do you prefer the backlight on or off?

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  1. tymaster50 macrumors 68030

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    Trivial question I know :p

    I'm just excited cause this is my first apple computer that's all but I like the backlight on. It makes the keys feel warmer and I like the lighting.
     
  2. rrm998 macrumors regular

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    On
     
  3. johnnylarue macrumors 6502a

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    I only turn mine on when it's dark and I need to see the keyboard. I still think it looks awesome though!
     
  4. Agent-P macrumors 68030

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    To be honest I never really pay attention to it. I just let the light sensor do its thing. Though I guess that technically means I end up leaving it on.
     
  5. macNwindow macrumors member

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    off, even when i'm plugged into the wall.

    Reasons:
    #1 - theres a buzzing sound when the lights are on in between the "0" & "9" keys; only slight enough for one to hear if the ear is right above the keys.
    #2 - if i unplug my laptop then the battery will drain faster.
    #3 - since it is off the majority of the time, when I do need to use it in the dark then the lighting is more awesome to see because I do not use it all the time.
     
  6. tag macrumors 6502a

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    I have never used the keyboard backlight ever on any of the PowerBooks/MacBook Pros that I've owned. It just seems an unnecessary power drain, and on top of that I have remapped a fair number of keys on my keyboard, so the keys aren't even what they are labeled as, so looking at them is pointless for me.
     
  7. SandboxGeneral Moderator

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    Mine is on most of the time. Once in awhile, during the day, if I think about it, I'll turn it off or down.
     
  8. Mac.User macrumors 6502

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    I keep it off or on only setting 1. I'm not sure how much it effects battery I'd love someone to do a desk with the machine with:
    Display at 50%
    Keyboad Off
    Sleep Never
    WiFi

    Display 50%
    Keyboard 100%
    Sleep Never
    WiFi


    I'm sure it would take a while for these to run, but it would be interesting to see the results.
     
  9. joepunk macrumors 68030

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    Most of the time I have it off but there is the few times a year when I have it on. I just find it easier to see the keys and letters better when they are black letters against silver keys instead of light blue/white letters against silver keys.
     
  10. ItHurtsWhenIP macrumors 6502

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    On my Air, I keep the keyboard backlight at 1 bar of brightness 24/7. Never off, never any brighter. It's easily one of my favorite features.
     
  11. swish2351 macrumors 6502

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