Anyone else find it difficult to type with a keyboard cover?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by daonesteven, Sep 14, 2011.

  1. daonesteven macrumors 6502

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    I got a Reearth keyboard cover for my 11" air and it's pretty good except I kinda miss typing on the regular keyboard and I think it was a lot easier too.

    Why is there always tradeoffs in life, why can't I just have everything...
     
  2. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    With just a little care, one can avoid having to use a keyboard cover.

    Then you get to enjoy the computer the way Apple designed it to be used :)
     
  3. daonesteven thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i guess i got a little OCD when I got my air and wanted the keys to stay pristine for as long as possible and no crumbs and stuff to go underneath keys, etc.

    Oh well, it's not that bad.
     
  4. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

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    No problem here. Keyboard cover makes the typing ever more quiet, so I'm happy.
     
  5. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    Accidents happen. It's fine that you don't feel a need to use a cover (Moshi is the best). However, for those that have either had accidents or witnessed them, it is a relatively inexpensive investment that can save our laptops. Also, the keyboard cover needn't be kept on 24/7. When there is either no beverages or food around, I may remove the cover. But, while using the cover, it's not that much of a distraction.
     
  6. skyton macrumors 6502

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    For years, and through several laptops and even desktops I used keyboard covers.

    More recently though I have stopped and am really glad I did - I just find the keys so much more responsive.

    Also as an aside I recently took a very old keyboard skin off an ibook g4 keyboard and the keys had discolored badly.
     
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    This is obviously an inferior cover. Like I said, the Moshi cover is the best. Also, common sense would tell you, periodically, that you need to clean the cover. The cover is not either glued on or affixed that it is difficult to remove; one simply has to lift it off the keyboard.
     
  9. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    I've never liked what they do to keyboards - I find that they make them mushy and far too firm. I love the touch on my 2009 Air, and have loved it for the past two years. I tried a cover from a friend for about two minutes and took it off. Then again, I'm quite picky about my keyboards :)
     
  10. skyton macrumors 6502

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    I think it just comes down to personal preference.
    I could get used to a skin again, but I now don't like anything in the way of the keys.
     
  11. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    As I have stated, I don't find the Moshi distracting. However, yes, I prefer to type with out a cover. Unfortunately, I have seen a couple of instances where a macbook and a dell were ruined from spilled beverages. So, I, on many occasions, use my keyboard with a cover. It gives me some sense of protection.

    Many of you, regarding spills, do not feel it's a concern. That's fine. Hopefully, you won't experience any problems.
     
  12. fade- macrumors member

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    same here. So what I do is, i just use the keyboard cover when i am drinking and typing. You don't wear rubber all the time, only when you need it right? :p
     
  13. richlee111 macrumors regular

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    I actually think the Rearth cover is better then the Moshi. I have been using Moshi covers for years, but decided to try the Rearth this time around. Right now I have the Moshi on the Apple bluetooth keyboard, and a Rearth on the Macbook Air 11". IMO, the Rearth's skin is a little thinner then the Moshi's, which gives you more feel and flex when you type vs the Moshi. Of course, typing feel is all very subjective.

    In the end, I use a cover b/c I'm anal and don't like the black keys to show wear after time(helps a little w/ resale too). Also, its a good liquid spill protector for those times when you accidentally decide to feed your Macbook Air a drink:)
     
  14. daonesteven thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i got the Rearth for my 11 air from someone's recommendation on another thread (might have been yours actually). I've used my fair share of keyboard covers in the past and this one definitely feels the best.

    Only caveat with this cover is that since less of the plastic material (borders) actually touches the keys themselves (which they tout as their strengths because it makes typing easier), it actually seems to slightly shift the keyboard cover up towards the screen after long periods of typing. I dunno if you noticed that on yours but I guess I'll just deal with it. That and it seems to get cloudy easily after long use but then again that's just a normal feature of keyboard covers.
     
  15. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    I just started using one and love it, and it looks really nice! Got the red one :D
     
  16. Built macrumors 68020

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    I always avoided keyboard covers until I found the Moshi.

    Sure, I'd rather have no keyboard cover but the protection is worth it, IMHO.
     
  17. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    If yar not three years old you probably don't need a keyboard cover. I drink all the time when I'm using my MBP, and after 2 years not one spillage.
     
  18. richlee111 macrumors regular

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    Agree. The Rearth cover does not fit each key as snug as the Moshi. It does feel a little loose at times and I think it might slip a little bit as you described. But overall, I like the feel of typing on it better. The occasional tugging down of the cover is not that big of a deal to me. Its like when you have to slightly adjust your pants from time to time throughout the day(ok, bad analogy).

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    True. But you see all the posts on this board about people spilling something on their Macbooks, Macbook Pros, and Macbook Airs, and you know that it can happen to anyone.

    You just never know...
     
  19. ihonda macrumors 68000

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    im so used to using a cover i actually dont like typing without one.. when i work on buddies laptops i need a cover..
     
  20. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    I always type slower and less accurately with a cover. I'm using a TPU cover (Moshi equivalent) and I'm considering leaving it off.
     
  21. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Ah yes. Remember the one where some guy spilt condom lube on his MBP?
     
  22. richpjr macrumors 68030

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    I agree - hate them.
     
  23. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    Apple should make a sippy cup for beverages (the kind that infants use to prevent spills.
     
  24. rhinosrcool macrumors 65816

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    It's funny, I was going to say that the reason the Moshi feels better for typing was because it is thinner than others I've tried. If the Rearth cover is thinner, I may look into it. For now, I am very pleased with the Moshi.
     
  25. richlee111 macrumors regular

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    Naw....ain't worth to switch if your Moshi is still holding up. But the next time you need to buy one, check the Rearth out.

    As for spill naysayers, a quick search for the term "spill", in just this forum, netted 6 results where the last update falls in this month. So yea, people do drink and Air. I think I might just make this my wallpaper.

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    Any graphics people out there who could make us a nice No-drinks-in-front-of-a-Mac sign?
     

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