keyboard comparison

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Randall88, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. Randall88 macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2015
    Currently, I have a Macbook Pro 2012.. and I love the keyboard. Very quiet, with a soft feel to it.

    Yesterday, I've tested the keyboards of the MBP 2015 model, as well as Air and 12'' Macbook 2016.
    Honestly, the Macbook Pro 2015 ('upgrade' from mine) didn't feel that good and was very plasticky.
    Exactly the same one was on the Air.

    However, the 12'' keyboard is great.Flat, quiet, well spaced-out.

    Now my question - is the Macbook Pro 2016 keyboard going to be like the one on MBP 2015, or rather more like the 12'' Macbook 2016 ?

    Also, when I saw how gorgeous the 12'' looks in real life, I was even more disappointed why the new MBP doesn't come out in gold / rose gold..
  2. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    Its going to be more like the 12" MacBook keyboard than the one on your MBP.
  3. macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    And, to add, I think since it is version 2.0 as Apple put it, it might be the best of both worlds; the quiet and soft feel of the old along with the butterflying goodness of the new flatter keys.
  4. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    I tested the new MBP compared to the 12" at BestBuy and could not tell any difference. I've been touch-typing forever. They're not as bad as everyone is saying, though.
  5. wlossw macrumors 65816


    May 9, 2012
    Montreal, Quebec, Canada
    The only complaint I have read repeatedly is that the new MBP keyboard makes more noise (clicks)...
  6. supajam macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2016
    The general reaction from what I've read is that both have the same travel but the MBP gives a bit more feedback due to a new dome design. The disadvantage of that is it results in a loud "clicky" sound relative to other keyboards. Louis Rossmann illustrated it on his 2016 MacBook Pro live stream. Forward to round 14 mins.
  7. Sensamic macrumors 68030

    Mar 26, 2010
  8. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    I've ended up with a MacBook Pro today after returning my 12" MacBook. The keyboard is similar but louder and with slightly more travel, but not as much as the Magic Keyboard.
  9. dugbee macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    Is it possible to type as quietly on a rMB (or 2016 MBP) as on a non-butterfly MBP? Wondering how much is technique vs inherent noise. I can probably adapt if it's technique, but if the Rossmann video is any indication of reality, I might be considering a refurb pre-2016 MBP.
  10. ascender macrumors 68020

    Dec 8, 2005
    Do we just have a lot of angry typers on here or lots of posters who work in libraries or observing delicate neurosurgery and so have to be as quiet as a mouse?

    I totally get how the feel of the keyboard is a big thing for most people (although I also think we just adjust to it over time, so long as there's a physical, tactile button of some sort involved), but as for the noise, is that really a big thing for people given where we've come from in terms of noisy keyboards over the years?
  11. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Yes, because a laptop tends to be used in much more diverse environments. Nobody who's tried to use a Macbook next to a sleeping partner thinks this keyboard is good.
  12. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    the rmbp has more travel than the one in macbook, it's much nicer to type. about the loudness, yes it is, but if you dont lift your finger too high, it's not that loud.

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