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wedge234
Apr 8, 2008, 02:25 PM
So I got my macbook a couple of weeks ago, and I've noticed a couple of things regarding the case. On the lower body in the left hand side where the cosmetic screws are, I can push in on the case. It gives in about a centimeter, but there doesn't seem to be any visible exposure into the body of the machine. Secondly, the battery does not sit flush to the rest of the case (the battery is actually narrower than the case). Should I be concerned? I took it in to the store and showed the geniuses, and they believe there's no concern about either issue, but they did make notes and provided me with case numbers. Should I take what they said at face value or should I be a little more proactive and be concerned about this?



myuserid08
Apr 8, 2008, 03:08 PM
I wouldn't worry about it, I can push the side of the case in as well, I didn't notice until you mentioned it.
My battery also doesn't sit flush, neither does my brother-in-laws so its a fairly common problem.

Jeweller
Apr 8, 2008, 03:14 PM
Should I take what they said at face value or should I be a little more proactive and be concerned about this?

Since you're obviously not satisfied with you're purchase, I'd say yes, pester them until they fix the problem. These issues are never going to stop bothering you, nor the fact that you didn't do everything you could to remedy them.

wedge234
Apr 8, 2008, 03:27 PM
Since you're obviously not satisfied with you're purchase, I'd say yes, pester them until they fix the problem. These issues are never going to stop bothering you, nor the fact that you didn't do everything you could to remedy them.

true enough. They gave me the option of exchanging it, but they said I'd have to pay the restocking fee, which I think is pretty lame.

I can live with them, I'm just more concerned about them being anything more than cosmetic. If the side is letting in dust, the battery has some internal defect causing it to be misshapen, etc., that's where my concern comes in to play.

wedge234
Apr 8, 2008, 03:30 PM
I wouldn't worry about it, I can push the side of the case in as well, I didn't notice until you mentioned it.
My battery also doesn't sit flush, neither does my brother-in-laws so its a fairly common problem.

The thing that weirds me out about it is that this being macbook no. 2 (since the geniuses did a number to the casing of macbook no. 1 a few weeks before that) has this problem, and macbook no. 1 had the battery sitting flush.

The whole case of this one feels really different than the one I initially bought. That one had smooth edges, no issues with the case, and a flush battery. This one, the battery isn't in quite right, the side's all squishy, and the edges are really sharp jagged.

I liked my first one better. :mad:

wedge234
Apr 8, 2008, 10:04 PM
Just an FYI, I talked to the store manager at the store here in SF, and he was saying that the sides are supposed to be "squishy" to allow expansion and retraction due to heat. It's a perfectly normal thing. Secondly, he was saying that the batteries are made to sit a little shallower than the edge of the case. If it was made to be flush with the side of the battery bay, it would chip and scratch up the edge, which they don't want. So everything's normal, and apparently my eyes were playing tricks on me with my first one.

Italchef
Apr 8, 2008, 10:34 PM
Just to let you know, and maybe feel better about your machine, mine is exactly the same. There was a similar thread on here a few weeks ago talking about the squishy side thing. I had felt it in mine and wondered about it, but then I saw that it was the same with everyone. The battery thing I never really thought about, but it is true that making it a bit smaller will allow for expansion and limit the chipping.
Anyway, this gives me the opportunity to say how much I love the new Macbook. This is my first laptop and I'm loving the experience.
Enjoy,

Mick

flopticalcube
Apr 8, 2008, 10:37 PM
So I got my macbook a couple of weeks ago, and I've noticed a couple of things regarding the case. On the lower body in the left hand side where the cosmetic screws are, I can push in on the case. It gives in about a centimeter, but there doesn't seem to be any visible exposure into the body of the machine.

:eek: I gather you mean a millimeter or maybe two.

ryannel2003
Apr 8, 2008, 10:43 PM
My MacBook also has slightly squishy sides, along with a not as flush as it should be battery.

wedge234
Apr 8, 2008, 11:04 PM
:eek: I gather you mean a millimeter or maybe two.

I don't have my ruler on me, so I can't say for certain :p. It just seems to move quite a bit.

pyr0sphere
Apr 9, 2008, 12:17 AM
Both are quite natural and are nothing to worry about

skins0304
Apr 9, 2008, 11:38 PM
Mine is "squishy" as well.

Seems to be normal.