Currently Being ModeratedJan 7, 2011 2:46 PM (in response to Christian K.)Christian,
I don't know if you are still reading the thread, but your post struck a chord with me as I'm in a similar boat. I've had Macs since I first started using computers -- got going with a Mac Classic. Loved my Duo, and then eventually bought a brand new iBook which has lasted for years and years. I would probably have upgraded ages ago, but I kept waiting for the plastic notebooks to get a smooth edge. Finally the iBook just got so old and overwhelmed that I really had to stop waiting.
Since both the plastic unibody and the MBP have sharp edges - to my mind, especially when using the trackpad only - that wasn't a choice factor for me. I have always loved the white plastic notebooks - just like the look and feel of them a lot; but I hate to give up Firewire, and I also use the external battery monitor a lot (check charge while computer not powered up). I had always wanted a backlit keyboard, so these factors were pointing me to an MBP (of course if the plastic unibody's edge was more eased I would have given up the better features in a heartbeat). I had figured I would just ease the edge of the MBP, but then I read that they were anodized, so I have changed my mind on that.
Like you, I bought a brand new MBP 13" and.... just have not felt motivated to use it. Kind of crazy when my alternative is an ancient G3 iBook, with no battery, a gimpy space bar, and an oft-spinning beachball, but... it's not cold feeling and the edge is rounded
Still, it's not really a viable solution, since I need to be able to do many things I just can't do with the iBook anymore.
I decided to order a Speck SeeThru hard case, which should arrive in a few days. I've never used a case before, because I'm very easy on my computers (and carry them in a soft sleeve in a padded backpack for transport), so it kind of bugs me to "need" one, but I guess I'm resigned for now. Unfortunately, this will add one pound and some thickness to the MBP, but on the other hand, I have no qualms about easing the outer edge of the Speck case to make it nice and rounded, and I think the case itself will cover the sharp-feeling edge of the MBP. Also, I'll get the less-cold feel of plastic.
If Apple should ever come out with a more rounded edge on a new laptop, I'll be right in line to buy it, and my MBP should be pristine (and un-sanded) for selling.
I have heard the new Air is less sharp. Right now it seems a bit too expensive for what it would represent to me, and plus, with my laptop as my sole computer, perhaps it's a bit too "lightweight" in terms of power/storage. But I expect that may change. I would also need to take a look at the higher resolution screen, as I'm already to the "I don't really want these characters to be any smaller" point with the regular MBP screen.
Just thought I would chime in with my thoughts. What did you end up deciding on?
StixeriBook G3, 14"; MBP 13"
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 26, 2011 8:58 PM (in response to jpomerleau)Regret my purchase a little, due to this laptop's sharp edges. Problem wasn't apparent in stores and like others, I didn't really know to look for it. Previous history with all other laptops haven't presented a comfort factor, aside from typical comfort issues with long time usage. This certainly isn't typical though. I've had the computer for 3 months, still not in love with the trackpad either. The edge exacerbates that concern, too.
I'm going to try some of the suggestions offered, specifically some tape, modified angle (if convenient), and Speck case. If these safe options for resolution don't help, I'm selling the laptop. This was my first mac system and while I know nothing is perfect, there are more usable systems available.
I find the posts of this topic hilarious. Kinda like trying to figure out how to keep the bumper on a car... It's an issue, but it's a funny issue.MBP 15
Currently Being ModeratedApr 17, 2011 3:55 PM (in response to phirephly)
I posted when I first got my unibody macbook pro in Dec and immediately realized that my forearms and palms were sporting angry red indentations whenever I used the computer in bed or on the couch. I taped the edges, but the macbook pro cut through five layers of tape! Lately, when I have a choice, I've been using my 4 yr old macbook pro instead, which was very comfortable.... I also have had the opportunity to use three similar (tho smaller -- 15 inch vs 17 -- which changes the ergonomics slightly ) machines at work, and I can report with certainty that some of them are NOT this sharp. I realize some people think it's a personal preference issue, or that we're complaining unnecessarily, but in my experience, some of these are razor sharp on the front and side edge, with very dangerous protrusions where you lift the lid, while other unibodies have edges that are blunter and much less uncomfortable to use. I think the 17 inch model may be more problematic because the keypad is placed further back so you almost have to lean into it a bit more while typing and using the trackpad to reach the keys.
