Am I the only one who loves the 2016 MBP keyboard?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pyali, Nov 11, 2016.

  1. Pyali macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2016
    Ive been using my new mbp for a few days now and, seriously, typing on this thing is so fast. I usually use a high end mechanical keyboard at home (pok3r with mx blues) but I can type way faster on this keyboard due to the small travel distance. I can still feel every individual keystroke, which is a big step up from the 2015 MacBook and every keystroke is a solid click which doesn't vary depending on what part of the key you've pressed. It's the same whether you hit the edge or the dead centre.
    As a bonus the backlighting is incredibly sleek.

    The only downside is that the arrow keys are a bit hard to suss out by touch, so I have to look down at them. For comparison I've owned a dell xps L702x which has a more traditional chiclet key layout.

    On a side note, I was considering the dell xps 13" instead when the pricing was released (as I bet many others were too) but I'm so glad I went with a MBP even if its a bit pricey. The build quality is mind boggling-ly good. If only I didn't leave fingerprints everywhere, Id be running my hands over every inch all day.
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    I doubt it I haven't tried it yet but I've seen others say they like it.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm sure others like it, because one size does not fit all.
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    I love it, granted I have been using the rMB keyboard for the last year.
  5. stockscalper macrumors 6502a


    Aug 1, 2003
    Area 51
    Both the keyboard and trackpad take some getting used to, but you can get used to them with use.
  6. Wowereit macrumors 6502a

    Feb 1, 2016
    I actually like it's clickiness and would call it a good keyboard, but loving it?
    No, I still feel like it needs a little bit more travel.
  7. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    The key spacing and fact that it's easy to activate on the very edge of a key make it more prone to accidentally registering adjacent keys.

    I like the clickiness, though I'd rather it be silent since it's the on-board keyboard and is often used in quiet environments.

    Also, get some Zealios for your Poker. :cool:
  8. motime macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2015
    It is a terrible keyboard that feels very cheap for a premium machine and makes a really annoying sound. Most people can type quite fast on it actually but that doesn't take away from the fact that it isn't a pleasant experience.
  9. TigerWoodsIV macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    I had personally never tried the butterfly keys, but since everyone was making a fuss I tried them at an Apple store. Thought it was easy to type and type fast immediately. It'd be one thing if you couldn't feel the keystroke, but even with the short travel distance, I had no problem with that at all. I will have no problems purchasing a 15".
  10. aevan macrumors 68020


    Feb 5, 2015
    You're not the only one. I love the one on the MacBook, I can only imagine this one is even better. Can't wait to use it.
  11. bbates123 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    The keyboard itself is OK (thought I still like the old one better). The real downside is the noise. Definitely distracting in a quiet environment.
  12. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000


    Jan 30, 2005
    Greenville, NC
    I love the new keyboard though I will agree it's definitely louder than my older MBP.
  13. mortenandersen macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2011
    IMO the keyboard (hardwarewise) should of course be silent, without a clicking noise. Can Apple change this "feature" in this model, as a kind of "ironing out" small things that should be fixed?

    And for those who want a clincking keyboard - I think that can be activated (on a silent keyboard) with an app that creates the clicking noise. Is this correct?
  14. Wildkraut macrumors 6502a


    Nov 8, 2015
    No you aren't, look at my signature.
    The keyboard is great, already tried in store.

    Now I have to be patient, 4-5weeks till mine gets shipped. :/
  15. john g. macrumors member

    john g.

    Jul 11, 2012
    I like it, maybe even slightly prefer it to the old style.
    They both have their pros & cons.

    I guess I feel fortunate that I seem to go back and forth and not be bothered by either style.
  16. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    I like the feel and the noise of the keyboard, its a nice evolution of their MacBook and standalone ones.
  17. SaddleSC macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2010
    Same here...I think it is the best laptop keyboard I have used. Fast and precise with just the right amount of feedback. I also have a rMB and an old MBA and the rMB doesn't have enough feedback, which results in a bunch of mistakes, while the MBA feels spongy now that I am used to the new MBP.
  18. bevsb2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 23, 2012
    I tried it in the store and liked it. I'll have to use it at home in a quieter environment before committing to loving it though.
  19. Pyali thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2016
    MX Blues for life ;)
  20. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Compared to a mechanical Kb, it's awful, for a laptop it's okay. While not a fan, it's okay...but feels like typing on paper. It's fine for an ultra portable
  21. Jolly-boo macrumors member

    May 8, 2012
    I think the sales speak for themselves, so.

    Half of the complaints will disappear in the near feature.

    Some won´t be satisfied until they have 64GB of ram in their laptops.

    A few special ones I think just want a brick with every single port known to man, past and present.
  22. soulreaver99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 15, 2010
    Southern California
    I don't love it, but I don't hate the keyboard either. It's annoyingly loud and I can't use it to type in bed or in a plane when people are sleeping.

    Best keyboard to date is a tie between pre 2016 Macbook Pro and the keyboard on the Surface Book in my opinion.
  23. frankgrimes macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2016
    I wish people would just stop all that "am I the only oine..." crap. No chances are 99,999% someone else on planet earth is thinking like you, you aren't that special.

    That being said the keyboard sucks. It's a bit better than the one on the rMB (which feels cheap and crappy) but it's a far cry from the Surface Pro and especially book modells. Personally I think it's also too loud. I'm sure at home nobody cares but if you are in a room full of students loud keyboard do stand out and not in a good way.
  24. Altis macrumors 68030

    Sep 10, 2013
    Go to the corner and think about what you've said.

    And don't come back from the corner without Topre. :cool:
  25. Flow39 macrumors 68000


    Sep 7, 2014
    At the Apple Store
    I went to the Apple Store a few days ago to play with the new MBP. My current 2015 13" MBP keyboard feels awesome, but I have to say that I love the feel of the 2016 MBP keyboard. I'm a person that likes very shallow keyboard travel so for me it feels great!

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