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New Macbook/Macbook Pro unibody aluminum edges too sharp

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jpomerleau Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 10, 2009 9:19 PM
I don't know if others have experienced this, but the Macbook/Macbook Pro unibody has very sharp edges. This isn't a problem most of the time, like when sitting at a desk. But when sitting on a couch with the laptop on my lap, these sharp edges really cut at the wrists, which is quite uncomfortable, even leaving lines on the skin. I think it would be better if Apple had beveled the edges a bit to round them slightly. I found myself thinking about filing them myself or maybe having the edges beveled professionally. I wonder if any others have had a similar experience. I may inquire about this at the local Apple store.
Macbook/Macbook Pro (new unibody), Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • gpotts Level 3 Level 3 (585 points)
    Maybe you should get something like iLap so you can have the computer on a stand rather than your lap so you aren't using it in a bad position? Either that or get some kind of rest for your wrists. Using a notebook you shouldn't be touching the edges of the computer while typing they should be above the keyboard.
    Aluminum MB 2GHz Late 2008/Aluminum iMac 2.4GHz Mid 2007, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • endOfin feXt Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    A previous thread on the subject: with some frankly, rather disturbing solutions.

    I agree with gpotts (above), purchase something like iLap and/or look to adjusting your typing position.

    MBP Unibody 15" 2.53GHz 4Gb RAM/320Gb HDD/512MB VRAM, Mac OS X (10.5.6)
  • efcos Calculating status...
    Yes, I actually got to read this topic by searching for something to solve me this issue. My wrists get to a point when it hurts to type. I dunno if it's the position, or what but it really *****.
    Mac Pro 8-core 2.8 ghz + MacBook Pro 15", Mac OS X (10.5.6), Dual 20"
  • Trisha K Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    jpomerleau wrote:
    I think the Speck plastic case ( be a solid solution. I went to the Apple store this evening and a sympathetic sales girl and I put one on a Macbook to try it out. It fits the unibody snuggly and it has more rounded plastic edges... but I don't fancy: a) paying $34-50, b) adding bulk and 1.2lbs extra weight, and c) adding a shiny fingerprint-showing surface (based on reviews).

    Sorry to burst your bubble JP BUT here is a warning on the Speck case:

    i hope you find a solution thanks for all your hard work

    ps. no need to double post in multiple threads
    MacBook Pro 5, 1, late 2008 edition, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)

    Though the author of the above is obviously concerned with heat, you will notice (or should), that in all of the correctly pictured postures, none of them show the wrists resting on the edge of the laptop/notebook.

    Get good posture, and use your machine correctly.
    That's all.

    This Video may also be helpful.
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  • rdhuberman Calculating status...
    Ok, you all win. I love the MacBook Pro. I can't wait until I can get another one--unfortunately, I already sent mine back.
    All laptops should have a sharp front edge, so that no one ever again uses incorrect posture when deleting annoying emails of redundant forum posts.
    I can only thank the engineers at Apple for figuring this out.
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
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  • rdhuberman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, I had a revelation. Until now, I have been thinking that the sharp edge of the MBP was a "fatal flaw". How silly of me--and I apologize to all those whom I may have offended during the time I was suffering under that terrible delusion.
    The truth has been revealed. The sharp edge of the MBP is--a FEATURE! Indeed, the wise minds at Apple (minds so much wiser than mine that their wiseness cannot even be calculated with any Microsoft Operating System now-or-ever-to-be-in-existence), have penetrated the depths of my depraved and deficient personal RAM and detected hardware that was previously corrupted during exposure to said other operating system, and have designed this feature to prevent me from ruining my back and other not-yet-corrupted hardware through this ingenious Apple-patented design.
    The fact is, I can only wish that the edge were sharper. All laptops should be so lucky that they might have edges even 10% as crisp in their sharpness.

    I rest my case.

    Message was edited by: rdhuberman
  • Katrina S. Level 7 Level 7 (24,085 points)

    Welcome to AD!
    I had a good time reading your posts, and the replies to them.
    iMac 10.5 or WinXP SP3, Other OS, external hard drive, B-W U2 iPod, 1G shuffle, 2nd gen Nano
  • KORG__ Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    sharp edges??

    Didn't you test it at the Apple store? Just sell on craigslist or ebay it if it's that bad and get a DELL. Bad posture will hurt any user on any laptop!

    I personally laughed when I saw this thread. The unibody is made from a flowjet(If anyone has seen OCC the show?) Apple could have made it more tapered like the top lid is...kinda like the MBA is, But that would require major work on modifying the battery and HDD in the same sloped fashion. I put a tooth under my pillow when I was a kid but didn't get any money. Meaning your asking a lot

    My take is I love the design and never encountered this problem, maybe it's do to that typing class took in middle school(which I dreaded). Funny thing it was on a Old school Mac:)

    I have a lucrative viable option, buy a pair of cotton wristbands. Nike makes some that are so extra soft. cm--GLOBAL%20SEARCH%3A%20KEYWORD%20SEARCH/#sku=24928010&size=O/S

    Message was edited by: KORG__
    (Unibody MacBook Pro 17" + Time capsule 09) iPhone 3G White and iPhone 2G, Mac OS X (10.5.6), (Alienware M17 Laptop and X58 Extreme Desktop)(HP Omen-FireBird)
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