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neilk2350
Feb 4, 2008, 02:01 PM
mine wobbles. its the rubber feet. thoughts?



brasscat
Feb 4, 2008, 02:04 PM
mine wobbles too! Just barely. The front-left rubber foot does not sit flat on a desk!

neilk2350
Feb 4, 2008, 02:06 PM
mine wobbles too! Just barely. The front-left rubber foot does not sit flat on a desk!
take it to genious bar? i wont pay 3 grand for a wobbly computer... although i dont want to wait for a new one

MazingerZ
Feb 4, 2008, 02:08 PM
Mine is fine.

instant hit
Feb 4, 2008, 02:14 PM
only reservation so far is you have to make sure that the magsafe is fully inserted, or else it will definitely raise up the left side accordingly.

ciparis
Feb 4, 2008, 02:24 PM
Mine wasn't flat (I set it on a glass desk, so I know it wasn't the desk). After making sure the feet were all flush and properly mounted, I gave the bottom part of the case a bit of a gentle flex in the front corner that was too high. Immediate improvement on the first try, and fixed completely after the second. YMMV, don't try this at home, IANAT, IYBIDCCTM, etc. :)

neilk2350
Feb 4, 2008, 02:27 PM
only reservation so far is you have to make sure that the magsafe is fully inserted, or else it will definitely raise up the left side accordingly.

mine is in all the way. it wobbles between the other two feet. i'm shocked, really
.

it's not like i havent bought a sony vaio with wobbly battery and cheap hinges but...

teerexx52
Feb 4, 2008, 03:04 PM
Mine does

instant hit
Feb 4, 2008, 03:54 PM
mine is in all the way. it wobbles between the other two feet. i'm shocked, really
.

it's not like i havent bought a sony vaio with wobbly battery and cheap hinges but...

that's interesting. is there a way to get a "born on" date for mac hardware? at work right now and i have to look productive :)

BWhaler
Feb 4, 2008, 04:56 PM
This is the freaking problem with Apple nowadays--their quality is simply terrible.

From bugs in the iPod OS, to Leopard being released months early, to heat issues, to dozens of issues with the displays, etc., etc., etc. Apple is simply a mess.

bitty417
Feb 4, 2008, 05:00 PM
I had this same problem out of the box. One little flex on the corner immediately resolved. I personally would consider this a non issue.

ahaxton
Feb 4, 2008, 06:34 PM
Did some wobble tests and purposely made my glass desk unbalanced. Only slight wobble when the glass is unbalanced. Maybe try to see if it wobbles on top of the packaging box?

neilk2350
Feb 4, 2008, 06:46 PM
1/3 of the macbooks dont lie flat. not good...

ahaxton
Feb 4, 2008, 06:48 PM
Guys have you tried to see if it wobbles on top of the packaging?

It might just be unbalanced surfaces

The other thing is if you are pushing down on the front of it, wobbles because of the tapered edge. Is that what you guys are calling wobble? It's easier to now use the keyboard with the MBA so adjust your hands and wrists accordingly.

jameskohn
Feb 4, 2008, 06:59 PM
This is the freaking problem with Apple nowadays--their quality is simply terrible.

From bugs in the iPod OS, to Leopard being released months early, to heat issues, to dozens of issues with the displays, etc., etc., etc. Apple is simply a mess.

Yeah, because other companies of similar scale do it so much better. Probably ought to switch to Vista for a trouble free experience and superior user interface. Yeah, "Apple is simply a mess". Right.

neilk2350
Feb 4, 2008, 07:51 PM
Guys have you tried to see if it wobbles on top of the packaging?

It might just be unbalanced surfaces

The other thing is if you are pushing down on the front of it, wobbles because of the tapered edge. Is that what you guys are calling wobble? It's easier to now use the keyboard with the MBA so adjust your hands and wrists accordingly.

wobbles is wobbles. i put it down on any surface metal glass (must be hard so the box doesn't count) and it's like a chair or table with a bad leg. i moves back and forth. with our without the adapter

neilk2350
Feb 4, 2008, 08:02 PM
Guys have you tried to see if it wobbles on top of the packaging?

It might just be unbalanced surfaces

The other thing is if you are pushing down on the front of it, wobbles because of the tapered edge. Is that what you guys are calling wobble? It's easier to now use the keyboard with the MBA so adjust your hands and wrists accordingly.

the box doesn't count it's soft. any hard surface

DaLurker
Feb 4, 2008, 08:28 PM
wobbles is wobbles. i put it down on any surface metal glass (must be hard so the box doesn't count) and it's like a chair or table with a bad leg. i moves back and forth. with our without the adapter

I was using one at the Eaton Center Apple Store in Toronto and noticed immediately the wobbly bottom.