I haven't had time to do so, but I'm thinking of taking mine in to a genius bar to see if THEY can file it down for me -- I'd rather they did it so if anything goes wrong, it would be covered under my applecare. Clearly this is an issue for many people -- not everyone -- but I'd hope Apple will come up with a solution. It's ridiculous to have to wrap polarfleece protectors around your forearms every time you plan to use your new computer. Invariably, when I forget to do that, I bear the marks. I'm hesitating about using a plastic case because I think it might cause overheating.... there has to be a better solution.
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2011 5:34 AM (in response to jpomerleau)
I finally broke down and sanded the front top edge where the palms rest and.... OMG! No sharp edges anymore. And I seriously can't tell that it's been sanded. I looked at the edge through a magnifying glass, post sanding, and there is the silver of the aluminum showing through but it's just not noticable without a magnifier. I used fine general-purpose sand paper and made sure that I did not scratch any of the flat surfaces. I wish i had had the guts to do this sooner. I have seen newer power books in the Apple Store with softer edges than my year-old 13" pro.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 25, 2011 8:24 PM (in response to Stixer)
Found an easy solution to the sharp edge. It is selling on ebay. Simple to apply and looks good too. Search for: MacBook Pro 15" sharp edge adhesive strip.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2011 9:22 AM (in response to CreativeGuy09)
Found it for cheaper at guardstrip dot com. Could have saved myself a couple of bucks. Guess everyone else who needs it will benefit from the savings but me. Enjoy!
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2011 10:01 AM (in response to jpomerleau)
Hello , I run into this tread and i thought to make my comment as well .. so yes i have too a MBP 15.4 inch, yes i agree with you it might be a problem. So as i read various replays to your thread i will share mine too ^^ my sollution to the sharp scary MBP edges, cost me only 2 euros i did not bought a cover i use what Basketball players Like Jordan lol.. USE (because i do not know the word in english i will try to explain it) its a pair or very soft hand or wrist, where basketball players or Jordan lol use them to wipe out sweat, thats all thank you.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2011 5:19 PM (in response to George0WON)
Only this is I work in a professional environment. Sweat bans don't look good in a professional environment. But it is a good idea that could work for some. I don't want to carry around an extra item.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2011 10:29 PM (in response to jpomerleau)
i have noticed sharp edges
let me share you what i did...
the first and most important issue is to get home office authorization, so you do not need to change locations, transporting your mbp. this action will allow you to think in a specific place at home where you can adapt for the future office. i did that, but i realise that an office is not just a partable computer (mbp) on an empty desk... thinking hard on that an epiphany assaulted me like ..."a bullet in the head"... -florence sang once- and the epiphany was... thunderbolt.
yes... the answer that solves a lot of issues including the sharp edges.
so i bought an apple thunderbolt display. all the sharp edges issue, ended. that office began to make me feel like the office of my dreams. some modern place, minimalistic, cold, feeling all the technology in the tips of my finger in very tap and every clic.
one day i accepted that i wanted more, so i found the answer buying another apple thunderbolt display.
my home office, far from a conventional office now was evolved to, what i call... workstation by apple.
now i stopped working at home, seating at my workstation i have a complete view to the world i want to conquer... just because thunderbolt. thank you apple.
