What is it that makes apple keyboards such a joy to type on?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shenfrey, Sep 18, 2012.

  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    I cant figure it out, it just feels alot nicer then most keyboards iv used. The feel of they keys, the feedback you get once hitting the keys and for some reason i can type much faster on these keyboards then i can on most other keyboards. Is it because they are mechanical? Or are these just standard keyboards?
  2. joeysarks macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    Don't know what it is, but I have NEVER felt comfortable typing on a laptop keyboard until I got my first MacBook Pro. I'll never go back to Windows for that reason alone:)
  3. MarcBook macrumors 6502a


    Jul 13, 2008
    United Kingdom
    They are 'standard' laptop keyboards, but I get the impression that Apple spent a lot of time and effort getting the materials and the lever designs just right. The key travel, pressure needed and so on are just perfect!

    As well as that, the Mac keyboards seem to be considerably quieter than PC counterparts, from my experience.

    A lot of people wouldn't really consider the keyboard when it comes to a premium computer experience, but it really does add towards the high-quality nature of Mac notebooks.

    EDIT: I forgot to mention that the MacBook Pro with Retina display seems to have a shorter keyboard (vertically) than the last-generation design, obviously because the entire casing has been thinned. It took a little getting used to (felt strange coming from my old, heavily-used MacBook Pro), but it feels even nicer to type on somehow.
  4. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
  5. aziatiklover macrumors 68030


    Jul 12, 2011
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  6. zipur macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2011
    The great state of Texas
    Do people really thing the MBP keyboard is all that? Does anyone have to input a lot of number? Does the lack of ability to increase the angle of where your palm rest bug you in the least. I hate typing on any laptop keyboard and I don't find the MBP to be special in any way.
    I do love my MBP overall and will never, ever, never ever go back.
  7. jrs22 macrumors 6502

    Aug 1, 2012
    I began my search for a laptop at Bestbuy because they have so many different brands and models on display, and don't care how long you spend playing with them. I fell in love with the MBP at that time - it was the only one with a keyboard that felt comfortable to me. I resisted for a year, and then decided that I wanted a laptop with a comfortable keyboard and a really good trackpad even if it meant switching to OSX. Why buy a laptop with a poorly functioning trackpad and then have to tote around an external mouse? So I don't know why the keyboard is such a joy to use, just that it is.

    Sometimes i miss the separate numerical key section but i'd rather have the top speakers on my 15" mid-2012 cMBP. Anyway, I learned to touch type on a (manual) typewriter so that row of number keys is deeply engrained in my psyche.
  8. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    Apple hardware is very good quality and their keyboards reflect that fact.

    After owning a wide range of laptop brands and models, the two best, that are nearly identical are MacBook Pro's and ThinkPad T's.
  9. terraphantm macrumors 68040

    Jun 27, 2009
    Hmm, the keyboard is actually my least favorite part of Apple's notebooks. I much prefer the keyboards found on thinkpads
  10. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    The keyboards are solid to be sure but that isn't what makes them so unique. Apple keyboards just work the same way for years. Mine have always provided the same tactile "feel" just like day 1.
  11. nitromac macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2012
    My MBP keyboard comes second only to the original ThinkPad keyboards. (not the new chiclet-style ones). Those keyboards made me feel completely comfortable with the laptop. My MBP is in a different class, as it's chiclet-style, but is probably the best of all the chiclet laptop keyboards I've used.

    I do prefer Apple's USB keyboard w/numpad over my laptop, though. Very rigid, and perfect angle.
  12. Penooker macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2010
    You youngin's.

    As others noted, the Macbook keyboard has looked and felt mostly the same for quite a while. The generally accepted best keyboard were on the Thinkpads, which were known for having no flex, great tactile push, and great key shape.

    Here's the one on the X300. It's not pretty to look at.

    I haven't tried the recent Thinkpads, since Lenovo adopted the island design, so I can't comment on them. Many people were concerned about the change though.

  13. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    I used to not like Apples keyboards at first but now I love them. Its not my main keyboard but I do love using it.
  14. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Some do, some do not. Same as anything else out there.

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