My Black MacBook does have a tendency to show fingerprints and smudges. While the outside is something I wipe down constantly, the palm rest and trackpad are areas I’d like to try and keep as smudge free as possible…but that seems impossible at times. Enter Moshi and it’s product, the PalmGuard.
The PalmGuard is a “wear resistant semi-rigid thin film” that you overlay on the palm rests of your MacBook, white or Black, and MacBook Pro.
There are three pieces to the PalmGuard product. There is the palm rest, which is a thin colored (black, white, silver) film, much like a very thin piece of textured leather. It is not clear. It is adhesive backed and is advertised to “leave no residue when removed”. I applied the palm rest piece to my Black MacBook and I think it blends in rather nicely. I tried peeling it up from one corner, and indeed; there was no residue underneath it on the palm rest itself. Since it is semi textured it resists fingerprints and smudges, unlike the MB itself. The second piece is a piece of the same stuff cut to fit your trackpad button. I might add here that each piece is cut with high precision, so they fit perfectly. Peel off the back and stickit on the trackpad button.
The final piece is a clear sheet that goes over your trackpad. At first, I thought, this is going to make the trackpad mushy and less responsive, and at first I thought maybe it had taken a little off, but in fact, I don’t think it made any difference at all, or maybe I got used to the change quickly. Of course, results may vary by user. I must say that I was happy to have “something” on the trackpad, since it seems to get the most dirt and smudges on it.
The packages comes with a straight edge “ruler” type tool to help you smooth down the films, but I really didn’t need it.
The instructions come as “pictures” on the back of the package and are easy to understand. The only gripe I have is that the illustrations have you install the palm rest first, but that makes it difficult to install the trackpad film since it sits below the palm rest. If I was doing this all over again, I would install the trackpad film first, then the others. I also turned my MB on its side to see if the film keeps the MB from closing properly. I don’t think it made any difference, but if it does obstruct the closing at all, it would be minimal.
I think this film would help quite a bit on the white MBs that might have the discoloration problem, but I think all MB and MBP owners, who are as nutty as I am about keeping their computers clean, would welcome this product.
Comes in three flavors: White MacBook, Black MacBook and Silver MacBook Pro.