sharp edges?? i do not even remember the question... but my skin have no cuts anymore.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 31, 2011 8:01 AM (in response to MaEmMo)
I couldn't stand it anymore, so I just went at it with a fine grade ceramic nail file. I taped saran wrap over keyboard and ports, just to be safe, but the dust did not fly. The hard ceramic file is super fine grade, and you can use it in both directions at close range, so I was able to blunt the burr that rose up, knife edge sharp all around the edge, without a lot of shavings. I'm guessing that is why this practically perfect machine was returned and "refurbished." It was actually painful to use. I may have to go back and do the sides as well, since I occasionally use the computer while lying down and when reaching over the left side to get to the keyboad (while propped up on elbow) it still stings.I didn't go there , as I wanted to avoid the ports. So far, no gashes when typing from the front. The 17 inch keyboard is recessed, so it requires leaning over the top more to reach the keys -- I think that added to the problem. I hesitated doing this for a long time, but it makes a world of difference to just blunt the edge. Be careful not to scrape the flat top of the computer (for aesthetic reasons) -- just file lightly and wipe the shavings (which in this case mostly stuck to the file itself) seemed to have taken enough of the sharp edge off to make it usable. I still think the rubber guards mentioned above will be useful to prevent pressure from leaning against the edge, but at least for now I'm not sporting angry red gashes on my forearms.... just deep indentations. I wonder if those strips would work on the 17inch model... off to investigate. Only posting to say, if your $2500 mac hurts too much to use it, don't suffer. Do something. I should have taken mine back... but I was foolish enough to think I would get used to it. There are enough people out there dealing with this problem and something should have been done. At least (it appears) they've redesigned the new one a bit -- or maybe it was just a random manufacturing glitch when the cast alignment was imperfect... but the problem was real and it was VERY annoying. Hoping to get back to enjoying my mac, now...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 7, 2011 8:00 AM (in response to artwire)
Just an update - sanding with the ceramic file improved the edge sharpness considerably, but I was still getting indentations on my arm when leaning in over the edge (if using the computer on the couch or in bed), so I decided to try the rubber strips mentioned above, thinking they might serve as a bumper of sorts to protect my forearms. Got them in a couple of days, the vendor was very nice and followed up when I had a question. These "guard strips" are a little deeper than I 'd expected so they extend out a bit at the front edge of the mac, and there's a very thin edge that wraps around the TOP of the macbook pro that effectively covers the razor sharp edge. They have a 3-M adhesive backing that adheres to the aluminum and it seemed like a good solution -- until I realized that the (cut-to-size) edges of the strips themselves felt sharp because they were cut straight. (This is a 17 inch model and you almost have to lean in to reach the keys). I pulled the strips off, used a standard emory board to round off the edges to a more comfortable, smooth bevelled shape, then buffed the hard rubber edge so it was blunt on the cut sides, then reattached it to the mac. It doesn't look as nice as the unsanded rubber did, but FINALLY, I'm comfortable using this computer. If I forget and touch the sides of the aluminum unibody, it's still really sharp, so I'm going to go back and lightly buff the top side edges on the sides, too.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2011 11:37 AM (in response to artwire)
Looks like you found a good solution. The strips work fine for me. I don't seem to run into the end of the strips at all but if I do, I will round them off like you did. Thanks for the photo and nice job on the ends of the strips.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2011 5:22 PM (in response to jpomerleau)
Get an air. They are very smooth and comfortable to type on.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 6, 2012 5:40 PM (in response to jpomerleau)
I find the edge very annoying. And as an ergonomist I both recognize good and not so good postures. Most people when using a MACBOOK Pro, like mine, on a lap or on a tabletop will when mousing (touchpadding) have their hand in contact with the sharp front edge of the MAC. I am very disappointed that Apple has not addressed this issue in their designs. (It still sells.)
Finally, I was fed up with the sharp redge and cut an 11 inch section of 1x1 pine lumber. I worked one edge into a nice gentle curve. I attached it to the front edge of my MAC with smooth black duct tape. this is a great improvement. I expect I will refine it as time goes on and the tape will no doubt need to be replaced periodically. And, the improvement is already like night to day.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2012 7:04 AM (in response to ErgoDan)
You're joking, right?
Using duct tape voids your warranty. It is in your manual.
The best recommendation is to go to your local doctor and have him insert steel plates into your arms. The steel plates can be found at our local hardware store for under $5. The procedure, well that is another story.