Keyboard Skin on rMBP : Does it work ? Does it heat up?

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  1. bluesun89 macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    Does anyone uses keyboard silicon skin on a rMBP 13 ? And does it work smoothly, & without heating ? not annoying to use it in the long run?

    I am talking about item like these, normally meant to prevent from liquid spill

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/FOR-APPLE-M...6?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_205&hash=item46115f9190)


    I am going to renew my macbook pro (2009), for a rMBP - but due to the laptop getting much pricier in Europe.. I am considering buying one 2nd hand off ebay, but they have different keyboard layer than my home country - but i thought I can just put a keyboard skin to address that that (and adjust it in the os settings)

    My only worr, is that, when I tried such skins on my MBP (2009), i noticed that after a certain time (like 30min) it starts to heat up (i assume the air cooling architecture somehow transfered some air through the keys on that model? ) so I didnt use it in the end. Is it likely to be an issue with a rMBP too ?

    Thanks for any help you can provide on this !
     
  2. newellj macrumors 601

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    Here's what Apple says (never mind that there are keyboard covers for rMBPs for sale in the Apple Store):

     
  3. bluesun89 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the answer - but i actually dont intend to close the rMBP with the skin on, will pull it out before closing.
    Just wondering if it hampers proper ventilation for example
     
  4. newellj macrumors 601

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    Oh - misunderstood the question. My hunch, for what it's worth, is that relatively little heat is radiated through the keyboard. First, I've never noticed that area getting warm even when an rMBP or MBA was getting toasty. Second, it wouldn't be a very efficient area for heat dissipation because the surface is mostly plastic keys, which aren't going to conduct or radiate much heat. If hot air was passively escaping around the keys, you would have noticed it. :)

    You may not find the experience all that satisfying, and in any case there are lots of other points for liquid ingress, depending on how the spill happens and how much is spilled.
     
  5. Android300zx macrumors regular

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    Hmm...

    I have a KB Covers Keyboard Skin, Moshi Screen Protector (Retina) and a Moshi Palmguard and Trackguard installed on my Macbook Pro 2015. No issues here with closing the lid and it leaving marks on the screen. I also don't have an issue with any heat.
     
  6. bluesun89 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  7. imlovinit macrumors 6502

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    i have a keyboard cover on mine and have noticed it leaving marks on my screen but it doesn't bother me. I just wipe it down with a microfiber cloth and its all good. Nothing permanent.
     
  8. duervo macrumors 68000

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    There is no ventilation through the keyboard area. In fact, if you happen to go on YouTube, and search for videos of people replacing their keyboards, you will see that due to the parts involved (light diffuser, the keyboard, etc) not much air is going to be sucked in through there. It will come in through the cooling vents on the sides of the bottom case, and get blown out the back.
     

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