Broke a key of my macbook air

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  1. mukulsharma, Jul 28, 2015
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    mukulsharma macrumors newbie

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    I was cleaning my macbook air keyboard and broke the lock of one of my keys. I live in in India and here all the shops say that i need to replace the whole keyboard. So i ordered one from aliexpress.com. But its not backlit (I thought it would be). So i am back to square one. Are there any shops or websites where i can get an original replacement key thats also backlit.

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    So, i was cleaning from under the key; it was sticking out. I tried to put it back but couldn't. newbie mistake. So one of the the clip on the key broke and it started to come off each time i pressed it off centre. So i figured it was because of the clip that i broke. So i ordered a new key from a site. It was from an earlier model. The new key worked alright for a day or tow and then it also started to come off.
    Now i got confused as if its the scissors of the new key aren't fitting properly or the keyboard clips have messed up. I can't hit it on the bottom side. if i do it just pops off in my hand. I tried to exchange scissors from another key and they work fine. But the funny thing is the old scissors also work fine when used in another spot.
    So now i got no idea, whats faulty. Scissors or the keyboard itself, I never had such problem cause i type with very low pressure. Even now i've typed all this without my key popping off. God, Apple is such a mess in India.
     
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  3. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

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  4. mukulsharma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah i did, Same response
     
  5. mukulsharma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I am thinking of http://replacementlaptopkeys.com/ They say they sell genuine oem keys from apple. Whats your say guys?
     
  6. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Yes, unfortunately, broken keys can be an occasional hazard with MBAs.

    For what it is worth, I had broken keys - the letter 'a' - which was a nuisance - and the numeral '0' - on my previous MBA. The entire keyboard had to be replaced, but - fortunately - I had AppleCare, and the replacement keyboard was covered by AppleCare.
     
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  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    How old is the MBA? Are you covered by Applecare?
     
  9. brop52 macrumors 68000

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    I've used them for my MBP. Just make sure you are buying the correct one. Their website can be confusing. Take a picture with the key off and send it to them to double check the correct one.
     
  10. mukulsharma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I ordered mine from relacementlaptopkeys.com for $8.95 + ~$3 shipping. (There were cheaper ones for other models, In case you wondering why such amount for a single key). I hope its worth it.
     
  11. Old Muley macrumors 6502a

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    I broke several keys off on my 2010 MBP, and it ended up being way cheaper to buy a replacement keyboard than to buy individual keys. Of course it meant major surgery, but saved me a ton of cash.
     
  12. krishmk macrumors regular

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    I recently bought a keyboard for my mac air from eBay and it was $25 with screen. Spent 3 hours ripping apart the MBA and replaced the keyboard.

    Totally worth it if you are tech savvy and have patience.
     

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