Keyboard cover: Good or bad?

NatalieThomas89

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Jan 20, 2017
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Hey guys. Hope you are doing fine. Is keyboard cover for MacBook Pro 2015 15" bad in any way? Like blocking the air intake or something?
 

csurfr

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Dec 7, 2016
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Hey guys. Hope you are doing fine. Is keyboard cover for MacBook Pro 2015 15" bad in any way? Like blocking the air intake or something?
If you are referring to the thin silicone ones that are sold on amazon and such, then you shouldn't have any problems at all. I see people using them all the time.

I had one for my 2016 and it worked pretty well. Ultimately I stopped using it as I found I type better without it since the keys have such low travel.

Edit: below is a link to the 2015 model of brand that I used for my 2016 Touch Bar MbP.

UPPERCASE Premium Ultra Thin Keyboard Protector for Macbook Pro with Retina Display 13 - 15 Inches (PKBC-R) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AQFFSAG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_1iAjzbK3EG280
 

s4yunkim

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Feb 6, 2009
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They are fine, air flow is generally handled through the vents on the sides/bottom of the case, and expelled through the back vent.

I've been using one on my Macbook since 2012, no issues. I would recommend getting a TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) one over a silicone one though. Working at the Apple Store I've seen a ton of the silicone ones that seem to react with the plastic under it to form little puddles of (what looks like) oil all over the keys. Plus, the silicone ones are thick (more likely to make smudges on the screen) and they stretch (eventually stop fitting that well on the keyboard.

That uppercase branded one that csurfr recommended is a decent one. I have that one myself. Hope that helps!
 

csurfr

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Dec 7, 2016
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They are fine, air flow is generally handled through the vents on the sides/bottom of the case, and expelled through the back vent.

I've been using one on my Macbook since 2012, no issues. I would recommend getting a TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethane) one over a silicone one though. Working at the Apple Store I've seen a ton of the silicone ones that seem to react with the plastic under it to form little puddles of what looks like Oil all over the keys. Plus, the silicone ones are thick (more likely to make smudges on the screen) and they stretch (eventually stop fitting that well on the keyboard.

That uppercase branded one that csurfr recommended is a decent one. I have that one myself. Hope that helps!
Thanks for correcting that re: Silicone. I thought that was what it was made of. :)
 

asoksevil

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Jun 7, 2010
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Taipei, Taiwan
I have been using my keyboard without a cover for over 7 years and I haven't had a problem whatsoever. In fact i don't actually like a cover because it makes the keys feel different. However, I would recommend it for people who tend to eat or drink while using their Macs, it has saved lot of dirt and residues for friends who just love eating on their keyboards.
 
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