Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Another piece of Apple design that drives me nuts

The Apple wireless keyboard and its side loading battery slot. Here's mine. The batteries needed replacing.

To get at the batteries you open a little circular cover on the right hand side and slide the batteries out. Or not. If one of the batteries has split open (even a small amount) it becomes jammed inside the slot and there's so little room that it's very hard to get it out.

There's a battery in there. Poking something into the hole doesn't help because you end up jamming the battery in further. The only viable option is to hit the keyboard on a hard object (e.g. the table) repeatedly and violently until the battery comes out.

It was a painful experience taking a piece of Apple hardware and whacking it on the table.

3 comments:

James said...

The thing I don't like about that keyboard is the insanely sharp edges to the screwdriver slot for the battery. You only stick your thumb-nail in there once!

And that it takes 3 batteries, making it quite hard to put rechargeables in and charge them in pairs afterwards.

Then there's the Apple Magic Mouse and its dislike of rechargeable batteries - some of them have slightly taller bodies and slightly shorter nubs on the +VE end and don't quite make contact inside.

Unknown said...

the keyboards are OK as long as all the keys work (first one I got, the "K" key didn't work)...

I can't say I've ever had a battery split whilst inside the unit though. Change to energizer brand (They've never split on me yet).

That stupid slot you need to open to put the batteries in could be easier, but it is intended for a penny or some other coin. It's actually not That bad of an idea.

However, it sucks that it doesn't use an even number of batteries to operate. It'd almost be better if it took 4, and lasted a little longer, then at least we'd be cycling the batteries evenly in pairs.

Unknown said...

the keyboards are OK as long as all the keys work (first one I got, the "K" key didn't work)...

I can't say I've ever had a battery split whilst inside the unit though. Change to energizer brand (They've never split on me yet).

That stupid slot you need to open to put the batteries in could be easier, but it is intended for a penny or some other coin. It's actually not That bad of an idea.

However, it sucks that it doesn't use an even number of batteries to operate. It'd almost be better if it took 4, and lasted a little longer, then at least we'd be cycling the batteries evenly in pairs.