How easily does MBA dent?

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  1. boonlar macrumors 6502

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    Has anyone gotten a dent on their new MBA?

    It seems to me like thin aluminum might be a bad material choice since it will dent instead of flex like plastic does. So just wondering on the toughness of it.
     
  2. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Like you said, its aluminum, it can dent quite easily. It all depends on how you handle it imo. My first unibody MB was dented within the first week. I was in a rush to school running to my car. My laptop hit the door and the result was a huge dent in the back. NOW, with my latest purchase of my MBP, I know better now. Sleeve, case, shield, you name it. It might be a little over the top but you can never be too careful with your investment.

    Not a single dent over the course of 5 months. Knock on wood!
     
  3. boonlar thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That kinda scares me since the purpose of the unibody is to be tough right? So most people buy the shield for it anyways?
     
  4. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Where will you be using it the most? At home or on the go? If you're gonna be carrying it everything, I highly recommend a case inside a sleeve! As for the shield, I only bought it in hopes of preventing scratches. Minor case of ocd.
     
  5. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    The purpose of the unibody is to rigid (not flex). That's completely different than being able to resist dents. It's aluminum, not steel alloy.
     
  6. biosci macrumors 6502a

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    I'd get a sleeve for when you throw it in a bag of some sort.. Not just naked in there...
     
  7. Bluemeanie1976 macrumors 6502a

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    For the love of all things tasting of peanut buttermilk, don't knock it on wood, you'll dent it!
     
  8. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020

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    I'm assuming that the new Fall 2010 models (especially the 11.6" version?) were made more durable and compact than previous models.

    For those that own these new ones, do you have any dents, bends or warping?

    I want to know, as I am thinking of reinforcing the inside of my bag with a firm material like a thin board or the like.
     
  9. gwsat macrumors 68000

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    I have no dents in any of the aluminum Mac laptops I have owned over the course of the past 8 years. That's because I have been pretty careful with them. For example I bought a nylon case for my 17 inch Powerbook G4 that had a built in fitted sleeve. As my 17 inch MBA is the same size as the old 17 inch PB, I continued to use my original bag with it. When I got a 13 inch MBA, I bought a fitted nylon bag for it, too, because the old 17 inch bag had been so satisfactory. I never take my MBA away from home without first putting it in the fitted padded sleeve in the nylon bag. I also have a thin, extremely lightweight, leather sleeve for the MBA, which I use as a liner for the sleeve built in to the bag and by itself when I am not using the bag. As a consequence of my careful handling of my Macs, even the old PB G4 still looks brand new.

    The bottom line is that MBAs are not Tough Books. As such, they are not designed to absorb abuse. That said, though, by exercising reasonable care and caution, there is no reason whatever to dent your new MBA.
     
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

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    :D

    My Rev B had a slight dent on the hinge when I dropped it after falling asleep on my couch a few months ago. Apart from that, it was dent free after 2 years. The Rev D seems a bit more sturdy but I'm not planning to test it out.
     
  11. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000

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    The particular aluminum alloy Apple uses is very high quality. It combines structural rigidity with just enough "give" to resist denting in most cases.

    I'm on my sixth MBP, as well as the original MBA, plus a new 11" & 13". I've yet to experience any issues with the aluminum housings.
     
  12. foiden macrumors 6502a

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    My MBP 13" is still precisely pristine, knock on wood. No dents and not even a scratch. Then again, I avoid putting my 13" MBP on any surface that could be abrasive and slide the unit anywhere. Technically, it should take some punishment, and I'm not at all worried about function. On the other hand, when your product is pristine for so long, you care a little extra about the aesthetics. This is actually a still-naked MBP 13".

    On the other hand, I do realize I carry my MBA 13" a lot more places and ways than I do my 13 MBP. I have a bigger padded bag for my 13" I carry it in because I'm not as pressed for tiny size on that unit.

    I'm looking for a sleeve for my MBA, though, mostly because of how I'd carry it a lot more, and in different bags and such. A good sleeve should provide just the right amount of protection (on the go) to keep it pristine. I want it to be able to take some bumps, be concealed, perhaps be placed with other items, and not worry about dents.
     
  13. ninjadogz macrumors newbie

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    I got a bump on mine the first DAY. I had it inside my backpack, I dropped my backpack and it fell on its front corner. It's just a slight dent but it was a really traumatic experience. :(

    Now, I've got sleeves and bags, keyboard skins and screen protectors. And I'm super careful with my backpack whenever it's in it. :)
     
  14. chatuchak macrumors newbie

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    very easy to get dented on the edges

    I travel a lot, almost every week... the other day, after going through the airport security I noticed a dent on the back side corner of my new 11.6" MacBook Air :( It's quite noticeable.
     
  15. D-Love macrumors regular

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    Oh I would be so pissed.
     
  16. BeyondtheTech macrumors 68020

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    Chatuchak, would you mind posting a picture of the dent?
     
  17. Ann P macrumors 68020

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    Here's a slight dent on the back of my old MB. Not a big deal but its bothersome knowing that its there.
     

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  18. pinzip macrumors newbie

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    Mine slipped when I was removing it from the Air Manila Leather Laptop Envelope/Sleeve, fell about 1/2 feet onto a tile, and the corner of the lid and body was nicked. So I'll say it can be dented quite easily. But the upside is it's personalized now ;) It's just a good reminder that nothing is permanent :)
     

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