Do you use any protection for keyboard

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by bubulol, Dec 17, 2013.

  1. bubulol, Dec 17, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2013

    bubulol macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    Do you use any protection for keyboard
    there are plenty cases which users spilled coke, cofee on keyboard
    so i am only one who think it can be useful to wear keyboard with a soft silicone cover?

  2. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    No thanks. It affects how the keyboard feels plus it can leave imprints on your screen.

    I just choose to either not eat/drink in front of my machine, or place my drink BEHIND the computer instead of next to the keyboard.
  3. lcseds macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2006
    NC, USA
    Covers are not recommended for thermal reasons.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The use of a keyboard cover does not significantly impact temps. They only slightly impede heat dissipation, but since the primary cooling is not via dissipation but via the vents, which are located at the rear near the hinge, the impact of a keyboard cover is minimal.
  5. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
    I don't use a keyboard cover. I keep all liquids on a table lower than the surface supporting the MBA. So far that's worked well for me.
  6. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    I prefer the feel of the naked keyboard so any type of keyboard protection. Plus I keep food and liquids away from my computers.
  7. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    maybe, but they're not discouraged for thermal reasons either:p


    i like how in their own picture you can see water by and on the hinge...the keyboard protector isn't going to stop that water if it finds its way into a vent
  8. Acorn macrumors 68020


    Jan 2, 2009
    my keyboard wore a rubber for a short time but unfortunately when I got it the keys were painted black on the back side. they didnt allow the backlit keyboard to show through. making one of my options useless. I love my backlit keyboard so its off for now. I may buy another one if it is transparent. they do feel weird though. it makes the keys feel spongy.
  9. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Hawthorne, CA
    True, but it's just extra protection. Say you let someone else use your computer and they're drinking some water or something near your computer, would you rather have them spill something on your computer keyboard OR would you rather have a keyboard protector just incase.
  10. mpantone macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2009
    Gee, if I let anyone else use my computer, it would be on the condition that they not eat or drink near the device. After all, that's the way I use my computer. They're called house rules.

    Or, they can use it the way they want and they are liable for all damages incurred during their usage period.

    You use someone else's stuff for a short while and you leave it in the same or better condition that which you found it. That's common courtesy. You know, what civilized, respectful people would do.

    If these people aren't willing to respect that, well, maybe you need to reassess how you pick friends. If they are unfazed by trashing your personal property and not taking ownership of their mistakes, well, how do you think they treat the rest of the world that they don't even know?

    Keyboard protectors feel weird and look like white trash anyhow.
  11. lina231 macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2013
    I love having a keyboard cover on my MBA for many reasons. One being that it protects the keyboard from dust and any other small particles that like to creep in. Also, it does change the way that the keyboard feels but that's not necessarily a bad thing. It's a little difficult to get used to at first but then it feels fine. I also like the fact that it quiets the keyboard. Typing on that keyboard is a little noisy, and having the cover on it reduces the noise so it's not too disruptive while I'm in class. I've never had any problems with it overheating my MBA.
  12. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    yikes, neither your response nor your stance on this issue seem particularly metered to the level of seriousness it seems to require.
  13. MsMerryMac macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2010
    I use a cover.

    After losing my MacBook Pro to a soda spill, I replaced it with a cheap laptop so I could start saving for another MacBook. A year later I now have a new MacBook Air and my first accessory purchase was a keyboard cover. The loss of backlit keyboard bothers me most but the feel of it has never bothered me. I am the worst klutz in the world plus I have birds and their dust flies everywhere.

    I am content with the keyboard condom for now after my tragic loss of my first MB.
  14. seveej macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2009
    Helsinki, Finland
    Quite frankly:
    a) I never lend my computer to anyone who has so bad habits.
    b) If someone would spill anything on my machine, they'd pay for the repairs.

  15. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Hawthorne, CA
    I mean accidents do happen. I know who has habits of spilling things and who doesn't, so if they have a habit of doing this, they get my small netbook.
  16. 617aircav Suspended

    Jul 2, 2012
    No drink is allowed within near my laptop. I cant take that chance.
  17. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    Moshi ultrathin keyboard cover is a must for me. Hate the other thick silicone ones, but this one is pretty darned close to using a bare keyboard.
  18. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Too bad you cannot just HZO your Mac Air. I believe when the company first opened it allowed you to send in a Mac Air to get water proofed, but it doesn't look like it anymore.
  19. w00d macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2010
    I drink water all day long when I am working, but I keep the glass on the left side and behind the screen away from my mouse hand. It seems like adding a layer of plastic on top of this keyboard would make it feel even worse than it already does.
  20. daonesteven macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    I used a keyboard cover when I first purchased my MBA. Two months later, spilled half a glass of milk over my MBA. All the cover proceeded to do was lead the spilled milk along the exposed hinge and shut off my MBA in a record 2 seconds.

    $800 in repairs later, I tossed the cover. Just my experience.
  21. joneill55 macrumors 6502

    Sep 11, 2007
    "No glove, no love," that's my motto :)

  22. bwhli macrumors 6502a


    Jan 9, 2012
    Boston, MA
  23. Jaranson macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2013
    who makes that keyboard cover?

  24. bubulol thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 7, 2013
    dunno, random generic cover picture ;)
    but guess what, Moshi makes really great keyboard cover according reviews if you aware of quality

    by the way, what guys do you think about trackpad cover?
    should i use protection over trackpad in order to prevent scratch and wear?

    i am thinking about using whole kind of protection in every area of laptop

    - keyboard cover: thanks guys for yours advice
    as long as i drink coffee every morning while i am checking mails, i need to cover safely keyboard. of course i wont put it forever. just few moments when i grab some drinks near macbook.

    - trackpad cover: i am aware of wearing and scratching. moreover i have clammy hands and get dirty too quickly

    - hardshell (Speck Tru / Moshi iglaze) or skin (Spigen ultra coat / InvisibleShield): protective skin just provides from scratch and wear while hardshell does protect against drop
    i heard protective skin might cause some little overheating.
    is that true?
  25. Jaranson macrumors member

    Dec 7, 2013
    I gave up and just bought the most ridiculously overpriced keyboard
    protector and palm guard for my new MBA. Both made by Moshi.
    (who else would have such high prices? :D )

    However, I have come to the conclusion that they are worth every
    penny. The Moshi keyboard protector actually makes it fell better
    to type on my MBA. The palm guard and the included trackpad
    guard are nearly invisible. Work perfectly. Guess you get what
    you pay for. :)

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