New MBP Question

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by fleshman03, Jun 16, 2008.

  1. fleshman03 macrumors 68000

    fleshman03

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    Ok people, I am a new member in the mac world and very excited. I do have one nagging question.

    On all my previous keyboards, I've always worn the plastic down on the space bar. I was wondering if the MBP keys are Aluminum or plastic and if that problem will continue to my new mac?

    I know this is a really nit picking question, I just want to know if I should use an external keyboard on and off to ease up off the built in one. I plan to make this baby last me.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

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    I understand. Blowing $3000+ for a book makes it worth working hard to keep it around.

    I had a 15" for two years that didn't have any issues, and the MBP keys are plastic. You can always get a key cover for it if you want optimum protection.
     
  3. catachip macrumors regular

    catachip

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    The keys on the MacBook Pro are plastic, but, they are that aluminum gray color all the way through. The letters are not painted on, they are actually areas where there is NO paint. You can tell this because the light from the keyboard backlight shines up through the keys.

    I had a PowerBook for 5 years, using it for 8 hours every day, and the keys looked the same after all that time.

    No worries!
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    I want my MBP to stay looking new and working great for a long time, so when I'm in my home/office (which is most of the time), I use the Apple Wireless Keyboard and a Logitech VX Nano mouse, so I never have to touch the MBP keyboard or trackpad. When I travel, I still take the mouse, but use the built-in keyboard. Switching between the keyboards is simple, since their layouts are almost identical.
     
  5. fleshman03 thread starter macrumors 68000

    fleshman03

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    Really have to say thanks for all the responses. When I bought the MBP, I got a wired Apple keyboard and wireless Mighty Mouse. I just need to get a stand so I can have the room on the desk. That is being ordered tomorrow.
    This one --> http://www.amazon.com/Ergotron-Notebook-Projector-Stand-33-315-194/dp/B000MPRA3I

    The question stemmed from my usual keyboard use. I tend to only use the right side of the keyboard. (It's weird, I know.) That was actually the main reason for getting the keyboard. But that is only for home use. When I need to head to lectures, the trackpad and keyboard will do.

    Other than that and being careful when it leaves the home, is there anything else I should know or do?
     
  6. M4CBOOK macrumors regular

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    Their plastic
     
  7. Digital Skunk macrumors 604

    Digital Skunk

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    Other than what was said already, using the wireless keyboard and grabbing a keyboard cover for the MBP, nope. Be careful, smart, and thoughtful when using your new tool and it should last you practically forever.

    It's been said twice already, if you read the four posts that are in the thread and posted something more meaningful you would become a more defined contributor to the forums.

    Just some advice.
     
  8. agentphish macrumors 65816

    agentphish

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    http://www.raindesigninc.com/ilap.html
    is very nice.
    as is http://www.griffintechnology.com/products/elevator
    and
    http://www.slipperybrick.com/2007/10/inclinepro-mac-laptop-stand-keeps-you-cool/

    There's also this option which is slightly different
    http://www.macessity.com/index.php?target=products&product_id=29800

    There's another brand I can't think of at the moment, my local apple shop has them (not an apple retail store) and has all of their notebooks displayed with them. They look almost like the Aluminum iMac stand, ver minimalist, but very functional.

    I have to go there today or tomorrow, so I will look at the brand and let you know if you care to wait on purchasing a stand.
     

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