Keyboard covers.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JMies419, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. JMies419 macrumors 6502

    Aug 24, 2006
    What are you guys using? I want to get one for my new 13" MBA. I found a US seller on eBay that has 13" silicone covers in a number of different colors for $3.99 shipped. Thinking of going with there a high quality better option out there? Thanks!
  2. JBazz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    I have always used iskin keyboard covers, but they are much more expensive.
  3. sm0 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    Wellington, NZ
    Don't ruin a beautiful machine with a cheap and nasty piece of silicon over it.
  4. s1ns macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2011
    never ever use keyboard cover. the speaker in macbook air is underneath the keyboard unlike the macbook pro if you are using keyboard covers you are covering the speakers if you know what i mean.
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The speakers are not under the keyboard. They're on the sides. A keyboard cover will have little or no effect on sound.

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  6. ericDylan macrumors regular

    Jan 6, 2012
    I know it will not affect the sound substantially, but i am fairly certain that the computer uses the keyboard to vent off heat. A cover might interfere with this.
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Not true. There is no air intake or exhaust through the keyboard on any Mac notebook, and there never has been. Both intake and exhaust is through the vents in the rear, which allows venting with the lid open or closed (for operating in clamshell mode). There is a solid panel under the keyboard, preventing any meaningful airflow.
  8. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Moshi and Rearth USA make some good covers. I use them only when I am on a plane (with the cramped quarters, a liquid spill is more likely), but have used both and they work for me. The Rearth ones usually sell for about $15. Moshi for about $25.

    Note that some of the ultra-cheap covers are a bit thicker and thus touch the screen and leave marks when the lid is closed. The Rearth and Moshi ones are thin enough to avoid this.
  9. jmthigpen macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2011
    Charleston, SC
    Don't use a silly keyboard cover or be OCD about the keys turning shiny! The machine is beautifully designed don't cover it up with cheap silicon!
  10. philxor macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2010
    I've been using the Moshi ones for a long time now, on my 2010 MBA and now the 2011. They work well and can be cleaned, because they do get dirty after awhile. I'm always eating stuff around my laptop and having the cover definitely helps in not getting crap stuck in the keys, although I really do like typing and the look of the laptop without the cover.

    With the Moshi you can still get dirty marks on the screen with the laptop closed.
  11. JBazz macrumors 6502

    Apr 14, 2006
    I was sitting beside a mother at the genius bar who brought her MacBook in for the third time because it had an "accidental" spill. When I suggest she invet in a keyboard cover she said, "my homeowners insurance pays for it". I guess she didn't want to "ruin" her machine with a "cheap and nasty piece of silicon" either.
  12. ModestMoo macrumors 6502


    Oct 2, 2011
    Cambridge, UK
    I bought that 0.1mm keyboard protector from eBay, its superb quality, fits very very accurate for £4.99.
    I did use it for about 4days and I understood it feels like old laptop with sand under it when typing, so I threw it away.
  13. daonesteven macrumors 6502

    Aug 7, 2007
    Baltimore, MD
    not sure why you resurrected a >2 month old thread to comment but since there's 2 sides to every coin, I immediately got a keyboard protector when i purchased my 11" mba for the sole reason to protect against spills, and exactly 2 months later, I spilled a quarter cup of milk over my mba where it ended up just running along the bezel and seeping into the grills, immediately shutting it off and costing me $755 to repair it (thank god amex protection covered it). This just got me to realize that it just takes a specific type of spill to render a keyboard cover useless.
  14. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    AMEX Purchase Protection and Return Protection are the two best features of their cards - IMO.
  15. scarred macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    It has a huge effect on sound. With my keyboard cover on, the sound is muffled.
  16. Herrow macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2008
    When my OCD gets the best of me, I use a Shaggymac screen protector. Mostly during heavy travel and every other day for cleaning.

    The silicone covers never made sense to me, a naked keyboard feels so good.
  17. DvlFig macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2012
    I'm using the Rearth USA cover and so far so good. Take a look! The sound is normal for me, no huge effects on mine.
  18. mba123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2012
    Just to add my thoughts to this thread, having used a silicon keyboard cover for a few months on 2012 air, in case anyone is thinking of buying one.

    They do affect sound - imo in a significant way. Volume is quieter and sound is very mono with cover on as opposed to stereo with the cover off.

    Heat - under light use i.e. browser, word etc, heat is fine with cover on but under heavier use the keyboard does become warm. Yes this does happen without the cover also, but the keys do seem to cool slightly when cover is taken off. Whether this hinders ventilation i'm not sure.

    Typing - not a good experience at all. The keyboard feels awful and is much harder to type on.
  19. jbzcar macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    I have a Moshi on my '11-11". It is by far the best looking cover, can't even really tell it is there. I previously had an iSkin on my 15" MBP. I love that it's washable and you quickly get used to typing with it in place. It doesn't affect sound or temperature on my MBA, either.
  20. Joined:
    Aug 4, 2012
    What you say is true about where the MBA vents however...heat rises and if you hold your hand just an 1/8" above the keyboard you can feel the heat. I'd NEVER cover the keyboard.
  21. plucky duck macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    I'd rather deal with the extra heat, if it does indeed have a negative impact on thermals, than to deal with a dead laptop in the case of a liquid spill. $25 insurance and peace of mind on a $1000 laptop is cheap insurance. As for the feel of the keyboard and typing experience, yes while I do agree that it's not as nice to type on, it doesn't bother me enough to risk any liquid spills.
  22. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can feel the heat on the bottom, as well. Heat radiates in all directions and is transferred quite effectively through the aluminum body. A keyboard cover has very little impact on heat dissipation. Countless Mac owners have used them for years with absolutely no problems. Your Mac will automatically shut down if temps get too high.
  23. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    look at me, i'm resurrecting an almost 2 year old thread. why? because people search the forums for these kinds of topics and this particular thread happens to be the top returned search on google for "best skin macbook air"
    how many threads on the front page are questions that have been asked 8 million times already? without even looking the good money is on at least half.

    regarding your post itself, a "quarter cup of milk" is still a substantial amount of liquid!

    that's one and a half of these:

    and milk no less, a better conductor than water. not to mention "grosser"

    that skin may not have saved your computer but there is no way you would have been better off without it. 60 mL of liquid right onto your computer is almost certainly going to be pretty deadly with or without a skin.

    sorry that happened, glad you got it fixed - 'm still putting skins on my machines, hopefully you are too!
  24. johnjey macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2013
    Northern CA
    I did the mistake of buying a 12$ clear transparent case ! It's a disaster as you can BARELY type with it :(

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