Are you guys happy with the how much the screen tilts back?

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  1. bouncer1 macrumors 6502

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    Anyone using these babies on sofas will know that sometimes apple dissapoints when it comes to screen opening angles.

    I wonder now that the air has adopted the mbp hinge (or close), do we get at least better opening angles than the previous gen?

    A friend of mine with the previous gen air had opened it up and removed a little plastic "stopper" which inhibited the full opening of those airs. Either by chance or by design this didn't harm the hinge and anyway and allowed the air to be used in much more positions.

    I wonder if something along these lines is unfortunately in order for the airs since I am getting many reports of the screen not tilting back enough.:apple:
     
  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Yeah, what's up with that? Why wouldn't Apple make it so it tilts all the way? :confused:
     
  3. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    It allows Apple to reduce laptop height and Apple is obsessed with thin.
     
  4. bouncer1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Disappointing, I wonder if that trick with taking the stopper out still works...
     
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  6. bouncer1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well that's cause you don't put your mac on your thighs with knees bent and your upper back supported by a couple of pillows say, and you use some other type of position that puts more stress on your back or shoulders.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Not sure what tilt has to do with height... Could you explain a bit more?
     
  8. acron1 macrumors regular

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    Tilt angle.

    I don't know what the fuss is all about... as far as I am concerned it tilts more than far enough.
     
  9. HLdan macrumors 603

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    HUH? How does that make any sense?

    From what I can see the Air is very light on the bottom area that holds the electronics and keyboard, yet the aluminum on the screen lid is heavy enough to cause the bottom of the computer to lift up and tilt if you push the screen back too far. The Macbook Pros push back pretty far and that's because the bottom is much more heavier to withstand the weight of the screen tilting back.
     
  10. dacapo macrumors 6502

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    My question is where did the OP even find such a strange photo?
     
  11. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

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    Judging by this picture, i would think she isn't as comfortable as she looks. Why would she point her toe out like that. Seems uncomfortable.
     
  12. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    It's basically the same as the MBPs. I think it opens a little bit farther than the previous MBA. If you look at the hinge design, you will see why the angle is limited. It's a consequence of a thin design with the pivot point in the middle, not at the top.
     
  13. bouncer1 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah well that was an illustration pretty much I am not saying you gotta flex your foot too...:rolleyes:

    The thing is does the air open up as much?


    Good points, thanks, yeah that pivot point in the middle does it..
     
  14. aberrero macrumors 6502a

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    I htink it tilts back just far enough. The plasticbook didn't go far enough, the Envy didn't go far enough, but this is pretty comfortable for using in bed or on the couch or whatever.
     
  15. runnin17 macrumors member

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    It tilts back far enough. I played around with them in the store for about 15 minutes. It tilts as much as my 2008 macbook pro and that is just fine for me.
     
  16. mkleist macrumors newbie

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    It tilts back way farther then my 08 MBP. I'm actually really surprised how much it tilts back. More than I expected.
     
  17. tigres macrumors 68040

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    Wow, had no idea.

    Almost goes flat :eek: The old one didn't go nearly that far.
     
  18. aberrero macrumors 6502a

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    Lol, lets not get carried away. It goes back about 40 degrees or so.
     
  19. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    My new 13" MBA tilts back much further than my first gen MBA.
     
  20. hachre macrumors 6502a

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    I once carelessly threw my MBP on the bed, opened... The hinge cracked and ever since my MBP opens up almost 180°... The display has become a lot more lose though, so it's not all good ;) But I can live with it. I think the new Airs open as far as the MBPs are supposed to, probably 135° or something close to that...
     
  21. Tonyluu macrumors newbie

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    My hinge feels study and it doesn't tilt or anything when I pick it up
     
  22. PBG4 Dude macrumors 68000

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    The hinge is built into the back of the MBA (and MB/MBP), as opposed to on top, resulting in a thinner laptop (height not added to by hinge on top of base), but with a screen that can't tilt back 180* because the bottom of the screen can't go into the base.
     
  23. ingramLee macrumors regular

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    :D literally laughing out loud!
     
  24. tigres macrumors 68040

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    Not mine... Oh snap..

    JK
     
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