Keyboards are different on the Silver, SG, and Gold

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  1. robertfrancis70 macrumors newbie

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    Just wanted to share an observation to get a sense of whether others have noticed this too--or whether I'm wrong about it.

    My main use for a computer is writing, and I'm finicky about keyboards. I have often returned two or three specimens of a new computer until I found one with a keyboard that felt just right.

    I like the new rMB keyboard, but I've noticed quite a bit of variation among the specimens I've tested.

    In different stores (Apple and Best Buy), I've come across 4 silver models, three golds, and three space greys.

    Without exception, the keyboards on the silvers were always noticeably softer or less firm/stiff than on the other two colours.

    I bought a space grey from BB and found the keyboard much stiffer than any rMB I had tested. I then bought a silver and compared the two. It was much less firm/stiff. I then bought a third model (OCD taking over at this point!), a space grey, and compared all three. Although the second SG was less stiff than the first SG, it wasn't as soft as the silver. Returned both SGs and am content with the silver.

    But a space grey rMB was my preference. I'm holding on to the silver because I'm inclined to think at this point that only the silvers have softer keyboards than the others.

    Am I imagining this? Has anyone else noticed a difference with any consistency?

    I know that physical positioning make a difference. When testing stuff at the Apple Store, all rMBs feel much stiffer than any rMBs at Best Buy (which showcases them on a table with a lower height...). But even taking this into account, there seemed to be a consistent pattern in my observations.
     
  2. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    I had a space gray that I exchanged for a silver. The keyboards were identical.
     
  3. robertfrancis70 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the quick reply, but respectfully, I disagree with you. The keyboard on one computer is never identical with another. There's always a slight variation--subtle but slight.

    I'm really speaking here to people who are sensitive (or crazy) to this degree.
     
  4. ct1211 macrumors 6502

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    You just answered your own question. Different keyboards, different feel. Also some demos are beaten to a pulp by customers, others not as much.
     
  5. MyopicPaideia macrumors 68000

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    @Brand

    Am I allowed to call this borderline OCD!?

    @robertfrancis70

    You are imagining things, creating something out of nothing. Any actual physical differences in the actual key press feel of the keyboards you used is essentially going to be so small as to not be objectively distinguishable to the human brain, unless there is a faulty unit, all other things (like usage level, age, number of keypresses during its life, average pressure of each keypress over its life, etc.) being equal.

    To correlate the completely unrelated colour of the anodised aluminum of the case to the firmness of the keyboard probably perfectly defines the concept of the logical fallacy.

    If you wanted space grey and you were going to be completely anal retentive about the keyboard, you should have just kept getting SG examples until you got one that was soft enough for you.
     
  6. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    Crazy is the right word. Of course there are minor variation. But there are not variations by color which is what you were saying.
     
  7. fatefulwhisper macrumors regular

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    I have found that blue M&M's always taste better than the red ones.
     
  8. Cape Dave macrumors 65832

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    I think we all know that the tan M & M's were and always will be, the best!
     
  9. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

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    over breakfast this beautiful sunday morning i had to read to my wife the op's comment about his keyboard issue. we needed a chuckle. btw, both us were on our 2014 mb airs, hers 13, mine 11. love em and the kbs are great.
     
  10. ProwlingTiger macrumors 65816

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    The keyboards are the same. Apple is using the same manufacturer and the same parts regardless of color. They don't go, "you know what, let's use part number 2621 instead of 2620 on the golds, you know, just because." That would be stupid.

    They're the same, OP is delusional.
     
  11. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Seems like a good blindfold test.
    Blindfold on, try the keyboard on each different Macbook color. Have someone shuffle the Macbooks, so you can't know which color you are using.
     
  12. objektør macrumors regular

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    wtf, here's people in the middle of nowhere (or north of the arctic circle) who haven't even touched the rMB let alone the keyboard just to hear from someone who got three( 3!!!) there might be a tiny tiny difference between the gold, sg and silver. And the silver is best.
    I'm so glad now that I ordered the silver one!!! So I don't have to cancel my order. Can't wait to get just one in may or june. (2015, if I'm lucky).
    Joke aside: congrats to the op (he needs it really) that he found one he liked.
     
  13. squirrrl macrumors 6502a

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    hell yes.. i miss the tan ones.
     
  14. mattopotamus macrumors G5

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    I have owned both a SG and silver model. I did not notice any difference once so ever. I am sure there is some variance from keyboard to keyboard, but I highly doubt color has anything to do with it.
     
  15. brand macrumors 601

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    This whole time I always thought of them as light brown and dark brown, which always did seem kind of strange that there would be two different shades of brown. Tan would make more sense. Just think, the kids of tomorrow will never know that the light brown, I mean tan, M&M's ever existed. We will just sound like crazy old fools.
     
  16. Cape Dave macrumors 65832

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    LOL! So glad there are some like me who remember them :) Funny thing is, I do remember that they actually REALLY were better :) But the mind is a funny thing.

    I am not even going to mention the Green M&M's :) Ooops, I just did :)
     
  17. usernames.taken macrumors member

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    I would call the OP crazy but I really have been finding the keys stiffer on the Gold MB I own vs the Gold I tried in the store. All day I've been like, "these keys feel a little uncomfortably stiff".

    Maybe it is because the store models were well worn in, but I can't imagine that to be the case.


    On the plus side, I feel like the up/down arrow keys are actually a little more stable, a little easier to accurately use.

    I find myself hoping it wears in a bit because I definitely find this keyboard more uncomfortable than the store model.
     
  18. tom vilsack macrumors 68000

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    I have found the Gold keyboards have a nice rich feel to them.The Space Grey felt dull,while the Silver ones felt similar to all the other Macbook's.
     
  19. usernames.taken macrumors member

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    What does "rich feel mean". Its a fairly subjective phrase, making it difficult to compare.
     
  20. Kiwi 99 macrumors regular

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    just a thought, is there some kind of synesthesia here? some visual and tactile pathways mixing?

    (e.g. while seeing the gold keyboard, the physical-feel will actually be differently perceived in the brain)

    (I'm no expert on synesthesia, I can barely spell it, but I'm sure there will be some number of people who definitely feel the action of the gold one differently)

    Again, a blind-test would help sort it out...
     
  21. usernames.taken macrumors member

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    Wow, thats a big word :)

    Like I said, for clarity, my first impression using the God Macbook that was delivered to my house compared to the Gold one in the store was "Hmmm, this keyboard feels harder to press than the ones in the store".

    I might have to stop by to the Apple store and check to make sure I am not imagining it, but to my finger memory, it feels harder to type.
     
  22. Kiwi 99 macrumors regular

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    Ha, yeah sorry :) I heard about it on the radio and it was really interesting. I figured if anyone wants to know they'll look it up.

    And I see you accidentally called it the God MacBook :D
     
  23. usernames.taken macrumors member

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    "God Macbook", lol, love it. I think I'll leave the typo as is :)
     
  24. Kiwi 99 macrumors regular

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    What am I saying... they can use force touch and see it straightaway
     

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  25. usernames.taken macrumors member

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    I thought only the new laptops had force touch? :D
     

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