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Why the new thin MacBook Pro keyboard probably isn't that bad

It's shallow, but quick and accurate, thanks to Apple's special keyboard switches.

Sean Hollister Senior Editor / Reviews
When his parents denied him a Super NES, he got mad. When they traded a prize Sega Genesis for a 2400 baud modem, he got even. Years of Internet shareware, eBay'd possessions and video game testing jobs after that, he joined Engadget. He helped found The Verge, and later served as Gizmodo's reviews editor. When he's not madly testing laptops, apps, virtual reality experiences, and whatever new gadget will supposedly change the world, he likes to kick back with some games, a good Nerf blaster, and a bottle of Tejava.
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They came for the optical drive. They came for the headphone jack. And now, Apple is changing the keyboard on the MacBook Pro, too. Those deep, comfy Chiclet-like keys are being replaced by a thin, shallow keyboard, one that probably feels nothing like before.

But before you write off the new 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pro, you might want to give it a go -- because Apple created a new type of keyboard switch for these MacBooks that makes them surprisingly accurate, quick and easy to press down.

Watch this: New MacBook features a 'full-size keyboard'

The "butterfly" switches, first introduced on Apple's 12-inch MacBook in 2015, definitely take a bit of getting used to, and personally I still don't care for the feel. But my colleague Dan Ackerman, who heads up computer coverage for CNET, says the 12-inch MacBook is his favorite laptop yet.

(Here's what he thinks of the new MacBook Pro.)

Besides, you might remember a time when keyboard keys were even thicker than on yesterday's MacBook Pro and MacBook Air. People railed against the new keys then, too!

Now, we're used to 'em. Mostly.

Check out all of today's Apple news here.