Is It OK to Just Leave the Keyboard Illumination on?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by tolive, Jul 31, 2009.

  1. tolive macrumors member

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    Just got a new mid-09 uMBP 15", I don't think that the ambient light sensor is put at a right place - now, with the ambient light sensor put next to the web cam, the keyboard illuminates as long as the ambient light sensor is not DIRECTLY towards light source. :confused:

    Is it OK to just leave the keyboard illumination on? what's its lift span? If it's the same as the LED backlight, then I don't care if the keyboard illumination is on or not.
     
  2. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    You don't have to worry about the keyboard lighting going out. I haven't ever heard of anyone having the light fail. Something else will render your machine useless long before the backlight fails.
     
  3. tolive thread starter macrumors member

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    Great, thanks!
    Then I guess I'll download Lab Tick and simply turn the backlight on permanently.

     
  4. geoffreak macrumors 68020

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    Just have it automatically turn off the backlight when it is bright out to save battery.
     
  5. Snowbound macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I'd just leave it on the default settings... doesn't seem to be a good reason to change it and having it always on can only hurt battery life.
     
  6. pprior macrumors 65816

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    How do you set this option?
     
  7. Higgs1 macrumors 6502

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    System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard "Illuminate keyboard in low light....."

    :)
     
  8. tolive thread starter macrumors member

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    The reason I posted this thread was that, the new mid-09 uMBP thinks my bright living room as "low light" unless it can see the Sun directly...;)


     
  9. applebook macrumors 6502a

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    When I had my MBP with backlit-keys, I always left it on because it just looks so cool. I say leave it on. :D
     

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