Do the Letters Wear off of G4 ibook keys?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by rosalindavenue, Jun 2, 2004.

  1. rosalindavenue macrumors 6502a


    Dec 13, 2003
    Virginia, USA
    Bruce Sterling's Wired Blog entry for today has a picture of his G4 ibook-- the letters are wearing off from use. Has anyone else observed this?
  2. applemacdude macrumors 68040


    Mar 26, 2001
    Over The Rainbow
    Hmm, isnt that considered a defect...maybe he can return it...
  3. mymemory macrumors 68020


    May 9, 2001
    Well, in no time he is going to have a yet more minimalistic computer. :rolleyes:

    What I do really hate is the dust that my wireless keyboard gets every day. The texture of the plastic catch too much dust and I have to clean it twice a day.
  4. Finiksa macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2003
    Yeah, I've read a couple of reports recently of those exact same keys wearing off the iBook G4 keyboard. Sounds like a batch of poorly printed keycaps made it through the system. Sadly Apple usually call this kind of thing acceptable wear and tear so don't cover it under warranty.
  5. virividox macrumors 601


    Aug 19, 2003
    Manila - Nottingham - Philadelphia - Santa Barbar
    first i heard of that problem. but keyboards for the ibook at cheap and easy to replace.
    but its a shame apple doesnt replace it themselves build good pr with customers
  6. LaMerVipere macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2004
    I can't say that the letters have faded on my iBook G4, but the keys which are hit most often, as well as the area on the trackpad that is most often used have been worn down to a visible "shine" from use, as opposed to their usual flat white appearance. That happened almost right away.
  7. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    yes they do wear off, and it seems quite easily. my letter a looks like a sidewards T now and annoys me big time.
  8. Macmaniac macrumors 68040


    They can wear off, especially in schools where they are used a lot the letters can disappear. If you have a local Apple shop in your area have them pop off the defective key and have them put in a new one. My shop keeps a couple old broken KBs so we can replace keys.
  9. Elbeano macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2004
    I'm actually a little jealous. I've looked long and hard for a slick looking keyboard that doesn't have letters on it, and that I woudln't have to rub them off my self somehow. I like how it keeps people from using my computer that don't know how to type correctly. When I was in college I switched the m and the n on my keyboard. You'd be amazed how much that messed with my friends that couldn't type without looking.
  10. wide macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2004
    LOL :D That's a good prank.

    Whenever I want a new keyboard for my Dell laptop, I can break off one of the keys so that it cannot be replaced and call Dell. They send a technician to my house, and they replace my keyboard. No questions asked :). I guess there's no "wear and tear" for Dells.
  11. blue&whiteman macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    I still use the keyboard that came new with my b&w. almost 5 years old now and gets used every day. not even slight wear.

    I know the ibook is a good machine but if apple can't make it a quality system all round then why bother.. it would be better if they used higher quality parts and charged 100 or 200 more.
  12. michaelrjohnson macrumors 68020

    Aug 9, 2000
    no, they dont.

    well, not on mine. I have absolutely no wear and tear on my keyboard after 2 months of HEAVY usage. apparently, it was just a bad batch... or perhaps he should be washing his hands more often...
  13. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
  14. Powerbook G5 macrumors 68040

    Powerbook G5

    Jun 23, 2003
    St Augustine, FL
    I didn't think the keys could wear out. My old Lombard series G3 is still in perfect condition even after 5 years of heavy use and my G4 is perfect also.
  15. saabmp3 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2002
    Tacoma, WA
    If you don't maticiously wash your hands as your type the letters start to wear off and develope a shine to them. It happens to all keyboards. Move on, nothing to see here.

  16. Alienrat macrumors newbie

    Feb 10, 2004
    Somerset, UK
    It doesn't happen to all keyboards. in this picture , the iBook on the left is 4 months old, the powerbook is over a year old. they get the same amount of use.

    The iBook keyboard is much worse than any keyboard I have ever had and used for less than 5 years.
  17. osprey76 macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2004
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Holy cow. That doesn't seem right to me. I've never had keys worn off of a keyboard, especially like that. (I've never owned a laptop, though. Just speaking from desktop experience.)
  18. griz macrumors 6502a

    Dec 18, 2003
    New London, NH
    Keys Wearing

    Yes, they do!! My "A" key is nearly gone and my S is looking a bit wavy.
    I can see obvious fading on the keys that are use most often.
    I do play a bit of HALO and my a key gets used, but I also notice that my finger tip hits the A key with my fingernail and likely causes more wear, but this should not be happening. These keys should last much longer. My iBook is 6 months old. I. I went through 2 defective keyboards when I first got it because of sticking keys and now this? Hey APPLE Get your quality control Sh*t together!!!!
  19. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    On my iBook G4 800 the symbol on the left cmd-key is beginning to fade away after heavy use since November... doesn't really matter, though I think I would have some trouble if all the keys were blank... ;)
  20. dongmin macrumors 68000


    Jan 3, 2002
    this is real

    I owned the first-generation dual-USB G3 iBook (500 mhz) and now a 800-ghz G4 iBook. I have to say that the build quality is MUCH WORSE in the current models. My complaints:

    - the white plastic of the palm rest gets dirty much easily than the old alumnum
    -three of my keys have/are fading, after only 6 months of use; i've owned 5-6 Macs before and it has NEVER happened
    -there are slight gaps around the keyboard, i.e. things don't line up perfectly
    -the left side where the hard drive noise makes a crunching noise when i apply some pressure
    -the trackpad button doesn't sit evenly

    Other that those, I'm happy as a pig in a blanket with the G4 iBook. I'm sure Apple's been looking for ways to cut price and bring the price down, but they should really pay more attention to the build quality next time.
  21. slipper macrumors 68000


    Nov 19, 2003
    just came from the apple store. go ahead and ask the guy at the genius bar if they got any left over keys, tech guys should have some since they usually pop them off when they replace defective keyboards. i got a new "a" and "b", yippie!
  22. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    my A looks like a triangle and my E looks like an F and my apple key no longer has an apple on it

    ibook g3

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