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Is there anyone with a newer MacBook Pro who does NOT have keyboard issues?

Hieveryone

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I currently own a 2019 base model 15" and have been using a MacBook 12" a lot as well.

Touch wood, but neither of those have any keyboard issues.

Is the keyboard issue overblown or am I SUPER lucky to have 2 computers that haven't given keyboard issues so far???
 

Hieveryone

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I have the 2017 MacBook and that keyboard is fine.

The 2019 15" keyboard is awesome. I used the previous gen keyboard on my 13" today and it felt too deep.

I think keyboards are one of those things you have to get used to, but once you get used to it then it's fine.

Switching between keyboards, like lets say one style at work and one style at home, is a bit more cumbersome.
 
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Michael CM1

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I currently own a 2019 base model 15" and have been using a MacBook 12" a lot as well.

Touch wood, but neither of those have any keyboard issues.

Is the keyboard issue overblown or am I SUPER lucky to have 2 computers that haven't given keyboard issues so far???

I had a 2017 13-inch MacBook Pro until some rassenfrassen stole it from my car Monday. Didn’t have any issues with the keyboard aside from the arrow key arrangement still isn’t natural to me.

Just got a 2018 13-inch MBP, the one that was $1,799 until about a month ago, and so far no issues with it either.

Any problem that sounds widespread is probably still a small segment of overall users. But it’s just something much more common than usual glitches and flaws that get fixed by taking a computer in.
 
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leman

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Of our work laptops, so far two or three (I don’t have numbers at hand) out of approx 40 machines were reported to have sticky keys and were promptly replaced under warranty by our service partner. This is a mix of 2016-2018 machines, haven’t purchased anything new this year yet. All in all, my experience with these models is that are rather unproblematic. Around 10-15% of Mac laptops we buy need to be repaired within three years of ownership, and newer macs compare quite favorably in this regard to previous models. With 2011 15”, the GPU failure was an obvious issue (I think by now each of our units failed), and the 2013-2015 models had a noticeably high chance of USB ports failure (if I remember correctly, we had issues like these with at least 4 laptops).

Overall, I still find macs to be very reliable, the repair service is very quick (if you have access to a good provider), administration is trivial, and with time machine, the downtime are minimal. In our organization, it’s Lenovo’s and Dells that have been causing most maintenance effort (and we own like 5 of them).
 
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T'hain Esh Kelch

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‘16 Macbook here, keyboard repaired 3 times and top case exchanged twice, screen replaced once. Newest keyboard supposedly has the plastic layer underneath, and I also feel a difference.
 
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nobackup

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They fixed my 16 MacBook. 0 issues with my 17 NTB 13 pro, just upgraded to 19 13 pro no issues yet. But any ways they put all Pros on a four years after first activation free fix program so no $$$$ only time without (which would be one day) fix, so no really fear of a $700 fix waiting to bite you
 
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BLBL

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Today I had briefly my first stuck key with my 2019 entry Pro with the latest generation keyboard. One of the keys was slightly stuck. It nearly stuck in down position. I kept slightly hitting the key and it started to work again. Not sure what cause it but maybe something got between the key and chassis opening for the key. I need to keep and eye on this if it happens again. Maybe I should try compressed air just to make sure?

I never experienced this once with Air 2018 I had for few weeks but my Pro is under two weeks, so that is somewhat troubling as it should have the keyboard fixing these issues. I have been using my Pro in pretty clean conditions and nothing obvious debris is not around the keys like bread crumbs and such (I never use the computer while eating).
 
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nobackup

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Thought that’s what the improve V3 + Nylon were supposed to act. The old ones did not self unstick. So acting as designed :)
 
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racoop

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‘16 Macbook here, keyboard repaired 3 times and top case exchanged twice, screen replaced once. Newest keyboard supposedly has the plastic layer underneath, and I also feel a difference.

No issues of any kind with my 2016 MBP 15". Still loving it.
 
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involuntarheely

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I've just recently bought my first MBP, it's the cheapest 2019 base model. No issues with the keyboard so far (I actually really like it, fingers crossed).
But it's only been a couple of days.
 
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960design

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No keyboard issues with:
MBP15 2016, 2017, 2018 or 2019 (i9)
Did have a 'flex gate' issue with the 2016 model after two years.

PS. Did not have any keyboard issues with earlier models either. I did have a GPU failure in a 2009 (could have been 2010?) that Apple kindly replaced out of warranty.
 
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poorcody

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Pre-order 2016 MBP 15", daily user of keyboard, no issues. No issues in our lab of 11 similar machines. Family has two 2015 12" MacBooks with first gen keyboards -- no issues.
 
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