Is there a way to tighten the tension/resistance on the Air's lid?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by plucky duck, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. plucky duck macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    Can I do it on my own or do I have to bring it in to Apple store?
  2. calvy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2007
    Can they do it in store? Mine is pretty floppy, and it's only a month or two old.
  3. boto macrumors 6502


    Jun 4, 2012
    It's normal, don't worry about it. There is only a problem if it closes or slides in a 90 degree position with the palm rest facing the ground. Otherwise, the only way to tighten the hinge is to replace it with another.
  4. m00min macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    Mine's looser than I've noticed on other laptops but I assumed it to be an intentional thing. If is was tighter you wouldn't be able to adjust the screen without holding the base in place due to its weight (or lack of).
  5. Killerbob macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2008
    I had the original Air, and after 1 year it was very loose in the hinges, and I took it to a premium dealer. They promptly replacde the screen, as that supposedly was the only way to fix it.
  6. plucky duck thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    Yes, I was also thinking it was designed like that, having kept in mind that they would like for the user to be able to open the lid from closed position with just one hand with little resistance, without the base leaving the surface area at all. But at the same time I much prefer the resistance my Thinkpad T41/61 X40/60 offered in comparison, as when it's on my lap any slight movement would not cause the lid to move out of position. Minor annoyance I guess.
  7. yeloop macrumors newbie

    Sep 29, 2012
    I would love to hear more MacBook Air users' thoughts on this too.

    My wife has a current (2012) 13" Air and the screen hinges have definitely become looser over time, to the point where if you adjust the position of the Air on your lap, the screen moves downwards a little.

    By contrast, my 13" MacBook Pro has a much firmer screen hinge action that has not loosened up over time.

    I'm looking at replacing mine with an Air next time around, bit this bother me a bit. Have most other users of the 13" Air had the same experience?


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