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Currently Being ModeratedJun 29, 2006 8:27 AM (in response to PaulNYC)I'm definitely thinking of selling the replacement and going white instead. Even if most people haven't had this issue yet, looking at how thin the top layer is, I think that it's just a matter of time before people start having trouble. I wonder if there is a way to remove the top later and just be left with s shiny black surface? I suspect that the shiny black underneath might look unfinished compared to the nice white translucent cases though - the black plastic looks like the plastic used on a cheap remote or something similar. I wonder if Apple put the matte surface on as a last minute thing because the shiny looked bad....we'll never know.MBP, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2006 6:54 AM (in response to PaulNYC)The very thing that stopped me from getting a black macbook was the fact that it does flake or peel. The first time I checked it out was at the Apple store in San Francisco. I lifted the Macbook and saw a big area--about 3 inches in diameter--on the bottom where the matte surface peeled off. It was ugly shiny black. Too bad. It's the only thing that's stopping me from getting a macbook. I wish this would be solved soon, because the black does look better than the white.iMac G4 1 GHz, Mac OS X (10.3.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2006 1:54 PM (in response to Rick Auricchio)My Black Macbook arrives on wednesday! The last thing I should have done is browse the discussion forums.
However, I'm impressed with Apple's professionalism when handling Paul's case. I'd really like to hear a follow up; what the new one is like and are you going to keep it, Paul?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 3, 2006 2:04 PM (in response to James Veitch)James:
I'm not saying people aren't having some kind of problem wrt this isue - BUT all I can say is that my Black Mac Book is showing absolutely no signs of flaking ANYWHERE. It's been opened and closed a few hundred times as well.
As far as I can tell there's no top surface painting and don't understand anyone saying that it is. It's solid black plastic thru and thru.
If the surface gets shiny it must be from the grease/crud on people's hands/fingers that gets deposited and accumulates to a shiny look.
We've had our Black Mac Book since May 20 - so we've had it for some 6 weeks or so now and it looks as good as new.
I will admit the trackpad is showing some signs of gloss but buffs off easily with a good rub of a RadTech cloth.iPod, Shuffle, Black MacBook, 17" PB, Dual 2.5GHz PM G5, Mac OS X (10.4.6), SwiftData 200, LightScribe DVD
Currently Being ModeratedJul 8, 2006 1:41 PM (in response to PaulNYC)Hey Barry.
Thanks for the response. I'm typing this on my new black macbook. Wow. No sign of any problems with the finish yet. I, too, have a radtech cloth left over from my old Aluminium pb taht fits the macbook perfectly. Who would have thought it, eh.
How did you get on Paul?
Currently Being ModeratedJul 14, 2006 1:17 PM (in response to PaulNYC)Mine has peeled some to, and only after 1 week of SUPER careful use!
Mine is peeling a little on the slightly recessed edge on the palmrest area. I'm sure it will eventually happen around the similar edge around the screen bezel.
I think it would ahve been a fine descision for this soft-touch plastic, but ONLY if their were no sharp edges. This seems to be where all the peeling is starting.
If apple really is as awesome as i think they are, they'll release a second version of the black, and we can all get replacements for a descent price.
black macbook Mac OS X (10.4.7)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 16, 2006 5:34 AM (in response to forzalupo)I'm away on holiday in Europe, thus the absence of a follow-up. I actually have not sent it back yet because I had too much to do before I left. When I get back next Friday I'll send it in and I've decided to sell it and get a white one instead. The external layer on the blackbooks is a major design flaw and it's just a matter of time before they all start peeling somewhere.
Will update when I get back.MBP, Mac OS X (10.4.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 1, 2007 8:42 PM (in response to PaulNYC)Check the Flaking on mine.
http://flickr.com/photos/matajuro1905/sets/72157594453312365/Black Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.8), Flaking Black MacBook
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2007 2:01 PM (in response to Patrick Pecoraro)I have experienced what seems to be the same (or similar) thing as most everyone else who has complained, although at this point I am just trying to find a way to make these marks less noticeable. Apple doesn't really seem to have any support, so I don't know where I would stand in getting this looked at, let alone fixed. The Genius Bar?
Any suggestions on these marking would be appreciated!!!
http://flickr.com/photos/rdaumanBlack Macbook, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
Currently Being ModeratedJan 28, 2007 2:20 PM (in response to PaulNYC)Cool. It is good for me and alot of other people too. I'm sure there are millions of car owners that have the same problem with their black cars too out of the factory. It's called a manufacturer's defect and it happens when products are mass produced on an assembly line. My new MacPro has a case defect. The top drive door doesn't close all the time
Oh, Not everyone has the flaking/peelng, whinning, toasty, bad LCD's Macbooks either. LolMacPro 2.66, PB 15 G4 1.5, Black Macbook 2 GHz, 2GB, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 8, 2007 3:17 AM (in response to rdauman)Hi :o)
I bought the black Macbook barely 2-3 weeks ago. And have just noticed the first peeling this morning. It is on the black part that is located around the screen. This is on the inside part, not the outside. No damage caused by me or a fall or anything falling onto it either. Where the peeling has occurred, instead of mat, it is now a really very shiny black color.
On closer inspection, two other small areas look like they will start pretty soon too...
Nothing major yet, but I can only imagine what it will look like given some time.
Called the store this morning and they asked that I bring it in so they can see it and figure out what to do. They do not seem to be aware of this problem.
Not sure what they can do, but cannot leave the Mac with them as I really need it. Is it possible to change the entire casing of it, i.e. all the black "parts"?
I called Apple and they refuse to exchange it.
I am not too concerned by this, since it is only cosmetics and I am really happy with my MacBook. My only concern is the peeling spreading with time.MacBook, Mac OS X (10.4.8)