My biggest enemy is finger print oils on Keyboard and Trackpad!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by stark4, May 21, 2012.

  1. stark4 macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    ok like i said i don't like finger print oils on my matte finish keyboard or on my trackpad. I usually wash my hands before i use my computer. Clean my macbook like every 2 weeks so that my keyboard will have matte finish like it came out of the box and not gloss looking keyboard will full of oils. Sometimes friends borrow my macbook air and they leave finger prints. i didn't say anything to them but i don't like it. Am i too much or do you guys feel the same thing? How do you guys keep the keyboard and trackpad oil free? Yeahhh i can get the keyboard cover but that will defeat the purpose of MacBook "AIR".

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    A keyboard cover adds minimal weight to the machine. Your argument about such finger oil-protection methods defeating the purpose of the "AIR" are without merit.
  3. Xikum macrumors 6502

    Oct 19, 2011
    I really dont care. I dont expect to use a computer daily for years, and at the end of it, for it to be in perfect condition.

    Its a computer, use it. The feet on mine are scratched, there is a small chip on the side of my MBA, and some of the keys have lost their matte finish. Doesnt bother me at all.
  4. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
    Might want to get your MBA framed :D, will be nice to stare at now and then.

    In all seriousness, grab yourself the KeepItClean keyboard cleaner and you'll be fine. Its a machine, its expected to get dirty... just like a car or a bike :p... unless you just keep it in your garage and never take it out because its going to get dirty :D
  5. Fastball32 macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2011
    My biggest gripe about the unibody Macbooks are that they have black keyboards. I wish they retained the older silver/metal keys from the PowerBooks and 2008 MBP so that finger prints don't show up. I wish they will change the keys to back to an aluminum finish to match the rest of the body.
  6. Fynd macrumors 6502

    Aug 11, 2010
  7. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Only if you're interested in hearing the fans roar more often and your machine running hotter.

    Moshi keyboard cover is a waste of money unless the notebook is being used in a shop or some other environment were spills and dirt are a big concern.

    But for the average user, it's takes the good feel away from the keyboard, fan noise, heat, no thanks.
  8. aircanman macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    There is nothing wrong with wanting to look after the MBA.
  9. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    every day or so since new, depending on usage, I damp wipe & buff both external shell and the keyboard and screen.
    this keep the Air as close to new as possible.

    however over time, a matte key - the ones used the most - will naturally 'shine up' but it's not so much finger oils as it is wear.
    just like concrete steps will wear down in the middle over time.

    when it becomes unbearable - buy a new one :D
  10. thewoz macrumors member

    May 26, 2012
    Buy a MacBook air and then buy a vacuum sealed glass box and keep it in the middle of your living room. Then go out and get a $700 ASUS. It won't lose any matte anything and it's all plastic. You don't need to worry about wiping it down until you want to sell it.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I use a keyboard skin, a trackpad film, and a palmrest skin.
  12. thewoz macrumors member

    May 26, 2012
    Why make such nice devices to make the user have to cover it up with crap?

    Is this a case of form over function?

    One of the selling points of a MacBook is the nice glass trackpad. Even in the keynote they spent time telling us how they spent all this time making sure the "feel" of the surface was perfect to make your finger glide. But now you're saying it'll fade if you dont put a film over it? Aren't these the best built notebooks? Why are we paying the premium then?

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