Is it a good Idea to use a Keyboard cover?

DH54

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Jun 3, 2012
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Well, I recently F'd up and spilt tea all over my Macbook Pro keyboard. I did a good job cleaning it but when I was putting all the keys back on I broke the F B and , keys. No big deal though I just ordered some replacement keys online.

After all that trouble I decided to get one of these silicone keyboard covers to protect me from spills and grime getting on/inside the keyboard,

http://www.ebay.com/itm/1PCS-Silicone-Keyboard-cover-skin-for-macbook-PRO-13-3-1-9-Colors-/150794578277?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&var=&hash=item231c0ea965#ht_4656wt_968

But someone told me that his friend used a keyboard cover and it fried his Macbook b/c he said the fans suck air in through the keyboard and it overheated causing it to fry. He also said that the Apple manual says to not cover the keyboard with anything.

So should I get one of these?
 

Zeov

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Apr 1, 2011
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I just think you need to stop spilling liquid in your MacBook Pro, and you'll be fine :)
 

whiteonline

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Aug 19, 2011
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The keyboard cover won't overheat your Mac. Air is not taken in from the keyboard.

As noted, minimize your risks and you'll be fine. Use the keyboard cover if it'll give you piece of mind.
 

henry72

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Jun 18, 2009
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Yes, for protection
No, it's quite hard to type on in my opinion :)

So NO for me!

PS: If you're using a 13-inch MBP, I won't recommend get it because it will block the sound, not completely though, just not as nice! (The speakers are underneath the keyboard ;))
 

sweetbrat

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Jun 17, 2009
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A keyboard protector won't cause your computer to overheat, so don't worry about that. The biggest problem really will be getting used to typing with it on, because they feel strange at first (especially the thick silicone ones). I have the Moshi keyboard protector. It's much thinner than most silicone covers, so it's easier to type on (it does still take some getting used to, though).
 

JohnnyChao

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Jun 1, 2012
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been using a cover for 2 years on 2 diff macbooks and no issues

ur friend is stupid and prob never used one so how would he kno?

i recomend the moshi keyboard cover.

those silicone keyboard covers are complete junk.

moshis is good quality and THIN which is good as it makes typing more natural and not made of silicone
 

mfvisuals

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Sep 9, 2009
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Or you can save your money and keep your drinks far enough away from your computer to prevent any risk of damage to your Mac if your drink spills.
 

chanyitian

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Jun 3, 2012
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The Macbook Pro has a great-looking keyboard. Covering it with a cover is not a good choice. As always, be careful. Dont spill anything on it and u will be okay:)
 

sweetbrat

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The Macbook Pro has a great-looking keyboard. Covering it with a cover is not a good choice. As always, be careful. Dont spill anything on it and u will be okay:)
Some of the keyboard covers (Moshi especially) you can barely tell they're there just by looking at it. And it has the added benefit of keeping the keys from getting shiny over time. I don't really have mine to prevent spills, but because I hate cleaning dust and stuff out of the keyboard. With the keyboard protector, I just wash it with soapy water, let it dry and it's all taken care of.
 

chanyitian

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Some of the keyboard covers (Moshi especially) you can barely tell they're there just by looking at it. And it has the added benefit of keeping the keys from getting shiny over time. I don't really have mine to prevent spills, but because I hate cleaning dust and stuff out of the keyboard. With the keyboard protector, I just wash it with soapy water, let it dry and it's all taken care of.
I agree that keyboard covers can be useful to some, but to me, even the moshi one doesnt look that good on Youtube. If you happen to have one, is the moshi cover noticable when you put it over the keyboard? thanks.
 

sweetbrat

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I agree that keyboard covers can be useful to some, but to me, even the moshi one doesnt look that good on Youtube. If you happen to have one, is the moshi cover noticable when you put it over the keyboard? thanks.
I do have one. It's slightly noticeable. Most people wouldn't notice it if they didn't know to look for it, as long as you keep it clean. The only real giveaway is that it says "moshi" on part of the spacebar, but even that isn't all that noticeable.
 

children

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The Macbook Pro has a great-looking keyboard. Covering it with a cover is not a good choice. As always, be careful. Dont spill anything on it and u will be okay:)
iPhone has a great design... U still see these stupid cases covering them lol..

Another note, wouldn't the keyboard cover cover the speaker? (if u have a 13" pro)
 

Arelunde

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I have an iSkin keyboard cover and have tried to like it, but it's very hard to type on. You have to almost pound the keys and one of the best features of the MBP is the outstanding keyboard! So, after several attempts, I finally got rid of the cover.
 

ixodes

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The best benefit of a keyboard cover is all the money the company makes that sells them.

