Dust may not be the real issue behind butterfly keyboards failing

by Volker Weber

Today we will be tearing down a MacBook Pro keyboard to try and see if we can rule out dust as a possible cause. Settle down, because this will be a bit of a long post. Hopefully you'll at least learn something from this.

Disclaimer: This post is not meant to answer why keyboards fail. That is beyond me and I can only offer theories. My goal is only to disprove the idea that dust causes no-input and multi-input style failures.

This is a very long post. Spoiler: If you type a lot on your butterfly keyboard, it is very likely to fail eventually. And that explains why so many writers have issues. They just use it more than the average person.

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Comments

It's odd to live in a world where Lenovo, Microsoft, and HP build the best and most interesting laptops.

Richard Albury, 2019-05-03

The main thing I get from the article is that the problems are more related to heat/cold cycles and being used than dust related.

That said, I do not envy the designer who has to create a thin and reliable keyboard for millions of users in all the varying climates.

Lars Berntrop-Bos, 2019-05-06

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