• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not custom designed to fit MBP Retina

    • Written by from Gold Coast

    I bought this product to protect the keyboard on my MBP retina 13" from liquid spill. Whilst the overall quality of the material and the thickness of the skin is pretty good, I don't think this product is specifically designed for rMBP. This is very clear by just looking at it from the side of the machine. The skin's profile is obviously slightly higher than the keyboard. Because of this, the skin will leave some greasy marks on the screen, and for that I had to buy a screen protector. When typing with the skin on, I can feel the gap between the skin and the keys, making key press a bit clumsy.

    All in all, you get decent keyboard protection but keep in mind it's not gonna be a perfect fit if you have rMBP.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Turns yellow over time

    • Written by from ROSEMEAD

    In fact it is a great product and the thinness is great. But keep in mind that it will become yellowish over time (or at least noticeably darker then when you first bought it). Washing cleans it up a bit, but the dark tint remains. sigh.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not exactly what the (positive) reviews say

    • Written by from Warsaw

    Encouraged by overall positive feedback, I have purchased the Moshi Clearguard for situations in which I have to use my Retina MBP with not necessarily clean hands. Unfortunately, the products is not what I expected. The awesome MacBook keyboard becomes a totally different one and typing on it is not fun anymore. Whereas for pressing single keys it's okay, for typing a full text I keep on making mistakes and overall type a lot slower than without the protector. Also, after a while the fingers get more sweaty than usual and you get a feeling of stickiness while using (and I'm not the type of a sweaty-palms guy).
    Having said that, the Clearguard still fits pretty well and protects the keyboard from dust & oily fingers. So for me it's worth using only in very special situations, when you want to avoid otherwise problematic process of cleaning the keyboard itself after the use.

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So so, hard to type

    • Written by from Brisbane

    13" rMBP - First Impressions Review


    The surface of the protector is so 'smooth' in comparison to the keys that when you type, it's hard to tell what you're really pressing: are you pressing keys or the space between them?

    - It takes a lot more effort to type as you have to concentrate on a less tactile feel.

    - I accidentally lift up the protector whilst typing when pressing keys to the left or right (tab, shift, A, W, S, delete). The protector 'sticks' to your fingertips.

    - The protector slips around a lot - even if it's only by 1mm.


    Background: 11 years of typing and I love to type
    Fast typist
    Preference for thin/laptop keys


    Pros: No more seeing dust particles settle on the actual keys and get all paranoid about how many fall into the gaps (any dust on a Macbook stands out like a sore thumb).

    No need to worry about keys going shiny after prolonged use... I love to type!

    I'd be happy to blindly say that this is the best out there yet part of me still wants to give it two stars for functionality. For what it's worth, I think the form is quite nice.

    Wouldn't impact slow typists in a negative way.


    Cons: Shifts around too much.

    I can see why people would say that it leaves marks on their screen - the protector doesn't really sit flush on the individual keys; thus being raised higher, probably meaning it would come in contact with the screen. I haven't oiled up the protector enough to test that out yet. I will probably write another review for this if I come across that problem later on.

    I have to use more force to press the keys - either because it has more resistance now or because I have to make sure I'm actually pressing a key and not the spaces between.

    I have heard people say that this protector makes the typing sound quieter but in my experience, the overall impression it gives me is that it's louder. This is based upon using more force and hearing the sticky sounds of the keys each time. I don't think it's quieter, it's just a different sound. However, if you type slow and with two pointer fingers, it is quieter!

    When using it for awhile, every time I move to use the trackpad I feel as though there is something wrong with it, like there's a protector on it and I have to move it in a funny way. It makes the overall experience of controlling a Mac very unfulfilling. Just to clarify, there is nothing on my trackpad.


    Neutral: I wouldn't say that the protector is 'invisible' or that 'I can hardly tell it's there'. The protector gives a grey look to the keys. :( The appearance of the protector is by no means disturbing, annoying, or an eye sore.


    Packaging: Remove it carefully, it isn't secured in a pack that's in a pack (like it seems). When I opened the initial packet I saw a tab so I pulled it and out came the keyboard protector's store away hard plastic in cardboard... that's when I realised after looking back into the original package that my actual keyboard protector was folded in half and unprotected because I had pulled out this other package.

