The new 2021 MacBook Pros with M1 Pro / M1 Max chips are leaving generally very good reviews from users. Not in vain have they been a real revolution to a chip like the M1 that was already leaving extraordinary sensations. Now, in recent weeks a small controversy has also been unleashed at the cost of its keyboard and more specifically to the light sources that it emits. Our question is, is it really a major problem? We analyze it.
Cause and origin of the controversy
In some forums specialized in Apple products, as well as analyst blogs, it has been commented that the backlit keyboard of the new MacBook Pro is defective or with a rather annoying functionality for which it emits too much light. Apple adds backlighting under the keyboards thus allowing a better view of it in low light conditions and although until now it had not been the subject of criticism, in these new models there are already complaints about it.
This is the case of an Asian blogger who calls himself Guanjun on social networks, who has even dedicated an article to this problem. As explained by this, like others in the aforementioned forums, the space bar is made up of eight points of light that seem to be very annoying to look at. A complaint to which the aforementioned analyst has added design aspects such as the notch, something that in any case takes its own controversy aside.
In the attached photograph of the keyboard, it can be seen that there is indeed an alteration of this key, which looks excessively high compared to the rest. We cannot attest if the leakage of light that escapes is really as annoying as this user seems to make us see, but in any case it seems more typical of isolated events .
Possible solution to the problem
Guanjun shows, in addition to the keyboard, other images that show poor finishes on the chassis of the device, so that it can be intuited that it is a failure in the quality control of the factory. Taking this into account and that it is not a very widespread problem, but seems to respond more to a specific series, everything indicates that it could be solved with a replacement of the defective unit .
This type of damage is contemplated in the MacBook warranty, which, far from being the most common, does occur on some occasions. Therefore, this user and all those who have similar problems can make an appointment with technical support to verify this and correct the problem.
We insist on emphasizing that, at least for the moment, they seem to be isolated cases. In any case, if more units with similar problems were detected, it is possible that the company publicly opened a free replacement program. It would also not be the first time, since the previous keyboards called “butterfly” were for years in the eye of the hurricane due to the numerous problems they brought, to the point that their replacement program is still maintained today.