Should Apple Make A Backlit Keyboard?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by solusoracle, Feb 2, 2010.

  1. solusoracle macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2007
    I love the backlit keyboard on my MBP and continually find myself missing it when I am using my desktop. I often use my computer in dim or dark rooms and struggle to use their current offerings in these conditions.

    I believe that Apple would sell a lot of desktop keyboards with this feature. What do you think?
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    They're just looking out for your eyes. Turn on a light!
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4


    Sep 7, 2006
    In the velcro closure of America's Hat
    You could always plug in a small lamp. Not something you can do on a laptop.
  4. solusoracle thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 9, 2007
    My eyes actually hurt more when the light is on in the room.
  5. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816


    Feb 10, 2003
    Buckeye Country, O-H
    I agree Back-lit keyboards are better, however i don't think Apple will sell them. Hopefully they will prove me wrong. I think Logictec sells a backlit keybaords, but I don't think they look that appealing.
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I hardly ever use my iMac with the lights off, so for me, I probably wouldn't buy a backlit keyboard.
  7. Ca$hflow macrumors 6502


    Jan 7, 2010
    London, ON
    A wireless bluetooth backlit keyboard would use up batteries too fast. Unless apple of course creates a rechargeable version or a wired version which apple is trying to get away from. Expect the price to be much higher then. Kinda too much IMO.
  8. Patrick J macrumors 65816

    Patrick J

    Mar 12, 2009
    Oporto, Portugal
    Apple Wireless Keyboard supposedly lasts 10 months with a set of batteries. I wouldn't mind having to change the batteries every 6 or 7 months, or adding an extra fourth battery.
  9. Tilpots macrumors 601


    Apr 19, 2006
    Carolina Beach, NC
    Yeah, a backlit keyboard and a multi-touch trackpad...
  10. XxEjGxX macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2009
    you should have a light on anyways [​IMG] look after your eyes
  11. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2007
    Add a light behind you. Looking at the light from the monitor only causes excessive eye strain. If this is a problem, you might want to get your eyes checked and ask your optometrist for a solution.
  12. dXTC macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2006
    Up, up in my studio, studio
    You may want to set that light a little to the side as well, especially if you have one of the newer glossy iMacs. Otherwise, you may find the glare from the direct reflection a bit disconcerting.
  13. Habitus macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2009
    Where ever my life takes me...
    I agree; that would be a great addition to a keyboard.

    However, I figure that would increase the price of the keyboard thus making it far too expensive.

    Habitus :apple:
  14. jazer macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2010
    Would be cool - I'm also waiting ofr such a feature...

    ...but Apple will not do that due the battry issue.
  15. lucoweb, Jan 19, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 19, 2011

    lucoweb macrumors newbie

    Jan 4, 2010
    there's three threads - plus the one I posted in excess (sorry) - about this, and this is the most educated response from, err, "no-backlighters" I've seen so far.

    what I don't understand is why people get so pissed off because someone wants a backlit wireless keyboard and they don't. in the near future (hopefully), when you're setting up a new mac, just choose the keyboard without backlight. it'll even come cheaper.

    btw, @flopticalcube if I wanted messy wires all over the place I'd be running Windows... or Linux. I love Apple's sleek design ;] which is why I don't want a lamp.

    Apple wireless keyboards now need only two batteries - so I think that won't be such a problem.

    my guess is that it's going to be released sometime in the future, because of this thing called planned obsolescence. you know, the same reason iPads didn't have cameras and all.
  16. jetblk328i macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2010
    Apple should just stick with backlit keyboards on laptops, desktop users should have some sort of lighting. Why they took away the backlit keyboard on the new air confuses me. Hopefully we dont see a similar thing happening to the MBP.
  17. Detlev_73 macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2004
    Roswell, GA
    What should do is offer a wireless keyboard with a number pad.
  18. David085 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 9, 2009
    agrees they need a number pad on the apple wireless kb.

  19. Jodles macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    Second the wireless keyboard with num pad!

    For the backlit keyboard, battery wouldn't be an issue at all. LEDs use so little power. I doubt battery is what's keeping it from the market.

    On another note, I don't think I've looked at my keyboard the last 5 years.. the only buttons I might struggle to find in a dark setting is the play/pause button, F8..

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