Do you like the new rMB keyboard? (with poll)

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by thadoggfather, Apr 28, 2015.


what are your thoughts?

  1. like it

    142 vote(s)
  2. dont like it

    20 vote(s)
  3. sorta do/sorta dont

    32 vote(s)
  4. reserve judgment until time passes, get one hands on, etc.

    26 vote(s)
  1. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
  2. squirrrl macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2013
    San Diego, CA
    I really like it... only issue is that the delete key is a little farther than I'm used to so my pinky keeps hitting the wrong key, but I'm sure I'll adapt.
  3. troubleonline macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Have only tried for 5/10 mins in store and it felt different. Doesn't feel as natural initially as my current MB but am pretty confident once I get my rMB that I'll get used to it really quickly. I will be disappointed if not as I use my laptops for essay writing, work reports etc and am a fast touch typer. But I trust :apple: will have got it right.

    As someone mentioned on another thread it is difficult to judge standing at the tables in an apple store as that is not a natural position.
  4. whatos macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2015
    Maranello Italy / California USA
    I've used PowerBooks, then MacBook Pros for so many years that laptop keyboards are a natural fit for me. Of course as we know the pitch, or key travel of the new MacBook is quite shallow. I haven't bought one yet, however I have spent just over three hours writing reports via my brothers new MacBook just to see how I liked the machine in general.

    I must say I was truly surprised how easy it is to become comfortable with it. I really had my doubts until he shared how much he was enjoying it after just two days of getting acclimated. Now I'm going to give one very serious thought. It would be handy for many of the long flights I take annually.
  5. junkw macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2010
  6. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    Love, love, love it. Day one I felt a bit weird but now it feels weird to type on anything else. All other keyboards feel a bit clunky and strenuous to type on.
  7. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    Tried it 4 times in the Apple Store trying to force myself to get one. I could ultimately adjust to the new keyboard as I just couch surf and use it in bed, otherwise I would dock it to my 27" monitor and use a bigger keyboard.

    It's the keyboard "foot print" I can't use. It's too small for a guy like me. I have 9"+ sizes hands, I would cramp and never be comfortable. We used to have a 11" MBA in the house, loved the screen size but couldn't type on it, my hands cramp thinking about it lol.

    Only complaint of the entire machine. This could be fixed with a 14" version with a bigger footprint and same sexy design :)

    For me the "wrist rest" is a hand rest lol.
  8. junkw macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2010
  9. dugbug macrumors 65816


    Aug 23, 2008
    Somewhere in Florida
    I love it but have not used the arrow keys in extended coding. Am worried about that layout.
  10. saifrc macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2010
    I still can't decide. I've only had mine for about 24 hours, but I haven't done a lot of typing on it. I don't have the best typing form, speed, or accuracy, but I do find myself initially making a lot more mistakes.

    My hope is that I'll learn how this keyboard needs to be typed on, and I'll meet/exceed my previous proficiency. But all the while, I have to also be using other keyboards, which is throwing me off!

    I use a Lenovo ThinkPad X230 for work. When it's docked at my primary office location, I have an Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (silver and white, the wired version). Both of those are excellent keyboards, which totally weaned me off my older obsession with Model-M-style plunger keys.

    I *wish* I could make this MacBook my only computer for a while, so that I could get acclimated to its keyboard faster, but that's unfortunately not in the cards :-/
  11. HengenJL macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2007
    Rochester, NY
    I spent about an hour getting used to the keyboard the day I got my rMB and have no issues at all.
  12. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2015
    My favorite keyboard so far, hope the new iMacs come with something similar.
  13. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    Had it for 2 weeks - 1 day and really never got used to it, but I'm glad I'm in the minority (at least as long as there are "traditional" keyboard choices in the Apple lineup).
  14. fallsilent macrumors member

    Apr 9, 2011
    The thing I was worried about the most on this rMB was the keyboard but I absolutely love it!! I have some fat sausage fingers so it is perfect for me. I've never been able to type this fast and accurate before.
  15. shenan1982 macrumors 68040


    Nov 23, 2011
    It's the future of keyboards. When I type on my macbook and then go to my old-school iMac chiclet keyboard, I can feel the additional stress on my fingers, like when going back to the old-style keyboards. Only a matter of time until they deploy the new keyboard brand-wide. I can't wait!
  16. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I really like it. Interestingly, the biggest adjustment for me was the noise it makes. A very different click sound--maybe a bit louder--then my rMBP or my previous Air. But I really like how it feels to type on it so far.
  17. kevinjohnson20 macrumors newbie

    Apr 20, 2015
    It is really nice and I really like it. The first keyboard which felt me to do work on computer so it's great also it's design and softness of keys are amazing. Tabs are just clicking easily and make work easy. I bet you on one thing by using this keyboard that you will not be adjustable with any other keyboard after you working on this one.
  18. mikeray macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I absolutely love this new laptop, it feels magical. Watching netflix in bed I was able to only have one bar for volume and still hear the audio since the laptop is completely silent.

    Still adjusting to the keyboard :D
  19. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
    now that we're a month deeper, lets keep the polls coming.

    I really like the keyboard, i think it might matter on which build you get too.
  20. lite426 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2013
    Really, there are differences between "builds"?


    Aren't the other MacBook Pros etc silent on Netlifx anyway? I don't recall the fan kicking in for Netflix.
  21. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006

    I want to say I read somewhere that Netflix was moving away from Silverlight over to HTML5. I'm not positive and could be remembering wrong so take it for what it is.
  22. micqo macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2014
    Beginning was sticky but now I love it! Esc key is still a bit irritating however.
  23. Dwayne82 macrumors member

    May 16, 2015
    I really really really really really really like you... err :eek: ...liked it on the first touch. ;):D
    I had zero adjusting time! Never had such a snappy keyboard. I love the sound of the clicks, its precise feedback and the beautiful backlight. Sorry guys, sounds like an Apple commercial, but all the doubts, got from reviews and comments, instantly blew away at the moment I had my rMB in my hands. :cool:
  24. Dayv macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    Netflix has already moved to HTML 5 for some systems.

    Details here:
  25. JTMacster macrumors newbie

    May 2, 2015
    Absolutely Love This Machine

    Really don't understand all the negative reviews on this product. Love the screen, love the touch pad and most of all love the keyboard. Find that I can type a lot faster than on the apple keyboard that services my iMac. Like the clicking response. Have had a bunch of Apple and Microsoft machines over the years and this is my favorite.

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