Keyboard protectors are a commonly bought accessory for laptops - especially among MacBook users, who are often keen to take measures to protect their expensive computers from both cosmetic and functional damage. This article will explain some of the pros and cons of buying a keyboard protector for your MacBook, provide links to some quality, affordable protectors, as well as set straight a common misconception about the rubber accessories. Below is a quick list of quality MacBook keyboard covers that we recommend:
- Kuzy MacBook Pro Keyboard Cover with Touch Bar 13 and 15 inch Premium Ultra Thin
- Ultrathin Silicone Keyboard Cover (fits Macbook Air, Macbook Pro and iMac keyboards) In Black
- Topcase Faded Series Gradient Color Macbook Keyboard Cover (fits any Macbook or iMac keyboard 13" to 17")
- Mosiso Macbook Silicone Keyboard Cover in Rose Gold
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What Are Keyboard Protectors?
The main reason people buy keyboard protectors for their laptops is to protect the computer from spilled drinks and food.
In the case of MacBooks, the keyboard is pretty much the only place on the top of the computer where liquid can get inside the machine and into the internal components, as well as being the main place where food can get stuck. Once food or dirt gets into the gaps between and under the keys, getting it out can be a challenge!
A keyboard protector would, therefore, be a good investment if you frequently eat and drink over your Mac, work in a dirty environment, are a clumsy person or if young children use the computer. It will ensure that your MacBook's keyboard stays spotless and that nothing gets inside the machine that could cause damage to components.
When the protector gets dirty all you need to do is take it off and clean it under a tap. Since keyboard protectors are generally made out of rubber, you can clean them using water and then hang them out on the line to dry... unlike your Mac's keyboard!
Which Kind Do I Buy?
The main downside to keyboard protectors is that the soft rubber isn't good in terms of tactile feedback. By itself the MacBook keyboard is crisp and responsive, however, with a keyboard protector covering it, the keyboard responds more sluggishly to keystrokes, which can lead to mistakes and an overall poorer typing experience.
- Does NOT fit M1 MacBook Pro. Engineered to fit precisely to the keyboard of your 2016 2017 2018 2019 Macbook Pro with Touch Bar (Apple Model Number A1706, A1707, A1989, A1990) US Keyboard Layout Only
- Tested for not interfering with Touch Bar operation. This keyboard protector does NOT cover the touch bar area, and does NOT come with a Touch bar protector.
- NEW! Industry Leading 0.12mm (0.005 in.) thickness to minimize typing interference.
- Made with premium engineering grade TPU material (compare to our standard TPU keyboard protector)
- High transparency to preserve the elegance of your Macbook, and allows keyboard backlight to shine through. Completely washable and reusable
It is therefore important to buy a quality keyboard protector - one that is tight and fits your MacBook well (doing so will minimize the problem). Depending on your personal preferences, you might also find a keyboard protector unsightly. However, you also might find it to be an attractive accessory, as they come in a range of colours and styles, from transparent to blue to pink to rainbow.
The Downsides Of A Keyboard Cover
One common concern people having about keyboard protectors is that the raised rubber will leave marks on their MacBook's screen when the lid is closed. Many keyboard protectors don't sit high enough to reach the screen, and for those that do, it's still not really an issue, as any marks that it leaves on the screen can simply be wiped off like any other smudge.
Another thing people worry about when it comes to keyboard protectors is ventilation - many people think that MacBooks vent heat via the keyboard (through gaps under the keys), and thus that using a keyboard protector will interfere with the flow of air and cause the computer to overheat. Fortunately, though, MacBooks do not vent or intake air via the keyboard - no model ever has, and it is very doubtful that Apple will make one that will.
So where do MacBooks have vents? In the hinge, with the exception of the Retina MacBook Pro, which also has vents on the sides (if your Mac is overheating or you wish to know more about this, click here). Therefore you are safe to use a keyboard protector with any model of MacBook.
Conclusion: Do You Need a Protector?
Well honestly, if you're like me and eat with the Mac on your laps and a Netflix show on, then I would recommend getting a cover. It's an inexpensive accessory, saving you potentially hundreds of dollars, or even thousands, in extreme cases, such as spilling a drink (Macbooks are not Waterproof!) While these covers don't guarantee water guarding, it is definitely advisable to have them on. And even if not for these extreme scenarios, the potential advantages outweigh the potential disadvantage!