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rogercorke

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Original poster
Oct 9, 2011
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I’ve just got a new 13 inch MacBook Air - the old design, not the new one - to replace my previous one. Very quickly the lid went all floppy and wouldn’t stay in the right position. Apple are replacing the lid free of charge, which is pretty decent of them, but the guy in the store said it was down to the weight of the hard plastic shell which I use to protect the Air from damage. He said the weight of the shell was damaging the hinge. I said that I had a shell on my previous Air with no probs and he thought Apple may have changed the hinge design slightly since I bought the previous machine in 2011.

Is he right? Has the hinge design changed, because the two machines looked identical. And is it a bad idea to put a hard plastic shell on a MacBook Air?
 

Webster's Mac

macrumors 6502
Dec 18, 2016
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I’ve just got a new 13 inch MacBook Air - the old design, not the new one - to replace my previous one. Very quickly the lid went all floppy and wouldn’t stay in the right position. Apple are replacing the lid free of charge, which is pretty decent of them, but the guy in the store said it was down to the weight of the hard plastic shell which I use to protect the Air from damage. He said the weight of the shell was damaging the hinge. I said that I had a shell on my previous Air with no probs and he thought Apple may have changed the hinge design slightly since I bought the previous machine in 2011.

Is he right? Has the hinge design changed, because the two machines looked identical. And is it a bad idea to put a hard plastic shell on a MacBook Air?

That shouldn't hurt the hinge. It makes it close faster, but I doubt that wears out the hinge that much faster. It definitely shouldn't cause it to fail within (I'm assuming) weeks or months after purchase. Hinge wearing is a normal thing that happens over time with laptops, but usually shouldn't be an issue for 5-7 years or more. Just use it and enjoy it!
 

chrfr

macrumors G5
Jul 11, 2009
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With the computers I support that have had covers on them, it does seem that the hinge gets loose after a while, but I haven't seen so many with covers that I have real widespread data on that.
 
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