Chipped aluminum in bezel

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Ternary, Jul 4, 2015.

  1. Ternary macrumors regular

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    So I got my MacBook Air three months ago, and recently, I discovered a small portion of aluminum that was chipped away from the bezel. During the night, that chipped spot glows under the lights, which bothers me while I look at the display.

    Here's a picture showing what I mean:

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    I've been debating whether or not it's worth visiting the Genius Bar for this. I'm hoping I'll end up with a replacement display (a Samsung one if I'm really lucky), but I'm afraid my hopes are too high. After all, the genius may not be able to notice the chipped spot, and even if the genius did, he or she would think the problem is so minor he or she wouldn't bother fixing it. What do you think the genius would say? Should I take my chances, or should I learn to live with the imperfection?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    I would visit the genius Bar. No need to make unnecessary compromises with yourself.
     
  3. Ternary thread starter macrumors regular

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    Makes sense. Any predictions on what the genius bar would say though? I'm nervous about the outcome.
     
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Since there is no way for you to prove that it came with the chip from the factory, you're probably going to have to pay for a replacement screen. You're welcome to try, but using a small bit of touch-up paint, assuming someone makes it, will get rid of the reflection.
     
  5. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    Don't be nervous, m8. A chipped off aluminium on that spot can not be considered as a normal wear and tear especially in case of a 3 months old machine. Be polite, but determined. There is nothing to lose, just to gain. The guys in the Genius Bar don't bite. ;)

    I wish you good luck.
     
  6. Airboy1466 macrumors regular

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    Seriously that tiny chip is really worth a replacement honestly getting an entire display replaced because of a minor cosmetic flaw that more than likely occurred from opening and closing the laptop if that chip is really bothering you that bad why even buy a laptop minor scratches and dents are going to accumulate over time stop being so petty and learn to live with it.....
     
  7. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68020

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    People differ. Don't judge anybody by your own merits. It bothers the OP. It would bother me as well, like many others.
     
  8. Ternary thread starter macrumors regular

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    You know, after spending several days with the chipped bezel, I'm starting to get used to it. In fact, I eventually stopped making myself aware of the spot to the point that I'm okay with it being around.

    So I guess I learned a valuable lesson: don't let the minor imperfections in life consume you.
     
  9. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    One of the most important lessons in life to learn. Major kudos!
     
  10. Splitbolt macrumors regular

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    Lightly touch a gray colored sharpie to the chip and it will disappear and not reflect light anymore.

    Personally, I don't like the idea of unnecessary major repairs. I would rather have the chip than a replacement display.
     
  11. krspkbl macrumors 6502

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    That is such a tiny imperfection. You're actually lucky it's that small. My MacBook had loads of chips around it after some usage. They weren't like this one but much darker/deeper.

    To be honest I'd be too embarrassed to go to the Genius bar for this and ask/expect a replacement or fix. You've had it 3 months now so it's gonna get wear and tear. Quit babying it and just use it.
     
  12. harleymhs macrumors 6502

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    I hear ya, but its hard some times!
     

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