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Is your spacebar "musher" / less clicky than the other keys on your "new" MBP keyboard?


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s4yunkim

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Anyone else's space bar on their Macbook Pro (whether 13/15) with the "new" butterfly keyboard feel that their spacebar is relatively "mushier" than the other keys on their keyboard?

I'm wondering if it's more caused by the fact that it's a longer key, or if it's actually something about the mechanism under it. It's oddly been tripping me up when I type, and apparently the only fixes for it are compressed air (did not affect anything), or handing my computer over to Apple for a week to get a top case replacement. I don't want to send it in for a repair just to find out that all of them are like that though.



I've compared the feel by using my right-thumb to tap the space bar multiple times, then on the Enter, Shift, and Command buttons. The space bar has about 50% less "click".

So... does yours do the same?


Thanks!
 

SDColorado

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To me, my spacebar feels consistent with the other keys on my keyboard. This seems to be true, regardless of where I depress it along the length of the bar. But that is if I depress it with a single finger, as I would the other keys. Using either thumb, it does have the perception of being a little softer, Which I think makes sense, because that outer pad of my thumb is thicker and less sensitive than my finger tips.

Don't know if that helps any...
 

casperes1996

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There's been a front page article about how some people experience some keys being "off" compared to the rest of the keyboard. It's not all the laptops, and it's not always the same key.
 

SDColorado

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Hmmm... you had me curious, so I just went through the entire keyboard again. But all the keys feel pretty consistent. If you are having issues with a key feeling mushy, by all means you should have Apple address the isue.
 
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s4yunkim

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Hmmm... you had me curious, so I just went through the entire keyboard again. But all the keys feel pretty consistent. If you are having issues with a key feeling mushy, by all means you should have Apple address the isue.

Do your keys (especially the space/shift/return) feel the same, but make the same sound when struck? I'm starting to wonder if maybe that's what's subconsciously triggering me to feel that my space bar is "different".

I guess I don't want to waste a week of my time, as well as Apple's time, getting a replacement just to find out that the new keyboard is the same, or worse than the one I have now...
 

Sanpete

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For mine it's the opposite, the space bar is more clicky. Apple may have underestimated how much this matters to some people.
 
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SDColorado

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Do your keys (especially the space/shift/return) feel the same, but make the same sound when struck? I'm starting to wonder if maybe that's what's subconsciously triggering me to feel that my space bar is "different".

I guess I don't want to waste a week of my time, as well as Apple's time, getting a replacement just to find out that the new keyboard is the same, or worse than the one I have now...

I think I would have to agree with Sanpete. If anything maybe the spacebar is more clicky, or at least has a deeper and more "hollow" sound. That is likely due to the difference in size. The key that is the quitest on my keyboard would be the ? key, I think. Followed by the keys that surround it, the . ; ' keys. They don't feel any less clicky, but they are slightly more silent.
 

s4yunkim

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I have that problem - the space bar is more muted than the other keys. And my 2016 MBP is 16 days old. Sad. On the line with Apple Care.

For what it's worth, I passed though 2 different Apple stores, and a best buy where I got to play with 5 other 15" MacBook Pros, and they all seemed to be similar to mine.

The clickiness of the space bar is slightly dampened relative to the other keys like enter and shift.

The people at the Apple store were nice enough to investigate this further and were willing to replace my top case (where the keyboard is), but upon opening the box for the new top case and testing the keyboard, we discovered that the brand new part did that as well.

Seems like that is how it's supposed to be. Which is a shame, because I'd personally prefer a clicker space bar. Oh well. :)


Just thought I'd post this in hopes that I save you some repair time and possible disappointment that it came back "unfixed". :apple:
 

MrGuder

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The space bar on my first one felt perfect could not detect any issues. The 2nd one I got the space bar felt more clicky but also felt loose or woobly, I didn't like it and it's a key used most often.
 

alanisblue

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Apr 24, 2018
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Anyone else's space bar on their Macbook Pro (whether 13/15) with the "new" butterfly keyboard feel that their spacebar is relatively "mushier" than the other keys on their keyboard?

I'm wondering if it's more caused by the fact that it's a longer key, or if it's actually something about the mechanism under it. It's oddly been tripping me up when I type, and apparently the only fixes for it are compressed air (did not affect anything), or handing my computer over to Apple for a week to get a top case replacement. I don't want to send it in for a repair just to find out that all of them are like that though.



I've compared the feel by using my right-thumb to tap the space bar multiple times, then on the Enter, Shift, and Command buttons. The space bar has about 50% less "click".

So... does yours do the same?


Thanks!

Mine is the same way and its the second macbook pro 13 i have had within 2 weeks because at first i thought switching it out for a different one would fix the problem, however, i still have the same mushy spacebar.
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Hmmm... you had me curious, so I just went through the entire keyboard again. But all the keys feel pretty consistent. If you are having issues with a key feeling mushy, by all means you should have Apple address the isue.
Will it cost any money even if i do not have apple care or a warranty?
 

jacg

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Jan 16, 2003
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My MBP is two years old and the space bar has just lost most of its travel for some unknown reason. I don't know if I can prise it back up or something. Any ideas?
 
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