The keyboard recess isn't uniformly the same on the 11.6"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Yr Blues, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    As a design nerd, I'm curious as to why they didn't change the front recess like they did to the top and sides. The 13" is uniform. :apple:
     
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    Are you saying the front edge (bottom?) of the individual keys is angled differently than the other three sides?
     
  5. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Not the keys, the curved recessed area around the whole keyboard area.
     
  6. C64 macrumors 65816

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    Ah, I see what you mean. Does look kind of strange.

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    (random Flickr image)

    Probably has to do with the positioning of the internal components and not being able to either move up the touchpad or move down the keyboard.
     
  7. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    C64,

    they should've made the front small as well. either that, or it's meant as a finger rest. No big deal.
     
  8. Mr. Savage macrumors regular

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    structural rigidity? If it dipped on the sides of the keyboard like the 13 it wouldn't leave as much of the thicker aluminum to resist torsion (when stuffed in backpacks etc.). Just a guess. Does look a bit weird though, as do those keys in the pic!
     
  9. barbro66 macrumors newbie

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    Its to prevent the keys touching the screen. With older macbooks typing left a small residue of gunk on the keys, and when you closed the macbook - even though the screen was inset and shouldn't touch the keys, the gunk would come off onto your screen, leaving little shadows for each key.

    The inset keyboard prevents that while keeping the lid and screen assembly as thin as possible.
     
  10. Yr Blues thread starter macrumors 68020

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    the inset makes it easier to press the front keys as it allows some travel room. if it was uniform, the finger would be stopped by the edge. you're right.
     
  11. racer1441 macrumors 68000

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    If I was Apple, and read the interwebs, I'd do these sorts of things just to drive people nuts!
     

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