Keyboard cover for Retina MacBook Pro that won't leave trace on screen

sudoreboot

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I have a Retina MacBook Pro, and I've noticed that the keyboard cover seems to be leaving an impression on the screen that can't be easily removed with a microfiber wipe.

I can't really tell if it has impacted the anti-glare coating, but I wanted to see if anyone had had this problem and could recommend a type or specific kind of keyboard cover that wouldn't leave this sort of impression.
 

Rocko99991

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I have a Retina MacBook Pro, and I've noticed that the keyboard cover seems to be leaving an impression on the screen that can't be easily removed with a microfiber wipe.

I can't really tell if it has impacted the anti-glare coating, but I wanted to see if anyone had had this problem and could recommend a type or specific kind of keyboard cover that wouldn't leave this sort of impression.
Stop using a keyboard cover ASAP. The antiglare coating is fragile. When the lid is closed the cover is rubbing the screen causing damage. Only clean your screen with damp very soft microfiber cloth, gently.
 
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sudoreboot

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Stop using a keyboard cover ASAP. The antiglare coating is fragile. When the lid is closed the cover is rubbing the screen causing damage. Only clean your screen with damp very soft microfiber cloth, gently.
Is there any material that wouldn't do this?
 
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Valdna

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The only way to keep your keys leaving imprints on the screen is to clean the hell out of them and make sure not a single thing is applying pressure to the screen... Aka impossible :D


Increase the brightness until you can't see the imprints anymore... Like i do :p
 
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sudoreboot

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What I might consider then is simply taking up the cover before closing the laptop and storing it. I want to avoid wear or dirt on the keys, but I don't want to damage the display.

Although, I did some cleaning, and apparently the keyboard impression was just a smudge, not a spot where the anti-glare coating had been damaged.
 
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peraspera

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What I might consider then is simply taking up the cover before closing the laptop and storing it. I want to avoid wear or dirt on the keys, but I don't want to damage the display.
I also remove my clear keyboard protector from my 2015 15" MPB before closing it and don't close the lid unless the MBP is cooled off. My screen is still perfect but I don't often use my MPB out and about so the keyboard cover is only a minor annoyance when typing. I use an external keyboard and mouse at home.

If you close the MPB while still warm the residual heat coming up from the keyboard will likely accelerate any chemical process responsible for screen delamination. How prone to delamination any particular screen might be is probably to some degree being the luck of the draw in the manufacturing process.

It's also not unlikely that heat can cause sufficient off-gassing of the acidic oils that all fingers secrete to etch the screen coating over time. The MBP's keyboard making contact with a less than scrupulously clean keyboard would also likely cause screen etching problems.

Some people have had success using a thin microfiber keyboard cover but that would just spread any residual heat over a larger surface area. Also, the cloth could potentiallyt absorb sufficient acid and oils from the keyboard to bring them in direct contact with the screen.

Closing the lid on a stone cold MBP with a scrupulously clean keyboard and being very careful that no pressure is put on the lid during transport is probably the best screen protection. However, that routine might be not always practical for someone always on the go.
 
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Rocko99991

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What I might consider then is simply taking up the cover before closing the laptop and storing it. I want to avoid wear or dirt on the keys, but I don't want to damage the display.

Although, I did some cleaning, and apparently the keyboard impression was just a smudge, not a spot where the anti-glare coating had been damaged.
Be very careful cleaning that screen. Only use very soft lint free microfiber cloth, damp and gently wipe. No rubbing.

Do what you want, those keyboard last a long time, I would rather have a good screen than pristine keyboard.
 
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ihonda

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I've used a keyboard cover for years and notice zero issues with my screen..?
 
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Fishrrman

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Take the keyboard cover off, and LEAVE it off.

Don't touch the screen surface -- be careful about this, particularly when opening/closing the MacBook.

Don't "wipe" the display surface unless you absolutely have to -- try to avoid bringing anything into contact with it at all.

If you DO need to remove marks on it, use a soft cloth moistened with water. Wipe gently, as little pressure applied as possible.

When done, "dust it" with a soft cloth (next-to-no pressure).

DO NOT use a backpack in which pressure will be applied to the front/rear covers of the MacBook when moving about. I suspect this causes more damage to the retina displays than is generally acknowledged. There's not a lot of clearance inside (when closed) to begin with, and it probably doesn't take much pressure from the outside to bring the keyboard into contact with the display.

The design of the retina display is technologically "weak" -- that is to say, they're using a very thin sprayed-on surface over the display panel, which is exposed to the roughness of day-to-day handling. As such, it's susceptible to damage. I sense they realize the design is less robust than it could be, and hence, the "replacement" program for damaged displays...
 
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