Definitive White Macbook Discoloration Poll

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by i0Nic, Jun 25, 2006.


Does your white macbook show signs of discoloration?

  1. YES

    55 vote(s)
  2. NO

    162 vote(s)
  1. i0Nic macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Does your white macbook show signs of discoloration?

    Please only vote if you have a white macbook.

    State how long you have had it for, your serial number, whether it's been through highly intensive or less intensive use, if you are resting your wrists on the wristpad, and whether you have oily, normal or dry skin.

    Lets get to the bottom of this, at least let's find out how many this issue affects.
  2. uchuff macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2006
    Mine is fine so far, got it 1 week after launch (2.0GHz), used it most days since I bought it usually for a couple of hours atleast. I honestly have no idea whether I have oily, normal or dry skin.
  3. Phatpat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2003
    Cambridge, MA
  4. storage macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2005
    This is thread is a great idea, since the discoloration has been the main reason for me not buying a MacBook so far.

    If my MacBook gets discolored, can I exchange it for a new one? Or do I have to stick with it? :(.
  5. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
  6. fatties macrumors regular

    May 21, 2006
    nope but i am not a sweaty or dirty person and i do wash my hand all the time. and most of the time at home i use a wireless keyboard and mouse, so may be u have just been using the mb wristy bit less.
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Almost two weeks old white 2.0, not any signs of discolouration.

    Spots on the screen isn't that easy to get rid of, though...
  8. Rspaight macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2006
    Nothing after five weeks.

    Being paranoid, though, I did put some laminating plastic on the palm rests a week or so ago. However, the uncovered areas are still pristine.

    It was made in week 20.
  9. X5-452 macrumors 6502


    Feb 16, 2006
    Calgary, Canada
    Almost 1 week with it. No problems whatsoever. I wash my hands a lot though. As for my skin, I tend to have dry hands, but I use lotion so it's a bit of a moot point.
  10. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    You could always get black :) No macbook should be showing signs of discoloration only a few weeks into their lifespan. My ibook shows none and is years old....
  11. rugonnaeatthat macrumors regular

    Mar 2, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    My Macbook is unaffected and I can't see how it would happen to be honest. I suspect the photo was doctored up by a troll, OR the owner works in a paint workshop OR they were extremely unlucky to get a very odd macbook.

    I have had some problems however detailed in the Macbook Released thred (last couple of pages).
  12. chairguru22 macrumors 6502a

    May 31, 2006
    none so far but i dont use the trackpad since i have a wireless mouse.
  13. TonySwartz macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2004
    Yes, pretty normal user -- no more than 2 to 3 hours a day on it at most. Normal hands as far as I know -- no problems with anything before this.

    It's in for repair right now, but I believe the SN is around week 22. Could be 20 though.
  14. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    week twenty, and I use it all day for work. No discoloration.
  15. marcol macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2005
    Norwich, UK
    4H621. Three weeks pretty heavy use. No stains. Looks new :)
  16. the Western zoo macrumors 6502

    the Western zoo

    May 16, 2006
    Aarhus C, Denmark
    I had mine for - well about a month now... I use it every day for at least 3 - 4 hours, and if I go somewhere for more than half a day I bring it with me... the only time I miscolored it was when I had some oil on my fingers from my bike, but I was able to get the smudge off so no miscoloring here...
    I rest my wrist on the handrest and have kindda dry skin...

    My serialnumber? you've got to be kidding me if you think I give that up to anyone beside apple...
  17. sunfast macrumors 68020


    Oct 14, 2005
    No discoloration on mine which is nearly 3 weeks old. I'm very careful with it though (after reading these threads) and use an external keyboard and mouse most of the time.
  18. Josias macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    Had it since May 23rd, nothing at all. I have no idea about my skin, yet it seems pretty normal. I rest my arms there alot, yet nothing yellow, green or purple has appeared.;)
  19. i0Nic thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    So far it seems like the overwhelming majority do not have this issue. Can we hear from the people that voted yes to having the discolouration?

    I wonder whether this problem will affect more and more macbook owners as time progresses.

    Does anyone use the Shieldzone protective film on their notebook to prevent the discolouration?

    I meant the first set of digits only to see what week the macbook was built in.
  20. purelithium macrumors 6502


    May 28, 2006
    Kingston, Canada
    I work in a tool and die shop, so I'm working with greasy steel, grimy stuff all day. I come in at breaks and lunchtime to mess around with my macbook. No discolouration. All I do is clean it about once a week with a Magic Eraser, and if I notice brown greasy spots, I spot clean it with a tissue and 50-50 water and rubbing alcohol solution.

    My Macbook is a week 21 build.
  21. court macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2005
    My macbook is a 19 week build. I am so upset about this discoloration. Part of the reason why I love Apple computer is the look and mine looks DISGUSTING with the black marks all over it. Please, if anyone knows what action I can take, please PM me.
  22. CNU182 macrumors regular

    Oct 9, 2003
    For those who need help, consider reading the following page

    those are the steps I took in resolving my conflict and my new macbook is on the way.

    once my conflict is resolved i will consider releasing the email address of the executive in order to help others out. i don't want to bombard him just yet!
  23. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I had one for one day -- bought on day of release. By morning, there was a yellow stain and I was using it with hands freshly washed. That was one of the main reasons I changed to a black MacBook.
  24. jAnE87 macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2006
    i do not have any discolouration problems with my white macbook, i have had it for just over a week and it is great.. no issues.
    p.s i have normal hands
  25. i0Nic thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 17, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    According to the poll, about 1 in every 6 white macbook owners has this problem... and that's just within a month of product release.

    I wonder if there's going to be more and more cases reported over the coming weeks or if it's just a bad batch of plastic.

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