9 Reasons to Get Keyboard Stickers Instead of Silicone Cover

Keyboard stickers or silicone covers? That is the question! No matter if you just got your brand new 2018 MacBook Pro or want to upgrade the unbreakable Lenovo Think Pad, we’ve been there. Want more legible letters? Or better protection against liquids and simple scratches? Or maybe you just got a new laptop with a totally different language layout than you're used to? Be my guest and let me show you all pros and cons of having keyboard stickers and silicone covers.

1. Typing is waaay better with keyboard stickers

This is crucial for writers and anyone heavily relying on a typing speed and accuracy. Keyboard stickers just stick to the key without changing its shape, hardness or range of movement. Typing will be still an easy job for your fingers, as you won't have to change pressure on the keys.

Silicone cover makes an unnatural layer that changes the feel of typing (you feel a soft gel surface instead of hard key), and decreases typing speed and tactile feedback. Many people report they have to use much more force to type with silicone cover on. Many dumps covers because of that.

Sometimes silicone covers change how the keys are shaped and placed. It happens because manufacturers of these covers made the production cost more economical and put more than one keyboard layout into one product. Your enter key can suddenly change the shape from rectangular or 7-shaped to almost-triangular without a legitimate reason. It may be super rough change if you're used to your keyboard shape.

2. Keyboard stickers can be personalized to the extreme

Turquoise metallic mandala MacBook keyboard stickers

You can get them with colorful artwork, custom fonts, and colors, bilingual, with keyboard shortcuts. What's more, you'll get them made exactly for your keyboard shape.

In comparison, silicone covers tend to have simple artworks, washed out colors, with one default letters color and font, without any customization.

Try to tell silicone cover seller that you'll like to change letters color and have it with a black stroke, with Great Wave of Kanagawa artwork, for a Dell XPS 13 9560 from 2017, with an Icelandic keyboard layout that has to match US English keyboard shape. We have such customers, silicone cover sellers can't even make such a product.

3. Keyboard stickers can be matched with laptop skins

Great wave of Kanagawa MacBook skin and matching keyboard stickers

They can be matched with desired trackpad sticker or full skin coverage and it will always look good. Silicone covers are totally lonely in that matter, plus they just look like rubber. Try matching them with... what? There's nothing that will look seamless with silicone covers.

4. Once you change your laptop, you don't stay with a bunch of accessories when using keyboard stickers

Keyboard stickers can be simply taken off, squeezed and deposited in any recycle bin (plastic section). Let's face it - we all know that feeling when you change your phone but still have old chargers in a drawer. Keyboard stickers are - in this sense - more minimalistic and environmentally friendly. Silicone covers take much more room when thrown to garbage.

5. You get what's best from your MacBook or other laptop design

Metallic orchid grey MacBook keyboard stickers

The sleek design and elegant lines - this is what you paid for while deciding to go with a particular laptop. And who would like to ruin that? With keyboard stickers, you only highlight the designer look, not hide it under a thick silicone layer.

6. In our opinion, silicone covers can leave marks or crack your screen

There have been multiple opinions on the internet about silicone covers leaving greasy marks on the screen, or that silicone covers allegedly crack the screen. This can be true or not, but why take the risk?

7. In our opinion, silicone covers increase your laptop's temperature and can lead to overheating in conducive environment

We had silicone covers years ago on a MacBook, and it keeps getting hot all the time. We dumped it on day two. I really don't like to type on a hot keyboard and hear fans screaming for more air.

8. Keyboard stickers can have metallic finish

Metallic rose gold ombre MacBook keyboard stickers

We've made metallic keyboard stickers for years, but you can't find any such silicone covers. Metallic finish is very elegant and can make stickers virtually disappear or blend in to the metal case of laptop. Silicone covers will always look like rubber. 

9. When you can't find silicone cover for your laptop model, custom keyboard stickers can be made for you

Silicone covers can't be made to order and on a per piece basis. You have to make a mold - which costs a lot - that's why you need to produce dozens of covers to make a profit. Keyboard stickers from Keyshorts can be designed and produced to order, exactly for your needs. 

To sum up, a handy table for you with pros and cons of keyboard stickers and silicone covers:

Keyboard stickers Silicone covers
Color and artwork quality
Influence on laptop cooling none
Influence on laptop screen none depends on brand
Protection against dust
Protection against scratches
Protection against liquids none
Compatibility with other products
Installation about 15 minutes few seconds
Removal about 5 minutes a second

Overall, keyboard stickers are more versatile, more minimalistic, more customizable, safer and environmentally friendlier than silicone covers.

Yes, silicone covers offer more protection against dust and spills, but did you hear about medieval knights? They had protective armors so thick and heavy, they could barely move and fight. Same story with silicone covers - you get the protection, but the cost is you can't use your keyboard effectively.

I hope this article was informative and helped you with your decision. If so, or if you have other question/opinion, please leave a comment below :)

If you decide to purchase keyboard stickers, we offer a variety of high-quality keyboard stickers, ranging from keyboard decals for MacBooks and other laptops, to bilinguals and stickers with keyboard shortcuts to work faster in a software.

Sebastian Kończak
Sebastian Konczak

Multi-discipline man and co-founder at Keyshorts and order management software Ordee. I write about working from home, productivity hacks, e-commerce, keyboards, and Adobe tutorials.

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