Apple's new MacBook
Posted 16 May 2006 - 04:57 PM
I'll be interested to see what battery life is like once you do some tests. Also glad to see they made the memory slots user accessible. That was always something that sucked on the iBook and 12" AlPB lines.
One thing not mentioned here was your impressions on the new screen. Is the glossy screen a distraction of any kind, or is it pleasing to the eye? Let us know.
Posted 16 May 2006 - 05:03 PM
Posted 16 May 2006 - 06:56 PM
I had this type of keyboard on my first computer, a Radio Shack TRS-80 Color Computer. Problem with it was if you got anything into the keyboard (a little drink, a little food, dirt), it gummed up that key.
Maybe there's an easy way to get access to the actual keys on the MacBook; but when it happened to me back in the day, I had to buy a 3rd party replacement keyboard that you could replace the original with.
What did that replacement keyboard look like...similar to the keyboard we've been used to with Apple laptops with a little taller keys though.
For now, thumbs down (so to speak) on this style of keyboard...unless you can clean the keys under the "grill."
Posted 16 May 2006 - 07:08 PM
As far as the keyboard goes, the spacing looks to be the same as a regular laptop, but since the keys are very short and are not concave like regular keys it appears deceiving. I bet Apple engineers took their time to get the feel right. I am looking forward to checking it out at the Apple Store. Which is the reason for all these features anyway: foot traffic in the store, get people touching the keys, etc. Nice job Apple.
Posted 16 May 2006 - 07:10 PM
I would assume that keyboard technology has improved dramatically since the early 1980s, but with people complaining about current keyboard designs, I can see this keyboard not going over well. Of course, the intended market for the MacBook, non-pro laptop users, tends to be less particular about nearly everything.
reidnixon beat me to the punch on the Color Computer point.