    There are two dents/lines/defects/stretched plastic near the top left of my keyboard protector and it's really annoying to see because otherwise, the edges of the protector wouldn't be seen. My guess is that the sides of the protector got caught on the 'tabs' of this other package. :( :(


    To take away: If you really like to type (fast), you should reconsider. Use the beautiful look and feel of your Mac keyboard as it is or put up with clumsy typing.

    I might just have to put up with shiny keys or deal with snail speed.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not too bad, not too good

    • Written by from Etobicoke

    In terms of protection, it is somewhat usefull. My only problem is that it is never clean on both sides. I wash it with water and soap every other day, but it always looks dirty. Not sure how I can dry it properly to remove those water spots.
    The one for full size wired keyboad is what they need to make for macbook.
    On the other hand, if you remove it, your mac in shinny but looks dirty
    It is so sticky that it works like vacuume cleaner and grabs everything including even one hair.

    43 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MBP Retina Screen Impression

    • Written by from Brisbane

    I have to remove it before closing the lid because of the impressions it leave on the MBP Retina screen which take a while to clear off. or it could have a long term damaging effect on the screen.

    Nevertheless, I use it all the times to keep dust and stains off the keys.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not great for the tropics

    • Written by from Townsville

    As far as preventing dust, food, etc from getting beneath the keys and into the computer it does a fairly good job, except around the edges where the mat is a little loose and things can easily get in underneath. My biggest problem with it is that living in the humid tropics the mat almost always sticks to my fingers and lifts up ever so slightly making it difficult to type. I find I'm having to hit some keys twice, particularly those closer to the edges where the mat is loose, which is becoming increasingly more annoying the more I type. It is incredibly thin and is pretty transparent, although some of the keys are slightly foggy. Perhaps dust is somehow collecting within the key grooves, although I've only been using it for less than a month. One good thing is that the keys are now much quieter which I quite like. I've never used any other keyboard protectors so I can't compare, but I can't decide whether I'm going to persevere with it or throw it out and completely ban food and drink from my desk. The latter is probably the safer bet.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    5/5 for a Macbook Pro 3/5 for Macbook Air

    • Written by from Toronto

    I'm only rating this a 3/5 so that this review gets noticed by people purchasing/because I wish Moshi made a Keyguard for 13" Macbook Air!

    I've used this exact key guard on a Macbook Pro (13") and a Macbook Air (13"). On the Macbook Pro, it is amazing, as it is specifically made for this computer. It does get dirty considerably fast though, and the standard Apple cleaner does a terrible job at cleaning it. That being said, the grime on the key guard does not get on the screen, and obviously stays off of your keyboard.

    However, there is no 13" Macbook Air Keyguard by Moshi. So owners of this are forced to by this key guard [it is the best on the market in my experience]. On the Macbook Air (13") it feels clumsy and my typing slows down considerably because I feel as though my fingers are slipping slightly from side to side. Also, because the material is so thick/sits off of the keys so high, it rubs against the screen and leaves gross oil marks on the screen that are a pain to remove. I do have slightly oily hands because I tend to use moisturizers regularly. I would not recommend buying it for a Macbook Air 13" for this reason. I will be waiting (and hoping) for a 13" Macbook Air version of the Keyguard.

    60 of 68 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Protection, but comes off easily

    • Written by from St. Andrews

    This keyboard protector fits okay. The key holes are too deep so there are bubbles over top of the individual keys from the plastic. When you press, it's a little more effort, not significant, but the bubble becomes more pronounced. If you move your finger at all whilst pressing the key the key slides. Sometimes when you life your finger up the protector will stick and come too. The arrow keys are a particular problem for me and that side is always always coming loose so I have to readjust the protector. I'll use it so I don't ruin the keyboard, but if I had a major spill on it, I wouldn't expect it to provide total protection because of the poor fit and loose edges.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Please read this review

    • Written by from London

    It serves its purpose and keeps the keyboard clean, the only thing is it is really uncomfortable to type with. If you dont mind relearning how to type and like a clean computer it is worth it

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    blah!

