Do iBook G4s smell bad, or just G3s?

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Toe, Sep 16, 2005.

  1. Toe
    macrumors 65816


    I've worked with two iBook G3s (the later white G3 variety, 500-800 MHz) that have a very strong chemical smell like slightly melted plastic or stale sweat or something.

    I've done a little Googling and found other people complaining of the same thing, but they all seem to have G3 iBooks.

    Is this odor still an issue with the iBook G4?

    I need to buy a laptop for someone, and don't want to subject them to that stench. For the chemically sensitive, it is really overpowering...

    Any input appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    My iBook G4 doesn't really smell all that much. If I get really close (nose on the keyboard) I can make out the smell of plastic and that's about it. I do wash my hands before using it though.

    I imagine if I used it for pr0n, it could smell a little different though...
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Probably stale sweat. I reccomend everyone wipe their palm rest on their ibooks after every use.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    my ibook smells fine and so does my dads 900mhz g3 ibook
  5. Toe
    macrumors 65816


    Interesting... I dug a little deeper and found this thread on themacintoshguy:
    Still makes me wonder if the G4s are different. I would presume Apple figured it out and did something about it...?
  6. macrumors 6502

    My G4 doesn't smell bad and I've used some G3's before and they don't smell bad either, at least when I was using them. I wouldn't worry about it....
  7. macrumors 6502a


    I once was using my iBook in a class, and it smelled horrible - like rotting manure. I realized it wasn't my iBook and instead a dead rat behind a cabinet in the room.

    So yeah, iBooks don't smell bad.
  8. macrumors G4

    I suppose you should be cleaning it more thoroughly if you're using it for that, to get rid of the sticky keys as well as the scent...
  9. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew


    But I said I don't use it for that. How did she know? She must be eliminated! Fly my pretties! Ahh, say your good-byes vniow. Mwahahahaha!
  10. macrumors 6502a


    Funny...mine smells like an iBook.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    My iBook G3 never smelled bad, any my iBook G4 just has a bit of new computer smell if you get up really close.
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Only their performance stinks. :D
  13. macrumors 6502a


    My G3 ibook is fine and I havent noticed any problems with the G4's
  14. macrumors G5

    My G3 iBook farted all the time, thats why I had to sell it.

    Oh wait, that was me.
  15. Toe
    macrumors 65816


    Hm. I wonder if the smell is in part a function of the sensitivity of the user...?

    The two iBooks I have dealt with that I found to be unbearably stinky were not at all bothersome to their regular users.

    If you tend to use strongly scented colognes, deodorants, shampoos, laundry detergents, soaps, etc.; or if you don't mind air fresheners and other strong artificial smells, then perhaps you wouldn't notice this smell at all.

    Does that modify anyone's answer?

  16. macrumors 6502a


    It would probably smell if you had sweaty hands and never cleaned it.
  17. Toe
    macrumors 65816


    From reading other threads about it, I am pretty sure the cause is a plastic sticker under the keyboard. People report that replacing the keyboard fixes the issue.

    I assume that Apple no longer uses that sticker (or more precisely, the glue on it), but I dunno for sure.

    Guess I'll find out. :/
  18. macrumors 6502a


    My new iBook G4 smells great . . .
  19. macrumors 6502

    My wife's 3 year old iBook G3 (CompUSA display) still smells new when you sniff close to it and both of our new iBooks still smell new.
  20. macrumors 65816


    Mine smells fine after 9 months . . .


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