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Who would buy a Touch Bar Keyboard?
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Feb 23, 2017, 01:01 PM
 
I use desktop Macs often (like my 5K 4GHz iMac), and I even put my MBP on a pedestal at work beside my monitors many times. Assuming a price premium to the existing keyboard, who else would buy one?
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Feb 23, 2017, 03:02 PM
 
If it had a full-sized keypad, non-tiny arrow keys, and the pgup/pgdn/home/end keys? In a minute.

Otherwise? Eh, it might be useful for software development, maybe.

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Feb 23, 2017, 03:10 PM
 
Good point on the keypad. I bought a NewerTech full keypad that works great, but I do sometimes set it aside. Page up and down would be in the Touch Bar. I agree on the arrow keys, but I've gotten used to them.
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Feb 23, 2017, 03:16 PM
 
I use a Tactile Pro with a full key set, and full key travel. The only way I'd consider a TB is if it were in addition to all the regular keys. Paying to take away existing keys doesn't make sense. Especially when I paid extra to get the existing keys.
     
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Feb 23, 2017, 05:04 PM
 
I suppose we're in a special group on this forum. I had a Tactile Pro v1 and v2 before moving to Das Keyboards. I use an Apple Magic Keyboard in the office now because my office doesn't have a ceiling (and tactile keys are loud). I enjoy being able to sit at my small conference table and use the keyboard to.

They won't do it, but if Apple could offer a self-standing Touch Bar, that would be awesome. It just seems like an oversight that if you have a Mac Pro, a loaded iMac or a loaded Mac mini, you can't use this special feature that would be relevant. They haven't killed the function key, as Phil said they did, while only portables get the treatment.

I use a couple of PowerMates and I used to use the Logitech NuLOOQ to get some of these kinds of functionality.
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Feb 23, 2017, 05:29 PM
 
I used the TP v1 until it wore out (and broke a foot), followed by the Quiet Pro today. It still makes key noise, but noticeably less.

note: I kept the one intact TPv1 foot, if someone needs to repair a beloved keyboard.
     
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Feb 24, 2017, 04:29 AM
 
I would probably buy it if it was a full-size, preferably wired, but I do like backlights even on desktop keyboards, so I do want that too.
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Feb 25, 2017, 11:14 PM
 
If the key mechanism combined the clicky-ness of the new laptop keyboard and a little more key travel, I'd buy one in a heart beat. Currently I have a Matias Quiet Pro (because I share my office), and while it is good, it is nowhere nearly as satisfying to use as the Tactile Pro (v1) that I had a few years ago. But the latter was so loud I got into trouble with colleagues
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Feb 26, 2017, 02:07 AM
 
Agreed that the tactile are better. I think the problem with my question is we're too advanced as an average user set. Does anyone heee have a Touch Bar MBP?
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Feb 26, 2017, 10:30 AM
 
Originally Posted by schalliol View Post
Agreed that the tactile are better. I think the problem with my question is we're too advanced as an average user set. Does anyone heee have a Touch Bar MBP?
Yes, why?
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Feb 26, 2017, 10:34 AM
 
Just wondering if you're finding it useful. I know it's early days, so most probably don't support it. I figured if useful people would want it on the desktop too (and in my case an elevated MBP with two 24s).
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Feb 26, 2017, 08:24 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
I used the TP v1 until it wore out (and broke a foot), followed by the Quiet Pro today. It still makes key noise, but noticeably less.
I wore out the E key on mine
Do you find the Quiet Pro as pleasant to use as the Tactile Pro?
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Feb 26, 2017, 09:11 PM
 
I had multiple keys sticking, and tons of dust inside. It would have required a full strip down to make it nice again.

The QP seems about the same today. Not quite as strong a feedback, but I barely noticed the difference. I'm happy with it. I do miss the power key sometimes.
     
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Feb 27, 2017, 05:08 AM
 
Originally Posted by schalliol View Post
Just wondering if you're finding it useful. I know it's early days, so most probably don't support it. I figured if useful people would want it on the desktop too (and in my case an elevated MBP with two 24s).
I use it when I'm using the laptop away from my desk, but mostly I've been fiddling with making the setup work there. It's fine for what it is, and I like that you can push the dialog box buttons directly there, but it isn't a killer feature right now.
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Feb 27, 2017, 06:23 PM
 
Originally Posted by reader50 View Post
I had multiple keys sticking, and tons of dust inside. It would have required a full strip down to make it nice again.

The QP seems about the same today. Not quite as strong a feedback, but I barely noticed the difference. I'm happy with it. I do miss the power key sometimes.
I'm asking because it turns out I really seem to miss the sensation of overcoming the force barrier, and my QP has a much more linear action than my Tactile Pro or my Model M (that I had for two years in Canada, because I shared an office with a ghost). For that reason, I strangely and unexpectedly like the keyboard covers for the iPad Pros.
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