    • Written by from San jose

    I just got this in the mail today, and I must say it's not that great. Yeah it looks like nothings there but it's pretty hard to press on the keys. :/

    19 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but dirty

    • Written by from Los angeles

    It does protects your keyboard from dirt and looks beautiful the first 2 weeks for the back lights BUT once you washed it starts getting gray and ugly i wish it could stay the same way as the first days but at the end my mac-book pro had a bad look and the keyboard like and old computer. it was all gray i threw it away and i got a black one that one looks awesome but the bad things is that you're not able to the back-lights (just a little bit) but it looks better than with the moshi all grayed. i would probably get it again but i would never wash it again maybe just clean it with air compressed or something because the mac looks pretty with the clear keyboard protector.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Smudges the screen

    • Written by from Unley

    I have used this product on a 13" Mac for the last 12 months. It obviously works well because it collects the dirt and grease. But this has a downside in that it badly smudges the screen everytime i close it. I have tried all hints to clean it - none seem that effective?
    Not sure whether there is any fix for that!

    64 of 69 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Use with care.

    • Written by from Bucharest

    Keep in mind that your MacBook Pro dissipates heath from the back grill but also from the keyboard the fans push the warm air out of your keyboard keys. Also under the right side of the keyboard you have a sound speaker, so expect the cover to attenuate the sound.

    97 of 106 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    does the job, but not perfectly

    • Written by from Harvard

    pros: covers the keys tightly and is barely noticeable when typing. easy to clean. when backlit, the keys are very bright. adds a softer feel.

    cons: sometimes the cover lifts or slips up, especially on the right side when hitting the delete key with the pinky. this is hardly a deal-breaker but annoying. also, the macbook pro doesn't look nearly as shiny and stylish with this piece of film on top. the keyboard's sharp glossy face is immediately lost behind the keyboard protector.

    i guess that's the price you pay for greater spill and dirt resistance.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Low rating for dumb "Moshi" insignia on cover

    • Written by from Chicago

    I bought an Apple because it's an Apple, not so I can advertise for Moshi. That label on the keyboard is pretty annoying. Aside from that... it is thin but I wouldn't want to type on the thng. So I pretty much got it as a keyboard cover so I can keep the dust off while I use my Apple wireless bluetooth keyboard. Also, it's a bit lazy of them not to finally fit this thing properly around the "function" keys. Lowers the standard to make it one size fits all for older machines.

    Anyway, it looks nice and I'm happy but it's just an expensive cover.

    15 of 37 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Its Okay!!!

    • Written by from Greenwood

    Feel its a bit pricey. I have tried to stretch it so it would cover keys at both ends....right now if it covers the keys at one end then the opposite side keys does not get adequate fit. This is a good cover if you have sweaty hands.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    moves around

    • Written by from Queen Creek

    This keyboard cover is very very thin, so you can't really tell it's even there. It feels awesome because it's so thing and it's easy to type. The only downside is it doesn't have a very hard grip on the keys, so the cover does move a lot for me. I ended up returning it and getting the zcover, which is obviously thicker than this one, but it sticks on to the keys just great. Hope this helps! :)

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Functional

    • Written by from Kent

    I really liked the idea and I do use it when I am "being dirty" around my computer (e.g. eating). But when it comes to typing a document or email, I quickly take it off. It has a lot of traction so you have to completely pick up each finger and it slows down my typing considerably. It makes my fingers tired (which I never noticed before). I was going to use it with my students but I think this product makes typing more difficult.

    My other huge problem is that if there is anything on the key protector it gets on the screen when you close it. Things tend to stick to the protector and don't wipe/blow off easily. Therefore my computer screen gets dirty. I try to remember to take it off before I close it and am really annoyed with myself when I forget. When it is sitting around it can collect dust and stuff easily.

    Again, it is functional and when I need it I use it. But if I start typing an email, I quickly take it off. Other than those two complaints I like it. But they are big enough that I can't keep it on constantly like I was hoping. I took it off when I started typing this. :)

    80 of 86 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    iSkin is better

    • Written by from Towson

    PROS:
    Fits extremely well
    Same thinness as other brands

    CONS:
    Gets extremely cloudy (with light use)
    Makes typing more of an effort, just like other brands

    iSkins don't fit quite as well, but they stay clearer than moshi. If you have a backlit keyboard, get a skin that has black keys with clear letters to let the backlighting through. If you don't have backlighting, get the iSkin that has black keys with white letters. Black keys look much better than the clear skins.

    34 of 49 people found this useful