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New Macbook/Macbook Pro unibody aluminum edges too sharp

64550 Views 185 Replies Latest reply: Mar 6, 2013 1:43 PM by kathi wren RSS
  • Jai Ho Calculating status...
    Gregg Green1 wrote:
    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.



    Well Good Golly Miss Molly, I much prefer sharp edges than sticky glue all over my stuffs any day.

    Yes that is good one. Have Apple hire a special sander to sit their all day for delicate people to come in and say sand down my macbook pro.

    Your jokes are really funny man! Ha ha ha!
    Mac OS X (10.6.2), MacBook Pro
  • baskarangappan Calculating status...
    MACBOOK PRO 15" IS SIMPLY A CUTTING EDGE TECHNOLOGY !!!

    How the **** it passed the design test?! laptop is not a table PC... to use in very professional way and typing by lifting hands without touching the base. people used to type by lyinig down, leaning to the wall, and what not... this aluminium base's _*cutting edge technology*_ keeps on drawing red marks on my wrists!!!

    I think apple customer care centre should use officially sand paper and smooth it for their each and every customer's laptops... otherwise if APPLE is a company which gives respect to the end user, they can replace the case...
    MacBookPro 15"
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    ...if APPLE is a company which gives respect to the end user, they can replace the case...


    Maybe. But if you've noticed how long this thread has been kicking around in the forum, and you've seen any reports of how phenomenally popular these machines have been despite the complaints of a few, you'll have a pretty good idea how likely it is that Apple is going to issue sandpaper to all its salespeople or replace all those MBP cases.
    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
  • TheRever Calculating status...
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    Dec 19, 2009 11:36 AM (in response to eww)
    Prior to ordering a new Macbook Pro (I want to give my daughter my current model for Christmas) I visited the Flat Irons Apple store yesterday to try it out. In sum, I liked it a lot—except the nasty edge. 2.5 years ago I returned a Macbook because its’ edge was too sharp for my style of typing (I rest my hands all over the top and edges) and got the Macbook Pro, which, at that time, had a softer and covered edge. I love what I have, but that has been changed with the current model. I’m a writer, so comfort and ease of use is crucial.

    I want to get a new one (partly because I can give my current MBP to my daughter), but I feel stuck.

    So what I’m looking for is recommendations on how to overcome the uncomfortable edge BY THOSE WHO HAVE ACTUALLY MADE A CHANGE TO IT. Please don’t bother to tell me to change my writing style, don’t tell me there is no sharp edge since sales are so good, and don’t tell me that I must be a windows troll. Keep your opinion to yourself UNLESS you’ve actually altered THE EDGE. I don't know why people who think there is no problem with THE EDGE are even in this thread.

    Did you lightly file it? Tell me about it. Did you put something on the edge to minimize it? Tell me what you used and how you did it. If you’ve done something about THE EDGE, tell me all about it.

    If you like, email me. And thank you.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • arty101 Calculating status...
    Like others have said, you could lightly sand down along the edge with 500 grit (very fine) sand paper, or buy a case for it. I got the Speck hard clear case and it works like a charm. It protects the MBP from scratches, scoffs and other hazards; but most importantly for you, it gives relief from the sharp edge you may experience. If Apple (on-line and store) sells them, then they must work for a reason. My two cents.
    mbp 15", Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • stanleyw Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am shocked at how sharp the edges are, especially the jagged points below the trackpad where it is recessed for you to open the lid. Coming from an older generation MBP, I appreciate alot about this newer design, but, really, why now smooth these out or make them more rounded?
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Now a lot of other Mac users know what you think, Stan. Thanks for sharing. If you've read all the posts above, you have a bunch of ideas you can use to overcome your failure to make yourself aware of what you were buying before buying it.
    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
  • stanleyw Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 26, 2009 7:16 PM (in response to eww)
    eww,

    "...failure to make yourself aware of what you were buying before buying it."

    Um, this is a company issued computer. I did read the posts and do not feel that I should have to sand it down or buy a case. As a matter of fact, I could not do that even if I wanted, since it is not my Mac. i'm sure there are many other people at my organization and others that are issues these Macs whether we want them or not.

    Now I have to deal with my "failure" of wasting my time responding to you.
    MacPro, Mac OS X (10.4.9)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    I guess you'll have to take the matter up with your company. Maybe the company will issue some sandpaper.
    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
  • underthebathtub Calculating status...
    I spent a week hating my brand new white unibody for this reason. The edge is so sharp that my hand would go numb from it cutting off the blood flow after only a few minutes of using only the touchpad. It also irritated the skin under my wrists when typing.

    Encouraged by seeing this one guy take a dremel to this edge of his aluminum MBP, I used a nail file to smooth the edge. It felt weird and I wondered if I was voiding the guarantee in doing this.

    In order to get a shiny finish I then used wire wool. It worked very well, but some of the wire wool (that is inevitably shaken loose when you rub) got attracted to the internal magsafe connector. I managed to get that out with chewing gum. Had I have left the power supply connected this would not have happened.

    The result is flawless. It looks, and more importantly, feels right. Would definitely do it again.
    white unibody late 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • Dave_Hollister Calculating status...
    I don't know if you'll find anything that protects you, as a Mac user, from "scoffs". I am a diehard Mac fan and constantly get cajoled by "PC" users about my pretty toy. Those who've actually tried using my machine (or any other modern Mac) stop their ridicule after quickly realizing how much time and energy they've been putting into machine/OS maintenance....something Mac users don't need to do.
    MBP Core 2 Duo
  • Dave_Hollister Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have developed an attractive, comfortable solution to this problem and will be providing it very soon at an attractive cost. Stay tuned...
    MBP Core 2 Duo
  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    Dave: This is not a marketing venue.
    15" '08 UMBP 2.4GHz/4G/250G; TiBook 1GHz/1G/120G, Mac OS X (10.5.8), iTouch 32G, scanners, projector, graphics tabet, laser and photo printers
  • XXpottmiXX Calculating status...
    @rdhuberman:
    You are do right: The sharp (pun intended) Engineers at Apple are leading the way again. I wish more Engineers would apply this type of solution. Perhaps Detroit should add a spike on the steering wheel because people should be wearing their seat belts anyway.
    MacBook Pro with Time Capsule, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • Tom71 Calculating status...
    I agree with what is said that the edges should be less sharp. I don't have a big problem with it but I'd prefer them more rounded.

    It's kind of funny though that we are discussing this. Obviously there is no other benefit than looks to have this sharp edge and Apple's not going to change it if they sell a lot as eww points out so we have exactly two options

    a) buy them
    b) don't buy them

    Still doesn't mean I understand how they can let such a design blunder pass through.

    Tom
    MacBook Pro 15inch 2010 i7 HR 500GB/7.5 8GB, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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