View Full Version : Macbook Pro lid not closing perfectly

May 24, 2008, 04:27 PM
Hi all.

I purchased a 15.4 in Macbook Pro two weeks ago and I carry it in a Swiss Gear SYNERGY Computer Backpack (http://store.apple.com/us/product/TF765LL/A?fnode=home/shop_mac/mac_accessories/notebook_cases&mco=Njg5MTMy&p=2&s=topRated), but I noticed that my notebook lid isn't closing perfectly parallel with the hand rest base, i.e. the top corners of my lid are 1mm or 2mm apart from it.

I realized that when placing the notebook in my backpack, resting on any of the ports side, it causes the other side to create a (tiny) gap between the lid and the base (especially in the top corner).

So my questions are:

Is this normal, or is it related to the position I put the notebook in my backpack?

Would it be better if I got a carrying case that positions the notebook horizontally (like Vyper exo (http://www.booqbags.com/s.nl/it.A/id.261/.f?sc=12&category=-112)) instead of vertically (as in my backback)?

Thanks in advance!

May 24, 2008, 05:30 PM
don't worry about it. While saying this is "normal" could be debatable, it happens to everyone's MBP. Honestly, in a week or so, the other edge might the one that's slightly higher. It changes from time to time:D (for me anyways). As long as it's not severely deformed it should be fine.

May 24, 2008, 06:48 PM
Yeah, I've owned four of them, and they were all a little off. No big deal.

May 24, 2008, 07:00 PM
Is this perhaps caused by the physical latch? I'm hoping the next MBP has magnetic latches so it always closes completely flat.

May 24, 2008, 07:25 PM
Me too. The MBP case design is ancient and needs some serious work.

May 24, 2008, 07:59 PM
This leaves me with a little bit more peace of mind. Sure it'd be great if it closed completely flat, but as it is, it's no big deal. :)

I only hope this "normal deformation" stops at 2mm max. I would certainly hate to see a 4-5 mm gap in there.

Would you then say it's the same whether I carry it vertically or horizontally?

Thanks guys!

May 24, 2008, 08:23 PM
I'd say that it doesn't really matter vertically or horizontally. The bag you have should be fine, just keep the screen side (as opposed to the battery side) facing your back. This way any other items in your bag won't push against the lid/screen.

May 24, 2008, 08:31 PM
I've noticed mine, and all the MBP's owned by friends, all have that uneven latching. I've read elsewhere that there's some hinge adjustment you can do, or ask a Genius to do for you when you go in. I haven't bothered, but it IS something that catches my attention. At least it has no functional implication. However, I also note my release latch is sometimes unresponsive. That's kind of annoying.

I agree, the magnetic clasps of the Macbook and MBA are nice. Next model?