keyboard marking up powerbook screeens?

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by EK03, May 16, 2004.

  1. macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2004
    Ive heard the keybord presses up against the LCD of the new powerbooks, is this correct? I ordered a new 17" powerbook and dont want to permaently damage the screen
  2. macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2004
    Frederick, Md
    I believe that was only in the early ones and has been fixed.
  3. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ

    I am playing it safe and have a radtech insert. When you spend thousands on a machine $30 for a decent screen protector seems small change to protect the screen from marks from the keyboard, pad and hand acids.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2004
    yeah this is a dangerous rumor, i dont want to waste alot of money for a new screen. Any offical answer?
  5. macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2004
    Yah it can happen

    I have seen a few powerbooks (ibooks seem less susceptible to this) that have about six key imprints in the centre of the screen. It seems more likely to happen on the machines that are carried around frequently. Probably has something to do with pressure on the top a closed pbook pressing the screen against the keyboard.

    If you are planning to carry your machine around with you, it would be well worth keeping a screen protector sheet in it (or thin lens cleaning cloth as I do). It will serve well to keep the screen looking fine.

    As an alternative, there are also static films on the market to apply over your screen. When these get scuffed up, you simple take them off and get a new one. This option is great if you will be using your pbook in situations where someone is likely to touch the screen. (the name of the supplier escapes me now, but I will update if I find it. . . .)
  6. macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2004
    Columbus, Ohio
    From my experience these are not marks from the keys being pushed into the screen. I believe that the marks that you are seeing are the residues left from your typing on the keys. Grease and dirt are then transfer to the screen when the laptop is closed. i have removed this marks simply by cleaning the screen. ***** Be very careful when cleaning because normal cleaners like windex will destroy your screen.****** I have used light pressure with a soft cloth and water. There are also special cleaners available in computer stores.
  7. big
    macrumors 65816


    Feb 20, 2002
    yep, 15" TiBook... when you close the lid, to put it to sleep, just let it barely touch, do not actually latch it, unless you are traveling. I've already had it happen to mine
  8. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2004
    anyone have any comments specifically on the new AlBooks? Ti book comments are welcome but the design is different between the 2

  9. macrumors 6502a


    Mar 22, 2004
    United States
    At least for my 12" Rev. B Powerbook, I have had no problems. For traveling, I stick a soft styrofoam sheet between the keyboard and LCD just for extra protection. I think this problem pertains mainly to the 15"ers, but I think they've been resolved.

  10. macrumors 65816


    Nov 30, 2003
    Haven't had any problems with my 12 inch PB (rev. B), and my girlfriend hasn't had any problems with her 12 inch G4 iBook either. Both were purchased sometime in November. Her old G3 iBook had some marks on the screen, but the new one has been fine.

    I wouldn't worry about it. Also, when you get it you can take a look at it to check whether there'd be any reason to think the screen would get damaged, then decide if you really need to get anything else.
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2003
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2002
    buffalo ny

    i actually do that too... right before i got my tibook this guy at starbucks tried to sell me his... it had most of the keyboard imprinted into the screen... i only actually keep the powerbook latched when its traveling in its swanky laptop bag... otherwise it sleeps with the lid down, but not latched...
  13. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2004
    any 17" users have this problem? i just got my beauty in today and really dont want to mark it up
  14. macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Central Valley, CA
    That actually happened with my iBook after it had been in my backpack for a while.... it went away though.
  15. macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2003
    true, i get this a lot. its annoying
  16. macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    i have a tibook and an albook (both 15") and i can say that while the problem is much smaller in the albook, it's still there. the screen will not stay clean if one doesn't put some kind of protective material in between the screen and the keyboard.

    it's nothing i cannot live with, as the problem is a great deal bigger issue with the tibook. this "feature" is a cost of a thin design ;)
  17. macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2004
    University Place
    Yes on my powerbook
    but only up closest to the hinge and not very much
    so i went and bought the radtech and i recommend it to all of my friends
  18. macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ

    Radtech is cool. Looking forward to using day...
  19. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2004
  20. macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2004
    Don't worry about it, your system is covered with one year of AppleCare, so Apple will replace your screen if it gets damaged. Anyway, I treat my Dell notebook's LCD display like **** and it still has the same great image quality it did when I bought it.
  21. thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 30, 2004
    i still cant believe apple only has a 90 day standard warranty
  22. macrumors 68020


    Sep 26, 2001
    where the concrete to dirt ratio is better


    365 day standard warranty.
  23. macrumors newbie

    May 31, 2004
    Keyboard and LCD covers

    There are a few options to protect your keyboard if you are worried, none of them are particularly expensive.

    Many companies cell covers which protect from direct contact between the LCD and keyboard in a closed laptop. Also, there are LCD protection sheets made by macally(? i think) that will protect from oils and grease on the LCD. Check out,, or Other World Computing too see what meets your needs.

    Unfortunately, I can't comment on any of them because I don't have my powerbook yet.
  24. macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    I have a few marks on my 15" AlBook screen. Just a few, and I think it's from pressing a bit too hard on the lid/display while transporting. No where near as bad as the TiBooks though.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jun 1, 2004
    I just bought my 12' powerbook two days ago and I use the little foam sheet it came with. :cool:

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