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Title: Apple MacBook Pro Space Bar Key - Most Problematic of All Time


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Apple MacBook Pro Space Bar Key Most Problematic
of All Time
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  • We have been in the laptop keyboard key
    replacement keys for over 10 years, and the space
    bar key from latest generation of Apple MacBook
    Pro keyboards is the most problematic key of all
    time.

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  • We have even seen failures straight out of a
    brand new box, no the key did not fall off, but
    when you press on the key you can just tell
    something was not right, when you deal with
    keyboard keys like we have each and every single
    day for the last ten years, you can just tell
    something was off, and it turned out a clip was
    broken on the space bar of a brand new MacBook
    Pro keyboard key.

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  • Apples decision to switch from the regular
    scissor clip to the butterfly style clip was met
    with lots of applause as it led to a much bigger
    key cap for easier typing, a thinner clip means
    the actual damsons of the keyboard was thinner,
    as the main goal for a complete design of the
    keyboard was to make a thinner laptop which they
    achieve.. at a cost.

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  • In general the keyboard functions and works
    fine, not my favorite keyboard and I have detail
    my personal displeasure about the keyboard keys
    in the blog lets talk about MacBook pro keyboard
    keys and piece of dust can ruin a keyboard.

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  • We have repaired and inspected several thousands
    of the butterfly clip style keyboards from fourth
    generation MacBook Pro straight from the factory,
    and can say the failure rate is higher than
    previous design keyboard, we inspect and test the
    keyboards in two categories, electrical and
    mechanical.

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  • Electrical meaning does the keyboard produce a
    key when you press on it, and mechanical meaning
    when you press on it does the key travel up and
    down, and if there are any damage to the
    keyboard, key cap and hinge clip, and the
    failures on butterfly generation keyboard tends
    to be more mechanical, and more likely than not
    its the space bar key.

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  • The previous generation MacBook Pro keyboard was
    perfect, the keyboard functioned great, the feel
    of the key, the travel of the hinge clip all
    perfect, you actually feel like you are typing,
    its what a keyboard is suppose to feel like and
    part of the reason why apple sold millions of
    them.

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Comparing second and third generation to the
fourth generation space bar keyboard key

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  • The above picture shows both generation of the
    keyboard with the key cap and hinge clip removed,
    and you can see the fourth generation went
    through a dramatic change with many changes from
    going with plastic secure clip versus metal
    clips, and a reversal of the plastic rubber
    silicone cup to the newer style metal mechanical
    button of sorts.

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  • The most obvious change was the hinge clip, the
    second and third generation every space bar key
    uses two smaller hinge clips one on the left and
    right side made of plastic, the fourth generation
    is one continuous plastic hinge clip with two
    metal enforcement bar top and bottom.

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  • The metal bars are there to give support but
    also give the clips from the back of the key cap
    something to grab on to, note when installing the
    key cap the side with the metal bars always face
    down so if you can see the full length of the two
    bars, you have it backwards.

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  • The Second and Third generation space bar key
    was made of translucent plastic with two rather
    heavy duty reinforcement bars at the top and
    bottom.

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  • The fourth generation version went with a
    complete metal key which should infect make the
    key stronger and more reliable, but in reality
    this is root of all complaints with MacBook Pro
    keyboard.
  • We found the plastic clips from the back of the
    key to be very fragile and tend to break off from
    moderate use, or from heavy pounding of the keys.

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  • We note earlier some keyboards were damaged
    straight from the factory, so make sure you
    inspect all legs and clips from the back of the
    space key cap, if any of them are damaged or
    broken off then its time for a replacement as you
    do not want to prolong the issue as it may also
    lead to hinge clip and damage to the entire
    keyboard.

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Closer Inspection of the Keyboard Key Cap and
Hinge Clip

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  • Make sure to inspect all points on the back of
    the keyboard key cap, to the untrained eye
    everything looks fine, but if the tabs are broken
    then it will make installation of the key
    impossible, save yourself the hassle and inspect
    before installation. In the example above the
    clips on the top left left and bottom left are
    both damaged.

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  • The one piece hinge clip on the space bar key
    should have sixteen points of contacts or hinge
    clip legs, in the picture above four are missing,
    so if anyone is missing or damaged then you would
    need to a new hinge clip before proceeding with
    the install.

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  • I hope you find this helpful and give you some
    perspective on the Apple MacBook Pro Space Bar,
    its design, flaws, and ultimate reason we think
    its the most problematic key of all time.

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  • If your space bar is damaged, you can purchase a
    brand new apple laptop key kit from the link
    below.
  • https//www.replacementlaptopkeys.com/apple-macbo
    ok-pro-keyboard-keys-replacement-w-touchbar-2nd-ge
    n/
  • If you need help with installation of the Apple
    MacBook Pro Space Bar Key click on the link
    below.
  • https//www.replacementlaptopkeys.com/laptop-key-
    installation-guide/
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