My MBP's usability just quadrupled

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by lpeedin, Jun 7, 2012.

  1. lpeedin macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Well to me, anyway. This is my first Mac, having worked with computers since before there was such a thing as a PC.

    I was really struggling with the MBP for a number of reasons. I fully appreciated the fact that it would take a while to get used to the keyboard layout and even more so, the lack of keys I had always been used to ie.. Backspace, Up Arrow, Down Arrow, etc. I quickly learned to deal with that and embraced the 2 key combinations. I'm even getting used to the trackpad; however, I did install a wireless mouse the 2nd day I had the system. :)

    But there was 2 things that were really hindering any possible enjoyment of my new system.

    1) Impossible to use on my lap for more than a few minutes. I've had no less that 8 different laptops and they all got warm, but this thing was unbearable.

    2) No matter where I tried to use this system, the glare on the screen was overwhelming. I like to sit on my porch or even in my garage with my laptop but that just wasn't possible in that much light.

    These things bothered me so bad that I seriously considered taking a $ loss and pawning it off to whoever I could find that was interested.

    But some over 20 years ago I acquired a nickname from an IBM Fellow in Oxford England. He called me "Pragmatic", since I seemed to "use a pry bar" if necessary to solve a problem.

    So instead of whining about the product I went looking for a solution(s).

    Amazing how a Cooler Master Notepal X2 Notebook Cooler and Splash Masque HD Screen Protector can transform what was practically an unusable item (for me) into something that I am really beginning to enjoy.

    Happy Computing :D
  2. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    My Macbook Pro and Air both have all of those keys. What computer do you have? :confused:
  3. pgiguere1 macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    He probably means the Delete key and Page up / Page down.

    As for the temperature, CoolBook can also do the trick, but obviously you'll lose a little performance in the process.
  4. lpeedin thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Latest MacBook Pro 13". My bad, PageUp, PageDown, Home, End, etc. But there isn't a BackSpace, just a Delete.

    The Delete key on the MBP works like the BackSpace on other keyboards whereas the Delete on other keyboards deletes at the current cursor position (it doesn't move).
  5. emacna1 macrumors regular

    May 31, 2012
    My delete button backspaces.
  6. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    Oh, I see. There is a backspace, but there isn't a delete - that's just to clarify the terminology.

    fn + backspace is delete. There are also alt (option) + back space which deletes all of the characters before the cursor. fn + alt + backspace deletes all of the characters after the cursor

    fn + → = end
    fn + ← = home
    fn + ↓ = page down
    fn + ↑ = page up

    Also, ctrl + ↑ = Mission Control in lion
    ctrl + left or right arrow = move to next space / virtual desktop in mission control (this work whether you're in mission control or not)

    ctrl + ↓ = show all of the active application's windows.

    I hope that helps.
  7. lpeedin thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Definitely helps, thanks. So far for any serious work at my desk I've just plugged in a USB keyboard, but I really do new to learn the key combos for those times when I'm away from my desk. (Like this weekend when I'll be living in a tent at a 2 day archery tournament.) :)
  8. lpeedin thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    And I need to ck autocorrect on my iPhone when I post from it.
  9. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    What were you doing on it to make it unbearably hot?
  10. lpeedin thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Just web related activities and a little coding.
  11. Blu-Ray macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2008
    Well, some web-related activities have been known to create a bit more heat on the lap.
  12. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    and messy spills.
  13. chanyitian macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2012
    For the glare on the screen, you may purchase an anti-glare film.
  14. Mojo1 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2011
    I cannot stand Apple's "glassy"displays but I wanted a 13" MBP to replace my anti-glare 15" MBP early 2008 model.

    I added the $35 Power Support anti-glare film. It isn't the cheapest but unlike other films it doesn't introduce artifacts or color changes while eliminating glare and reflections. I compared it to my 15" MBP and I could not see a difference between the screens.

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