Worried about the naked LCD panel...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by smugDrew, May 2, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    in a dwelling
    One of the many reasons I've always like the MacBook Pro is that it has a protective glass between me and the LCD panel.

    The LCD panel on the 13" MBA looks amazing, so clear, such high resolution for the panel size - all positives. BUT what always happens over time, is that the LCD panel collects dust and other odd marks. And on the MBP it's easy - window cleaner and I'm done.

    So is it difficult to keep the MBA panel clean? If it does develop the inevitable 'odd marks' on it (seems to happen most ofter during winter, funnily during flu season), is the panel easily cleanable? Will cleaning the LCD panel impact on the long term longevity of the panel? Any help would be super appreciated.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jan 12, 2011
    Boston, MA
    It does collect dust, but it's not that big of a deal because you don't really notice it. Now, what I don't like that much is that when you are trying to clean things off of the screen, they often get a little stuck in the bezel at the edges of the screen since there is no edge to edge glass. It's not that big a deal, though.

    I certainly don't mind it as out of all the computers I've owned in the past, none have had edge to edge glass lol.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    in a dwelling
    Thanks for your reply :cool:

    Is there a specific cleaning liquid that's best for cleaning any accidental; we'll call them 'sneeze marks' off a MBA panel?

    I know I might be a bit over worried about this, but I crave a MBA but I'm worried about the lack of protection of the LCD panel...
  4. macrumors regular


    Apr 18, 2010
    the dust gathering up in the edges is kinda inevitable. doesn't really bother me though. I just casually wipe dust off with my sleeve every once in a while. I make sure nothing splashes on it and I never touch it
  5. macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    dont worry about it, i have a mba doesnt bother me, doesnt attract much dust at all
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2011
    in a dwelling
    Thanks for everyone's responses. Yes, I think the lightness and all the other positives really far outweigh what I thought was a negative - but really it's no big deal. :)
  7. macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2011
    Western Hemisphere
    There's no need for a glass cover, the display is very durable. It's also easier to keep clean. I use a clean micro fiber cloth, dampened with warm water. Works far better than any screen cleaner.

    I've had lots of Mac laptops and every display had remained like new after years.
  8. macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia
    a generous splash of dish-washing liquid and hose it off.
    leave to dry in the sun.
    polish with Mr Sheen or similar.
    that should do the trick.

    or - turn off the MBA
    gently wipe screen with a damp cloth
    buff with lint free soft cloth - twice
    taking especial care around the edges.

    if you can still see dust and lint after that, then you have excellent 20/20 vision.

    seriously - keeping the Air's screen clean and dust free is not a big deal ;)
  9. macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2011
    Cleaning MBA or MBP screens

    A visit to a local Photography store is required

    1) A blower (typically used for removing dust from camera sensors): This will help you remove dust from edges and keyboard.
    2) A lens cleaning micro fiber cloth: damp it with cold water and wipe over the screen.
    3) leather chamois: Very soft piece and leather and ideal for remove marks like finger prints, oils marks etc.

    Always keep you screen cloth/ chamois separate and do not use for cleaning anything else (like keyboard etc)
  10. macrumors 601

    Dec 14, 2007
  11. macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2005
    This issue is also concerning to me. I own a 2006 matte MacBook pro that has had its display replaced several times due to discoloration that appears about a year after having the display. I alway keep everything clean and never touch the display so my hypothesis is that the display, when closed, touches the keyboard a little and some of the keyboard oil rubs on the display. Is this an issue with the MBA? I am really drawn to the high res screen, but also would prefer that protective glass :/
  12. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    If you're worried about the keys touching the screen, use one of those Screensavrz, or something similar.

    Other people in this forum have already identified this as a possibility: The keys do touch the screens under certain circumstances, both on the 11" and 13" (do a search on this forum, it's been widely discussed).

    I think I'm going to do the same myself when I get mine.
  13. macrumors 604


    Mar 29, 2011
    How 'bout those dust wipes that are used for tables, that attract dust and make the dust stick to the wipe as you clean? Do they help with the Air's screen cleaning?
  14. macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2010
    I wonder why no suppliers are offering MBP's black bezel-alike screen protector for MBA.

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