Moshi ClearGuard MB for MacBook Pro [Review]

Choosing the best keyboard cover for your MacBook Pro, Macbook Air is a no sweat. Here, I’m making my full review and first impressions about the Moshi ClearGuard MB keyboard cover protector, the best keyboard cover for MacBook Pro (aluminum unibody models only) and Macbook Air laptops.

When purchasing any equipment or gadget, it’s only natural when we strive to preserve it in a brand-new state for as much as possible. Same is true when I first bought my new MacBook Pro 13” (mid 2012 model) later last month. I’m quite aware that the MacBook’s keyboard design is very prone to be inserted with dust underneath; therefore, among the first few accessories (aside from the Speck hard shell case) I chose to purchase is the super thin Moshi ClearGuard MB (US Layout) keyboard cover for PHP 1,390 pesos.

The Moshi ClearGuard MB

The Moshi ClearGuard MB for Macbook

The Moshi ClearGuard MB for Macbook

Basic Specs:
· Size: 11.1” x 4.5” (28.1 x 11.4cm)
· Fits: Macbook Pro 17”, Macbook Pro 15”, Macbook Pro 15” with Retina Display, MacBook Prod 13”, MacBook Pro 13” with Retina Display, MacBook Air 13”, MacBook 13” (2009 version)

Design

The Moshi ClearGuard is the perfect keyboard cover by far for the MacBook. It is designed with a very precise molding that perfectly fits with the MacBook keyboard. Cuts along the edges are also very good and does not exceed the laptop’s keyboard linings. You can definitely see a significant difference in quality when you happen to switch from a previous competing silicone keyboard protector in the market.

Moreover, the Moshi ClearGuard is made from a highly durable, non-toxic engineering-grade thermoplastic urethane. Unlike other silicone keyboard protector counterparts (which is thicker, feels slightly sticky, and attracts a lot of dusts), this product is ultra-thin measuring only 0.1mm (that’s one-fifth the thickness of other silicone covers) making it seem like as thin as a feather and visually unobtrusive. It’s does not have that sticky feeling like the silicone ones, thanks to the urethane material that’s also less attractive to dusts. I really like its ultra-thinness because it feels almost invisible in the hands and non-disturbing when typing on it. Despite its thinness, it’s still very capable of protecting the keyboard from dusts and liquid spills. Luminance of the keyboard backlight in also not affected with the cover on.

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Actual Moshi ClearGuard on my MacBook Pro

Some first time users of the Moshi ClearGuard keyboard protector are concerned regarding the possible heat trap going on the internal hardware of the machine when the ClearGuard is put on. However, based on my experience, I didn’t notice any significant temperature increase in my MacBook; well, except when I’m charging the device, which is normal. I do notice though a small alteration in sound quality (given that portions of the sound comes under the keyboard) but it’s tolerable.

Typing Experience

moshi clearguard mb macbookTyping with the Moshi ClearGuard on is great. It does not have that sticky feeling you get from a silicone product. In addition, you get almost the same typing sensitivity as compared to a barely naked keyboard, though it might take quite some time to get used with the cover on. Keyboard labels are still very visible thanks to its high transparent film.

One minor flaw I’ve observed though with this product is that when you press on the side of the key near the edge (especially corners) the sheet will slightly lift up – letting some dust to enter. This can be an issue for some but still forgivable considering the thinness of the material.

Maintenance

moshi clearguard mb oil stain

Oil stains in the Moshi ClearGuard keyboard protector

Over extended usage, the Moshi ClearGuard can start to get a bit cloudy or frosty (just like other products) due to oils stains accumulating within the surface. Due to its clear finish, scuffs and fingerprints can be easily noticed. I’ve observed this too on my cover but this is not to worry about since ClearGuard is completely washable and reusable as stated in the packaging. There are a few guidelines though when cleaning the product. Follow the cleaning instructions below for optimal results.

1. Apply some mild detergent (like dish washing detergent) on a damp cloth.
2. Gently scrub ClearGuard back and forth with the cloth.
3. Rinse ClearGuard thoroughly with water.
4. Place ClearGuard on tissue paper and air-dry naturally.

It’s also important to take note not to use excessive force during the cleaning process as it may induce wrinkles/creases to the product. Also, do not use pure soap to clean ClearGuard as to not degrade the texture of the product.

Conclusion

Given the positive experience I had so far with it, I have to say that the Moshi ClearGuard keyboard protector is the best and a must have MacBook accessory.

The Pros:
– Highly transparent, Ultra-thin, Perfect fit and design, Washable & resusable

The Cons:
– Cover lifts when pressing near-edged keys, Can be obtrusive at first, Can be cloudy / frosty when not maintained

You can buy it in any PowerMac Center stores for PHP 1,390.00 pesos. You can also buy it online at Amazon Store for $24.95 only. You can visit the Moshi Store for more details.



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4 Responses to Moshi ClearGuard MB for MacBook Pro [Review]

  1. James August 1, 2013 at 5:35 PM #

    i also have that in may mac book, and in addition to protect my laptop is i bought a thule laptop bag to protect my laptop from everyday use and travel

    • Jeffrey Diana August 1, 2013 at 6:39 PM #

      Thanks for the feedback! I like it too. In fact, I still have it on my Macbook Pro for 8 months now and so far it’s still good as new.

  2. jen October 16, 2013 at 9:53 AM #

    Does it leave a mark on your screen when you close your laptop? Thanks.

    • Jeffrey Diana October 16, 2013 at 10:03 AM #

      I have this on my Macbook Pro for almost a year now but it doesn’t leave any marks on my screen because of its thinness. ;)

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