Typing on Mac Laptops...

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Hey everyone. I am a senior in high school and I had a few questions. I have a laptop that suits me fine right now, but I think I will be buying a MacBook in september if something new comes out, and if it is 12-14 inch screen. But I was wondering one thing. It seems that typing can be pretty loud on other machines (the dell i am using now, yes, heresy, even though its really good) and I was wondering if mac's keys on their laptops are quieter. I know a lot depends on how hard you hit, but some laptops really aren't as loud as others.

Also, on a fun note, how fast do you type?

I type 115, can't seem to break it :)
 

clayj

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The keyboards on PowerBooks (and, presumably, MacBooks) are pretty quiet and easy to type on.

Myself, I can peak out at about 60 wpm, depending on what it is I'm typing.
 

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I should clarify my typing. 115 peak, about 95 regular.

That's good that the keys on the mac laptops are pretty quiet, that should facilitate taking notes in class...
 

kwajo.com

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best keyboard I've ever used: the clamshell iBook in my sig. I've used all the recent powerbooks, apple keyboards, etc. and I love the old clamshell's keyboard. I do all my academic writing on it, even though I have a G5 with a bluetooth keyboard. It's just a joy to use
 

ericssonboi

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If you still find the keyboard loud... Buy a keyboard protector from iskin.com and it'll quite down a bit. But you'll have to get used to the feel of the plastic.

Its great.. i type in glass and its almost wisper quite
 

wongulous

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I keep an iSkin in my PowerBook's case-sleeve-thing just in case I'm in a quiet class and I don't want anyone to hear even my slight typing (though I'm 60-80wpm usually). Most other notebooks are louder, with the exception of the spacebar which I find to be a little bit loud. But with an iSkin, it's stealth typing... plus I don't have to worry about liquids/gunk/dirt/debris/hair getting in there. If only I could use it religiously... my PB's keyboard is too beautiful and comfortable to use it all of the time. :) But I get compliments on it (the pink one).

Still, this would be a very weird and picky reason not to choose a MacBook, especially considering their keyboards aren't loud compared to most Dells and ThinkPads I've used.
 

ITASOR

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I love my iBook G4 keyboard, it is definitely noisy though...it has that clicky sound to it. Easily solved with an iSkin when you need to be quiet though!
 

TsuaSai

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Lucky enough for me I dont have to be quite for anyone... I was just making sure that you didn't have to put all your weight behind each finger as you type each key :) Or anything else that would be really bad, aside from sound.
 

CanadaRAM

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TsuaSai said:
Whats bad about the iBook keyboard??? Since I just bought one....
Limited key travel, keybed is not really solid. False clicks and interference on trackpad as you try to type.

I'm just not a trackpad/laptop kind of guy. I want full sized keys wtih a decent amount of travel to them. And give me a 2 button scroll mouse instead of a #&$*#^ trackpad the clicks and unclicks when I don't want it to.

If someone is doing 90+ WPM and has a need for real typing, investing $40 - $60 for a real keyboard to use while sitting down at a desk is a no-brainer.
 

TsuaSai

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I have really used a full size keyboard in quite sometime, I think I have been on a laptop for the last 5 years or so. However this will be my first one with no right click.. Not sure how well thats going to go. I have been using my husband PB for a few days now since mine wont be here till Tuesday. But I might still just be in the new phase of thinking its all great.

Thanks for the info though.
 

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CanadaRAM said:
If someone is doing 90+ WPM and has a need for real typing, investing $40 - $60 for a real keyboard to use while sitting down at a desk is a no-brainer.
I type 95-115 wpm and not on a desktop keyboard. All on laptops. That's not hard is it? Because that is what I am used to. I doubt that I could go much faster on a real keyboard..
 

iEdd

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I type around 45-60wpm easily on a pismo keyboard, and I find the newer powerbook keyboards even easier to type on. They are fine :)
 

ortuno2k

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I really like the PB keyboard, it's nice and very quiet. I type about 60-70 WPM, and I find it that I can type faster on the PB that in my iMac. Maybe because the keys require less pressure?
 

sk1985

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TsuaSai said:
Whats bad about the iBook keyboard??? Since I just bought one....
It's cheap felling and makes a cheesy feeling and is no where near as nice as my bro's powerbook. I must say however the iBook's keyboard is a lot better than most PC manufactures' keyboards. One of my friend's has a keyboard where the keys have sharp edges and your finger tips kind of get hooked on the keys.
 

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I'm always borrowing my friend's PowerBook, and it's really quiet. Or I should say it's quiet enough for my puposes.

I think I posted this somewhere else, I used to type at about 180ish, peak or course, 140 continuous.

Subliving
 

20rogersc

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Find my iBook keyboard easy to type on, I do have an iSkin which probably muffles the sound a bit, but I find it fairly quiet compared to a normal keyboard which I'm typing on at the moment.

::20ROGERSC::
 

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Subliving said:
I'm always borrowing my friend's PowerBook, and it's really quiet. Or I should say it's quiet enough for my puposes.

I think I posted this somewhere else, I used to type at about 180ish, peak or course, 140 continuous.

Subliving
Wow. I raced my friend the other day (yes, I raced him in a typing test). I got 114 and he had 147. He is insane, I don't think I can think that fast.
 

asherman13

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i'm in the same boat. i'm probably going to get a MacBook; i currently have an iBook g3. the keyboard's a bit loud, but i'm used to how it feels (five years will do that for you!). the illuminated keyboard on the MBP should be nice...
 
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