MBP Replacement Keys?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Pharos, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Pharos macrumors member

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    I was wondering, do you guys know of any place that sells replacement keyboard keys? Just the keycaps. There are some places selling them, but it costs $8 PER KEY because it includes the scissor hinge mechanism, which I don't really need.

    There is nothing wrong with the keyboard, but I'm extremely anal about the cosmetic appearance of my late 09 Macbook Pro 13", and I do wish to sell it in a year or two and I want it to be in pristine condition. In order not to wear out the keys, I'm using the Moshi Clearguard keyboard cover and I dont like it very much :(


    Do you think I'll be able to purchase these keycaps in the future? I know it's possible to buy keycaps for the older non-unibody MBP's and Macbooks :(

    Thanks.
     
  2. rgarjr macrumors 603

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    I doubt the key wear will affect the price in a few years or months.
     
  3. Pharos thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, probably not... But I'd hate to see the keys wearing out, for me it ruins the entire look of the notebook. If I had the option of replacing the keycaps, I would happily ditch the keyboard protector and shamelessly use it in its naked form :D
     
  4. Pharos thread starter macrumors member

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    That price is for EACH key and includes the mechanism as well, but thanks. :(

    Ideally what I'd want is some 3rd party making the keys and selling them. I mean, how hard is it to create a piece of molded plastic? But I guess there is not enough demand for companies to start selling these. Oh well, I'll keep using the Moshi Clearguard until this OCD of mine goes away, since I am terrified of seeing those oily patches on the keyboard. I'm a poor college student and only God knows how long it took me to save enough money to buy this puppy :p
     
  5. Resist macrumors 68030

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    The keys better not wear out fast in my new 13" Macbook Pro! I already went through this with a Compaq computer that was barely a month old. But then again it was a $300 laptop.
     
  6. Resist macrumors 68030

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    I am so pissed off right now! When I look at the keyboard of my week old 13" Macbook Pro, I see the space key has a shiny wear mark on the right side of it. It won't wipe off, so clearly it is surface key wear from my right thumb. I am totally upset that Apple seems to be using the same cheap key pads as less expensive laptops do! :mad:

    Maybe I should have used a keypad cover, but I hate those things. Besides, quality keyboards shouldn't need protection from fingers.
     
  7. Rithem macrumors 6502

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    You can always get a keyboard cover. It'll prevent wear.
     
  8. canucksfan88 macrumors 6502a

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    just go to the apple store and say it fell out and you lost it.

    they have a bunch of spare keys and its free. (i asked them last time for some random reason)
     
  9. ShiftClick macrumors regular

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    Try washing your hands before you use your latptop.
     
  10. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    If it's within a week, it is almost certainly oil from your skin.
     
  11. Resist macrumors 68030

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    That is what I thought at first, but the key will not clean up and seems more like wear. I really hope it is oil but when viewing the key on an angle, it's shiny no matter how much I clean it.

    Anyone have a suggestion for what to clean the keys with, besides a damp rag?
     

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