How are the hinges on the new 17" unibody mbp?

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  1. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    Just curious are they pretty tight or loose? And I would think the anti glare would be lighter thus tighter?
     
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    I had one of the early 15" Unibody models and the hinge was fairly loose. The 17" hinge seems quite tight, it certainly won't flop shut when at a certain angle.
     
  3. NStocks macrumors 65816

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    +1. I agree with you, the 17" hinge is a lot more tight.
     
  4. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I just checked and called my local apple store and they seem to have a few 17" in but only the 2.66ghz with glossy. :(
     
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    The hinge on my new uMBP 17" is very tight. It's even tighter than on my older model (Jan 08). I had read early on the 15" models had hinges that seemed loose or even flopped so I was concerned about that.

    So far (1 week old) my hinge is strong and I'm no longer concerned about it like I was initially.
     
  6. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Good to know, my current 15" unibody's hinge is pretty tight but my last 2 were pretty loose. Man if the Apple store had a 17" 2.93ghz in matte, I'd bounce on that quick.

    Anyone know if you order online and if you have a problem with it, do they just send you a return box for the exchange or you have to take it to your local apple store first?
     
  7. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

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    I know someone who worried so much about this issue, people began to think HE was unhinged.
     
  8. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a

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    It's as stiff as the previous generation 15" MacBook Pros.
     
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    Here's a pic demonstrating how "less loose" the hinge is compared to the 15" model...the screen still moves smoothly. By the way, my thumb isn't holding the screen up.
     

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    And here's my October 15" Unibody...
    I like it though. It's easier to open/close the screen.
     

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  12. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    How about another picture with grasping only the bottom of the 17"??
     
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    I was at an apple store earlier and played with the 17" MBP. I held it at all angles and the screen never fell at all. Every 15" MBP i did the same too fell down and closed almost.
     
  14. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    The 17" is so tight when i open the screen i have to hold my laptop down on the table or it lifts it up.

    Its tight enough to hold the laptop at ANY angle, and the screen wont move whatsoever, so dont worry :)
     
  15. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    I duno that thumb looks like its holding it up a bit. I'm still not really convinced yet, if it were held on the bottom like that other poster of his 15" mbp and it stood up like that, then I'd be convinced.

    I had the previous gen 17" mbp and there was no way the lid would stay stiff as that and it would definitely fall down when it was at that 90 degree angle. And I been through 2 17" 2.5ghz hi res mbp and 2 17" 2.6ghz hi res mbp of last generation. It was definitely little bit tighter in the hinge compared to my current 15" unibody but the last gen 15" mbp was definitely tighter than any other 17" or 15" mbp.

    I guess only way to test it out is to go down to the apple store and do my own test. But damn I'm so lazy to go down there even if its only 15 minutes away. I just dont like walking around the crowded mall on a friday.

    Hey guys another question, how is the sound quality? Does it have any buzzing when the volume is at 100%?
     
  16. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a

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    Trust me! It doesn't close down at an angle.

    This particular issue on the 17" Powerbook G4 and now with the new unibody 15" MacBook Pro didn't really bother me that much. That said, this 17" MBP hinge, apparently lower display brightness, along with offering the anti glare option shows that Apple may be listening to some of the little pet peeves customers have had.
     
  17. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Hey when you set the brightness level to 1-3 notches and leave it on like that for a minute or two does it ever flicker (the backlighting)?
     
  18. Quu macrumors 68020

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    My Experience with Apple Notebooks:

    Owned a 15" PowerBook in 2005-2006
    Owned a 17" MacBook Pro 2006-2009
    Owned the new Uni 17" MacBook Pro 2009 to Current

    The 15" Powerbook was tight and could be held open at almost any angle. The 17" could not it would flop closed at most angles. The new 17" however is as tight if not tighter then the 15 and can stay open at any angle above completely vertical that I've tried it at. In-fact it is so tight that it can be difficult to open it with one hand and the base will sometimes lift up if not held down with the other hand.
     
  19. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    Cool, man I really want a 17" mbp now mostly due to the screen + ability to use 8gb of ram.
     
  20. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    Man, theres no more problems with it than ANY other Apple laptop, a few people have had flickering backlights, but its probably because UPS treat them like **** when transporting them. Go to an Apple store, find out for yourself, i can see no amount of photos is going to satisfy you, you need to feel it for yourself to see the superior quality of it.

    The screen is just a thing of beauty, the high def resolution just blows me back every time i turn it on.
     
  21. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm trying it now at 2 notches above darkness, although I'm charging it, so is this happening with the battery or charging? So far, as I type, I don't see any flickering.

    The hinge on this 17" is solid. Mine isn't so tight that the base of it lifts when I open it. That almost makes me think those needs to be lubed. LOL
     
  22. Quu macrumors 68020

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    When I say lift up I mean like 5mm's tops and only on the front edge.
     
  23. jjahshik32 thread starter macrumors 603

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    My current 15" and previous 2 other unibody mbp all had the slight flickering of the screen at 1-3 notches.
     
  24. DHagan4755 macrumors 6502a

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    UPDATE: I was in the Apple Store yesterday and the glossy 17" MacBook Pro screen DOES close when at an angle.
     
  25. uiop. macrumors 68020

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    Is it really that great of an issue for some people?
    Just inquiring because I like the looseness.
     

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