Are certain keys on your MBP brighter than others?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hello880, Oct 8, 2011.

  1. hello880 macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    When the keyboard backlight is on, I can tell that certain keys are much brighter than others, especially from different angles... like the bigger keys such as delete, tab, return, etc. Is this normal or should I get it checked?
  2. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    It's normal. It's going to depend a lot on the angle you're looking at the keys from, and I would imagine there's small variances in exactly how the keys sit on top of the lights (for instance, my space bar apparently isn't perfectly level, so the light is brighter at the edges than in the center). And my W E and R are brighter than the other keys in that row.

    It surprises me that things like this bother people or make them worry that there's a problem with their computer. I don't notice it unless I'm specifically trying to see if there's any variance.
  3. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    My 7 key is really dim regardless of viewing angle.
  4. hello880 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2011
    Also, when viewing from the trackpad, do you guys see more light seeping through from under the keys than when viewing from the top?
  5. iMacDragon macrumors 68000


    Oct 18, 2008
    That would be because you've got more of a direct line of sight to where the light is coming from.
  6. mape2k macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    Was that even a serious question? Of course you will more light, because you are looking through the gaps right onto the LEDs.
    Its perfectly normal that some keys are a little bright than others. You can also notice that each LED is not perfectly aligned to each key, thus there is variance in the amount of light you see when you look at the key from the top.

    I would only be concerned if one key really sticks out, then its a LED failure which is covered by warranty. If not, enjoy your shiny new tool and stop worrying about every detail!
  7. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    just quite it and enjoy ur mac.

    if ut not happy, return it and buy a hp or dell, see if ur hapier than LOL
  8. velkr macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2011
    The 7 key on my 2010 MBP 13" and on my father's 2011 MBP 13" is also dim compared to other keys, regardless of the viewing angle.

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