My former (now wife's) MacBook (late-2008 aluminium) and my current late-2011 MacBook Pro both have seriously worn out keyboards. The W, E, R, T, A, S, D, C, I, O, N, M and left Command keys are just transparent plastic circles with black borders
Anyone want to recommend a source for replacement keys? Maybe something not so plain as the original black ones? I rarely do video editing, so a Final Cut keyset, while colourful, is not going to be particularly useful to me.
They have sets for multiple languages, desktops and MacBook Pro models... though I'd be wary of using these for fear of them damaging the screen on the laptop. Plus, you lose the backlight effect on the keys.
Here's a source for original key replacements, but - man - $4.95/key? Maybe I should just find a trashed MBP on eBay... I have about 15 keys that should be replaced... $75 at that shop....
NFtoBC - good link, thanks. The ProTouch Visual Assist ($24.95) looks like a good bet. Some of the products on that page and at the other link are for transparent covers, which won't help me since the letters have worn off of my keys already. A skin that provides the characters is probably the cheapest way to go. My only concern is from having purchased a keyboard protection skin some years ago - a silicone overlay - that I found rather uncomfortable on which to type. But - $25 isn't a lot to risk to see if it will do the job.
pm-r - sadly, still stuck in Mexico, and not much of a parts playground here. It would be a bit of an excess to have to purchase an entire laptop - even one with, say, a shattered screen - just to harvest the keys... but that may also be the easiest route.
I really like the laser-cut wood keys I posted above, but it's a shame they're peel-and-stick. they'd be great as actual key replacements, but the reason they haven't gone that route is probably because they'd be too fragile for sustained use...
FWIW I too wear the keys out on my 15" MBP. Since I trade every second year, it is only an issue for about six months during that time. Why Apple cannot make keys that stand up to a lot of use is beyond me. My daughter gave me one of those silicone skins for Christmas and that lasted about two weeks. I just could not type with the darn thing in place. Have you thought about getting an Apple bluetooth keyboard and touchpad and setting them in front of the keyboard? That would work for now and into the future. Not an ideal solution, but perhaps an alternative?