Can't get used to the shallow keyboard, what should I do?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macbook123, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I'm seriously trying to like it but I hate typing on it (seems like I'm slower and less accurate with the lack of feedback) a month after getting it. Maybe I'm typing wrongly? Am I alone in this sentiment? Thanks!
  2. venom600 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
  3. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    Adaptability is an important aspect of a smart creature. If you can adapt to a simple thing like a keyboard imagine what else you can adapt to.
  4. cmanbrazil macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2010
    Everyone differs, but in the end, you are the one who has to adjust or move on to another computer. I don't like how loud the keyboard is, but will live with it because the benefits, for me, outweigh the cons.
  5. MDull macrumors regular

    Jun 22, 2011
    To those with sore fingers from the key board, quit pounding it, you will actually type much faster. My speed has come up since getting my new 15 MBP yes the keys are a little louder but if you type softer which is all that is needed, it will no longer hurt your fingers, you will type faster and it won't be too loud. Hell I'm a stubborn 68 yr old and I adjusted!
  6. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

    Nov 3, 2009
    I adjusted very quickly and like the new keyboard. If you can't then get a different computer.
  7. SparkFlash macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    What you should do? Get used to it, or decide you can't/dont want to and sell it. I mean, what are the real options?
  8. Immiddx macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2014
    Buzz, wrong answer. He is alone.
  9. Ghost31 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2015

    1) you're a baby. Get used to it. Smart people adapt even if they don't like something. What are you. Non human?

    2) you're not alone. I don't like it either.

    3) I like it
  10. BarracksSi macrumors 68040


    Jul 14, 2015

    Or an older Dell. The work laptop I've got has deep-travel spongy keys.
  11. Queen6, Dec 21, 2016
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2016

    Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Putting out the fire with gasoline...
    No your not alone, depending on your situation you may get away with an external, or more realistically change the notebook. I have a rMB and I can use it, however over time I have come to dislike the short throw keys. So in that respect am certainly not willing to drop $3K plus on a notebook I wont get on with and or enjoy the keyboard.

    I tried the 2016 MBP, theres a "very small" improvement over the 12" MacBook, however very clear to me that the keyboard will not be a something that will grow on me in time. The Keyboard was not a defining factor, however one of several factors that precluded purchase of the 2016 MBP.

    I think after a month of use it`s probably telling that you wont adapt, just how it is. Took me a couple of weeks with the rMB initially I liked the "clicky" nature of the KB, however over time I don't like it and far prefer my earlier MBP`s. I would say usable, however not at all enjoyable. Now I have a Surface Book to replace my 13" Retina which has IMHO one of the very best Keyboards ever on a portable; every bit as stable as the new MBP however with excellent travel and feedback.

    From my experience the best notebook keyboards currently available are Microsofts Surface Book and Lenovo`s ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

  12. Naimfan macrumors 601


    Jan 15, 2003
    Not alone - I found it awful. Returned the computer, which is what I'd suggest you do.
  13. BarracksSi macrumors 68040


    Jul 14, 2015
    If it's got a big enough SSD, I'll trade you straight across for my mid-2012 13" 1TB.
  14. skids929 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 24, 2011

    Give it more time and keep an open mind. I find this to be the best keyboard I've ever used and it's the quietest. Consider that, "the quietest". It took me about a week to figure where Apples head was at when then decided on this style keyboard. It's fantastic and it's fast, snappy and accurate and when I go back to my old Mac I hate it and appreciate it even more...You just need to adjust to it and adjust away from the henpecking, let your hands just crawl around on the keyboard gently.

    Best of luck.
  15. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    This. It quiets down significantly after a little use. Right out of the box it's a bit crazy loud and poppy, but now my 15" 2016 MBP is as quiet as my outgoing Late 2013 rMBP.
  16. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

    Feb 17, 2016
  17. LogicallyHank macrumors newbie


    Dec 20, 2016
    Shanghai, NJ, & NY
    I'm not sure why everyone is being so aggressive and hostile in this thread. While I have come to enjoy the new keyboards, it is perfectly reasonable to assume that a sizable portion of people have not. Implying that he is stupid simply because he has a different opinion is pretty unnecessary.

    OP, what specific aspects of the new keyboard do you not like? Knowing where your issue lies (i.e. key travel) can better help us identify a solution for you.

    If you don't like the keyboards, your best bet might be to return your MacBook Pro and purchasing a 2015 model. Good luck! Don't let the negative comments bring you down!
  18. GtrDude macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2011

    I hear ya. Couldn't get use to it either to save my life. What junk.
    Lose all functionality just to save 17% in width......such a bubble thinking.

    I bought a new 13" (no touch bar) 2016 MBP and just recently and got rid of it because of this horrible joke of a keyboard.
    It's called a pro machine but not everyone is a audio/video pro. Some of us - pros - use the keyboard all day.
    Just because a keyboard is microscopically better than the keyboard on the MacBook doesn't make it a good keyboard.

    Anyway, needless to say i got rid of mine because of the keyboard and I'm back to my trusty 2014 MacBook Air.

    Once it craps out I'm going to get a Lenovo X1 Carbon.
    I tried the keyboard on one the other day and it was literally like a night and day.
    Even ran circles around the MacBook Air keyboard which I'm very used to.
    AND in the Thinkpad series that's not a particularly good
    For a really super good one look at the T-460 and the T-460S.
  19. kis macrumors 65816

    Aug 10, 2007
    You're not alone - I freaking hate that keyboard. It's obnoxiously loud, no matter how you type and it feels like typing on a block of wood. I've been having finger and hand cramps from this keyboard. I don't need the keyboard a lot for image processing, so I've decided to keep the MBP, but I've resorted to either using an external keyboard when I type longer texts, or type them on my Surface Book, which has an excellent keyboard.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 22, 2016 ---
    That's a very infantile world view. Do you also adapt to a dictatorship, war, racism etc.? If something negative is important enough to you, you should, by all means, try to change it and not simply accept it. There's enough stuff you need to accept due to the fact that you can't change it - but a computer keyboard certainly isn't among them. There are plenty of choices here: buy a previous-gen MBP, buy a Windows machine, use an external keyboard.
  20. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    It's about good design, nothing to do with adaptability or intellect. Form over function .

    OP. If the tool does not work for you, replace the tool. I found that it took me a long time to kinda get used to my mac book KB, still to this day it does not feel right, it's a design that compromises useability for thinness.
  21. linguist macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2009
    already a month, if it still bothers you get 2015 version seriously.
  22. ihatetoregister macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2016
    Oslo, Norway
    I think he was joking, since it's a common criticism. Yes, it's an awful keyboard.
    As to what to do... external keyboard maybe ?
  23. macintoshmac macrumors 68000


    May 13, 2010
    Get another last gen and be happy? What else can you do if you do not like the new keyboard?
  24. Ma2k5 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2012
    Adapt to Windows then ;)

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