Flex it back, if it doesn't work then I'd go get a new one. A wobbly machine is definitely annoying...

dukebound85
Feb 4, 2008, 08:30 PM
mine wobbles. its the rubber feet. thoughts?

mine wobbles too! Just barely. The front-left rubber foot does not sit flat on a desk!

could be the desk..... lol

mctheriot
Feb 4, 2008, 08:31 PM
Mine was flat when I first got it - after being on and running - the left front is off. That happens to be the hottest part of the unit. Hmmm

Mark

sosnow
Feb 4, 2008, 08:33 PM
I had a small wobble. I tried to do the small flex solution and it got worse. I then realized I was flexing the corner in question. I gently flexed the opposite corner and it is now :Dperfect.

Kinda scary flexing this beautiful and expensive machine.

diabolic
Feb 4, 2008, 10:09 PM
No wobble here. Perfectly stable.

abhorsen
Feb 4, 2008, 10:50 PM
no wobbles here either.

SteveSparks
Feb 4, 2008, 10:55 PM
Flat here.

neilk2350
Feb 5, 2008, 05:10 AM
I had a small wobble. I tried to do the small flex solution and it got worse. I then realized I was flexing the corner in question. I gently flexed the opposite corner and it is now :Dperfect.

Kinda scary flexing this beautiful and expensive machine.

so how did you flex it. that scares me also. did you lift it in the air and then tug or just push it against the desk? seems so wrong

ubercool
Feb 5, 2008, 05:48 AM
only reservation so far is you have to make sure that the magsafe is fully inserted, or else it will definitely raise up the left side accordingly.

I noticed that too, and I was wondering if some were mistaking this for an uneven stance. :o

bjdraw
Feb 5, 2008, 09:12 AM
Mine barly wobles, in fact I doubt I would've ever noticed if I didn't see this thread. The bottom left corner flexes if I push down on it, the other three corners are solid. I tested in a few places on a granite counter top to ensure it was flat.

Mikebuzzsaw
Feb 5, 2008, 03:31 PM
mine wobbles a lot.... :(

Alfadoc
Feb 5, 2008, 07:54 PM
Solid as a rock!

duffyanneal
Feb 5, 2008, 08:36 PM
No wobbles here.

brn2ski00
Feb 5, 2008, 08:47 PM
THIS IS JUST NOT A MBA ISSUE.
I have personally seen this problem with my 12" Powerbook G4 -- absolutely drove me nuts. I also see this with my wife's 12" iBook G4. I think it has to do with the way Apple's outer casings heat up and basically warp.

It stinks real bad. I have even called Apple Care about the Powerbook, but didn't want to be without for too long. One remedy would be cutting a bit of rubber out and placing it on the existing rubber feet to make up for the space.

I can remember writing code in college and having to put a few papers underneath my Powerbook... ah, those were the days.

sosnow
Feb 5, 2008, 09:58 PM
so how did you flex it. that scares me also. did you lift it in the air and then tug or just push it against the desk? seems so wrong

I just held it in the air (no pun) and gently squeezed/flexed the corners. I started with almost no pressure and slowly worked up until no wobble.

Also, the MBA was open when doing this delicate procedure.

aiongiant
Feb 5, 2008, 10:06 PM
I just held it in the air (no pun) and gently squeezed/flexed the corners. I started with almost no pressure and slowly worked up until no wobble.

Also, the MBA was open when doing this delicate procedure.

omg i jsut tried this! HAHA
and it WORKED!!

still a very very veryyyy slight tilit on the left side where the wobble use to be
but so subtle it's nothing

thanks =)

duffyanneal
Feb 5, 2008, 10:06 PM
I just held it in the air (no pun) and gently squeezed/flexed the corners. I started with almost no pressure and slowly worked up until no wobble.

Also, the MBA was open when doing this delicate procedure.

I've had this issue on every one of my PBs/MBs. I have a tendency to pick up the machines by one corner which tends to cause a bit of stress and slight bow. I fix it by opening the display and giving it a little twist. It doesn't take much.

ddd269
Feb 5, 2008, 10:06 PM
mine wobbles too! Just barely. The front-left rubber foot does not sit flat on a desk!

or the back-right... :D

Mine's like that too. About 1/16 play or so. No big deal.

