Lid/case gap normal?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bloodycape, Jun 15, 2006.

  1. bloodycape macrumors 65816

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    Is this lid case gap normal? I just got my MBP today and this does not seem normal to me or am I being paranoid? It is only on one side. If this is not normal should I return it? I have attached a pic.
     

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  2. iTwitch macrumors 6502a

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    My iBook has a gap, actually there's a gap between the bottom half and the little rubber pads on the bezel. The resulting play in the lid when I pick it up gives it a flimsy feel but from what I've read it's pretty normal and causes no real harm.
     
  3. bloodycape thread starter macrumors 65816

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    My ibook also has this gap but that was after 6 months of use. This is a new open box computer I got today I expected not to be like this? BTW my ibook was also an open box item I got from a mac store.
     
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  5. FirePak macrumors regular

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    I just took a look at mine and it has that same gap thing. I hadnt noticed it before until now.
     
  6. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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    Mine's got one too - I hate it :( - but I'm used to it now...

    ...I'll ask the Apple Store Employees if it's normal next time I go to the store.
     
  7. OutThere macrumors 603

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    Yes the gap is normal. Historically poor apple fit & finish qc. :rolleyes:
     
  8. chosenwolf macrumors 6502a

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    I have a worse gap on my 17" MBP. Trust me, yours is in much better shape. If I gently press down or move my MAC it wakes up from sleep. If you send it in for a new one, chances are you will receive another one with a gap. It's just poor build on Apple's part :mad:
     
  9. bloodycape thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Okay that made me feel better. Good to know. So it really is an Apple fit and finish quality? I knoq my ibook had it but it was after a while. Hmm odd.
     
  10. broncoball macrumors regular

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    i have a 12" powerbook and the gap is much bigger the apple store said its normal though.
     
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  12. Eniregnat macrumors 68000

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    It's the same with the older PBs. It isn't a quality control issue, rather a design issue. The way the hinge is made, it is nearly impossible to get an absolutely flat connection with the main body. It doesn’t hurt, and really doesn’t look bad. That's my take.

    Quite frankly I like how Apple designs the hinge. I am less woried about how the computer looks while closed, when I know that what ever angel I open the computer to, it stays. That's important, and every PC laptop I had, had the hinge go bad eventually. Something I haven't seen on my Macs.
     
  13. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    You're right guys it is normal but it's certainly not how it should be. You see the pic below? That's from Apple's website. That's how the lids on your MacBook Pros and PowerBook should actually look.

    The PowerBook I'm on at the moment has a perfect shut line (though it's dented quite bad under the keyboard where I dropped it). My last one had a big gap on one side.

    The gap is normal, but it's screwed up. You think Jobs has an MBP with a dodgy panel fit? I don't.

    Most people, including me, can live with it because it's not really that bad, but it shouldn't happen. You ever see an Audi come out of the factory with a panel gap? Nope and that's a car with massive mixed metal panels (aluminium too in the case of the A8). Why Apple can't get a computer case to shut properly as a matter of course is slightly pathetic.
     

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  14. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Totally normal. On my iBook the rubber stoppers on the corners of the screen stop the screen from fitting plush with everything else. I could really care less, cause I never have time to stare at my closed iBook.

    Don't be paranoid, even though it's an Apple, nothing is ever perfect.
     
  15. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    Sadly this seems to be you accepting mediocrity from of your $1000+ purchase as opposed to how things really should be, but maybe that's reflective.
     

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