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    My keyboard is loud!

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    My keyboard is loud!
    Ok so I bring my Ibook to class and sit in the back. I noticed that when the teacher is lecturing and I start typing that students turn around. I know the keyboard is loud and its kinda embarassing. I dont really care too much because it dosent bug me, but I just dont really want conformation.... Like someone going up to me saying something like... can you just write things down. Is there any way to make the keyboard quiet? Could I buy an aftermarket one that fits the slot... like does apple sell one that is quiet? Thanks,
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    My keyboard is loud!
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    buy an external one that not so loud

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    My keyboard is loud!

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    External would be nice, but then again is not really classroom effective (small desks). So do those little keyboard skins quiet things at all? I see how they could, but does anyone have one that they can report about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Corrosive
    External would be nice, but then again is not really classroom effective (small desks). So do those little keyboard skins quiet things at all? I see how they could, but does anyone have one that they can report about.
    Yes, the iSkin will make a difference. I use it with my Powerbook G4 12" in a classroom that only holds fifteen students, and if I hold it under the table, my classmates report that it is virtually silent. Sometimes they don't even know that I'm using it.

    However, the iBook has a significantly louder keyboard than the Powerbook and if your classroom is quiet enough or has bad enough acoustics, it won't help enough. Classrooms are very quiet places, and if the acoustics are such that sound carries well (lecture halls and wide open rooms are particular offenders) then an iSkin might not save you the dirty looks.

    The only 100% foolproof alternative I can think of is to get one of those flat USB touch keyboards with keys that don't depress, but just respond to your finger touch. But that's a lot more expensive than just using paper, which serves 99% of the rest of your class just fine.

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    My keyboard is loud!

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    I agree, cost effective is nice. I will get an Iskin and see how it helps. No one is complaining yet, but its more of a mental thing to me... I hate when people are talking during lecture and its basically the same principal.

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    My keyboard is loud!

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    Terrible keyboard
    This is a terrible keyboard...it's perhaps 3x louder, the key feel is very different, and I think the keys are even higher... it's literally more like a PC keyboard. Can we find out how to tell the new from old so I can find an old one! I'd pay $75 for one (incl. shipping).

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    My keyboard is loud!

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    Quote Originally Posted by flignar View Post
    This is a terrible keyboard...it's perhaps 3x louder, the key feel is very different, and I think the keys are even higher... it's literally more like a PC keyboard. Can we find out how to tell the new from old so I can find an old one! I'd pay $75 for one (incl. shipping).
    You're bumping a 5yr old thread with an ooooooooooooooold laptop.

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