Keyboard loud/silent Touch Bar MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hululu, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. hululu macrumors member

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    So i got the 13 touch bar macbook pro, one of the early batch i guess, late november.


    My keyboard feels louder on some keys and almost silent on others. I was wondering if that was normal?
     
  2. hallidc macrumors 6502

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    I just received my MacBook this morning and I'm noticing the same thing. The keys on both sides are rather quiet, the keys in the middle of the keyboard are louder. Anyone else?
     
  3. hululu thread starter macrumors member

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    exactly what im experiencing.

    I dont mind it, just dont want it to be a defect of some kind
     
  4. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    That probably has to do with the user adapting to the shortened key travel. Over time they shorten up their presses.
     
  5. hululu thread starter macrumors member

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    not really, its just loud in the middle and not on the sides. you can press the keys one by one and you ll tell the difference
     
  6. tCC_ macrumors member

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    Same problem here with my 13 inch touch bar, very annoying :(

    I even got different sounds from the same keys, for example when pressing Q, W or E on the bottom of the key they sound very "clicky", the keys next to them don't. When I normal press then in the middle or top they sound like they should sound (low or hollow sound).

    A, S, D and F do the same and even the whole last row from ~ till /

    The keyboard itself is nice (still prefering my old 2012 air tho), but I want all keys sound and feel the same, this is not workable and very distracting when typing a lot.

    A friend who has the 15 inch does NOT have this problem so that's why I am returning mine and maybe order a 15 inch as well.
     
  7. MareLuce macrumors 6502

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    Clever observation @hululu ! This seems true on my MBP 15" 2016 as well.

    Maybe the intention was.... well I don't know what the thinking was...

    OK after playing with it for another minute, it seems to be speed related for me.
    If I type slowly its fairly quiet all over. But once I start typing 100wpm the sound differences appear.

    This difference doesn't bother me. I just wish my mouse cursor would stop disappearing.
     
  8. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    I have the issue on A-S-D-F as well. If I press on the bottom edge they sound louder. All other keys are fine.

    Did this ever resolve by itself? On mine it started appearing after about 3 weeks of usage. I don't plan on returning it, just curious.
     
  9. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    This is not the first thread on this issue lol many people experiencing this, louder keys in the middle, almost silent outer keys. It affects both 13" and 15" 2016 models. It is too early to determine if Apple designed it this way or defect Apple may fix on next model, only time will tell.
     
  10. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    Small update for you: I've been to the local Apple Store and I've tried all display models.

    Result: *all* 15" models had the issue on the A-S-D-F keys (louder when pressing on the bottom edge). I tried 5 of them. Same thing on the 13" TB models.

    The only 2016 MBPs not having the issue in that particular store were the 13" nTB.
     
  11. nm1300 macrumors newbie

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    I have this thing too, is it really an issue that I should return my laptop for or is it normal?
     
  12. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    Imagine how dull life would be if every key sounded the same.

    Let each key speak in its own voice!

    Celebrate keyboard diversity! ;)
     
  13. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    ^can we keep politics out of my keyboard lol
     
  14. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Not normal if it's a really big difference, as shown in videos in some other threads about this. Some people have been able to get repairs done at Apple Stores, others not.
     
  15. avnspb macrumors newbie

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    i have just get my new MACBOOK PRO 15 inch 2017 (kaby lake) and there's the same thing! the keys in the middle sounds much louder then the keys on the sides....
     
  16. avnspb macrumors newbie

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    more over! I have replaced my new Macbook Pro 15 2017 for 3 times... and all of them have this issue. keys in the middle sounds much louder then on the sides... also some macbooks has loose touch id button... so nothing changed with this in 2017 models (((( it is very annoying when typing in silence... keys in the middle sounds like mini drums)))
     
  17. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    This won't change until a whole new chassis design is put in place. If it remains thin and goes thinner this may always be there. I still believe they did something under the key caps for 2017 as its not as loud typing than the 2016.
     
  18. ryannel2003 macrumors 68000

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    I never really noticed a difference in how my keys feel but if you press the bottom edge of the A and S key on my keyboard they are louder than the rest of the keys. Honestly not that big a deal to me and not something I notice on a daily basis.
     
  19. avnspb macrumors newbie

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    2017 sounds exactly the same loud! 2016 had some pitching sound
     
  20. mj_, Dec 22, 2017
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