How to take care for your macbook pro retina?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macfreak101, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. macfreak101 macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2012
    Hi guys!
    I'm getting the new mbp retina 13 inch but have some concerns :
    1) the retina glass of the mbp is not protected by any layer so if you touch it, you're touching the actual lcd right, isn't that risky ? If anything goes wrong boom! So is it worth getting a screen protector to protect, do you need one?

    2)how to clean the retina screen?

    3)is it worth getting a case for it? Like a spec case? I have heard that the case heats the computer and cause burn marks? Is that true?

    4) what else can I do to protect it? It's my biggest investment so I'm very nervous and excited about it at the same time!

    Your input and time will be highly appreciated
    Thanks :)
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    1) Screen protectors ruin color gamut, makes pictures look grainy, add glare and distort the image. The screen is quite strong enough for daily use/poking. Don't worry about it.

    2) Damp microfiber cloth, patt dry with another dry microfiber cloth.

    3) They often trap dust and grit between themselves and the computer, leading to scratches.

    4) Use it, it's a computer, a tool. It needs the same amount of care any other laptop does. What you need to do is not worry about it and just use it.
  3. GWA123 macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011


    2. I would add that the high purity the water, the better. I use deionized water in the form of OmniCleanz. Tap water can leave residue (especially if you're water is very hard).

    4. Finally, yes just use it! I actually had to get professional therapy to break my O.C.D concerning my Apple products. No joke. I was actually diagnosed with a psychosis and it took months of therapy for me to finally get over the little things (minute scratches, slight manufacturing abnormalities, etc.) If you spend more time worrying than using, that $1300-$2500 machine becomes WAY more expensive (i.e. expensive to your time and mental health)

    Now, I'm not saying you shouldn't take care of it, but you shouldn't avoid using it because you are "nervous" or "afraid of damaging it".
  4. augustya macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2012
    Don't use it at all ! Keep it in a Locker !! lol !!
  5. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I rarely touched retina screen but the dust I used dry tissue or lint cloth to wipe it out. :apple:
  6. joecool99 Suspended


    Aug 20, 2008
    Warm bath and shampoo once a day. Good as new.
  7. taelan28 macrumors regular

    Jan 15, 2014
    Windex and a paper towel. Stop worrying. They wouldnt release such a fragile product and if they did you would have heard about it.
  8. happyfrappy macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2007
    Location eh?
    Shell cases don't scratch unless the environment you're using it in is prone to excess dust or large dirt particles. I've used a Speck shell on my old 2010 13" MBP and zero scratches, when I had to get a new battery the Genius was shocked at the condition. Keep in mind the work environment of a graphic designer/musician is fairly clean, your experience will vary.
  9. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    Don't drop it, don't spill drinks on it, don't hit it with anything. Those are the main things you can do to really damage a MBP.

    Don't clean the screen too often. And be gentle when doing it. Best only use (distilled) water and a cloth like the ones that usually come with the machine.
  10. eastercat macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I put a clear skin on my MBP to protect against minor scratches. Additionally, it makes the surface grippier, IMO.
    Microfiber cloths and a little water are best for the screen. Everything else is overpriced, useless or damaging.
    Avoid drinking or eating at your computer. If you search, you'll find countless stories of people who spilled everything from water to tea to Gatorade.
    If you ignore my advice and spill your drink, turn off the computer pronto and flip it upside down to drain the liquid.

    Lastly, enjoy your computer!
  11. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    1. The screen is strong enough to not really need protecting. My 2009 MBP screen still looks great after 5 years :)

    2. Screen cleaner spray and a microfiber cloth. Spray the cloth, not your screen.

    3. Not one of those plastic cases. They attract too much dust, and you have to take them off regularly and clean out the dust and dirt. I'd suggest getting a sleeve to provide a soft layer of protection during transport and a nice pad for tables and desks. I got mine from Rickshaw Bagworks. They let you choose custom colors :)

    4. If you're taking it to school or work, invest in a good bag. I use a JanSport Odyssey backpack that has a padded laptop pocket. Using a sleeve gives it even more padding and helps the 13" fit better in a space usually designed for a 15".
  12. macfreak101 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 6, 2012

    Hey guys sorry for the late reply but I'm completely horrified right now have read top many horror stories that the coating of the rmbp comes off easily is that true? And the imprints from the keyboard and track pads stick to the screen and hard to remove?
    Has anyone experienced such a thing?
    Guys I'm really scared and worried as I spent my two years savings on this product and can't believe it that the quality is so bad!!

    Please check this out

    Thanks once again for your time :)
  13. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The case is hard anodized, I wouldn't know what kind of coating is on the screen as I'm not well versed in those things.

    But some people have very acidic sweat on their skins. A friend of mine has caused pitting and black marks on the palm rests of both MBP's he's had. I use mine nearly as much and no wear has started to show at all.

    It's likely a chemical reaction with the poster's skin, it doesn't mean yours will react the same way.

    Honestly man, it's a computer, not the Mona Lisa. If it gets scratched or coatings come off, it doesn't matter, so long as it remains usable (that's just my opinion).
  14. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    The pitting and black marks might come from acne medication. Here's a post where a user has black marks and scratches and comes in contact with benzoly peroxide on a frequent basis.
  15. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    Perhaps, but the friend I speak of never had any acne issues, especially not on the inside of his wrists.
  16. InfinitiG macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
  17. MacInTO macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2005
    Canada, eh!
    No, but when it is applied with their hands, it's absorbed in the palms and fingers and then starts coming out with perspiration. It could also be a diet-related issue.
  18. calderone macrumors 68040


    Aug 28, 2009
    You bought the computer to use it right? If you wanted a museum piece, you made the wrong decision.

    Use the computer, if something happens that seems odd. Take it to Apple. Quite honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if much of this coating is due to people like yourself obsessively trying to "take care' of their computer.

    Just use it.
  19. malandra macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2003
    I put a skin on the top and bottom, which makes it a bit less slippery on a hard surface and makes me feel a little less obsessive about scratches.

    When it's on my desk, it's sitting on an mStand 360. The elevation is nice, but knowing that I can drink coffee and a spill will only trash my keyboard is a beautiful thing. I'm nearly positive that coffee, not dings, is your mbp's worst and statistically most deadly enemy.
  20. GeorgeNehme macrumors newbie


    Aug 9, 2016

    Always try to softly clean it from fingeroils coming from keyboard with it's own black tissue provided by apple;

    be very careful don't let anyone put his finger on the display.

    You MUST have OCD because my retina just started to peal off :( I have macbook pro retina screen late 2015 I am really upset a **** filter on it peals off after 7 months and especially when you apply a force on the lid of the macbook when it is closed

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