How many times do you close the screen on your MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by saintforlife, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. saintforlife macrumors 65816

    Feb 25, 2011
    I hate shutting down my MBA, so to put it to sleep when I am not working on it, I close the screen. I do this about 8-10 times in a day.

    My concern is if the hinge on the MBA will hold up to this kind of heavy usage. I am not even sure if this is even considered heavy usage to be honest. Is there any chance I will start seeing the hinge become loose (or start feeling a 'give') in the future? Could the hinge start creaking? Also is there another way to put the MBA to deep sleep without closing the screen physically?

    This is my first Mac, so I am not familiar with how Mac hardware holds up over time. So I apologize if my questions are stupid. TIA advance for indulging me!
  2. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    You have nothing to worry about.

    To put it to sleep without closing it, go to the Apple menu in the upper left & choose sleep.
  3. scarred macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    I shouldn't worry about it, but I do. It's a mechanical thing... I've had so many windows laptops from work that get these loose hinges (so the screen wiggles a lot) I'm paranoid. I'll close the lid if I'm going to leave it off for a few hours. Else, I'll just put it to sleep with the top right key.
  4. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
  5. TheJing macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2011
    Somewhere in Europe
    Same here.
  6. The Samurai macrumors 68000

    The Samurai

    Dec 29, 2007
    If you've got Applecare, you shouldn't worry :D

    I close mines, like yourself, as its just convenient... especially when I know im going to be using it in like 1 hours time ;)
  7. iRCL macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2011
    Dozens... you are fine
  8. Neolithium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2010
    Wherever the army needs me.
    I close mine approximately 10+ times a day. Not worried about the hinge in the least.
  9. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    The hinge can be replaced if it gets bad, so don't worry about it, just use it.
  10. daftpunkstu, Nov 21, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 1, 2011

    daftpunkstu macrumors member

    Oct 17, 2011
    It's cheaply replacable but it'll take years to do any damage, they're quite sturdy
  11. c3m macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2008
    many times.

    computer is a tool it's meant to be used. don't worry too much about it.
  12. thuglove macrumors member

    May 12, 2011
    20+ times a day. I don't even worry about it so you should be fine.
  13. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    This is called OCD. Apple products are the main cause of it.

    Shut it all you want I just open and closed mine 5 times in 10 mins
  14. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    I close it when I'm not using it. Probably 8 times or more a day.
  15. jahala macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2008
    I close the lid 3 or four times a day. I don't really like having to open it again, so I set up a hot corner in the lower left. When I put my mouse cursor in the lower left corner of the screen, the computer goes to sleep.

    When I want to use it again, I just press the shift key (it does not matter which key is pressed) and the computer wakes up. Putting it to sleep is easy and so is waking it up.
  16. summitRun macrumors regular

    Aug 28, 2011
    A couple squirts of WD-40 every two weeks and you're good to go...:D
  17. Troneas macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2011
    At the alternatives section.
    i close it and open it as many times as i friggin want/need during the day thats why i bought the damn thing and its meant to be used that way.

    if it breaks well you take it to an apple store and they will fix it for you.

    unless you are living in the Sahara desert or in Antartica seriously people enjoy using the machine you'll want to replace it anyway after 3 or 4 years tops no point in putting all those protection cases which are ugly as hell and concern yourself with how many times you open the damn thing or how many times you've used the friggin battery. if you do you'll end up in 3 years time with a brand new macbook air which you will throw away anyway in favor of a new one and which you've never really enjoyed.
  18. tanhm macrumors regular


    Jun 7, 2011

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