Space bar in the new MacBook Pro feels different

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  1. Grolubao macrumors 65816

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    Hi guys,

    Maybe it's just me, but the space bar key feels a bit different with less travel than the other keys. Do you guys have the same issue?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ender17 macrumors regular

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    Haven't noticed anything on my 15". Feels like same amount of travel as other keys.
     
  3. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It just feels more spongy than other keys, less clicky
     
  4. Mekker macrumors newbie

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    Its broken. I have had the same problem, it should feel the same.
     
  5. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, that's what I thought... great...
     
  6. arbitrage macrumors 6502a

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    Probably stuck like the spacebar on my 12"rMB....so far my MBP's spacebar is okay but my rMBs is always getting stuck...sometimes you can blast it with canned air and it gets better...but it may soon come back or on some other key.....
     
  7. lairdhenn macrumors newbie

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    I got a 13" non-TB and was disappointed with how hollow and cheap the spacebar felt and sounded but accepted it as just the way it was because it functioned perfectly. Yesterday I took it back to get a TB 13" and the spacebar on the new laptop feels and sounds completely different, it resembles every other key. The quality control on these things seems to be all over the place.
     
  8. myscrnnm macrumors 65816

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    I haven't noticed that on my space bar. Although I do feel that my girlfriend's Retina MacBook's space bar does have very little travel; but she's had it for about a year now and it's very dirty. I feel like there is some sort of debris (e.g. food) under the key.
     
  9. David58117 macrumors 65816

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    Mine feels like it has more travel than the other keys.
     
  10. technoholic macrumors 6502a

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    There's a difference in my space bar as I said in the other thread, where it's a little spongy, but I think it's just down to being a different type of key. I don't think it's faulty as such, wouldn't be enough to return it I don't think.
     
  11. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah I'm going today to the Apple store to tell them about this. Problem is that if I get a replacement will take forever again :(
     
  12. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    You have to evaluate for yourself if you want a replacement or not. They would have no problem doing that for you - but as you say, it would take forever.

    Ask the guys at the Apple store to tell you whether they think that's defective or if it's just in normal tolerances. At the end it's up to you if you like it that way or not.
     
  13. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    They will naturally say it's ok right? Couldn't be bothered. I believe I need to compare it with another model to check
     
  14. ManuCH macrumors 6502

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    Actually I wouldn't bet on that. The Genius I got who evaluated my "e"-key issue said that he would return the MacBook for a new one. The technical guys are kind of honest I believe, they won't sell you something abnormal as normal if it isn't.

    But yes, compare it to others in the store, that's a good idea.
     
  15. delasonrisa macrumors member

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    same for me. the space bar feels and sounds different than the other keys. not as clicky and more dull. im going to compare this to another rMBP TB tomorrow.
     
  16. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Can you let me know once you do so since I will only be able to compare on Sunday? Thanks!
     
  17. delasonrisa macrumors member

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    Will let you know in a few hours when I get home.
     
  18. delasonrisa macrumors member

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    so I just tested the space bar on another brand new MBP TB and it felt exactly the same as on my machine. So my conclusion is that the space bar just naturally fells a little bit different than the other keys. Gonna head to a apple retailer next week to confirm this but for now I'm keeping my machine.
     
  19. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for posting. I'll be going there on Sunday to personally check. It's just strange, but maybe it's because the space bar key is too wide thus naturally different. Other than that the laptop is in 100% condition so I'm skeptical on replacing it just because of this
     
  20. Grolubao thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So I've just returned from the Apple Store and I can confirm that the space bar is spongy compared to other display models. I've asked the genius and they told me that although it worked that they can understand what I say, that indeed they also feel it's not right. I'm now proceeding with a swap :(
     
  21. aleanrodrigues macrumors newbie

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    same here... just got a MacBook Pro with touch bar and retina display. it works just fine, though.
     

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