MacBook Pro 2016 (Touch Bar) spacebar issue

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  1. Neykon, Apr 2, 2017
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    Neykon macrumors member

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    Update: Swapped it a second time – on my 3rd device now and the spacebar works perfectly this time around. Thanksforyourinput (jk)!

    I picked up the new MacBook Pro 2016 model (15 in, Touch Bar) at Saturday. I felt something was clearly off with the spacebar and got it replaced with a new unit today. To my surprise and misfortune this new unit has the exact same issue with the spacebar --- being sticky/spongy in the right side and only registering clicks every third time or so.

    So, 2/2 machines I've tested had this issue. Is this normal behaviour with these new machines or should I keep swapping it until I get a functioning unit? sigh

    I recorded a quick video demonstrating the issue.
    Turn up your volume and notice the major difference between clicking the left and right side.
     
  2. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    No . . . . . issue . . . . . on . . . . . mine . . . . .
     
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  4. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    That's clearly a problem, hope Apple see's your video.

    The first 15" 2016 MBP I had did not have this issue with the spacebar it worked perfectly, however the 2nd one I got had issues with the spacebar, it was very spongy and did not feel the same on each side, it was almost like it was loose or wobbly. I didn't like it, it's a key you use all the time.

    I've got another 15" 2016 MBP refurb coming this Tues so I'm praying I'll have no issues with the keyboard. They say 3rd times a charm, right?
     
  5. James.K.Polk macrumors 6502a

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    Does this effect usability at all? Seems like something that's a bother in the first few days/weeks of ownership and is totally forgotten by month two. At least, that's how I've always been with my electronics...
     
  6. Kcetech1 macrumors regular

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    Had it on my second and third machines as I had posted up before.
     
  7. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    May as well add that there are threads about this kind of thing, including for the space bar. Might want to check them out. Not normal, but not rare either.
     
  8. Neykon thread starter macrumors member

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    It is super frustrating.
    I seem to use the spacebar mostly in the right area normally so it's definitely going to be a bother in the long run as well.

    Secondly, it's a $2500 premium device. Hiccups like this shouldn't be there in the first place - this is due to poor quality control at Apple.
    --- Post Merged, Apr 2, 2017 ---
    One can only hope!

    If possible at all I'd like to hear back from you when your third unit comes around.
     
  9. bartvk macrumors 6502

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    Bring it back. That's the only possible response to this.

    In my experience, the keyboard is the weakest link of the 2016 MBP. There's a couple of topics about failing keys, each with a couple of dozens of posters. It's not an all-encompassing problem with this model, but it's a known problem for sure.
     
  10. No. 44 macrumors member

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    Ofcoursenot.Thespacesbetweenthewordsare wayoverrated...

    o_O
     
  11. leman macrumors G3

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    My keyboard has this too :) Just discovered it this morning. Doesn't really affect the usability for me, but is certainly annoying.
     
  12. Neykon thread starter macrumors member

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    Ugh, annoyed to hear that!

    Call me sensitive, but a $2500+ device should in my opinion never have issues like this. Personally, I will go down to the shop today for a third time and request a swap.
     
  13. SDColorado macrumors 68000

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    No issues with mine. Spacebar behaves the same throughout the bar. Definitely bring it back and have the issue corrected.
     
  14. MrGuder macrumors 68020

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    Let us know how it goes at the store.
     
  15. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a

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    I had EXACTLY this problem with my machine and it was the main reason I returned it (although there were other issues as well).

    At first I thought I just had to get used to the new keyboard, but after about 2 days, I realized that not only was the rightmost 20% or so of the spacebar dead, but that's the only place I seem to tap the spacebar. Changing my typing style to accommodate a manufacturing error didn't seem like a reasonable compromise to me.
     
  16. Neykon thread starter macrumors member

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    Positive (for me) to hear that you had similar problem, and I'm not just confusing myself.

    So your replacement model is A-OK?
     
  17. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't get a replacement. Mine was a BTO and I picked it up while I was in the states for a couple of weeks (if you think they're expensive in America, try buying a MacBook in Europe). There wasn't enough time to get the specs I wanted, so I just returned it and went back to my '13 Air.
     
  18. Neykon thread starter macrumors member

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    I am americanising currency and the like to be more 'international community'-friendly, but I actually live in Europe and bought it here so I get you!
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    Swapped it a second time and the 3rd device is working like charm. Spacebar clicks nice and evenly this time around. Thanks for convincing me further to get it replaced!
     
  19. bcbickers macrumors member

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    I have the same problem but on the left side of the spacebar. To get around it, I have adjusted my typing behavior to hit the spacebar a few more millimeters towards the center. I actually like the new keyboard, so the adjustment was worth the tradeoff. :)
     
  20. bartvk macrumors 6502

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    Oh man, that has me reminiscing... Couple of weeks ago, I sold my '13 Air. I wasn't using it anymore after I bought my 2016 MBP. But man, that Air was easily the best laptop I ever had. I started my business with this thing. So reliable.
     
  21. Scorned macrumors newbie

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    After five months I am having this issue where the right side space bar is just like the video. Frustrating, but I will use the other parts of the spacebar until they also deteriorate.
     
  22. zokstar macrumors member

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    Sorry to bring an old thread back. Im getting the same issue on my 2016 TB 15".

    Have any of you after months went back to apple and got a replacement/fix?
     
  23. Scorned macrumors newbie

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    I now use an air compressor to blast the keyboard keys and it seems to work. The keyboard fowls very easily. Try blasting it

    This is a recurrent issue. Lately the USB-C ports are having connection problems unless held perfectly.
     
  24. zokstar macrumors member

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    Interesting, thanks! I'll be sure to give that ago. I do notice the space bar is a little on and off. ATM working fine.
     
  25. vyorkin, Aug 31, 2017
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    vyorkin macrumors newbie

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    I've had the sameissue and tried to fix it bymyself – ****ing big mistake, don't try to do this – you'll break ****.
     

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