[Rant] Apple notebooks have awful, cheap keyboards.

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Quillz, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Quillz macrumors 65816

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    I noted this as a rant. But actually, it's a pointless rant.

    Anyway, one thing that annoys me about Apple's notebooks is how cheap and plasticy the keyboard feels. This also extends to their desktop keyboards. The keys are shaped, smooth plastic. Now, I know this really doesn't matter at all in terms of usability, but Apple is all about aesthetics, and thus it seems very "un-Apple" to supply such a crap quality keyboard that almost immediately begins to show ugly signs of wear and tear. Finger oils, uneven "shininess," etc. I know quite a few people get bothered by this and attempt to clean the keys, to no success.

    Now, other vendors like HP and Sony have solved this problem by either a) making the keys out of a different material (my Sony Vaio P netbook has aluminum keys) or b) applying a coating on the keys that resist wear and tear (like the HP Mini). Considering how much an Apple notebook costs these days, you think Apple could afford to make the keys a little more resistant than they presently are.

    So I guess my point to all is that this while there is nothing fundamentally wrong with the keyboards, I just wish Apple tried to make the keyboard look a little newer for longer.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Didn't you just say in another thread that you were happy with your MB?
     
  3. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Happy? Yes.

    That doesn't mean there aren't little annoyances. Nothing is perfect.
     
  4. Ov3rlord Falc0r macrumors regular

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    I love the keyboard on the Apple's. They feel MUCH better than any other laptop keyboards that I have used. I do prefer "normal" desktop keyboards with the slightly bigger keys, but those aren't practical in a laptop.
     
  5. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I agree that they have a nice feel to them.

    I just dislike that they show signs of wear and tear so quickly and easily.
     
  6. CRAZYBUBBA macrumors 65816

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    I agree, powerbook keyboard and Thinkpad keyboards are much better for someone like me who spends 90% of there time typing something or another.
     
  7. Zazoh macrumors 6502a

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    Agree -- My son and wife have an HP and Dell Laptop, the keys are so mushy. I never used to notice till I got this Mac.
     
  8. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Dell has the same problem: cheap and plasticy. They feel alright to use, but they just get that "shininess" and other types of stains so quickly.

    I think Sony makes the best notebook keyboards, at least in terms of quality. The feel is different, but at least they look decent for a little longer.
     
  9. rhett7660 macrumors G4

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    I love my apple keyboard. Love it. To me it is one of the best keyboards I have every used. Sorry to hear that you don't like yours.
     
  10. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Didn't the original TiBook have a bronze keyboard?

    That's what I wish Apple would make for their Pro models. Something a little higher quality than cheap plastic.
     
  11. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    And to clarify, I don't really dislike it. I just wish the plastic was maybe coated or something (like on the HP Mini) so that it resisted signs of wear a little better than now, where they tend to get shiny and very dirty rather quickly.

    It's not an Apple-exclusive problem.
     
  12. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Woah... I made the thread title way more misleading than I intended to. Didn't mean to imply the keyboard is awful; it's not. It's just not as durable as I wish it was, is what I'm trying to say here.

    So, please, don't crucify me. It's just a pointless rant, like I stated.
     
  13. Ov3rlord Falc0r macrumors regular

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    I don't think you properly think out your answers before you post. In your OP you stated that the "cheap and plasticy" feel of the keyboard "annoys" you. But just now you said "they have a nice feel to them".:confused:
     
  14. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    You're right, I don't. I (as usual) put up a terrible thread title.

    My whole point this thread is that while I don't dislike the keyboard per se, I just don't like the cheap plastic that shows wear and tear very quickly. Again, it's not something that affects usability at all, it's just a minor aesthetic thing that could be solved by either coating the plastic with some kind of finish or by using a different material. That's it. The feel of the keys themselves are alright.

    I really should try to have more accurate thread titles. Way too accusatory on my part...
     
  15. imthekuni macrumors member

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    Out of every computer I have ever owned, the island keys on the Apple notebooks are definitely my favorite. I use an iSkin to keep crap from getting below the keys but nonetheless an awesome design in my eyes.
     
  16. HLdan macrumors 603

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    I like the keyboards, they type very well but I have to agree with the OP, they get greasy so easily. My previous Macbook Air became oily after a week of owning it and no amount of alcohol would get rid of the wear on the keys from the oil. It definitely ruins an otherwise beautiful machine. I notice other companies are beginning to apply a coating on the keys to prevent wear and oil. I guess that will be in the next generation Macbooks. :(
     
  17. okatidubi macrumors regular

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    If you want to compare shininess and oiliness caused by wear and tear, borrow a businessman's MacBook that has black keys and a businessman's ThinkPad.

    You'll be surprised how oily the ThinkPad keyboard can get even though it is made out of good quality plastics, or so I've heard.
     
  18. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

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    You CRAZY, man! :p

    Seriously though, I love the feel of the keyboard. However, I do agree with you on how the keys should be more durable, and be more capable of standing wear and tear.
     
  19. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Exactly, this is what I'm getting at. I just for some reason didn't seem to be able to get this point across very clearly the first time.

    Apple is applying wear-resistant coating to the iPhone 3G-S, it'd be nice if they'd do it on the keyboards, too. Make them look nicer for a little longer.
     
  20. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It's understandable, since I don't worship Steve Jobs and have the highest praise for all things Apple at all times. I don't really fit in here because I'm not an iSheep all the time.
     
  21. kim6ball macrumors member

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    I agree. PC keyboards are much more efficient and easy to type on
     
  22. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well, I don't really agree with that, since it depends on the quality of the keyboard. Some feel much more cheap than others. My Sony Vaio P has the best notebook keyboard, imo. It's made of aluminum and has some kind of coating on it, so it doesn't show any wear at all.

    That on a MacBook would be great, and would really fit in with the rest of the unibody aluminum construction, I think.

    But, meh, it's a minor thing. Just annoying.
     
  23. Quillz thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ...Alright, whatever you say.
     
  24. ELab2 macrumors newbie

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    It seems to be something of a love hate thing. When I first sat down to test out the new MB the first thing I noticed was how great the keyboard, a really different feel that I was used to and I really enjoyed it. My friend who has been using Macs for years hates it.

    Perhaps trying out a few different keyboard covers would be beneficial, they give a pretty wide variety of different keyboard feels even though that's sort of contrary to their intended purpose
     
  25. Eric S. macrumors 68040

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    Really? I've had my unibody MB for six months, I use it all day almost every day, and my keyboard shows no sign of wear or tear.
     

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