Exactly HOW strong is the unibody?

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  1. adamvk macrumors 65816

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    I have a Unibody Macbook Pro, and usually I take it places in my briefcase, which is fairly large. However sometimes it would be nicer to have something smaller to put it in. If I were to buy a Incase sleeve for my MBP, (http://goincase.com/products/detail/15-neoprene-sleeve-cl57256/2) and it were dropped 3-5', would that put a dent into it or cause serious damage? Lets say it were being dropped on tile.
     
  2. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I'm not sure, but I would think a 3'-5' drop for any MBP with a sleeve on it, would cause some damage. I'm certainly not the one to ask, b/c I've never dropped any of my MBs, *knock on wood* and I'm certainly not going to go out and test my luck. I've always used Case Logic neoprene sleeves on all of my MBs and have felt pretty confident that they are well protected, but I'm not sure about a drop of 3'-5'...:eek:
     
  3. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

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    Yes, it will dent. Aluminum is very soft. It's just barely hard enough that you can't scratch it with your fingernail. I have a dented palmrest edge from a similar scenario. Trust me, these things are sturdy, but they aren't armor-plated.
     
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    I'm curious why you thought a thin piece of neoprene would protect something from a 3'+ drop.
     
  5. Apple Corps macrumors 68030

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    Surely you are not serious with that question.
     
  6. PeterQC macrumors 6502a

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    It would protect against scratch, not so much for dent.
     
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    Was talking about this in another thread the other day,
    If you know anyone who can sew , ask them to make a sleeve up for you , very easy to do really , just buy some 7mm neoprene or material of choice and insert some Kevlar or carbon fiber material into the case when it is being made, sandwich it in the center sort of thing .

    there you go, a really individual protective case for probably less than you could buy one, mind you when I get mine made it'll cost me in chocolate presents as well as material costs . Queenie likes her chocs


    aluminium is not very strong , easy dents , scratches etc
     
  8. nitewolfgtr macrumors regular

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    Very Strong structurally. However it's still aluminum so it could get dents.
     
  9. semitry macrumors member

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    Not at all, way too many people denting their unibodies from drops where other laptops (at least thinkpads) would be fine.
     
  10. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yep, aluminium is very soft. I dropped some nail clippers on my MBP yesterday and the dam things chipped it! Oh well, first of many battle scars i imagine.
     
  13. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    neoprene cases protect against banging it against a door that you walk through, dropping something on it etc. Things that happen more regularly.

    I would have thought if you dropped it 5' even in your briefcase it could be damaged internally by the deceleration at the end of the drop.
     
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    Someone reported here 1-2 weeks ago that when he was attacked, his MacBook/MBP suffered a dent despite being in an InCase neoprene sleeve. ;)


    If it was inside one of those foam sleeves that absorb impact really well, then it would survive a fall. My laptop has hit the ground from around 3 feet, and it was absolutely fine in the sleeve. If you saw how well my STM sleeve was designed, and how well the spongy material absorbed strong pressure by deforming, you'd probably be confident enough to drop it more than once, and from higher than 3 feet. ;)

    That was a MacBook though. I've also dropped my old 12" PowerBook, but that was only from the seat of my chair.
     
  15. amitdoc2b macrumors 6502a

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    i just bought a tumi case.. i heard their cases have the laptop suspended so that it wont be all the way at the bottom of the case.. hence if the case drops its not going to get direct impact.
     
  16. California macrumors 68040

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    I dropped my original pb 12" without the superdrive 1.5ghz TWICE from three or four feet in a zeroshock case... granted it landed flat, but NO DAMAGE.
     
  17. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    Hopefully if I dropped my Air it would float gently to the ground :p
     
  18. UMHurricanes34 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it will dent like madness. My friend and I both got our unibodies when they were released and every time she would come in for production I would notice new dents in hers. I never asked her about them as I didn't want to freak her out, but I can only imagine them coming from how she puts her bag down, as she definitely isnt the type to abuse her stuff. It was an odd dent by the battery indicator, as if she put the laptop on it's side on top of something that caused the indention.
     
  19. TheSVD macrumors 6502a

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    i use 2 sleeves for my mbp, ive dropped it from about 4 foot and it was fine :D very impressed.
     
  20. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    2 sleeves at the same time?
     
  21. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Excuse my lack of knowledge, but what is STM? is that a brand of some sort?
     

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