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Review: iSkin ProTouch XT

by on July 20, 2004

Sometimes Eric needs to take a little break from writing this site or step aside so someone more qualified can chime in. In this case, Eric’s brother Paul offers a review of a protector for his eMac keyboard.

The iSkin ProTouch XT is a molded, silicone cover for the Apple Keyboard and the Apple Wireless Keyboard. The main purpose of this is to protect the keyboard from hair, crumbs, spills, dust, and dirt. The ProTouch XT is available in two different colors: Arctic (white) and Sonic (blue). More colors are expected in the near-future.

Feel and Use

The iSkin ProTouch XT fits quite well over the Apple Keyboard. Compared to the original ProTouch (when used with the Pro Keyboard), the ProTouch XT has a tighter fit (on the current keyboards). Characters and other markings on the keys are still visible. The cover has a nice grippy, textured surface, providing the user with a feeling of comfort while typing. In addition, keystrokes are much quieter.

iSkin ProTouch XT Keyboard Protector


Although the silicone material attracts lint and dust, the ProTouch XT can be cleaned easily. Cleaning is easy – it is as simple as removing it from the keyboard, washing it in a mild solution of dishwashing liquid and warm water, and air drying it. It stays in place by being molded to each key – no adhesives are used.

Obviously, this keyboard protector will not work with the Pro Keyboards, as the function key layout is different. Owners of these should look at the original ProTouch.

Our only gripe is that when the keys on the bottom row (control, option, command, space, arrow keys, etc) are pressed hard (during gaming or the like), the ProTouch XT has a nasty habit of wedging between the key and the edge of the keyboard. In casual use and typing this should not be a problem, but it is worth noting.

Although it may seem pricey at around $30, it is a lot less than a new keyboard, and in the ease of cleaning your keyboard makes it worth the price. Think of it as insurance for your keyboard.

The One-Sentence Verdict™

The iSkin ProTouch XT is an excellent keyboard cover with very few drawbacks.

Pros: Protects keyboard effectively and efficiently, fits tightly, easy to clean, translucent.
Cons: If typing hard, ProTouch XT can be jammed between bottom row keys and edge of keyboard.
Rating: 8/10

The Facts

Product: ProTouch XT
Company: iSkin
Platform: Mac (Apple Keyboard & Apple Wireless Keyboard Only)
Price: $29.99

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