I love my MBA. My MBP is with my wife now. Feel a bit bad about it... NOT!

camarobh
Feb 5, 2008, 11:55 PM
Mine is fine.

BWhaler
Feb 6, 2008, 12:40 AM
Boy, this makes me nervous.

I have a $3,200 MBA in a box in my office. I will be pissed beyond words if I have this problem...

Apple needs to get their act together on the quality front...

aiongiant
Feb 6, 2008, 12:49 AM
i don't think they can always avoid this?

but yea if i spend $3k on it i expect it to be perfect and bring me coffee in the mornings haha

instant hit
Feb 6, 2008, 10:24 AM
so i came in the office this morning and noticed the lower right lifts up a bit -- about a hairline. cured it by flexing it a little to the right to offset the imbalance.

i'm wondering if how it's tote around has an impact on the "flatness," so to speak.

brasscat
Feb 6, 2008, 09:36 PM
strangely, my wobble problem seems to be getting better

johnkountz
Feb 6, 2008, 11:02 PM
Front left rubber foot shows daylight beneath.

LizKat
Feb 6, 2008, 11:28 PM
Mine sits flat. If it didn't i'd probably just shim it with a fold of paper..

or there's always a few layers of duct tape...

nothing looks well-loved until it has a little dt on it.

chrono1081
Feb 6, 2008, 11:52 PM
This is the freaking problem with Apple nowadays--their quality is simply terrible.

From bugs in the iPod OS, to Leopard being released months early, to heat issues, to dozens of issues with the displays, etc., etc., etc. Apple is simply a mess.


Lets see: Im envoius of several of my coworkers flawless macs because:

-I have an HP laptop, very nice looking but the keyboard is gouging the nice glossy screen.

-That nice little laptop is running vista, it can take up to 3 minuets sometimes to delete one item. VERY SMALL items usually such as notepad files.

-Vista chooses whether or not to detect your wireless network and when it does it takes FOREVER.

-Did I also mention everything on vista takes forever? EVERYTHING.

If you compare most windows machines to mac machines macs have an enourmously better build. Vista is causing alot of us windows people, myself included to switch.

I cant wait till April to buy my Mac :D

applestew
Feb 7, 2008, 01:05 AM
flat and nice :)

neilk2350
Feb 7, 2008, 05:33 AM
strangely, my wobble problem seems to be getting better

mine too actually

ahaxton
Feb 7, 2008, 12:07 PM
Probably just a weird break in period for some lol.

pspiegel
Feb 7, 2008, 07:10 PM
mine too actually

i wonder if this has something to do with the rubber feet wearing in?

Terwal
Feb 9, 2008, 03:01 AM
I just held it in the air (no pun) and gently squeezed/flexed the corners. I started with almost no pressure and slowly worked up until no wobble.

Also, the MBA was open when doing this delicate procedure.

Hi there... Waiting for my MB-R to be delivered but concerned about this wobbling issue... That would NOT be a good surprise... :(

Could anybody post a video of what type of wobbling we are talking about ?

As well, a video of the "flexing fix" mentioned about would be great ?

Thanks...

tofupancake
Feb 9, 2008, 06:59 AM
No wibbles, no wobbles.

ddd269
Feb 9, 2008, 03:59 PM
Hi there... Waiting for my MB-R to be delivered but concerned about this wobbling issue... That would NOT be a good surprise... :(

Could anybody post a video of what type of wobbling we are talking about ?

As well, a video of the "flexing fix" mentioned about would be great ?

Thanks...

Don't worry. it's not even worth a minute of you time to think about.

Enjoy your MBA!

uber gorilla
Feb 13, 2008, 05:54 AM
Here it is folks, the reason for all your wobbles:

Think about the surface on which you're using the MBA. That's what will be invariable causing the wobbles.

Case in point: The front left foot on my wonderful MBA doesn't sit flat on the desk (wooden) in my bedroom. However, when placed on a glass surface at work, or in my lounge room (coffee table) it sits flat as a tack.

Why?

It's the laptop's fault. And yet again, it really isn't. Because the laptop is so darn thin, any variation in the level/evenness of the surface on which it is placed will be accenuated. But when the surface itself is perfectly flat, it won't wobble and its thinness won't make a difference.

