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MacBook Pro - Silicone keyboard cover & heat issues?


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The Apple Store sells a silicone cover for the MacBookPro keyboard. I have excessive oil in my skin/fingers and the keys on every PC I have owned (Dell, HP, Toshiba) were all left without the "marking" on the keys in short time. I looked at the silicone keyboard cover for the MacBookPro but reading this and other forums someone mentioned that cooling air circulates though the keyboard (actually around the keys) so using a silicone keyboard cover might cause excessive heat build up. Any experience with the silicone keyboard cover or thoughts on this? Thx.
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Unlike most PCs the MacBook and the Pro models dissipate heat through convection. The Pro seems to do better because of its metal body. I use my MacBook quite a bit at my desk with an external monitor and keyboard. I also keep the top lid closed except for a small space created by several felt furniture tabs. I have not noticed any difference in temps whether the lid is closed or open. I suspect the silicone keyboard cover won't make any significant difference.

To be safe, install the iStat Pro widget or smcFanControl and monitor the temperatures. Both free.

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The MBP has holes underneath the keys on the keyboard (if you look carefully under the keys, you can see). I believe this goes right into the inside of the computer which would mean, yes, the keyboard is used as a vent. (If I'm wrong, someone please correct me so I don't mislead the OP.)

I bought a generic silicone cover on ebay and it doesn't seem to overheat my MBP when I check my temperature stats. However, when I'm using higher applications particularly video playing, the temps start to rise and the fans become quite audible. In that situation, I remove the cover just in case so that airflow isn't restricted. It's not like it's hard; the cover just lays on top of the keys. If you need it, I'd say get it. If your computer starts getting hot, just take it off.
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just get smcfancontrol, its great, just make the min fan speeds higher which should compensate for any extra heat that the keyboard cover is causing, however i doubt it will make the temps higher i mean when your typing you don't feel hot air coming up onto your hands but if you put your hands where the vents are you feel it...
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