All you really need to do is feel the key travel. If it's the same as your 2014 MacBook Pro, it's not a "butterfly" mechanism. There may be some outliers (maybe some of the ultralights from HP and others) that use some sort of numb "stage-prop" type of keyboard but it's pretty obvious. If it feels like a 2015 (or newer) 12" MacBook or a 2016 or later MacBook Pro (ie, almost no travel, horrible touch-typing), then regardless of whether it's a "butterfly" mechanism or not, run away.Johnston states that Windows laptops are now starting to emerge with the same type of keyboard as on the MacBook Pros. I'm planning to purchase a Windows laptop in the near future... as an Apple user since 1986. My 2014 MacBook Pro is still going strong, but I need to update. Does anyone know what to look for in Windows laptop specs that will tell me that this same type of keyboard is used? (I'm assuming 'butterfly' is Apple's name for it and may not be what another manufacturer would name it.)
I have a nice 15.6" Dell with a Core i5 and excellent keyboard. I swapped in a 2.5" SSD, and it runs great. It uses Intel motherboard video, so I don't have to worry about some proprietary video card not working properly because Dell didn't properly test it (as Apple is wont to do). Lots of nice ports including USB 3, USB-C and SD card slot. Weighs a bit more than the MacBook Pro, but, for under $500 new, can I complain?