MBA Keyboard

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rwd12, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. rwd12 macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2012
    I'm considering buying a MBA 13".

    In the store I was surprised at how different the MBA keyboard felt compared to the MBP.

    I write for hours on my computer everyday, so the feel of the keyboard is a much bigger concern for me than it would be for most users. (because of travel, using an external keyboard isn't an option).

    I was just wondering how owners who type a lot everyday feel about the keyboard - especially, anyone who didn't like the keyboard at first.

    Thanks for any insights.
    Unfortunately, none of my friends own an MBA, so there isn't one that I can test drive for a couple of days. (renting one to test drive was more than I wanted to spend)
  2. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    I found they keyboard a little difficult at first because it is a chiclet keyboard (I was a PC user) and that the keys are a little shallow. I know prefer shallow keys because a light touch will work also.
    Hope I helped, and enjoy your laptop :)
  3. Hexiii macrumors 65816


    Jun 30, 2011
    Prague, Czech Republic
    It's brilliant, trust me :) I find the chiclet better than the regular.
  4. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    They're both equally pleasant to type on, I find. Though the MBA keys definitely have a slightly softer travel to them than the MBP keys, which seem to pop back a little more strongly.
  5. SDColorado macrumors 68030


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO
    I would agree with NutsNGum, both the MBA and MBP keyboards are nice and you quickly adjust. What I did have a difficult time with the other day though, was having to use a PC keyboard for the first time in years. The keyboard just seemed mushy and vague, the key travel far to long. I found it hard to type on, but before switching, I thought the MBP keyboard was a little weird. It is all in what you are used to, muscle memory and familiarity kicks in, you adjust and become comfortable.
  6. 0000757 macrumors 68040

    Dec 16, 2011
    I thought that the Air and the exact same keyboard as the Pro? :confused:
  7. rwd12 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 15, 2012
    Thanks for the responses everyone. I do think it's most likely a matter of getting used to it. If I do buy the MBA I'll post back with my impressions of the keyboard after a week or so.

    To chrof97 - the keyboard between the MBA and MBP look identical on the surface but are in fact different.

    Personally, I prefer the MBP's keyboard to the MBA's - but that's based on in-store use and not owning an MBA.

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