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    Default Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    or is it just something you put up with/get used to?
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    Hated it. Also, I'm right now unable to work on mine because the space bar simply decided stop working when I press it borders (90% of time when I'm tipping a long text).

    Really annoying.

    Cheers,
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I use a keyboard cover on mine, yes its very different than my 2014 macbook but no issues typing on it at all.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I don't mind it that much. It's nice that the keys aren't as wiggly as my 2011 MacBook Pro, but I'm still making more errors than I used to. My speed is back, but a few more errors than normal. I'm sure it'll just be a matter of time. Thankfully it's gotten a little quieter the more I've used it.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    For me, it is my favorite keyboard of all time. I am not your average typist; I use two fingers.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I'm finding the new keyboard hard to get used to. I type pretty fast, but I also bang the keys pretty hard. This keyboard doesn't absorb my hard hits as well as all the other MacBook keyboards I've used in the past and this causes some typing errors, plus it's hard on my fingers. I'm trying to remember not to bang the keys as hard as I've gotten used to over the years, because of the sponginess of other keyboards. I suppose I'm going to get used to it, but I think I preferred the keyboard on my old 2013 MacBook Pro.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    Love the new keyboard, I found the keys on my older 2012 MacBook Air had far too much sideways movement.

    What I like:

    - Precision of keys, I'm far more accurate using this keyboard
    - I can type quite a bit softer, you don't need to bang it (at first I found myself doing it mind you)
    - Background lighting through the keyboard is a lot more uniform and it looks far far better
    - On my previous MacBook Air, at times I could see keyboard marks on the screen when the laptop was closed, no longer with the new one
    - The touchbar is proving far more useful than I first realised, for example give the native screen shot a go, suddenly the touchbar is useful (very)
    - If you miss the physical escape key, just re-map it to the caps lock button

    What I don't like:
    - Yes it could do with a little more travel, but I'm not fussed and have adjusted (as anyone will I'm sure)
    - I use the arrows quite a bit, a return to older style layout would be great, but once again no big deal

    I've found that people who have overly strong opinions of the new keyboard often haven't used it for extended periods of time, if at all. But I do understand some folks grievances.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I'm still getting used to it. Sure, I'm used to other keyboards with scissor mechanism and I always typed "harder", but once you get used to the butterfly mechanism and you begin to type "softer" it feels great to type on it.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    Yes you get used to it.
    Problem is people act like they're being made to breathe under water and just dismiss it completely without a hint of considering merit where due.

    Of course I'm (slightly) biased being a user of many devices with shorter travel keys.

    On the desktop I prefer a mechanical (Cherry Brown or MX switch) go figure.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I actually really like it! I got used to it so fast, and find it much easier to type on and sleeker looking than that on my Dad's 2014 Pro or Mom's Air.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I prefer the new keyboard as well--snappy and responsive. I had to type something on the MBA my son inherited from me, and it felt weird and that I was having to push the keys harder.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by lusid1 View Post
    or is it just something you put up with/get used to?
    I must admit, i do prefer the older keyboards. They were less noisy and had more travel which is nice in my opinion. I don't think they are bad, just different and takes some time to get used to. Sometimes it feels like i haven't pressed a key when i actually have because I'm so used to having more travel. The keys are a little bigger than previous Macbook Pro which i quite like. So there are pros and cons.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    Thanks for the diverse opinions. In my few brief encounters with it, I've had terrible accuracy and found myself unconsciously hammering the keys to try to get a sense of feedback. I also have the esc:w muscle memory to overcome. I am trying to avoid upgrades this year, but if I stay with the platform I will eventually get stuck with that keyboard.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I like, but it is a bit of an adjustment. I also have an HP elitebook Folio G1 for work; now that keyboard is amazing!
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    Yes love it, feels better than my wife 2013 mbpr to me.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by OZsMac View Post
    Love the new keyboard, I found the keys on my older 2012 MacBook Air had far too much sideways movement.

    What I like:

    - Precision of keys, I'm far more accurate using this keyboard
    - I can type quite a bit softer, you don't need to bang it (at first I found myself doing it mind you)
    - Background lighting through the keyboard is a lot more uniform and it looks far far better
    - On my previous MacBook Air, at times I could see keyboard marks on the screen when the laptop was closed, no longer with the new one
    - The touchbar is proving far more useful than I first realised, for example give the native screen shot a go, suddenly the touchbar is useful (very)
    - If you miss the physical escape key, just re-map it to the caps lock button

    What I don't like:
    - Yes it could do with a little more travel, but I'm not fussed and have adjusted (as anyone will I'm sure)
    - I use the arrows quite a bit, a return to older style layout would be great, but once again no big deal

    I've found that people who have overly strong opinions of the new keyboard often haven't used it for extended periods of time, if at all. But I do understand some folks grievances.
    I agree with most of this, but I think the travel is just fine on this keyboard. I briefly owned the 12-inch MacBook before I realized I needed a more powerful laptop, so I went with the new MBP. The keyboard on the 12-inch was actually extremely comfortable for me once I got used to it. In fact, it actually increased my typing speed. I find that the MBP's keyboard has just the right amount of added travel for me. Typing on an older MBP now feels like there's too much travel.

    I do agree about the arrow keys, though. I wish the left and right keys were half their size so I could find them without having to look to make sure I'm on the right one. Not a deal breaker though.
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I enjoy the new keyboard. i am a touch typist and this keyboard suits me just fine. I have noticed however that my typing on other keyboards has become a lot worse
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    Well this my 1st MacBook and I'm comming from a long line of sub $500 windows laptops, so this keyboard is fantastic to me
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    Default Re: Does anyone actually like the new keyboard?

    I use the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon for work, which has an excellent keyboard. I use my MBP 2016 at home and I really like the butterfly keyboard, especially the clicky sound. Feels a little bit like a mechanical keyboard. I don't like the arrow keys and I'm still not used to the escape key.

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