replace BLACK KEYS with WHITE KEYS!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ZballZ, Feb 16, 2009.

  1. ZballZ macrumors regular

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    So - I really dont like the black chiclet keys on the unibody MBP. Although I would really want them in classic grey, I was wondering:

    Would it be possible to buy a set of WHITE KEYS from the old Macbook 13 inch series, and put them in the new MBP ??

    Might sound crazy, but would be cool if it worked :)



    ...zballz
     
  2. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    It would most likely work, but your keyboard backlight wouldn't work.
     
  3. cherry su macrumors 65816

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    the letters on the white keys are not transparent so keyboard backlighting won't work
     
  4. JML42691 macrumors 68020

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    It should be able to work, try iFixit.com for the keyboard, but as others have said, the backlighting won't work.
     
  5. isaki87 macrumors regular

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    I believe all of the keys except for the top row of keys above the numbers should fit, because the keys on the white macbook are about a millimeter too big. As for the plastic scissor mechanism underneath the keys, Im not sure if it is compatible with the unibody.
     
  6. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    Touch-typer's don't need a backlight,
    nevermind a backlit keyboard. :D
     
  7. ZballZ thread starter macrumors regular

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    Would there be any 3rd-party keys around? Custom made for the MBP-Unibody...
     
  8. alphaod macrumors Core

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    The market is way too small for a manufacturer to custom build that.
     
  9. Repo macrumors 6502a

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    You mean you're NOT supposed to look at the keyboard when you type?! ;)
     
  10. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    It's available but they're more aimed towards media editors, content creators, etc. The prices ain't cheap either and they're not transparent since they're designed for desktop keyboards.

    Still... it's colourful!

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    http://www.logickeyboard.com/
     
  11. Adokimus macrumors 6502a

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    It works, even the backlighting (though it's ambient backlighting through the entire key and not just through the letter part).

    SEE: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=638011

    Pics got deleted, but here's one:
     

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  13. Daremo macrumors 68000

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    You could just buy an external keyboard from Apple, and use the white keys then, if they fit. I wish they mode those in black actually, so we would have a option for key replacement if needed.
     
  14. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    ultraneo:
    man i would LOVE to have that keyboard :D

    anyway, i was thinking of doing the opposite,
    making the ALU keyboard BLACK :S
    i dont have all the keys in black, right?
     
  15. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    As much as I like them...
    and I man, can see the Premiere version coming in really handy!!
    I don't however wanna pay over a hundred bucks for bits of
    moulded plastic!! It's a tad expensive!:mad:
     
  16. angel21OS macrumors newbie

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  17. rdowty macrumors 6502a

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    What I'd like to do is replace the white keys on my bluetooth keyboard with black ones.
     
  18. Benjic macrumors regular

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    This would be most excellent. I'd like a backlit bluetooth black keyboard. Apple Wireless Pro Keyboard.
     
  19. mista2 macrumors newbie

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    Keycap colour

    I actually would prefer black keys like on a macbook instead of the white ones on my aluminium keyboard. The white ones seem to get quite grubby, especially when the kids get on the computer.
     
  20. itsxtian macrumors newbie

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    Agreed.
     
  21. LikuidMetal macrumors regular

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  22. SXR macrumors 6502a

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    If you dont care about bavklighting, you would have an awesome macbook!!
     
  23. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    To each their own. I think the MBA looks lovely with white keys. My partner has a MBA and it's lovely, but it would be more lovely with white keys.

    I also have both a BT and a wired keyboard for my macbook, and I also like the idea of having the external keyboard with black keys. Would be nice to have a change.

    EDIT: You could buy a topcase with white keys pretty cheap on eBay.
     
  24. phonitron macrumors member

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    I think that looks ab fab!
     

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