Bottom of MM 2018 got scratches

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  1. avxkim macrumors member

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    It just sitting on the desk, moved it a few times over the desk, and it got scratches. Did someone experienced this?
     
  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    You referring to the plastic plate at the bottom? Then yes, unless you put pads on it immediately, it will scratch if you move the mini really at all.
     
  3. avxkim thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes the plastic plate with the logo "Mac mini". So you've scratched yours too? I thought someone just scratched it, lol. It's very gentle plastic then?
     
  4. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    Yes, that plastic cover is just soft plastic. I have had three different minis over the years, and it always sits on a cut-to-fit pad of some of that textured shelf paper. I use that kind of pad for a lot of uses. It's one of my fave household hints...
     
  5. mrex macrumors 68040

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    does it really matter how many scrathes are on the bottom cover??
     
  6. avxkim thread starter macrumors member

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    It's not, indeed, just aesthetics. I'll leave it as is, i already was looking for a new bottom cover, lol, that's dumb then, if new will be scratched too.
     
  7. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    Yep it’s just cheap plastic. Don’t even sweat it.
     
  8. maflynn Moderator

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    I can empathize to a degree, as having scratches even on the underside can be a bummer.
     
  9. avxkim thread starter macrumors member

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    It's sarcasm?
     
  10. russell_314 macrumors 6502

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    I don't think so but it might be. It's kind of like having scratches on your car in a spot that no one can see. They would still annoy you.
     
  11. F-Train macrumors 65816

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    Except that a prospective purchaser will see scratches on the bottom of your mini. I wonder what Apple charges for a replacement bottom cover :)
     
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    i just saw on ebay, deals arounds ~$40 for 2014 model. 40 bucks for a cheap plastic. Have you scratched your either?
     
  13. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    There may, or may not be, scratches on the bottom plate of my 2012 Mini.

    But... I haven't picked it up to look at the bottom in... years!
     
  14. avxkim thread starter macrumors member

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    Good time, to check it out
     
  15. CAScading macrumors newbie

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    OWC has scratch removers


    scatch protector.png
     
  16. avxkim thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah, i saw it for $5. Did you attached it to yours already?
     
  17. Dr. Stealth macrumors 6502a

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    I always stick adhesive rubber feet on my computers when brand new. Did the same with my 2018 Mini.

    I think it may actually improve airflow a bit as it raised it up about 1/4".

    sku_416912_1.jpg
     
  18. philipma1957 macrumors 603

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    Yeah I go this route
     
  19. avxkim thread starter macrumors member

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    Does MM has air intakes at the bottom?
     
  20. hollywood1117 macrumors newbie

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    My 2018 model has scratches on the bottom as well! Should I get it replaced? Is that normal?
     
  21. russell_314 macrumors 6502

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    It's plastic so if it's slid across a hard surface it's likely to get scratches. I guess you can set it on a mat or even a washcloth. Should you get it replaced? Well if you knowing that there are scratches that no one can see bothers you then yes. I don't think it's that expensive.
     
  22. D.T. macrumors G3

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    Weird. I had two 2012 models, for years, the bottoms didn't have any scratches when I sold them, but I never slid them around, and heck, I even used one as a "mobile workstation" and it stayed mint.

    Maybe the new bottom material is Scratchtoniumor people have desks made out of sandpaper :D

    LRF solve so many problems, one of this centuries great inventions - I scored these like 3 years ago, 144 for ~$7, still haven't used them all (and I've used quite a few), still super sticky:

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005S1TJLC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  23. dwfaust macrumors 601

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    So, do you set you MM on the desk upside down so you can see the soft plastic bottom? I don't get it... it's the underbelly of a desktop computer... what am I missing here?
     
  24. boomspot macrumors member

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    Sounds like OCD to me.
     

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