Lol does anybody use their keyboard backlight?

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  1. DAAAAAAAVE macrumors regular

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    I just went to turn up my screen brightness and accidently hit the keyboard backlight adjustment instead. i completely forgot i had it and can't think of one situation when i would possibly need it besides for novelty. Does anyone actually have a useful use for it?
     
  2. TBi macrumors 68030

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    I used the one in my Pro all the time. It's really useful if your room isn't brightly lit for some reason. Nothing like surfing away in a room lit only by a roaring fire. However it's hard to see your keys in that light :)
     
  3. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    In a dark room? I use it in lectures, although it's a pain having to turn it off when the lights are fully dimmed if we're watching something.

    Not everybody uses their laptop in their bedroom/school, some people actually use them on the go...
     
  4. TBi macrumors 68030

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    There should be a function key shortcut to turn it on and off.
    A bedroom is an ideal place to use the backlit keyboard :)
     
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    Yus, there is, but it's not fast enough :p

    Yes, but I don't think the OP has travelled with their laptop, which is where the backlight is a god send.
     
  7. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

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    I use it in my dark bedroom and I found it very usefull !!

    Btw, what is so funny on it ?

    tex
     
  8. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    I think it's just a novelty. I can type without looking at the keyboard and I just find that it's a very cool thing to have, but not entirely necessary :p.
     
  9. NATO macrumors 68000

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    I use mine all the time. On the old MacBook Pros with silver keys it wasn't entirely necessary, but with the black keys I find it far more useful.
     
  10. MacGeekDC macrumors 6502

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    I always keep it at about 1/2 to 3/4 brightness unless I'm in a VERY bright room or connected to my Cinema Display when I use an external keyboard. I personally find it very useful.
     
  11. DAAAAAAAVE thread starter macrumors regular

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    haha turns out im the only person who doesn't use it. I type without looking at the keyboard and i like to have my screen brightness up anyway so i can always see the top line of function keys. I know a fair few people with MBP's and none of them use the backlight. Just thought it was a novelty and was curious if anyone did use it
     
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    I dont touch type well and love having my keyboard backlit. I would imagine the percentage of macbook owners with the 2.4 model that use it would be quite high as it is really the main distinguishing difference over the base model.
     
  14. DAAAAAAAVE thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well don't i just feel stupid now. Whenever i have mine turned on i find it distracting
     
  15. akm3 macrumors 68020

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    For me, it is one of those 'little touches' that adds to the bling/wow factor. It actually IS useful in darkened environments even though I can touch type.

    The first time I had my new MBP at work (I have the only Apple computer there), we were in a conference room, they hit the lights off, my display auto dimmed and the keyboard lights slowly faded up and several people freaked out. They thought it was the coolest thing! *NOW* they want Macs.

    Of all the stupid reasons to finally want to switch, this is what did it for them. One picked up a new Macbook, and the other got an iPhone and is saving for a Mac. The third had already had his iMac on order.

    The other three people said 'Macs are stupid!'

    It's crazy.
     
  16. Andy-V macrumors 6502

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    Even in a pitch dark room, all the keys are visible because of the brightness coming off the screen.
     
  17. Queso macrumors G4

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    If you're doing word processing or writing an e-mail, but what if you're using a program with a greyish or dark background?
     
  18. 7even macrumors 6502a

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    I do. Sometimes I find myself working in dim light and I'm sitting in a way where the existing overhead light reflects off the keyboard and key labels are harder to see. I don't really need it but backlight helps...

    BTW, my desktop keyboard has backlit keys which are impossible to see without backlight, but I keep it off anyway. Sometimes certain symbols (like * or %) take a couple of tries to hit but most of the time I'm fine.
     
  19. smokedog macrumors regular

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    I can touch type so its switched off. Plus I find the light leakage of the bottom of the keys very off putting and cheap looking.
     
  20. mknawabi macrumors 6502

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    I use it quite a bit because it makes the transition from a 700m 12.1" laptop to the MBP much easier.
     
  21. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    i love the back lit keys. I use them all the time usually on the lowest setting because frankly that's all you need it on
     
  22. redwarrior macrumors 603

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    I never realized how much I depended on being able to see my keys in the dark until last night. I had to work on my husband's WindowsXP machine, and it was very frustrating in the dark. I ended up having to turn on a lamp, and I much prefer the dark.
     
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    I got the 2.4 aluminum MacBook b/c I knew I would be using the backlist KB.
     
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