Does anyone else think that MBA's keyboard is poor?

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  1. PsyD4Me macrumors 6502a

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    Compared to the keyboard that came with my Mac Pro and also my Macbook Pro i find it harder to type on the air.
    It's flimsy, doesn't feel solid, and the key travel is not as soft.
    what do you think?
     
  2. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    I love it compared to the past macbook pro keyboard and macbooks but they compromised a little compared to the new ones.
     
  3. PsyD4Me thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    can you describe this compromise subjectively? thanx
     
  4. Miker2k macrumors regular

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    Since my MBA has been my only Mac I may not have a whole lot to say but compared to various PC laptops I've owned I prefer the MBA keyboard.
     
  5. LKJR macrumors newbie

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    MBA keyboard

    Over the past several weeks I typed quite a bit on the new alum macbook and the air revB. I must say that the typing experience on the alum macbook did feel better to me (IMHO). I couldn't really pin point why. Maybe the travel distance or the spring of the keys? What ever it is, it's not a deal breaker by any means.
     
  6. PsyD4Me thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    well, i sit in class for 6 hours, 2x a week so for me typing up notes for that long is all about finger stress...

    i dont know i also feel like i tend to have fat finger on my MBA more often (I know I know the keyboard dimension is identical.
     
  7. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    I get more feedback and the keys are raised higher on the macbook/pro to me.
     
  8. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    For me, the MacBook Air was the easiest keyboard to type on v. MBP and MB. It's totally effortless and quite comparable to the sleek aluminum wired and wireless keyboards that Apple currently has available on the market.....:cool:
     
  9. entatlrg macrumors 68040

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    MBA is the best notebook keyboard I've used to date by FAR. It's on of the top reasons why I bought this notebook.

    Comparing it to MBP, Sony, Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba notebooks the MBA is my favorite, very fast and easy to type and I make fewer typos.
     
  10. PsyD4Me thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    that's the first time i've heard someone say that MBA's keyboard is better then MBP...to each his own i guess..
    I feel that MBA's keys are not tightly nestled in their groves, thus you get a lot of play=flimsy....
     
  11. Airforcekid macrumors 65816

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    It still is a great keyboard considering its size but it can be improved maybe in REV C:confused:
     
  12. elppa macrumors 68040

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    I found it to be very nice when I had one for a short period of time.
     
  13. stoconnell macrumors 6502

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    different than a macbook pro

    I just picked up an Air after having used a 15" PowerBook G4 followed by a 15" MacbookPro at work, and the transition is noticeable and there is a different feel to them, but not really in a bad way. I also use an old apple external keyboard (the crumb catcher variety) which is really mushy but allows me to use my laptop in clamshell mode while in the office.
     
  14. PsyD4Me thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    i dunno, i just feel like instead of feeling a nice springy feel, it feels like i am just jamming the keys down....
     
  15. bkarabel macrumors member

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    I have no problem with mba `s keyboard. The best laptop keyboard i`ve used was thinkpad x61.
     
  16. darrellishere macrumors 6502

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    Compared to all my other white apple keyboards, this one sucks!

    These black keys are very toy like, not professional!

    The plastic feels cheap and they squash in every direction.
     
  17. tubbymac macrumors 65816

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    My MBA keyboard feels different from my MB keyboard. Since I got the MB first it's the one that feels more "normal" to me, probably because I got used to it first.

    The MBA does feel a bit less firm in terms of the actual keyboard presses, but I don't find it bothers me at all. Going from one machine to the other is pretty seamless. I don't make any extra mistakes on the MBA keyboard or anything.
     
  18. happyslayer macrumors 6502a

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    Hmm... I really like the keyboard.

    Heck, I wrote this past years NaNoWriMo novel on it... 70,000 words and I thought it was far superior to the previous year when I had a Dell.

    And the light-up at night action is excellent. (I like to write in the dark)

    Later
     
  19. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    I think it very well made, far far better than my previous MacBook (Black polycarbonate plastic). I type quite a lot on it, lots of reports etc.
     
  20. Macjames macrumors 6502a

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    i do loads of writing on it and i have no problems or complaints, now if i could just stop browsing macrumours and finish that novel....
     

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