(Then again, this is just my crackpot theory. But it seems true when you think about it!)

chickenninja
Feb 13, 2008, 06:19 AM
of course it wobbles it floats on a thin cushion of air, if you stand on it you can use it as a hover skateboard. try it!
P.S. use tape to fix this problem (really!! put a piece of tape on your floating corner)

dicin
Feb 13, 2008, 06:42 AM
Very scientific theories indeed!

I placed my MBA on various surfaces and it did wobbled slightly. You were able to take a business card and slide it under the front left foot. I returned it after 4 days and got the MBA replaced. On the same surfaces today it is absolutely perfect.

Macmel
Feb 13, 2008, 07:17 AM
Here it is folks, the reason for all your wobbles:

Think about the surface on which you're using the MBA. That's what will be invariable causing the wobbles.

Case in point: The front left foot on my wonderful MBA doesn't sit flat on the desk (wooden) in my bedroom. However, when placed on a glass surface at work, or in my lounge room (coffee table) it sits flat as a tack.

Why?

It's the laptop's fault. And yet again, it really isn't. Because the laptop is so darn thin, any variation in the level/evenness of the surface on which it is placed will be accenuated. But when the surface itself is perfectly flat, it won't wobble and its thinness won't make a difference.

(Then again, this is just my crackpot theory. But it seems true when you think about it!)

Well, I'm not an engineer, but I think wobbling is produced because the four rubber feet on the MBA are not in the same plane or because the surface they sit on is not flat. The computer could be 10 inches thick and it wouldn't be sitting flat on a glass flat surface if the rubber feet are uneven. It has nothing to do with the thickness.
As I see it, they would have probably used a different material for the outer case, similarly weighed and more resistant than aluminum, but wouldn't be as cheap. So this problem is linked to the design and is going to be worse if you are used to pick your computer from the corners. Good news is this problem is as easy to solve as it is to cause it: just flex it a little bit.
I just can see how this can happen through the manufacturing process and how many of them are going to be slightly bent, but I wouldn't take it to the Apple store just for this.

brad.c
Feb 13, 2008, 08:12 AM
... just flex it a little bit. ...

How about an iron? Or, if it's running hot, spray it with a fine mist and smooth it out?

:cool:

dahcheet
Feb 13, 2008, 08:27 AM
How about an iron? Or, if it's running hot, spray it with a fine mist and smooth it out?

:cool:

I've heard that those new fangled steamers are pretty good at doing this. Maybe you can just leave it on the bathroom counter while you take a shower. :P

brad.c
Feb 13, 2008, 08:32 AM
I've heard that those new fangled steamers are pretty good at doing this. Maybe you can just leave it on the bathroom counter while you take a shower. :P

If only you could hang it by a Kensington security slot. ;)

This sounds similar to the MBP-screen-closes-unevenly threads in the past, although potentially more annoying. I'd hate a wobble when typing.

Seriously, if flexing works, how easily will the problem re-occur? I guess time will tell.

dahcheet
Feb 13, 2008, 10:02 AM
If only you could hang it by a Kensington security slot. ;)

This sounds similar to the MBP-screen-closes-unevenly threads in the past, although potentially more annoying. I'd hate a wobble when typing.

Seriously, if flexing works, how easily will the problem re-occur? I guess time will tell.

I haven't noticed any flexing in mine nor is it wobbly when it's on a table. Of course, it's hardly ever on a flat surface. I'm usually using my Air while I'm in the my Love Sac.

I'd imagine that if you can flex it back to flat you could re-flex it to wobbly. Do it too many times and the aluminum might fail.... no good. :(

instant hit
Feb 13, 2008, 10:27 AM
let me preface by saying this is for those seeking absolute perfection in the balance of their mba's.

i don't know if it's applicable to mba's in general, but i found mine to be built within very strict manufacturing tolerances. originally, i wanted to realign the display panel but that involved literally dismantling everything, so i focused on my second minor problem: the (im)balance on flat surfaces.

placing the bottom cover on a flat surface, lo and behold, it lay perfectly flat. i proceeded to test my hypothesis that the screws were to blame.

starting with the middle screws on the side, i torqued them into place, opened the lid at maximum angle; no wobble. going through process of elimination, i proceeded to work in sets of 2, placing screws on opposite sides of each other, and in-between checking for balance. eventually, i narrowed down which screws needed careful torquing and 15 minutes later, the persisting imbalance was eliminated. no more bending, massaging, or other method of coercion here.

i don't know if that procedure will work for everybody. it can be destructive if you don't use at least a #0 philips, but otherwise it doesn't involve modifying the feet or accidently bending the aluminum sheet out of shape.

