, md

    That is interesting. Mine just feel oily and disgusting. :p
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2011
    Keyboard cloth only. It's probably not necessary but I want to avoid even the chance of the keys marking the screen.

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