Slight wobble... normal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by warfed, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. warfed macrumors regular

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    My new MBA has a slight wobble when sitting on a flat surface. The left front foot is slightly higher than the rest. I can slide a piece of paper under it without a problem. Is this a normal for this laptop or is this reason for exchange? I went to the store today and the tech tightened the screws... that fixed the problem for a few hours, but the wobble is now back.
     
  2. JPizzzle macrumors regular

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    I had the exact same issue with mine. I was within my 14 days and exchanged it at the apple store. I would bring it in. You should expect your laptop to be level :)
     
  3. Lock macrumors member

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    I noticed this as well - also left front. I don't consider it an issue as it is only noticeable when I go out of my way to push down on that corner on a flat surface. It just feels slightly different.

    I'm sure you can return it in the 14 days, but really, is it that big of a deal?
     
  4. Nioxic macrumors regular

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    mine is 100% level..

    so if i where you i would take it back to the store
     
  5. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    The base of the laptop is warped.

    My original had the problem you described. When I called Apple, they immediately suggested I either return it (I ordered via Apple Online) or take it into a store.

    Because I have an Apple store just two miles from home, I opted to take it in. The Genius was so familiar with this common problem he didn't even check it.

    He immediately gave me a new one, the sales person did the exchange and I was out in less than 30 minutes.
     
  6. aleni macrumors 68000

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    maybe your desk is not really flat. try moving to another desk or another part of that desk and see if it's still wobbling.
     
  7. warfed thread starter macrumors regular

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    It isn't a "huge" deal, but I noticed it the first time I typed on a desk. The wobble isn't terrible, but it still moves a bit while I'm typing.

    I thought so too at first, but I tried on many surfaces (including glass) since and it wobbles everywhere.

    Yeah, I think that's what I will end up doing. I still have a week to return it and I know it will just keep bothering me.


    Thanks for all the replies.
     
  8. Lock macrumors member

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    I checked mine again and now there's no issue. I tried your paper test and it was fine. :shrug: If it's bothering you, take it in - mine was unnoticeable during use. What you're describing would probably get on my nerves.
     
  9. JPizzzle macrumors regular

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    For what it's worth, my replacement did not have the issue.
     
  10. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    Interesting - I've noticed a wobble in my 2011 i5 Air for the past several weeks. I tried the electrical tape trick, which actually works well, but eventually figured out that the issue was an icarbon skin that I had applied to my unit. It seems to be thick enough that is causes some problems with the level. I took off the bottom skin and the unit the perfectly flat now. Bummer, because I really liked that skin.
     
  11. optmi macrumors member

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    My 2010 13 wobbles all the time, but I don't typically use it on a desk, rather when I'm on the couch so it doesn't really bother me. I don't think it's too much of a problem as they're quite pliable.
     
  12. alecgold macrumors 6502a

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    my 13" 2010 seemed more pliable than my 2011 11"!
     
  13. warfed thread starter macrumors regular

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    So I went to the apple store today and got a new air... exact same wobble haha. Decided to keep it, no point wasting another machine, I'll just do the electrical tape trick (thanks for the tip).
     
  14. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    That trick works really well, BTW - you can't even tells its there.
     

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