Using a computer that feels like it fell through a time warp from
the future is fun, but if that computer drops through the wormhole
without any compatible accessories then there’s going to be some
The new MacBook is one of those Apple products. It feels like it
came from the future, and didn’t bring its ecosystem with it.
Like Dalrymple, Snell was thrown off by the new arrow key layout:
The Esc key has been elongated and the function keys narrowed,
which didn’t really bother me. However, the redesign of the arrow
keys really shook me–the up and down arrows are still half-height,
but the left and right arrows are now full sized. It turns out
that I used the gaps above the left and right arrow keys on prior
keyboards to orient by feel, so I knew which arrow key was which.
On the MacBook’s keyboard, there’s no longer a gap–and I kept
having to look down to make sure I was tapping the up arrow key.
See also, his “reviewer’s notebook” over at Six Colors:
If you don’t type a whole lot, or very fast, you may not care
about the substantially reduced key travel. And you can get used
to it. But it’s just a tiny step up from typing on flat
touchscreen glass. I managed to score almost 120 words per minute
on TypeRacer on the MacBook keyboard, but I didn’t enjoy it. If
you’re someone who notices when a keyboard feels different or
weird, you will notice this keyboard. If you’ve never really
understood why people write about keyboards, you probably won’t
care — but why are you even reading this section?
★ Thursday, 9 April 2015