ddd269
Feb 14, 2008, 02:49 PM
let me preface by saying this is for those seeking absolute perfection in the balance of their mba's.

i don't know if it's applicable to mba's in general, but i found mine to be built within very strict manufacturing tolerances. originally, i wanted to realign the display panel but that involved literally dismantling everything, so i focused on my second minor problem: the (im)balance on flat surfaces.

placing the bottom cover on a flat surface, lo and behold, it lay perfectly flat. i proceeded to test my hypothesis that the screws were to blame.

starting with the middle screws on the side, i torqued them into place, opened the lid at maximum angle; no wobble. going through process of elimination, i proceeded to work in sets of 2, placing screws on opposite sides of each other, and in-between checking for balance. eventually, i narrowed down which screws needed careful torquing and 15 minutes later, the persisting imbalance was eliminated. no more bending, massaging, or other method of coercion here.

i don't know if that procedure will work for everybody. it can be destructive if you don't use at least a #0 philips, but otherwise it doesn't involve modifying the feet or accidently bending the aluminum sheet out of shape.


Great..! Instead of complaining, you did something. Kudos to you my friend. We need more members like you.

I for one, don't care about the wobble. The degree of wobble changes, daily for me, depending on the surface and also how I carry my MBA (which bag, laying flat, standing upright). It seems to flex and change the degree of "twist" depending on circumstances.

Come on guys, this thing is only about 3/4" thick and 3 pounds. You didn't expect it to be rock solid, did you? The other Mac notebooks flex too, but because of it's heft, it plants it self firmly on the surface that you're working on.

As for your tightening goes, I'm sure you'll need regular adjustment as time goes on and the stress that your MBA goes through. My advice... Just ignore the little things and enjoy your MBA! :D

instant hit
Feb 14, 2008, 05:56 PM
Great..! Instead of complaining, you did something. Kudos to you my friend. We need more members like you.

I for one, don't care about the wobble. The degree of wobble changes, daily for me, depending on the surface and also how I carry my MBA (which bag, laying flat, standing upright). It seems to flex and change the degree of "twist" depending on circumstances.

Come on guys, this thing is only about 3/4" thick and 3 pounds. You didn't expect it to be rock solid, did you? The other Mac notebooks flex too, but because of it's heft, it plants it self firmly on the surface that you're working on.

As for your tightening goes, I'm sure you'll need regular adjustment as time goes on and the stress that your MBA goes through. My advice... Just ignore the little things and enjoy your MBA! :D

i think it's one thing to complain; it's another thing if you idly stand-by and wait for the complaint to fix itself or wait for some sort of divine intervention. but yeah. hopefully retightening won't be necessary. it's been roughly 48 hours since the operation. and my mba goes wherever i go -- which sadly the same cannot be said for my mac pro being lonely. :D

also, a little addendum to my other post here. you can also try to take the same bottom cover, turning it upside-down, and checking the balance that way. if you need to add some bias, make sure to slowly add force and continually recheck the balance until it sits perfectly flat. then reattach according to my procedure above.

i make no guarantees whatsoever so YMMV!

dibara2003
Feb 14, 2008, 07:36 PM
no wobbles here. interesting theories

Terwal
Feb 23, 2008, 12:56 PM
No wobbles here either... and by the way: no pb with the backlit keyboard or the spinning HD either...

Great machine... very happily surprised after 1st day of use...

shadowmatt
Feb 23, 2008, 03:32 PM
Mine did a little bit. I have fixed it though, its really easy.

You need to remove all the bottom screws and apply a sideways pressure on the base towards where it wobbles (place hand flat on base and push), This will shift the base by a fraction but it will even it out.

Try on a flat surface to see if it still wobbles, if it does try again with the pressure / sliding.

Once its fixed screw in the 4 corner screws first and dont over tighten. Test again to see if it lies flat. If it still does put the rest of the screws back in. If it doesnt loosen the screws and tighten again in a different order.

Remember which screws are which, they are smaller at the front.

This does work. The case can move a fraction of a mm and it does alter if it sits even. Try to get the gap between the case and the base even on both sides.

