Should I use keyboard cover on Retina?

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  1. tikaka macrumors newbie

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    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS4384
    According to the *#$ recommendation above from Apple. We should not either use palm rest and keyboard cover for Retina display. In fact, without the keyboard cover, our keyboard is fabulous look and amazing touch. But who know when would we spill some Coke or Bud Light onto it. And of course I always want my keyboard new but I'm sweaty, the white letters on keyboard will get darker and dirtier day by day. So, should we or should we not use keyboard cover for our lovely Retina MBP. :confused:
     
  2. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    Don't drink Coke or Bud Light near it then. Come to think of it, why would you want to drink either at all? :)
     
  3. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

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    I've always had covers on mine and I haven't had any issues. I currently have it on my rMBP and no issues.
     
  4. tikaka thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Bud Light for the match, Coke for the porn lol.
    I mentioned about this because once time my brother spilled a whole can of Coke on my HP computer. It's result I got a new Dell the day after from mum. But thing's change. I grown up now and this Retina is my whole life fortune, I don't want it has any harm around :))

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    How long have you own your Retina? I think it would not be easily to be damaged but their mean is that we should not prolong use
     
  5. Birdmagnus macrumors member

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    Hmm, couldn't you just use it whenever you are using your laptop and then take it off once you are done using it?
     
  6. bwhli macrumors 6502a

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    I've been using a Moshi cover on my rMBP since launch day. I put a cloth over it when I have to close the lid.
     
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  8. MT0227 macrumors 6502

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    The distance between the glass and keyboard (when closed) is closer on the rMBP. Anything in between pushes residue, dirt, specs of sand...etc. that much closer to your glass screen (when closed). As a result you have an increased possibly of inadverently causing damage to you glass screen. Everying I've read says stay away from keyboard covers on the rMBP. I've taken that advice.
     
  9. msb3079 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, seriously. Coke is horrible for you and if you're going to drink beer, drink REAL beer. And just be responsible... don't spill stuff on your electronics... :p
     
  10. AppleWarMachine macrumors 6502a

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    No, unless you plan on spilling something on it :eek:
     
  11. JesseW6889 macrumors 6502

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    I wish someone made little square covers, for each individual key... my hands are always dirty and I hate getting my laptop dirty, so I look like an idiot everytime I was my hands before I use the computer...
     
  12. mgartner0622 macrumors 65816

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    I do like how keyboard covers keep the keyboard from getting dirt and shiny, but at the same time I've had problems with them making contact with the screen when its closed, effectively just transferring all the dirt and finger oil onto your screen.
     
  13. vito macrumors 6502a

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    I went for a ShaggyMac http://www.shaggymac.com/ instead of a Keyboard cover, useful when the MBPr is closed and being transported, doesn't imprint the keys on the screen as some have suggested might happen. I couldn't find a decent keyboard cover in the UK or at least one that feels nice to type on.
     
  14. tikaka thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I tried, for a first few days I did exactly the same as you said. but after that, my laziness didn't let me do it. So from now on I just put the cover on when I use the Mac outside.
     
  15. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    But then there'd be gaps in between the keys still, which would defeat the purpose of keyboard protectors: To stop liquid and dirt getting inside the computer.
     
  16. JesseW6889 macrumors 6502

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    I guess I just don't want the keys to get all worn out... I feel like if you spill something on your computer and you have a keyboard cover on, it's going to get underneath the cover anyways.

    Just seems like they offer very limited protection anyways... maybe being able to save you from a few drops of liquid right in the middle of it.
     
  17. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Keyboard covers are actually quite effective at stopping liquids from getting inside the computer - Unibody MacBooks have few openings, the keyboard being pretty much the only one on the surface of the computer. So if you spilt half a glass of coke on your MacBook's keyboard with the cover on it would splash off and run down off the computer. Which would be much better than the coke directly hitting the logic board via the keyboard holes :)
     
  18. JesseW6889 macrumors 6502

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    Wouldn't it get in around the sides of the cover? Also, my 15" has the speaker holes :(
     
  19. skitzogreg macrumors 6502

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    I'd be just as worried about the trackpad and the speakers in addition to the keyboard. The odds of you ONLY spilling on the keyboard is slim to none, so why bother? It helps even that Apple calls this out specifically. Avoid the covers.
     
  20. Mac-Tech macrumors regular

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    Which keyboard cover do you have? Do you also have a Radtech cloth?

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    This is what I was going to do...Does your lid close all the way? Can you hear a click?

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    Is this better then Moshi keyboard cover?
     
  21. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    No, because the liquid wouldn't hang around to seep into that gap - It'd run off the edge of the computer :)
     
  22. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

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    Made by KB Covers and I got it on a sale on BestBuy. I do not have a cloth and I've never used one. The worse that has happend is just the oil from the finger prints getting onto the screen. I just wipe the cover and problem solved until it builds up.

    Rather oil prints on the screen than a physical scratch/chip.

    I also had it on my previous Macbook for 6 years no problems with the screen.
     
  23. SchuettS macrumors 6502

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    My keyboard cover keeps my two st.bernards spit from ruining my computer.
     
  24. JesseW6889 macrumors 6502

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    This!!! This was the comment that prompted me to spend $4 on a keyboard cover for my 15" Retina. Today I spilled a bottle of water on it and the water just rolled right off!!! (it almost went into the back/bottom vents, but I tipped it at an angle and had no problems!)

    Thank you for saving my macbook!!!
     

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