Does your 13' MacBook Air does this?

MacMartyr

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Mar 12, 2009
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I just bought a 13' MBA and I've noticed the hinge is not as stiff as I'd expected. When the screen is open at about 110 degrees and I get up and move it, the screen sometimes tilts back to the maximum. Is this normal? I thought that the screen should stay at the angle at all positions.

It doesn't bother me too much, my only fear is that it's going to get progressively worse over time.
 

motrek

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Sep 14, 2012
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I just bought a 13' MBA and I've noticed the hinge is not as stiff as I'd expected. When the screen is open at about 110 degrees and I get up and move it, the screen sometimes tilts back to the maximum. Is this normal? I thought that the screen should stay at the angle at all positions.

It doesn't bother me too much, my only fear is that it's going to get progressively worse over time.
This is something they can adjust at the store fairly easily (or you can adjust yourself) but it's a tricky balancing act.

What you're describing is pretty normal.

You want the hinge to be stiff enough that the screen doesn't flop around while you're using the computer, but loose enough that you can still easily open the laptop from the lid-closed position.
 

MacVibe

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Dec 21, 2009
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A floppy display is defective. If it is under warranty Apple should fix it.
 

capathy21

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Every Air I have handled does this if you grab it quickly or tilt it fast. It should be stable when set but it isn't near as tight as the pro's hinge.
 

motrek

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Every Air I have handled does this if you grab it quickly or tilt it fast. It should be stable when set but it isn't near as tight as the pro's hinge.
It can't be. Apple's goal was that you could open it with one finger... but the bottom part of the Air is much lighter than the Pro, so if they kept the same hinge tightness and you tried to open the Air with one finger, you'd only succeed in lifting the whole machine up and pushing it around.
 
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