2016 13" TB- Quietest Keyboard I have ever used

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by skids929, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. skids929 macrumors 6502a

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    I know I am going to get flamed for this but now that I have used this keyboard for a while and stayed "open minded " about it and retained myself a bit I am loving it. I've learned to crawl around the keyboard and it's actually quieter than any other keyboard I have ever used. Of course there is the occasional clack but overall this thing is nice, with quiet little thuds. Not loud at all. Nice design Apple.

    If you are finding this thing is too loud, you need to be patient and stop henpecking like you probably did on a chiclet keyboard. Give this thing a chance because it's fantastic and quiet as you grow accustomed to it.
     
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    I don't henpeck, I'm a touch typist and the new MBP keyboard is significantly louder then any other laptop keyboard I've used. Sure, I could probably slow my typing down and lightly touch each key to hopefully reduce the noise but then I'm not working as efficiently as I should and isn't that what getting a new computer is about, i.e., being more efficient then the prior model?
     
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    yes touch typist is good way to refer to i..Obviously this is going to differ for folks. But I used to type differently on my white MB, and when I A/B test the two, that keyboard is loud and annoying compared to how I am using this new one. I have the opposite experience and find I am MORE efficient on this KB. first few days kept it nice and slow, and eventually it clicked in my mind how it should be used, now I am speedy Gonzalez. I bet you will speed up over time too. I honestly love the sound, speed and overall feel, it's subtle so you know you're typing but not loud and annoying like people are describing here. Not at all.

    I think chiclet keyboards have trained us to lift our fingers higher and push harder, which makes sense. This KB is much lower and requires the hand and finger to stay low and touch lightly and not push hard. I love it, Apple got it right.
     
  4. chabig macrumors 68040

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    That's it exactly. The degree of loudness is a function of how hard you tap the keys. With my fingers dancing over them, this keyboard is indeed very quiet. But it's loud if you tap the keys hard. I think the secret is not letting them bottom out. When pressed lightly there is a satisfying click. You can tell that the keystroke was good. Don't hit them harder than that.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't like the keyboard, and there's a number of things I don't like about it, the noise is one, key travel is another.

    I'm not the type of person who has to pound the keys, I type about the same as I do on a traditional keyboard at work as I do on my laptop.

    Its funny, but why should I change and adjust how I type because of the keyboard, I usually buy Apple products because they let me work the way I want too. I've not run into any issues in needing to adjust how I type on PCs but now I do for the Mac?

    We've changed from "It just works" to "Give it time you'll get used to it" I'm not just referencing the keyboard but other aspects of the MacBook Pro, I seem to keep hearing the excuse you'll get used to it, more and more.

    The laptop is a tool, and I'd rather find the best tool to increases my efficiency not slows me down. I can't imagine typing on this thing while in a quiet location and all people hear is my typing.
     
  6. Karnicopia, Nov 20, 2016
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    I agree with you, you don't have to type as hard on the new keyboard and once you get used to it it is quieter. I was noticing that on my typing speed too, it's a really fast keyboard once you realize you hardly have to type with any force and it's more accurate because of the key size and even action. It really is a nice keyboard.
     
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    The new keyboard is a little louder than my Late 2011 MBP. I am making a lot of mistakes with it, as I am so used to the chicklet style. I am not sure how much more quiet I can make the keyboard with changing my typing style. Time will tell. My typing mistakes annoy me more than the sound.
     
  8. skids929 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed..Dancing around is and excellent way to put it.



    Like I said personal preference. Adjusting your typing a smidge to get what is a faster, quieter overall better keyboard experience is not a big deal to me. Tech changes, things change sometimes you have to adapt, regardless of how they have produced products in the past. Apple can't please everyone, so your alternative is go buy a PC if there are a lot of aspects that don't meet your needs. For me, when I consider that, the keyboard (in your case) or whatever else might bother me about this laptop is a small price to pay.
     
  9. JohnnyGo macrumors 6502a

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    From users of the MacBook retina (2015/2016) it seems that you need several days to several weeks to adapt to the butterfly mechanics.

    Let us know how well you adapted in one more week.
     
  10. fokmik, Nov 20, 2016
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    fokmik macrumors 68000

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    since i was used to type on old keyboards system for a decade right? now im adjusting to the new one, first on the 12" MB and now on this one, and yes, if you can adjust your brain how to type with "quiet" thing in mind you can have almost the same level as the late MBP/MBA
     

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