NC MacGuy
Feb 23, 2008, 04:06 PM
let me preface by saying this is for those seeking absolute perfection in the balance of their mba's.

i don't know if it's applicable to mba's in general, but i found mine to be built within very strict manufacturing tolerances. originally, i wanted to realign the display panel but that involved literally dismantling everything, so i focused on my second minor problem: the (im)balance on flat surfaces.

placing the bottom cover on a flat surface, lo and behold, it lay perfectly flat. i proceeded to test my hypothesis that the screws were to blame.

starting with the middle screws on the side, i torqued them into place, opened the lid at maximum angle; no wobble. going through process of elimination, i proceeded to work in sets of 2, placing screws on opposite sides of each other, and in-between checking for balance. eventually, i narrowed down which screws needed careful torquing and 15 minutes later, the persisting imbalance was eliminated. no more bending, massaging, or other method of coercion here.

i don't know if that procedure will work for everybody. it can be destructive if you don't use at least a #0 philips, but otherwise it doesn't involve modifying the feet or accidently bending the aluminum sheet out of shape.

A man after my own heart! You've proved my theory anyway...

ojwk
Feb 23, 2008, 05:24 PM
When I'm typing at high speeds the screen has a tendency to wobble. Same front left foot slight wobble fixed immediately after very mild flex!

w00tini
Mar 4, 2008, 09:20 PM
I just wanted to chime in that I had a mild flex in mine as well. but once I gave it a firm, but gentle, twist all seems to be well now. my only concern is that this is a cast molding and no amount of twisting will fix it forever...it may bend back a bit.

Anyway, if it does I am going to try the screw removal/replacement listed by a previous poster.

It should be noted that the Apple folks have offered to replace my Air with no hassle at all. As soon as one comes in stock, I can swap it out. But to be honest, I've got so much stuff on the laptop now, I'd be pained to get a brand new one. I have an RA# and repair ticket so I'm going to give it a week and if it comes back, I'll get it replaced.

jarpod
Mar 18, 2008, 05:52 PM
its sad... i just got my mba and it woobles a lot!!! i flexed it a little and solved 95% of the problem....

I dont want to wait 2 weeks for another air... lets hope it stays that way....
other than that I love my computer....

about the printer rebate.... did you guys had a hard time slashing your mba's box for the upc code?

joegomolski
Mar 18, 2008, 09:17 PM
no wobbles, and no heat problems either!:D

iJeff
Mar 19, 2008, 04:42 AM
The bottom left feet of my MBA is a bit off (seems like a common problem). Did the "flexing exercise" as suggested by some here and it is now better.

RoDe
Mar 19, 2008, 06:32 AM
Hi guys,

The problem are not the feet. The aluminium is the problem. I had the exact same thing with my MBP.
The MacBooks don't seem to have this problem, 'cause they're made out of plastic.

I have also seen this problem with alu. powerbooks, and not just once.

I don't exactly know why, it could be the manufacturing process. I know this because I studied airplane construction (must confess I never finished the study). So I fairy intensively worked with aluminium. I know that aluminum gets bend very easily and that because of heat it can start to warp a little. It also, depending on the type of aluminium, has the tendency not get back into shape, after it expandid because of heat.

I've seen that Apple is currently hiring some-one that knows carbon-fibre. I can only hope their going to abandon aluminium in favour of carbon-fibre for their portables. It will make them stiffer and lighter at the same time.

Alkiera
Mar 21, 2008, 03:42 PM
Hi guys,
I've seen that Apple is currently hiring some-one that knows carbon-fibre. I can only hope their going to abandon aluminium in favour of carbon-fibre for their portables. It will make them stiffer and lighter at the same time.

WHile I hear you and agree on issues with aluminum; carbon-fiber is not really the answer. Was a carbon fiber-based laptop at BestBuy the other day, it felt about as solid as a house of lincoln logs; I picked it up, and though light, it flexed like crazy.

The one of the best things about the MBA is how stiff it is when lifted with one hand.

RoDe
Mar 24, 2008, 05:26 AM
WHile I hear you and agree on issues with aluminum; carbon-fiber is not really the answer. Was a carbon fiber-based laptop at BestBuy the other day, it felt about as solid as a house of lincoln logs; I picked it up, and though light, it flexed like crazy.

The one of the best things about the MBA is how stiff it is when lifted with one hand.

I don't know which one you picked up, but the ones I picked up had that same problem. They feel flimsy and not so strong. However this has to do with sloppy manufacturing process, besides most of the carbon fibre you find on laptops these days are there just to show off. They don't have any structural purpose.

Carbon fibre when used properly can be stiffer than aluminium or titanium.
The key is how you layer it and and if you use a sandwich material, like a aramide fibre honeycomb material. That stuff is great. It looks incredibly flimsy but is incredibly strong.