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Macbook Air front edge too sharp?

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marinpaul Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 21, 2010 10:09 AM
Does anyone else have problems with the front edge of their 13" Macbook Air digging into the palm of their hand when using it on their lap? I find the front edge is so thin that it's actually sharp to a degree and hurts my hand over time from using the trackpad. This is not much of a problem when the computer is on a table, as I tend to use a portable mouse.

It's not a deal killer and and perhaps my palm is too wimpy, but I think form won out over function in this one area. I'm also wondering if anyone make a form-fitting skin or something similar that will wrap around/over the front edge and provide some protection.
Macbook Air 13" and iMac 20", Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • hawleyrw Level 3 Level 3 (625 points)
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    Dec 21, 2010 4:17 PM (in response to marinpaul)
    I do find the edge there, but don't find it unusually sharp. I do rest my wrists on the sides next to the touchpad, but don't have any issue with the edges.
    iPad WiFi/3G 64G, MBA 13" (2010), Mac OS X (10.6.5)
  • brnrubber Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 23, 2010 6:45 PM (in response to marinpaul)
    OMG holly crap you got to be kidding me
    New 2010 13.3 Macbook Air.Base model 1299.00, Mac OS X (10.6.5), I Pod touch 32 GB .16GB I Pad(sold).PC using vista
  • kpry Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Dec 25, 2010 1:49 PM (in response to marinpaul)
    I don't find the edges to be sharp at all. I like the slimness compared to the bulky front of the macbook pro.
    iMac, Macbook Air 13", iPad, iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • katsilver Calculating status...
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    Dec 25, 2010 8:57 PM (in response to marinpaul)
    i find the edges extremely sharp as well, painful in fact while doing mouse intensive things, like surfing....would be very interested in finding a solution, like some sort of tape/shield to apply.
    I also find the fan extremely noisy,more like an ocean white noise sound than a hum like others are talking about

    Message was edited by: katsilver
    MBA 13"/ IPad/Iphone 4G, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 2.16/4GB
  • Adam Getliff Level 3 Level 3 (820 points)
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    Dec 26, 2010 12:50 AM (in response to katsilver)
    You could always get some fingerless gloves like Ebenezer Scrooge.
    MacBook Air 2.13GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 日本語もOKです。
  • Kellya74u Calculating status...
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    Jan 3, 2011 9:38 PM (in response to Adam Getliff)
    I think you're holding it wrong!
    Mac Pro, iPad, Mac OS X (10.6.5), also Toshiba Quosimo 505
  • Adam Getliff Level 3 Level 3 (820 points)
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    Jan 4, 2011 12:26 PM (in response to katsilver)
    katsilver wrote:
    i find the edges extremely sharp as well, painful in fact while doing mouse intensive things, like surfing....


    Doesn't it get wet when the wave breaks?
    MacBook Air 2.13GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 日本語もOKです。
  • Rhyd Level 3 Level 3 (795 points)
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    Jan 4, 2011 3:39 PM (in response to katsilver)
    I have gotten a very lightweight bamboo cutting board which I use under the MBA. It gives an additional handrest plus being able to be put down on cushioned bed and not causing overheat. Try a lightweight curved edge board such as this 3/8th inch cutting board which will solve or prevent many problems.
    MBA 13" 4/2.13/256 (2010), 2.53 13"MBP, MBA1.6HHD  MBP 2.4 SR LED, 8G iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.4), MBA MBP + PPC Mac notebooks, towers, and desktops now back to System 7.
  • brnrubber Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 5:00 PM (in response to marinpaul)
    use a electric grinder with 16 grit grinding disk to grind the sharp edge off it .Then use 1 roll of silver duct tape and build up the front edge .make sure you use the whole roll of tape
    New 2010 13.3 Macbook Air.Base model 1299.00, Mac OS X (10.6.5), I Pod touch 32 GB .16GB I Pad(sold).PC using vista
  • NabbyNab Calculating status...
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    Jan 14, 2011 9:59 PM (in response to marinpaul)
    Just got my Air and I have the same problem. Not a huge deal but my palms are a little irritated. I've adjusted by placing my hands sideways across the trackpad but it'll take some getting used to.
    Macbook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • grayparrot Calculating status...
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    Mar 26, 2011 5:55 PM (in response to marinpaul)
    I just bought the Air, and I also find the edge the worst feature by far. I like to use the computer on my lap, and prefer to bring it closer to my face (esp. with the small screen size) by bringing my feet and knees up and having the computer supported by my thigh in back and my stomach in front. As you can imagine, it is very uncomfortable with the Air's sharp front edge digging into my stomach, much more so than with my Macbook Pro 15" which is much heavier. If I use the Air on my lap alone, the screen size is too small for me, and I'm constantly having to magnify the screen. Even when using on a desk, I find that unless I "float" my wrists above the computer while typing or whatever, the edge is uncomfortable against my wrist. I would greatly prefer a rounded edge rather than the sharp square edge currently used.
    Macbook Air 13" 2.13Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
  • w7ox Level 4 Level 4 (2,385 points)
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    Mar 28, 2011 2:21 AM (in response to marinpaul)
    marinpaul wrote:
    Although I have not bought one, the following case would probably make a difference as well
    http://tbeyond.com/leather-case-for-apple-new-macbook-air-2010-book-type-black-p r-12446.html

    Attractive, Paul, but how thick would that make your MBA? If it gets close to a MB Pro 13", seems to defeat part of the purpose of buying the MBA.

    Phil
    MacBook Al 2.4 Late 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Dell Win7 Desktop ; iPhone 4 [OS 4.3]; Orig iPad 3G 64GB
  • w7ox Level 4 Level 4 (2,385 points)
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    Mar 29, 2011 4:24 PM (in response to grayparrot)
    grayparrot wrote:
    I like to use the computer on my lap, and prefer to bring it closer to my face (esp. with the small screen size) by bringing my feet and knees up and having the computer supported by my thigh in back and my stomach in front. As you can imagine, it is very uncomfortable with the Air's sharp front edge digging into my stomach, much more so than with my Macbook Pro 15" which is much heavier.


    That position is hard to visualize, and sounds painful with or without computer

    If I use the Air on my lap alone, the screen size is too small for me, and I'm constantly having to magnify the screen.


    I'm surprised. My vision is pretty bad -- use progressive lens -- and I have no issues with viewing the screen; of course, my "big" laptop is a 13" MacBook and the Air is 11.6", not a huge difference. I have made some font changes in Firefox and Thunderbird for better visibility; the wide screen makes that practical.

    Even when using on a desk, I find that unless I "float" my wrists above the computer while typing or whatever, the edge is uncomfortable against my wrist. I would greatly prefer a rounded edge rather than the sharp square edge currently used.


    Short of using a file (not recommended) there might be some sort of plastic edging you could put over the offending edge; I have seen such things for some purpose (report binding? .. so maybe a stationary store.

    Phil

    Message was edited by: w7ox
    MB Air 11" Ultimate; 13" MacBook Al 2.4 Late 2008, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Dell Win7 Desktop ; iPhone 4 [OS 4.3]; Orig iPad 3G 64GB
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