How many of you guys use palm guards?

Do you have a palmguard?

  • Yes

    Votes: 9 19.1%
  • No

    Votes: 28 59.6%
  • No but thinking about getting one

    Votes: 10 21.3%

  • Total voters
    47

kingping14

macrumors member
Original poster
Apr 10, 2010
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Been using my new 15" MBP for a few weeks now and this is something I've always pondered since day one. First of all I hate using cases/screen protectors etc, I've never had any sort of aftermarket accessory on my iPhone/iPad/MBP 13" for as long as I've owned them. But the palm guard for my MBP 15" may actually seem quite useful without destroying the looks (especially the Moshi models). Main reason is because I want to avoid pitting in the aluminum due to wear and tear, but then again I've had my 13" for almost two years now and there were no signs of pitting anywhere on the surface.

what do you guys think?
 

YJamie85

macrumors member
Feb 27, 2012
54
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I don't put anything on mine. I like the original look to it. I've never seen anyone around me using any palm guard but I have seen hardshell cases and speck cases, some even have keyboard covers. It's a personal preference I think. If you want to, you can. But since your 13" is doing okay after 2 years, then I wouldn't worry about it :)
 

ixodes

macrumors 601
Jan 11, 2012
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Pacific Coast, USA
I've found the Aluminum is very durable and easy to keep clean. I see no reason to be paranoid or let ones OCD influence how you use it.

Aftermarket companies push all kinds of covers, plastic shells & skins, simply because people buy into the fear.

After well over two years of eight to ten hours of computing each day, mine looks just like new. I'd never cover it. You can't ask for better than that.

MacBook Pros are superb.
 

YJamie85

macrumors member
Feb 27, 2012
54
0
I've found the Aluminum is very durable and easy to keep clean. I see no reason to be paranoid or let ones OCD influence how you use it.

Aftermarket companies push all kinds of covers, plastic shells & skins, simply because people buy into the fear.

After well over two years of eight to ten hours of computing each day, mine looks just like new. I'd never cover it. You can't ask for better than that.

MacBook Pros are superb.
I second this post! :)
What model / year is your beast?
 

maflynn

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Staff member
May 3, 2009
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I've used apple laptops since the powerbook days and I've never needed or seen a reason for the palm guard.
 

grahamnp

macrumors 6502a
Jun 4, 2008
969
4
The metal itself seems to be quite resistant to physical wear and tear. Pitting is a form of corrosion so simply keeping the surface clean should remove any chemicals causing the reaction.
 

negativzero

macrumors 6502a
Jul 19, 2011
564
50
I use a Moshi palmguard, mainly because I have sweaty palms and the dirt and grime that accumulates on the palm area when you don't have the protector is a pain in the butt to clean. With the protector, cleaning the palm area is easier :)
 

Risasi

macrumors 6502
Sep 16, 2011
338
0
Unless you have acid leaching our of your palms I think you'll be fine. :eek:
...and some do. I have one co-worker who apparently has xenomorph sweat. He pitted out his old Macbook Pro really bad, and within two months he had a small spot of corrosion forming on his new Macbook Air this past summer.

He uses a cover. And so do a very small minority of others. It's not about fear, it's about past experience.
 

NickZac

macrumors 68000
Dec 11, 2010
1,758
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I use either the Moshi or 3m di-noc carbon fiber. Both are a few mil thick and more than enough to both block oil stains and even harder scratches. Also, I like the black contrast.
 

riptideMBP

macrumors 6502
May 29, 2011
260
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you definitely dont need a palmgaurd, but i have the twelvesouth surfacepad on mine because I like the look
 

Macman45

macrumors G5
Jul 29, 2011
13,196
133
Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
I don't put anything on mine. I like the original look to it. I've never seen anyone around me using any palm guard but I have seen hardshell cases and speck cases, some even have keyboard covers. It's a personal preference I think. If you want to, you can. But since your 13" is doing okay after 2 years, then I wouldn't worry about it :)
Exactly what I have on my MBP and MBA, the Speck clear candy shells. I clean the alloy with a slightly damp microfiber cloth once a week or so, take the shells off once a month and use the same to clean the body....Remove any dust from the vents with a soft varnishing brush.

That's it. No pitting, scratches or damage on any of my stuff...IPhone 4S is naked on its stand at home....Has a Stilgut leather case for out and about...No screen protectors....Could never get em on anyway...Clean it the same way.

New iPad will be in a Griffin Reveal clear rear shell when they are available, and a Stilgut black folio case when they too be one UK available....I've used the same system for years....No damage at all....( as all devices now fall onto a hard surface.....:D )
 

user418

macrumors 6502a
Aug 22, 2010
667
12
you definitely dont need a palmgaurd, but i have the twelvesouth surfacepad on mine because I like the look
Another vote for the 12South Surfacepad. I have the smooth version on my 15" MBP and enjoy the added protection. It has no adverse effect on sleep mode or fully closing the cover.