You'll notice they primarily target Apple customers. They're the ones that spend so much time worrying about the possibility of dust or other minute particles touching their hallowed machine. For those afflicted with OCD, they bring peace of mind.

For those who think ahead, use a modicum of caution, and common sense, they are utterly useless. :rolleyes:
 

DrKockter

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Jun 4, 2012
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The best benefit of a keyboard cover is all the money the company makes that sells them.

You'll notice they primarily target Apple customers. They're the ones that spend so much time worrying about the possibility of dust or other minute particles touching their hallowed machine. For those afflicted with OCD, they bring peace of mind.

For those who think ahead, use a modicum of caution, and common sense, they are utterly useless. :rolleyes:
i disagree, granted i don't use a keyboard cover but one thing i wish i did when i firs purchased my macbook was a cover because now all my keys are shiny and that would have prevented that XD

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Here comes GGC with his diagrams again lol. Gotta love that guy though.
what does GGC mean? lol
 

ixodes

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i disagree, granted i don't use a keyboard cover but one thing i wish i did when i firs purchased my macbook was a cover because now all my keys are shiny
The best way to avoid shiny keys, or any other proof that you've touched it, is to never break the seal on the box. When your new Mac arrives, put the box in a large plastic bag to protect the packaging, and store it away.

The mistake I made, was to actually use mine at work. The keys got shiny, and now I can't get any work done.

Everyone that passes my desk gasps in horror at the sight of my keys, causing so much chaos, my job is in jeopardy.

But I'm not worried, Apple has taught me the way out is to sue them all. My lawyer loves the idea.

Yet I must admit shiny keys are so embarrassing theirs no way out.

If only I would have known. :eek:
 

chanyitian

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Jun 3, 2012
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iPhone has a great design... U still see these stupid cases covering them lol..

Another note, wouldn't the keyboard cover cover the speaker? (if u have a 13" pro)
Yea you r right. I dont understand why people put thick covers over ipads.
 

DrKockter

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Jun 4, 2012
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The best way to avoid shiny keys, or any other proof that you've touched it, is to never break the seal on the box. When your new Mac arrives, put the box in a large plastic bag to protect the packaging, and store it away.

The mistake I made, was to actually use mine at work. The keys got shiny, and now I can't get any work done.

Everyone that passes my desk gasps in horror at the sight of my keys, causing so much chaos, my job is in jeopardy.

But I'm not worried, Apple has taught me the way out is to sue them all. My lawyer loves the idea.

Yet I must admit shiny keys are so embarrassing theirs no way out.

If only I would have known. :eek:
I take pride in taking care of the stuff i use. i like to keep them looking nice and new looking as possible. if u got a problem with that than you shouldnt be on macrumors forums LOL
 

sweetbrat

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Jun 17, 2009
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The best way to avoid shiny keys, or any other proof that you've touched it, is to never break the seal on the box. When your new Mac arrives, put the box in a large plastic bag to protect the packaging, and store it away.

The mistake I made, was to actually use mine at work. The keys got shiny, and now I can't get any work done.

Everyone that passes my desk gasps in horror at the sight of my keys, causing so much chaos, my job is in jeopardy.

But I'm not worried, Apple has taught me the way out is to sue them all. My lawyer loves the idea.

Yet I must admit shiny keys are so embarrassing theirs no way out.

If only I would have known. :eek:
Some people really don't like shiny keys. To each their own. I don't have OCD, and I'm not afraid for some dust to touch my MBP. But I do prefer to have a clean keyboard. That being said, I find it tedious to wipe down the keys and the areas in between (I live in a house with pets, and it's impossible to keep all the pet hair away from the keyboard). With the cover, I just wash it in soapy water, dry it and put it back on. much easier than wiping down the keys and spaces in between.

Just because you see something as useless doesn't mean everyone else does. That's the great thing about this world...not everyone is the same.
 

kockgunner

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Sep 24, 2007
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I am a new user of keyboard covers after owning a Macbook pro and using it without one for 2.5 years. Apple recently replaced my keyboard so I wanted to keep it new so I bought a cheap $10 keyboard cover.

It makes it harder to type but it's so much quieter and less clacky which is perfect for use in the library.

Mine is thicker than the ones like Moshi so it leaves some keymarks on the screen, which some people say is permanent, but I find that a few separate sessions of wiping will take it off.

I highly recommend a cover, and if you do a lot of typing because it keeps the resell value of the keys aren't shiny and also it keeps crumbs out so the typing experience will still feel 'clean' and you won't hear crunching sounds later on.

I would get a super thin cover because some keyboard covers make typing very tiring since you have to hit harder.