Typing on the MBP


macrumors 68000
Original poster
Nov 24, 2010
Hey guys, I just wanted some input on what you think about typing on the MBP. I am planning on getting either a MBP or a MBA in the near future and I was wondering how comfortable typing is on these two machines. When I play around with them at the store it seems to me if I was typing a lot on the MBP the area on the front of the laptop where you rest your arms would become uncomfortable, whereas on the MBA it is so thin you don't have any of that front "edge" cutting into your lower arms. What do you guys think? Is it uncomfortable for you?

Demosthenes X

macrumors 68000
Oct 21, 2008
My MBP developed a very obvious patch on the front edge where I rest my wrist while using the trackpad. So yes, it is slightly uncomfortable to use in that respect. I wouldn't call it a big deal - the damage to my notebook is more annoying than any physical discomfort felt.

I haven't owned an Air, but I imagine the problem would be much less severe for the reason you stated.

What I can say is that the MBP keyboard is the best keyboard I've ever used. Love it, even better than the Apple Wireless Keyboard.


macrumors 6502
Aug 13, 2011
The MBA keyboard has slightly less travel and is a bit more clicky than the MBP's keyboard in terms of feel. Personally I prefer the MBP keyboard, the MBA felt like a worse version of the Apple Wireless Keyboard to me (which has extraordinarily wobbly keys and is just not that nice to type on IMO). The MBP keyboard might be a bit soft for some to be honest, I personally wish that it had a bit more travel and a bit more clickiness, but I do definitely prefer it to the MBA.

However, of course there are those that have said that they prefer the MBA keyboard to the MBP, so it's a case of trying both out and seeing which one you prefer.

As for comfort, I don't have any problems, though of course the lack of tilt means that you are reaching a tad further for the top keys, so I do wish that there was a slight amount of tilt there.


macrumors 68030
Oct 19, 2011
I type a lot both with the MBP on a desk or on my lap. My palms rest left and right of the trackpad, and I don't have any problems with the sharp edges. It might depend a bit on the working position though.

The keyboard itself is decent, although I liked the one in the pre-unibody MBPs slightly better.

Dangerous Theory

macrumors 68000
Jul 28, 2011
I suppose it could get rather uncomfortable. I wouldn't really know though, I'm usually wearing a jumper or typing with my arms raised just above the keyboard anyway.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 15, 2011
I have an early 2011 13" mbp i5 and the keyboard is pretty great. Very tactile. It's on a par with my apple bt keyboard I use with my desktop Mac mini.


macrumors 603
Feb 13, 2012
Perth, Western Australia
AS above i prefer the mbp keyboard due to the slightly more travel.

However, its just a case of getting used to either keyboard.

My GF can type pretty fast, and the MBA doesn't hinder her at all. She did a typing test the other day and got 140wpm out of her 2010 11"...

I can generally get about 120wpm and the MBP keyboard doesn't hinder me at all either.

both our jobs involve a lot of typing, lol...


macrumors regular
Jul 16, 2008
I personally prefer the MBP. The MBA keyboard is very nice, but there isn't enough key travel. The deeper travel of the keys on the MBP provide better feedback in my opinion.


macrumors 68000
Dec 11, 2010
I am right with you. The MBP's feedback is nice. I think you get the best typing when you install a palm rest like the Moshi for example, or a 3M di-noc overlay. You also avoid oil stains on the palmrest and the material is softer. They have leather ones as well which are nice.


macrumors member
Feb 10, 2012
if you type a lot, the macbook pro is better.

the macbook air will require changing your rhythm in typing... you'll have to look at keys or miss keys once in a while, the keyboard is not the same.

if you don't mind getting used to a new keyboard then go with air but if you like standard keyboards the macbook pro is better (im speaking about 15 inch).

smaller keyboards irritate me. as for being comfortable, you lay your palms beside the trackpad so it really makes no difference that the air is less thin.