Macbook Chicklets?

The new Apple Macbook features what some are calling a Chiclet keyboard, though the Wikipedia definition seems to suggest it is not. Rather, it shares the square keys of my first computer, a Tandy Color Computer. Nostalgia is great and all, but I’m looking forward to some typing reports from the field. I still remember how my S key would get stuck under the template and have to be poked at until it returned. It doesn’t appear to be the best set up for touch typing, but who knows? I can’t imagine that Apple would have picked form over function (wink).

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3 Comments

  1. Greg Hao
    Posted 5/19/2006 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Been using the Macbook keyboard for about a fortnight and have found it to be quite nice. I transitioned from the original Titanium Powerbooks and found the Macbook keyboard to be vastly superior.

    Still not as nice as my Thinkpad keyboard but then, few things are.

    Incidentally, I touch type and have no problem with the Macbook keyboard.

  2. Posted 5/20/2006 at 12:49 am | Permalink

    This is the first reference to chicklets I’ve heard of, but it’s makes sense in a cute sorta way. I thought I was Mac crazy, but you should see the MacBook sale this week… it’s MAD! Almost everyone who has been waiting to switch to a Mac has gotten one, and at the Apple Store, they kept flying out the window. I guess in this case form defines function… the difference (or maybe nostalgia to some) is what sells it. :)

  3. Greg Hao
    Posted 5/22/2006 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    As I said above, I had the original powerbook and I was actually heavily considering switching back to a Thinkpad or Panasonic Toughbook, but the ability to dual boot into windows with bootcamp or use virtualization with parallels is what pushed me back.

    Now, I don’t know what percentage of the market people like me are, but I’ve got to think that there’re quite a few.

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