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rmarinheira

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Feb 15, 2008
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Hi all!
Got my new MacBook Air M1 on April 19th.
I am amazed with it as it is a little powerful mac that suits all my needs.
No relevant issues with it: no backlight bleed on the display, color uniformity across the display is pretty good, and overall it's a sturdy little mac (I opte for the 16Gb RAM/ 512 SSD).
Yet, I noticed when opening the lid a very faint clicking sound that took me quite some time to pinpoint.
I ended up finding the source of it and I wanted to get your opinion.
It comes from the base of the display/hinge area, it's not the hinge itself bat a plastic strip that goes from one hinge to the other, in that recessed area just close to the display base.
It just happens when the lid is open inn a angle greater than 90 degrees.
If you slightly press the immediate area on the right of the MacBook Air lettering it's audible, but it's not that strip that clicks.
I manage to try to go a step further and slipped a post-it between that plastic strip and the body of the mac, and with that postit in place the click doesn't exists.
It seems to be related solely with that plastic strip and not with the hinge or the display flat cable.
Note that I am over the 14 day period, so I am not eligible to a replacement.
I won't definitely get this brand new mac into service.
Would you risk it contacting Apple for a replacement (this will be a really long shot), or would you just move forward, considering this mac has no other issues?
Hope to get your input

 

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jabbr

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So this click is only audible when you open the display? I'm not sure that would bug me, unless it was really loud.
 

rmarinheira

macrumors regular
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Feb 15, 2008
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So this click is only audible when you open the display? I'm not sure that would bug me, unless it was really loud.
The sound is audible when I have the mac opened at a >90 degree angle, if I press that area you can see in the video (a 1-2 cm area just on the right side of the MacBook Air lettering).
But if you open the display at a 90 degree angle, it does not sound at all.
And it's not that audible.
You hear ir with no ambient noise, but is a faint click.
With the mack closed, if you grab it as if you were carrying a book, if you press a little harder that same area it does it, but the sound is even quieter.
Overall it seems to me that it might be that plastic plate/lip might doing that slight click when pressed.
Aside form that, this Mac is rock.
No creaking on the bottom plate, no flex, everything is great.
 

mi7chy

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Oct 24, 2014
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No noise with mine opening lid or pressing on that bezel area. My rule of thumb is if it's noticeable then exchange it but you could run into worse issues like display defects with the replacement.
 

rmarinheira

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Feb 15, 2008
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I wouldn't worry about it.
I am truly tempted to do that.

No noise with mine opening lid or pressing on that bezel area. My rule of thumb is if it's noticeable then exchange it but you could run into worse issues like display defects with the replacement.
No noise when I open the Mac, just touching that area. Very occasionally it might appear when closing, but even fainter.
As the 14 day replacement period as just expired about 2 weeks ago, I believe the replacement won't be an option.
 
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