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New Macbook/Macbook Pro unibody aluminum edges too sharp

64575 Views 185 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2013 1:43 PM by kathi wren RSS
  • criffus Calculating status...
    Good call wp15-
    Like you said- It's aluminum!
    I'll be headed down to the auto parts store tomorrow for a few sheets of wet-dry myself.

    I just got my MBP a few days ago and the first time I used it on my lap I thought: "Hey, I should get some 400-500 grit paper and just chamfer these sharp edges off a bit..."

    I could get all amped-up about Apple's "design flaw" or whatever, but where will that get me?

    Otherwise, I'm loving this thing. It blows my old thinkpad away, and I miss windows like I miss doing my own taxes...
    MBP 13, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • ttbali Calculating status...
    These sharp edges are very unpleasant. My hand hurts after 10 minutes. I wonder if sandpaper would be a solution. Could anyone from Apple let us know how thick the edges are and if it would be OK to grind it with fine sandpaper to make it a little round?
    macbook pro
  • ttbali Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    "I honestly cannot believe Apple would let this case design go thru without ergo testing. It's a terrible design."
    Right on. It's unforgivable and plainly stupid. Computers are already messing up with your brain and now unexpectedly comes the physical pain!
    I wonder if sandpaper would be the solution?
    macbook pro
  • Furi0us.Bee Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    OMG this thread still lives.... If your hands are properly angled when you type (at least for the 15") the sharp-line edges aren't an issue for me. I've come to like the sharp edges of the "cutout lid lift" and I jab my thumb on them when I'm using the mouse just for fun.

    The only reason the keyboard area has the sharp, 90 degree angle is because it looks much better closed. You can argue that Steve chose form over function. If those edges were rolled, which could easily be done in the design, when you closed the lid, it wouldn't look as nice.

    MacBook Pro 15"  2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo  4GB RAM  Mighty Mouse, Mac OS X (10.6.1),
  • Snake Byte Calculating status...
    Since eww is counting, add me to the list of people complaining about the sharp edge. I have to wonder how many people have this problem and just haven't bothered to post here. Leave it to Apple to wait until critical mass before accepting responsibility.

    Keep burying that head in the sand.
    MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Duly noted, SB. There may be as many as three dozen of you by now, while MBPs are still flying off the shelves in the hundreds of thousands.
    15" MBP unibody 2.4GHz/4G/250G; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G; PTProG3 500MHz/768M/160G, Mac OS X (10.5.8), film and flatbed scanners, projector, graphics tablet, laser and photo printers
  • Johnny MacHappy Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Sep 23, 2009 9:17 AM (in response to eww)
    *> eww wrote:*
    *> Duly noted, SB. There may be as many as three dozen of you by now, while MBPs are still flying off the shelves in the hundreds of thousands.*

    Eww is 110% right!

    Time to archive this silly thread. It is obviously being kept alive by Windows trolls - notice the first time posts -

    Message was edited by: Johnny MacHappy
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Furi0us.Bee Level 2 Level 2 (400 points)
    Some people may need to learn proper typing technique. If used properly, the MBP is no more uncomfortable than a standard keyboard. If you are using it at weird angles, lying on your back, behind your head, etc... you may have a problem, but the computer was designed to be used properly.

    MacBook Pro 15"  2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo  4GB RAM  Mighty Mouse, Mac OS X (10.6.1),
  • genxv Calculating status...
    There seems to be 2 posters who are adamantly a) blaming the victims because obviously if the Macbook Pro is hurting you're doing it wrong and b) in complete denial that this is a valid problem for many people. There are reams of complaints about this when you Google for it.

    Add me to the list of people who have some serious problems with the sharp edge of the unibody. I previously used a regular Macbook and had no problem whatsoever with the edges.

    There are many reasons to love using the Macbook Pro and I will be keeping it; but this design issue just DOESN'T MAKE SENSE. I really don't want to sand/tape/hack my $2k Mac but as a consumer I am left with no other choice.

    An no, I am not a PC user intent on saboteur or a Windows PR person. Jsut a disgruntled Macbook Pro owner.
    15" 2.66GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Gregory Mcintire Level 4 Level 4 (2,170 points)
    Maybe you need a different hobby/past time/job if your computer brings you pain!

    If you are afraid of using some sand paper or a file or a good old horse hoof rasp then try the other route, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Tramadol. Hey, works for me!

    The point is, if you don't like the sharp edge you should not have bought the computer. It is the way Apple made it. If it is unsatisfactory with you, you should have returned it right away, not keep it for months and then expect Apple to come and fix it to your liking.
    2.53 GHz 15" MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Darkgroova Calculating status...
    Dude, this machine is literally dangerous, this isn't funny, its not just about learning how to type properly, its all to do with general use too,
  • LowTecLarry Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I too feel that the edges are sharp. I have noticed that my watch is beginning to scratch the edge.
    MacBook Pro - Late 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.1), MacBook Pro 15" - 1Tb Time Capsule
  • Dr. Huxtable Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All first time posts from first time trolls...

    If this were an issue apple would've addressed it by now. Instead MBPs have been sellin like hot cakes for over a year.

    I love the design - ANd I am sure glad that apple is not going to change it.

    Keep on complaining trolls... I doubt anyone cares!
    Mac OS X (10.5.5), Mac
  • ttbali Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I used different grits of sandpaper where my hand is resting and now it is round and smooth and comfortable. Easy!
    macbook pro
  • Gregg Green1 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
    I put some Scotch Tape on the edge and it works for me. It's transparent enough not to be that noticeable . After using it most of the day it seems to be a solution, although lame.

    We should be able to bring in our Macbook to an Apple Store and have someone qualified take the sharpness off. We shouldn't be sanding it. Apple needs to fix it while retaining the full value of the computer.

    For now tape will have to do. I am not buying some contraption pad to carry around with me or stick all over the computer. I like the way it looks now. The tape is as far as I will go.
    MacBook Pro 17, Mac OS X (10.6.2), Mac Pro, Macbook Pro 17, XServe, Macmini
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