MBP C2D 5 weeks old, palm rest wearing away

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Aelyrin, Dec 19, 2006.

  1. Aelyrin macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Missoula, Montana

    I was wondering if anyone else is experiencing the palm rests of their MBP starting to show wear and tear.

    The aluminum seems to be wearing away, with little pock marks on my left palm rest. Is this normal or should I be calling into Apple regarding the issue?

    The specs are not just dirt, the are actual "holes" in the bezel, very shallow, but they show up clearly.

    Thank you
    Billy Niemeyer
  2. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    Contact apple. Mine is around the same age but nothing of that sort.
  3. Subiklim macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2006
    Manhattan, New York
    It's a quite common pitting problem. It's one of the reasons I went from a AL Powerbook to the plastic macbook.

    Apple didn't do anything about it when it happened to me, but then again it was far over 5 weeks old (but still under warranty).

    Give them a call -- it can't hurt.
  4. NJuul macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2006
    The palm rests on my very heavily used 10 months old mbp looks as new. Call Apple and let us know what they say.
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3


    Aug 20, 2003
    sitting on your shoulder
    Some people have a low pH sweat. You are probably one of them. One solution: don't rest your wrists there when typing, that will also help prevent carpal tunnel.
  6. Aelyrin thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Missoula, Montana
    I called apple and they said they would replace the bezel but I would need to ship it in, I also have some screen quality issues as well that they will be addressing.

    I am not able to just ship out the machine as it is my main work machine and I can't be without it for 2 weeks so I will have to wait until March when I go to mexico to have them repair it.

    The representative I spoke with said that it would not be a problem, I have an open apple service number and that I can take care of it at anytime in the 3 years I have the machine.

    Also, I am not sure how NOT to rest my palm there, it is mainly on the left hand side (I am a WoWer in my spare time) and when the video card is running hot my wrist will sweat alot.

    I used to own an Aluminum Bezel keyboard from Coolermaster and had the same issues with it. I am wondering if it is even worth sending in to have repaired at this point if it will just happen again. If I were to just wait until I am ready to upgrade and then have them fix it I wonder if that would be a better solution.
  7. hqsbud macrumors member

    Nov 10, 2003
    A MarWare or InvisibleShield protector might be able to prevent it without having to teach yourself to hold your wrist up.
  8. Aelyrin thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Missoula, Montana
    Thank you for the tip! Just ordered a 17inch full shield from them :)

    It's minor enough now that it doesn't bother me. If apple will replace it some day I can have them do it when they replace the screen and then just reshield it!

    Thanks alot for the help.
  9. khunsanook macrumors 6502


    Jul 2, 2006
    East Asia
    IMO, this shouldn't be happening after 5 weeks. I've seen the pock marks on my friends' powerbooks and I've read posts about this explaining that it is due to to corrosion from sweat. Hmmm...maybe after a year, not 5 weeks. I'd contact Apple.

    Good luck
  10. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
    Can we see some pictures of what your talking about?
  11. Aelyrin thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 30, 2006
    Missoula, Montana
    I tried to take some pics iwth my camera phone but the marks dont show up, they are very minor right now, but seem to be excessive after only a few weeks of useage.

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