Review: KB Keyboard Covers for Apple Computers

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Going KB for your DAW’s keyboard and/or keyboard cover provides superior protection as well as operational information, all at your fingertips. 

KB Covers provides high quality keyboard covers for Mac desktop and laptop computers and they also make custom Mac keyboards both product lines including shortcuts printed on the keys. These products can be exceptional tools to anyone in the process of learning a new piece of complex software or someone simply in need of having their memory refreshed on a regular basis.

Features

KB Covers manufactures their keyboard covers with ultra-thin, high quality silicone that feels natural to the touch. Since each one is designed to fit a specific keyboard, they literally fit like a glove. Once you get accustomed to using one, you won’t even know it is there. The covers are designed to fit all international Apple/Mac keyboard configurations including US keyboard, European ISO keyboard, and Japanese JIS keyboard layouts and in most instances they are manufactured for ultra-thin wireless, ultra-thin wired, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro keyboards. Options include Pro Tools, Logic Pro/Express, Ableton Live, Sibelius, and Serato Scratch LIVE. Other options include After Effects, Aperture, Avid Media Composer, Avid Xpress, Final Cut Pro, and Final Cut Pro X. 

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While the options for the KB Keyboards are somewhat limited compared to the Covers, they do make multiple Pro Tools and Logic Pro variations as well as Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Pro X, Aperture, Avid Media Composer, and PhotoShop. These keyboards aren’t compromised, low-quality keyboards; rather they are legit Apple keyboards that have had the keys screened with the key commands and shortcuts. If you are already familiar with your Mac keyboard, you will immediately be comfortable with the KB Covers keyboard since it is physically the exact same device. 

In Use

I’ve been using my keyboard cover (made for Apple Logic Pro) for six months now and I’ve abused it as much as possible. I wanted to see if the ink would ever lose its stunningly brilliant look or if the cover would ever stretch, crack or tear. I’ve left it in the sun, I’ve carried it in my pocket and I even washed it with a load of laundry and it still looks brand new. I’m happy to report that not only does it provide immediate access to an encyclopedia of Logic commands, it effectively protects the computer’s keyboard from accidents and spills. I’ve grown accustomed to keeping it on my computer the majority of the time for this reason. When I fly, I’m always sitting on the aisle seat and I’m always on my computer so it’s traditionally been a bit nerve-racking when the flight attendants are passing a drink over my computer to someone in a middle or window seat. Having my keyboard cover intact makes this process much less stressful. Where I was originally interested in the cover as a way to reference Logic Pro commands, I utilize it as much now as a means of protecting my MacBook Pro from moisture and dust. 

I was in need of a new keyboard at my studio and I was intrigued by the Pro Tools variation of the custom keyboard as I occasionally have clients working in my room that aren’t Pro Tools die-hards and having a quick point of reference can be helpful. After using it daily for the last several months I’ve grown to love always having the reference at my fingertips. 

Both the keyboard covers and the custom keyboards include the small bumps on the ‘F’ and ‘J’ keys so you don’t have to look at the keyboard to confirm that your fingers are in the correct position. I don’t look at my fingers when I type and I’ve ran into a couple of custom keyboards by other manufacturers that don’t have the bumps and I’ve found them impossible to use at my normal work pace. 

Summary

The KB Covers keyboard covers and keyboards provide easy reference to a long list of popular programs improving workflow and greatly simplifying the process of learning a new piece of software.

Prices: $29.95-39.95, $119.95 (covers and keyboards, respectively)

Contact: KB Covers | kbcovers.com