2016 MacBook Pro butterfly keyboards failing twice as frequently as older models



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    cgWerkscgWerks Posts: 1,151member
    tht said:
    A lot of the mechanical keyboard talk from aficionados sound a lot like analog record album fans. That scratchy analog sound just sounds better! Or maybe similar to the affection audiophiles have for audiophile speakers and headphones. Great that think they can tell the difference, but the 90% of the rest of the population just wants something to entertain them and will be fine with mono. I jest. ☺️
    I don't think those are good analogies at all. We're not reminiscing about the joys of keyboard entry being 'analog' vs 'digital'. The problem, of sorts, is actually jumping that physical to digital divide. The entry of data is physical until we find some other way to do it. Until then, as you take away sensory data from the physical process, it gets less efficient and precise.

    Development and evolution of mechanical keyboards has been series of design tradeoffs involving factors like key travel, force, noise, spacing, thickness, weight, materials, etc. In theory, there is some optimal design, from which it might vary a bit from person to person (i.e.: smaller hands, finger strength/dexterity... and I suppose a bit of personal preference). Then, from that optimal design, we decide how much we're willing to trade to save space, or be more quiet, etc.

    While I'm not expert on this, my understanding is that in terms of pure speed, it's hard to beat certain older mechanical keyboards/typewriters. Somewhere in there, was the optimal. The newer laptop/chiclet keyboards we've been using for a couple decades now were close-enough to that optimal, but saving space and lower in noise, such that we made a tradeoff.

    My argument is that going that extra step, possibly even to the new MBP keyboard, but especially to something like a touch-screen with haptic feedback is a move too far from the optimal for a lot of people. Others, like those already using iPad screens, would probably be fine with it... but that doesn't mean it's optimal or that they will ever be as fast with them as they would have been with something better. Maybe that's an OK tradeoff for the flexibility.... for some. But, for people who do a lot of typing, I think something more akin to what we have now will be around for a long time yet.
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