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My Christmas '04 iBook is losing the print on the down arrow and enter (not return) keys, but I could care less, as I know what they are. I try to memorize what the keyboard layout is when I get a notebook, in case this happens. Maybe Apple should laser engrave the keys and insert the ink.
PS: Had the same thing on a Toshiba Keyboard, which later snapped in half after removal.
I thought my keys were all perfect, but after reading this thread I looked over my keyboard carefully and noticed the "S" is starting to wear, so the first thing i did was call apple and had my "free of charge" keyboard sent to me, so ill keep it packed up untill i just absolutlely need to replace it...
I have the wearing lettering too. One keyboard was replaced and not the letters are worn again.
Bought a PC notebook two months ago for a specific task that required XP.
Now I look lovingly at the anonymous keys on my wonderful iBook.
What a wonderful world when that was my only notebook problem.
Not minimizing anyone's concerns, just happy to have this as my only iBook issue to date.
Love my Mac!
Your local Apple Store can help you probably with the keys. The only thing that I can say is, get iSkin covers . I got it so I wouldn't get anything on my keyboard and I like it better now. I think it has also enhanced my typing.
b The link below will bring you to the iSkin website:
I hope that helps,
I have not been able to get my new iSkin to fit my keyboard. It is just too small in the direction from left to right. The other dimension, front to back, seems to be OK.
iSkin has offered to replace it, which I appreciate, and I will take them up on their offer, but I do wonder if that is a problem which other people have seen. I have worked a little with molded plastics, but I don't really know whether to expect that there would be much unit-to-unit or lot-to-lot variability in the largest dimension (left to right).
The iSkin I have for the standard Apple Keyboard, which plugs into the iBook as an external keyboard, is truly wonderful. It fits perfectly, even over such a vast distance as extreme left to right on the extremely wide external keyboard. The best thing about it, strangely enough, is that it makes the keys almost completely non-slip, which for a fast touch typist results in a huge reduction in typing errors.
So what do you think, Jon?
b If I return the iBook's iSkin back in for a replacement will the new one be more apt to fit?
Have you noticed any problems with static buildup with the iSkin?
I bought one a while ago but found it would crackle with static whenever I peeled it off. So I took it back to the store rather than risk damaging the computer.
I wouldn't mind having an iSkin, particularly for the no-slip surface. The one I had felt a little gummy, but maybe they're not all the same.
From what I know, the iSkin ProTouch PB should fit your iBook. From reviews I have seen that it is 50/50 chance of it fitting perfectly. What you should do is "massage" or work it out to try to fit it. Some people have said even then it doesn't completely fit but you forget after a day or so. I might be mistaken but the ProTouch was orgionally created for the PowerBook, which might be your problem. Good Luck.
I hope that helps,
Personally I have not noticed any problems with static build up, but it is very plausible. On one of their cases for their iPods they say anti-static coating, which they don't say for the ProTouch PB. I have seen reviews/forums about the static involved with the PB, and the conclusion to be honest is "Who really knows". Some people say that the static got to their video card and memory and effected it. That could happen I guess. Other people say if/when it happens, It does not do anything. One thing to think about is that its not to far to the logic board from the keyboard. For the static issue, after owning and reading about iSkin products, I would have to say that for most people it isn't a problem. One good thing to do though is to contact iSkin, and ask them about it directly and see what they will do if something happens from the static.
b The link bellow will bring you to their Customer Service Page:
I guess to say "Use at your own risk" would fit in this situation. Good Luck!
I hope that helps,
I just have to add that I've had this same problem with all notebook computers I've owned. I wish Apple would engrave the darned keyboards, but no one else does either.
Generally, when I'm home, I plug in a USB keyboard because it's more comfortable anyway. And it seems to help with the wear and tear on the keyboard. Eventually, they'll rub off; that's the price of being a fast typist and using notebook computers.
I'm sitting at the Soho store after bringing the keyboard problem up to the Genius bar. A guy named Mark attended to me, took my laptop and after a few minutes emerged with 10 keys replaced. 3 of those keys are transparent and don't match the original keyboard. Of course I'm disappointed, and asked why don't they replace the whole keyboard and he said I'd have to pay $60. Sixty dollars for THEIR problem? hello?
I was asking a few other things about my laptop but he was inattentive, bored and wasn't too helpful. It's a shame because I've been helped by other nice accommodating geniuses. Maybe they should have a "Bored d_t Bar"!
Now I'm stuck with my wonderful iBook but with a lousy looking keyboard. It's a good thing the product is superior, otherwise I wouldn't tolerate lousy service.
That said, I'm on my way down to buy an i-Sight. Oh well..