How do you guys like the 2016 and later keyboard on the MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by buckingham2015, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. buckingham2015 macrumors newbie


    Oct 13, 2015
    So I'm currently using a late 2014 15" MBP. I've gone into stores a few times and tried the keyboard on the 2016 MBPs. I hate it. It feels terrible. I love the keyboard on my current laptop. I really don't want to upgrade because I feel like I'll be downgrading on the keyboard, and I also think the touchbar is a terrible gimmick but that's another issue.

    Those who have had the new keyboards for a while, how do you feel about it now? Would you go back to the old keyboard if you could?
  2. ZapNZs macrumors 68020


    Jan 23, 2017
    This is going to get ugly...

    I have both. They both type letters. They are both far inferior to a mechanical keyboard.
  3. saobang3886 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2017
    Me too, I hate new keyboard, if I can choose, I will keep the old keyboard, event the old design with full USB A, HDMI port and change 2 display port to USB C, that will perfect for me.
  4. Pangalactic macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2016
    The big revelation is it depends a lot on how you use it (with all respect to the "You're using it wrong!" joke :D )

    The usual keyboards are designed around a certain level of pressure from the user on the keys.
    The new macbook keyboard requires VERY LITTLE pressure. Like, I don't know, imagine stroking a cat or something, that level of pressure :) if you type like this then it will be a very fast and enjoyable experience (and quiet as well). But if you just slam it with the usual force then of course it will be quite annoying as your extra force doesn't have anything to transition into, and also obnoxiously loud.
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    I -didn't- like the new keyboard.
    Tried typing on it and… mistake after mistake after mistake.
    Solution: I bought a 2015 MacBook Pro instead.
    Problem solved!
  6. chevelleguy3 macrumors regular

    Apr 24, 2013
    Mckinney, TX
    It's all personal preference. I use several types of keyboards all day long and I don't have a problem with any of them. On a daily basis I use my 2016 tbMBP keyboard. For work I use a Mid 2014 rMBP with the old style keyboard and I also use a Magic Wireless keyboard which is about halfway in between the old style and new style MBP keyboards. I prefer the 2016 keyboard but I can type fast and well on any of them. The 2016 is almost like typing on an iPad and you don't have to pound the keys to let everyone in the office know that you're typing.
  7. therealseebs macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2010
    I can't use it. Like, physically painful can't-use-it, due to RSI issues. I might have put up with the rest, even though I had a lot of complaints, but that was the complete killer.
  8. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2011
    Took me about a week to get used to it and now it's one of my fave keyboards. For context, I was never a huge fan of the chiclet style. This is the first laptop low-travel style keyboard I've ever loved.
  9. PieTunes macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2016
    San Diego, CA
    I hated the keyboard on the MacBook when they first came out in 2015; felt like typing on a pane of glass. The 2016 MBP is much *much* better and for me it's a pleasure to type on. I'm sure on the 2017 it will be just as good.
  10. Saturn007 macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    That sounds like a big negative! LOL!

    We found typing on the MacBook Air to be like typing on a brick! The newer keyboards seem worse.

    I'm a 80-word per minute touch typist and my error rate skyrocketed with the MBA and required my typing much more slowly and still there are more errors than I used to have or would like!

    The iBook G4 keyboards worked well; as did the earlier Macs. No issues with either. Indeed, when I've returned to them, it's been a good experience. The Apple IIes, though they were noisy, were quite good, too. The old MacBook Pros, say, circa, 2007-2010, are a pleasure to type on again.

    What's the old song say?! "You don't know what you have until it's gone!"

    Time to hug our partners, kids, and dogs!
  11. prism macrumors 6502a

    Dec 6, 2006
    I literally cannot stand the new keyboard and this is after using it for several months. Shame because otherwise it has a great screen and speakers and is well built.

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