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New Macbook/Macbook Pro unibody aluminum edges too sharp

64611 Views 185 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2013 1:43 PM by kathi wren RSS
  • paulo78 Calculating status...
    thanks for the link - I've just tried to explain pressure to the man
    MackBook Pro 15"
  • mryeeguy Calculating status...
    One sheet of 500-grit sandpaper: $1.60 at the local hardware store.
    A couple minutes of gentle sanding on front edge.

    Boom.

    No more sharp front edge and no more uncomfortable wrist pressure. The edge is still squared off, can barely tell it's been sanded unless you look hard. But it's now just a "soft" square corner instead of a hard/sharp one.
    macbook pro 15" unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Congratulations — you've just put your warranty in jeopardy and removed the anticorrosive anodized coating from the part of your computer that's most likely to be attacked by the chemistry of your skin.
    15" MBP unibody 2.4GHz/4G/250G; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; PTProG3 500MHz/768M/160G, Mac OS X (10.5.7), film and flatbed scanners, projector, graphics tablet, laser and photo printers
  • mryeeguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 21, 2009 1:00 PM (in response to eww)
    thanks! doesn't it feel good to be bad?
    macbook pro 15" unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    If it feels good right now, that's certainly what matters. Hey, there's no tomorrow...is there?
    15" MBP unibody 2.4GHz/4G/250G; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; PTProG3 500MHz/768M/160G, Mac OS X (10.5.7), film and flatbed scanners, projector, graphics tablet, laser and photo printers
  • mryeeguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 23, 2009 8:38 AM (in response to eww)
    when it comes to computers, that's certainly the case... tomorrow, we'll be on to the latest and greatest macbooks anyway!
    macbook pro 15" unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • mryeeguy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Top-front edge after sanding for a few minutes with 500 grit paper. Smooth and nicely rounded now.
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2584/3749730890_fc272c0aba.jpg?v=0

    The body still looks square, can only really tell that it's been sanded if you inspect closely.
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2553/3749730962_26fb5aed4c.jpg?v=0
    macbook pro 15" unibody, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • needsomeihelp Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
    Can I use a dremel tool instead of the sandpaper?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • pbandmacs Calculating status...
    nice surgery! infinitely better option than my silly bandages. warranty violation or no, it sure seems like the perfect solution to me, and my hands. Thanks!
    MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Elizabeth Neupert Calculating status...
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    Jul 31, 2009 2:38 PM (in response to eww)
    The sharp edge is driving me mad. I completely agree with the remark that 'telling someone they should have looked at it before buying' is ridiculous. Unless you spend more than a few hours on this computer, you'd have no idea. Apple should take responsibility, and help resolve the problem for each individual dissatisfied with their new MacBook Pro. I'm in the midst of trying to resolve this issue now. What is even more infuriating is the Apple Store employees - every single one I've talked to, claim they've never heard of this being an issue. Yiks - are they for real?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • lyon09 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I personally don't know what everyone is talking about. I really don't find the edges to be sharp in anyway, and discomfort isn't really an issue for me. I think others already mentioned that proper ergonomics can fix this situation. The only place that I can feel that would possible hurt is just below my hand, but there is no point where that part of my hand touches the edge of the laptop. Maybe I'm just lucky?
    Macbook Pro 13'', Mac OS X (10.5.7), iPod Touch 2nd gen
  • Mary Sharon Cohen Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    This problem has been discussed in various forums for almost three years.

    Having just gotten a 13" MBP, I have just experienced the really sharp edges on the front of the machine.

    I agree that lifting the wrists up while typing does eliminated much of the problem, but the real issue for me is when I am just using one hand to navigate using the track pad.

    That's when the outside fleshy part of my palm rests right on the edge as I use the track pad.

    It's painful. So I got out my first-aid kit to fix the problem.

    I took two of my Johnson & Johnson UltraHeal Multi-Day bandages (7 cm X 9 cm) and peeled off the bandage part on the inside.

    The adhesive area is actually a very soft, light adhesive on a foam-type material that feels much like suede.

    I put the two pads on either side of the trackpage and folder them over the edge with just enough area not to interfere with the infa-red receiver on the front-right of the machine.

    The difference between before and after is astounding! I am sure these "bandages" will wear out at the corner, but I expect to trim that off, and then just move the bandage down to recover the edge.

    The product is not cheap. They are around $13 for a box of only three (yes, 3)!

    But they are much more easily obtained than the SoftPads from Asia.
    MacBook Pro
  • seattle iPod Calculating status...
    mryeeguy - looks great, and a similar satisfying result I'd think. Did you use sandpaper over anything to get the rounded over finish, or just 'freehand' with the paper alone? And did you do it to three sides, or just across the front?
  • OnLnAgent Level 1 Level 1 (135 points)
    I hope you re coated the edges after you sanded the protective anodized coating off.
    15 Macbook Pro, 3.06 GHz, 500GB 7200rpm, 8GB DDR3, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 24" Cinema Display, 32GB iPhone 3GS
  • w15p Calculating status...
    um. it's aluminum, not mild steel or iron. Yes, it will oxidize... very slowly, unless you're in the type of environment (lots of moisture and salt) that would be really bad for your precious aluminum laptop anyway. And oh, if it does get slightly oxidized? Wipe the edge with white vinegar - and then a damp cloth. Bingo! clean and shiny again.

    I'll be taking sandpaper to mine shortly. I've owned it about 3 days and the frickin' edge, while certainly not razor sharp, is quite annoying.

    OTOH, Apple choosing aesthetics over ergonomics is not really an earthshaking discovery. 'Tis pretty tho
    MBP ub 13, Mac OS X (10.6)
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