Have you ever noticed that the keyboard is leaving marks on the LCD screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mac000, Jan 23, 2007.

  1. mac000 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2005
    "Apple PowerBooks made since the 1998 Wallstreet models all the way up to the brand new PowerBook G4s have had problems with their keyboards coming into contact with the delicate LCD display and leaving marks on the screen that sometimes will not come off. Most are oils left from your fingers on the key caps; however, some are not removable."

    I have a macbook pro, is there something i should take into consideration here? This is my first pro laptop and I was unaware of this "problem"
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    This happens a little with my MBP. I don't find it to be an issue (yet) and I have one of the original CD ones ordered on the day of release...
  3. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    My wife's ibook and my iBook have it as well, but I don't notice it while working. In fact, I had to hold it up to the light to see it on mine. Do you have a glossy screen?
  4. BenHoleton macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2006
    Apple provides a free solution: When you opened you MBP (or Powerbook, or iBook, etc.) there was a little sheet between the keyboard and the screen. Use it. If you don't have that, there are plenty of fter market accessories to deal with it. Pick up any issue of Macworld or MacLife (nee' MacAddict) and some accesory manufacturer will have them.
  5. tobefirst macrumors 68040


    Jan 24, 2005
    St. Louis, MO
    I was in the same boat with flyfish29. My old Power Book had the keyboard marks on the screen that you could see when the 'book was off, but once it was on, I couldn't even tell. The laptop was so beat up anyways, that I didn't really care too much.

    I haven't noticed it on my MacBook, though. At least, again, when the thing is on and I'm using it, there is no evidence of an imprint.
  6. mac000 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Sep 6, 2005
    When exactly are you suppose to place the screen protector there? Obviously between sessions of using your laptop right? While a laptop cools between sessions the oils and dirt from the keyboard may come off onto the screen, right? But lets say your laptop is being used in clamshell mode, i'm guessing there should be no protection then to allow air intake through the keyboard? But after uses use the protector then?
  7. joepunk macrumors 68030


    Aug 5, 2004
    a profane existence
    I use a piece of paper as I lost the slip that came with my PB.

    Any marks left on the screen don't bother me at all. I just clean the screen every few months if I think it needs it.
  8. 4np macrumors 6502a


    Feb 23, 2005
    The Netherlands
    That's why I use a 'ScreenSavrz' on my PowerBook :) Besides that is protects your screen you can also use it to clean your screen. When I'm upgrading to a MBP the first accessory I'm buying will be another ScreenSavrz (or from another brand).

    This problem is not apple only though; it happens with all notebooks but it really depens on how you handle your machine. The rougher you handle it the more likely you are to see these imprints on the screen. I have seen dell notebooks with really extreme imprinting but these particular notebooks have been handled quite rough. It all depends on how much pressure you put on the lid...

  9. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Both my Pismo and my iBook G4 sometimes got those tell-tale keyboard marks on the screen whenever I had too much stuff™ in my bag/backpack with them, thus applying (some) pressure on the lid. Never had any problem getting it off with a soft microfibre cloth (sometimes ever so slightly dampened).

    Never seen any of those on my MacBook, though, so maybe the new, flat keyboard takes care of that...? :)

    Never bothered with a screen protector for long on any om my laptops...
  10. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Use it when you transport the laptop closed. This is when pressure will be put on the screen that presses it down to the keyboard. I am really surprised that a large number of people never even realise how important a cloth in the middle is...
  11. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
  12. SkyBell macrumors 604


    Sep 7, 2006
    Texas, unfortunately.
    My old laptop had a keyboard that kind of retracted into the case when you closed the lid... Neat little Compaq.

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