I love the keyboard on my 13″ MacBook Pro, but one of the things I hate is the buildup of dirt and grime between the keys. I tried a couple of keyboard protectors from iSkin a few years ago, but I found them a little too thick, as they ended up leaving lines of dirt on my screen after a few weeks of use. It really wasn’t until moshi sent me a ClearGuard MB unit to review that I found something that I was willing to keep on my keyboard.
The ClearGuard sits beautifully on top of the keyboard and doesn’t tend to move very much, so it feels very much like a naked MacBook keyboard. There are a few fringe cases where the protector can bunch up a little around the keys, but for the most part, I see this as a very small compromise for the protection. The only change in feel is really the texture (which is slightly rough compared to the smooth plastic keys) and the ever-so-slight difference in pressure when pressing down on a key.
I love having this accessory on my keyboard primarily because it serves as a barrier between the oil on my fingers and my keyboard. Dirt and grime can usually be cleaned with a microfiber cloth, but oils stains on your spacebar from Finger Lickin’ Good KFC are forever.
I also really like the frosted look that the ClearGuard MB lends my MacBook Pro keyboard. The plastic isn’t perfectly clear and I think that’s great, since it helps to obscure some of the dirt that may be on top of, or under the protector. The ClearGuard is also very easy to install and remove: all you need to do to complete a quick clean-up is take it off, run it under the sink with some optional detergent, dry it off, and then put it back on. I’ve read varying reports about how the ClearGuard looks after a couple of cleanings, but I can attest to having worked in a store where the ClearGuard was being demoed, and the months-old unit still looked great to me.
moshi advertises the ClearGuard MB as an accessory to ward off spills and dirt, and while I wouldn’t really trust it to stop the contents of my coffee cup from seeping into my MacBook, I heartily recommend picking one up for a cleaner everyday typing experience. The slightly frosted protector looks awesome on the MacBook’s black keys, and it has made cleaning the dirt off of my keyboard a thousand times easier. At $25, I think the ClearGuard MB is a pretty sweet deal.
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