Will my keyboard leave marks on my screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pigroaster9901, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. pigroaster9901 macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2016
    Hi everyone,

    I purchased an early-2015 13-inch macbook pro last week and I was wondering if you could help with one of the biggest worries I have... will the keyboard leave marks on the retina screen over time? I have been so afraid of this that I've actually kept the thin piece of paper that kept them separated during packaging and have been putting it back on the keyboard every time I close the screen.

    One of the reasons I am asking is that after doing some research, I found very few results that dealt with the early-2015 13-inch MBP. I was hoping that any of you guys with the same MBP model could share some insight as to your experiences and what you have noticed over time. In my mind, the only viable solution would be to get a screen protector of some sort but I am not really in favour of compromising the quality of the retina screen.

    Any input you guys have would be extremely helpful! Thanks for your time!
  2. Spudlicious macrumors 6502


    Nov 21, 2015
    Bedfordshire, England
    Mine has not marked the screen, I've had it since May 2015 and use nothing between keyboard and screen.
  3. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    I get finger oil transferred to the screen but no permanent marks. So they do make contact. No, I don't put any pressure on the case. I imagine if you leave the keyboard dusty / dirty when you close the lid the screen could be marked.
  4. pigroaster9901 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2016
    Thanks for the helpful responses. I forgot to mention that as an upcoming college student, I will be carrying this laptop around for most of the day and although it will be in a case and a dedicated part of a backpack, textbooks may still push against the laptop. I'm not sure if this has any bearing on whether or not the keyboard will leave marks on the screen. Thanks again and any more responses would be greatly appreciated!
  5. makinao macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    I used to have a silicone keyboard protector for my old iBook which left smudges, But nothing that couldn't be removed with a microfibre cloth. On my naked 2009 MacBook 13" and 2012 MBP15", no keyboard marks or smudges.
  6. kschendel macrumors 65816

    Dec 9, 2014
    The last machine I had that left keyboard (oil) marks was an old Ti-book. My 2009 and late-2013 MPB's have not shown any marks.
  7. priorytools macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2015
    You can get clothes for this purpose… I used to have one.
  8. blasto2236 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
  9. iPad Retina macrumors 6502a

    iPad Retina

    Jan 6, 2013
    I had a mid 2012 MacBook Pro 15" retina. There was some marking on the screen resulting from the keyboard. And my other late 2010 MacBook Air.
  10. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    No marks on my Mid 2014. Had a keyboard cover a while back and it did transfer marks to the screen. Immediately took it off.
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Never shown a mark on either of my MacBook pros the 2010 had loads of clearance and the 2013 retina has never shown any indication of this.
  12. Toutou macrumors 6502a


    Jan 6, 2015
    Prague, Czech Republic
  13. Closingracer macrumors 68040

    Jul 13, 2010

    I have a sleeve which i carry it in my backpack and have at most one textbook in my bag at any given day and no dedicated area for my laptop. I have some marks on the screen but with a microfiber cloth they go away quite easily for me.
  14. studIOS5 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Oregon, OH
    I have noticed if the laptop is in an incase sleeve (2014 MacBook Pro retina 13") and heavy books are in the same bag that it will leave a line on the display from the books flexing the aluminum. This cannot be cleaned off and can only be seen in certain lights. I no longer carry the laptop in the same place as my books.
  15. emilioestevez Suspended


    Aug 25, 2015
    It's possible with enough force placed on the lid.
  16. ChinkyBob macrumors regular


    Oct 10, 2014
    Hi, my MacBook Air late 2011 13" does exhibit this problem. I sometimes see the outline of keys where (I presume) they came into direct sustained contact with the screen. I clean my screen gently with a apple screen cleaner once every 2 months and this gets rid of it easily.
    The square shape of the tiles are easily visible, so I dont think its finger grease per se but rather heat from around the keys (the keyboard vents out heat during use on the Macbook Air).
    So, now when I turn off my mac air I leave the computer open for 5 minutes to dissipate the heat first.
    If running Windows 7 on bootcamp frequently, when you close the lid, the computer often remains running generating a lot of heat in what you think is a turned off laptop. This maybe what causes the issue rather than greasy fingers (and now I think about it, maybe the whole screengate issue). On a few occasions Ive taken my laptop out of my bag to find it almost burning hot (still running as on despite lid close and no air circulation in my backpack).
    In Mac mode its fine to just close the lid - in bootcamp be very wary of it.

    Q - Those with the keyboard outline on the screen, or screen antiglare peeling off (screengate), Are you using bootcamp extensively ???

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