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leman

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It might damage the laptop since the distance between the keyboard and the display is practically zero. This laptops certainly not using the keyboard as hot air exhaust...
 
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Fishrrman

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If the cover makes contact with the surface of the display when closed -- even very slight contact -- it could damage the coated surface of the display.

This could be made worse if you carry the MacBook in a backpack where there is pressure exerted on the "closed case"...
 
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estabya

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My mother insists on using the silicone keyboard covers on her machines and both (2010 15” and 2014 13” MBPs) have horrible markings on the screen. They look like garbage in my opinion; it is super noticeable during use.
 
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kamilbolka

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mr.anthonyramos

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I have always used Keyboard protectors on all my MacBooks and NONE of them has had screen damage due to the cover.

Specifically, I use this: https://www.moshi.com/en/product/cl...cbook-pro-with-touch-bar/us-layout?device=195

Very thin, hardly notice it is there. mutes my keyboard presses as well. Plus, resale vale of my old MacBooks has been great because as soon as I get the protector off, the keys look spanking new.
 
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Sterkenburg

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Oct 27, 2016
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Your mileage may vary, but as some have pointed out the current models have absolutely zero clearance between screen and keyboard, so anything you put there, no matter how thin, will touch the display surface and eventually leave marks. And honestly, I have yet to find a single keyboard cover that doesn’t degrade the typing experience.

I also tried the RadTech cover for a while on my 2016 but haven’t been fully satisfied. Yes, it prevented key marks but it was a dust magnet, and ended up leaving rectangular smudges which were just as ugly.
 
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kamilbolka

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Jul 22, 2018
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I have always used Keyboard protectors on all my MacBooks and NONE of them has had screen damage due to the cover.

Specifically, I use this: https://www.moshi.com/en/product/cl...cbook-pro-with-touch-bar/us-layout?device=195

Very thin, hardly notice it is there. mutes my keyboard presses as well. Plus, resale vale of my old MacBooks has been great because as soon as I get the protector off, the keys look spanking new.
Do you also use it on MacBook Pro 2016-2018?
 

mr.anthonyramos

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Your mileage may vary, but as some have pointed out the current models have absolutely zero clearance between screen and keyboard, so anything you put there, no matter how thin, will touch the display surface and eventually leave marks. And honestly, I have yet to find a single keyboard cover that doesn’t degrade the typing experience.

I also tried the RadTech cover for a while on my 2016 but haven’t been fully satisfied. Yes, it prevented key marks but it was a dust magnet, and ended up leaving rectangular smudges which were just as ugly.

Have you tried Moshi's? It is so thin and is moulded to each and every single key of the MacBook Pro.

I swear you need to give it a try.
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Do you also use it on MacBook Pro 2016-2018?

Yup!

I like how it mutes my typing as well and I am a pretty heavy-fingered typer.

The only drawback I feel is that of course after a few weeks of using the keyboard protector, all the oils and stuff gather on it (as it would on your keys without it) but it becomes more evident as your keys become more and more translucent.

Every month or two I would take it off and wash it with a bit of soap and it's like brand new again.
 

maflynn

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The latest MBPs have such tight tolerances, I would not take a chance on using them. Plus if/when debris does get in, they may trap them under the keyboard.

Overall though I think those adds a depth to the computer that it could cause problems when closing the lid, i.e., marks on the screen
 
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mr.anthonyramos

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The latest MBPs have such tight tolerances, I would not take a chance on using them. Plus if/when debris does get in, they may trap them under the keyboard.

Overall though I think those adds a depth to the computer that it could cause problems when closing the lid, i.e., marks on the screen

Right...Just saying that even with my 2016 model that I've had my Moshi Keyboard Cover on since day one, I have not had issues. Maybe someone is as OC as me when it comes to keeping my MacBook Pros as new as possible.
 
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iMacDragon

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Oct 18, 2008
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No you're not misunderstanding. :)

The Moshi Keyboard Cover I use has very tight tolerances for its moulding and hugs each and every single little key and stays on while you type.

Just to dig up a thread, I got one of these to try, and mostly i like it, but I notice that if I actually stick it down properly with the adhesive, that it doesn't sit properly on the command key row, with the bottom lip up slightly, as if the keys are slightly thicker than designed for. Is this just mine?
 

DeanPSN

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May 21, 2018
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Peel it off and allign it again, it has 2 adhesive strips and if you don't allign it perfectly, the end result will be what you experiencing.
If still doesn't fix it, return it for a replacement.

I used the same before on my old 2017 mbp and i liked it, liked the feel of it, but when the mac would get hot, the top would lift/bubble until would cool down, so i gave up on it.
 

mr.anthonyramos

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Apr 25, 2015
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Just to dig up a thread, I got one of these to try, and mostly i like it, but I notice that if I actually stick it down properly with the adhesive, that it doesn't sit properly on the command key row, with the bottom lip up slightly, as if the keys are slightly thicker than designed for. Is this just mine?

I think it's just yours. Mine is fine. Try realigning it and if that still doesn't work, ask for a replacement.
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Peel it off and allign it again, it has 2 adhesive strips and if you don't allign it perfectly, the end result will be what you experiencing.
If still doesn't fix it, return it for a replacement.

I used the same before on my old 2017 mbp and i liked it, liked the feel of it, but when the mac would get hot, the top would lift/bubble until would cool down, so i gave up on it.

What do you do with you MBP? I play games and export RAW files and it gets hot but mine doesn't bubble.
 

iMacDragon

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Oct 18, 2008
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I think it's just yours. Mine is fine. Try realigning it and if that still doesn't work, ask for a replacement.
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Thanks for the comments, I've tried a few times and it really doesn't seem to want to sit properly at the bottom! Though for most purposes it's ok if only stick the upper adhesive to keep it in place and leave lower just sitting naturally.

Maybe I'll take a photo and show them.
 
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DeanPSN

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May 21, 2018
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I think it's just yours. Mine is fine. Try realigning it and if that still doesn't work, ask for a replacement.
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What do you do with you MBP? I play games and export RAW files and it gets hot but mine doesn't bubble.

I meant it more like lifting from the radiating heat coming from top of the keyboard :)
Nothing crazy hot, the macbook would barely run the fans at all/dead silent.
 

IngerMan

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Feb 21, 2011
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I used one of these on my Air for the past 6 years. It is great. Totally difference concept though. My father in law has one of the silicone keyboard covers for his 15" MBP and it leaves a pattern of the keys on his screen. Looks kinda gross. These actually keep the oils from your fingers from getting on the screen.

https://www.radtech.com/products/screensavrz-macbook-pro-keyboard-cover


I have used the rad tech cover on my 2016 since day 1 for transporting. I always have a cloth to clean the screen or track pad with. As stated different concept though not like a silicone cover.
 

Bea220

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Oct 16, 2020
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My mother insists on using the silicone keyboard covers on her machines and both (2010 15” and 2014 13” MBPs) have horrible markings on the screen. They look like garbage in my opinion; it is super noticeable during use.
Thanks to this discussion I removed my silicon cover this morning. Luckily I’ve been using the little paper the laptop came with to keep This from happening.
 
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