Moshi KB Cover leaves marks on screen, what do you all use?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by GadgetGeek407, Aug 8, 2012.

  1. GadgetGeek407 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    I use a keyboard cover on my current 13 air ultimate 2011 and love it except it leaves tons of marks on the screen. The reason for the cover otherwise it leaves tons of oil marks on the keyboard which look ugly. What other brand do you all use which is thin and for the most part blends in nice?
  2. gnagy macrumors regular

    Sep 7, 2009
    Just clean the oil marks with rubbing alcohol once a week (or more often if needed). I'm very picky when it comes to that as well, but I just clean it, and that's been working fine for me.
  3. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I use a Rearth cover when I'm on a plane. It just takes a split second of turbulence for the Diet Coke offered to the passenger next to you to go flying.

    I've found the Rearth to be inexpensive, effective, and well designed. It usually doesn't leave marks on the screen.
  5. yensteel macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2009
    You can look at the iSkin and zCover, they are good options according to my search.

    The Rearth Verco looks nice

    I agree, the moshi keyboard cover isn't very good, The cover becomes cloudy easily and I have this imprint on my screen.
  6. oxfordguy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2008
    Oxford, England
    I take the Moshi off when not using my MBA and put a Radtech ScreenSavz cloth between keyboard a screen when I shut the lid. I would use both together, but the tolerances are so tight on the MBA that the lid diesn't close if both are used. No marks from the keyboard on my screen, though my Moshi Clearguard *has* gone cloudy.
  7. yensteel macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2009
  8. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    Uppercase ultra thin

    $7.29 at Amazon. Have it on one MB Pro and two MBAirs with no problems such as you describe. Strongly recommend them and the price is right. Have used one continuously for two years now.


    Um, every heard of spills? Know what a new logic board costs?
  9. HellDiverUK macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2009
    Belfast, UK
    Try soap and water on your hands between eating chicken/chips/whatever and using your computer. Works for me.
  10. Tanax macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    Actually that doesn't work.
    Humans produce natural grease/fat so that the skin doesn't dry out. If you sit at the computer, even if you wash your hands before you sit there, after an hour you'll have greasy fingers and your keyboard will get greasy too.

    I honestly don't see why people are so reluctant to using a nice well-designed keyboard cover. It's the same thing as with the screen-protectors which you honestly don't barely see, yet people go say "It adds bulk and makes my mac look ugly". A keyboard cover is a little bit different though since it changes the feel of when you're writing but still..
  11. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    But… doesn't the cover then just get covered in oil?

    Why on earth are people looking at the keyboard instead of the screen?
  12. hrl macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Pacific Northwest
    The moshi does get cloudy but it's mostly dust and it can be cleaned up. I use ShaggyMac's microfiber on top of moshi KB cover whenever I close the lid.
  13. scarred macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    Nothing. Here learn from me... will make me feel a little less dumb for wasting money on keyboard covers. =)

    I bought the Moshi key guard, 2 clear crappy covers, a white cover, and a black cover. I am now not using any cover and happier for it. The covers all sucked. All of them, the expensive ones, and the cheap ones. My favourite was the white cover, but it faded very quickly (about a month).

    So instead of getting a cover...

    Every week, I use a cotton ball (well, they aren't ball shaped anymore, they are flat these days), and some hydrogen peroxide. Lightly clean each key. Do not press hard, you aren't buffing it, just cleaning.

    Enjoy your naked keyboard. It types so nice =) You'll get some wear and tear sure, but honestly it is not bad at all.
  14. hrl macrumors member

    Feb 8, 2009
    Pacific Northwest
    ^ No offense, but I'd rather use a KB cover than doing all those chores.
    It also keeps the KB spanking clean and brand new.
  15. jkun macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    I purchased the Rearth Verco keyboard cover for my 13 inch MBA 2012 after having used a moshi clearguard for a month and a half.

    The difference is HUGE and it is MUCH better to type on than the moshi. It has a silicone side, which sticks to the keyboard and a TPU (moshi-like) typing side. The amount of thinking that went into this product is very cool. The design of their keys allows very fast typing. The difference between the Rearth and the Moshi is biggest in the typing speed. The Moshi made the keyboard squishy and irresponsive, but the rearth feels like there is basically nothing on the keyboard. I don't think my typing speed was hindered in anyway and you can feel the difference between this and the rearth the second you start typing on it.

    Also it has some air-venting built into the cover. So far, the Rearth Verco has yet to make marks on the screen when closed. I really want to thank the members who brought the Rearth Verco to my attention in this thread.

    The Rearth Verco cover is 15$ and there is free shipping right now whereas the Moshi Clearguard is 25$. I don't think keyboard covers can get more perfect than this one.
  16. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
  17. GadgetGeek407 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Mar 26, 2009
    the other option was going to the apple store and buying the one they sell have you heard about it or any reviews on it vs the reearth?
  18. crazyxzer0 macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2008
    i use kbcovers for the keyboard

    I found myself in the same problem when I had my macbook and i started to use a radtech screensaver to eliminate the cover from touching the screen. I got one for my MBA now and it works great preventing smudges on my air screen.

    My macbook air does close with both of these installed. I noticed my screensaver for my old macbook is thicker than one I purchased for the air specifically.
  19. jkun macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2012
    I've read that the one in the Apple store is very sticky and mushy as it is 100% silicone..

    I'd advise against it!
  20. tey112 macrumors member

    Mar 30, 2011
    Sheet of Paper

    I have three moshi keyboard covers - they are by far the best cover and protect against the accidental water splash, dirt, or food.

    Just use a single sheet of computer paper. Place it on the keyboard when you close the computer. No need to buy a microfiber protector, paper is better, cheaper, thinner, and replaceable.
  21. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    IF it bothers you just remove the skin when you close the lid. That what I typically do.

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