Mac Air hinges. Is this normal?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by nariza7, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. nariza7 macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    I have a mac air 11 inch, and when I tilt the screen to certain degrees (either almost closed or almost opened), it would either close by itself or open completely. I was googling this up and saw this video with a 13 inch that shows the same looseness from the hinges. Is this how most macbook airs are? I have an STM grip hardshell case on mine which may contribute to excess weight that burdens the monitor.

    Here is the video showing a mac air with the hinge situation that I am facing for mine.

    I forgot to test the mac airs at bestbuy and the applestore, but I may do that sometime later.
  2. coolio93 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2013
    Houston, TX
    No. The hinge should hold the display no matter what angle you hold the laptop in. I would take it back to replace it. My hinges are nice and stiff

    Edit: if it isn't closing or opening the lid itself when the hard case is off then it is normal. The case is probably adding more weight than the hinges are designed to hold in place.
  3. daviddth macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2009
    Take the case off and try again. My 13" with no case does not do this at all, and the hinges are very stiff. I would be more likely to blame the additional weight than the hinge, so let us know how things go
  4. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    I have a 2012 11" Air, and the screen stays put at whatever angle I choose, regardless of how I tilt the computer itself. I have no case on the computer.
  5. opinio macrumors 65816

    Mar 23, 2013
    There are a few hex screws holding the hinges down. If youhave a hex kit you could check to see if they are loose.
  6. nariza7 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2013
    I took the top lid off and it does stay in place better. When I have it tilted a few angles off max open angle(like before with the case on) and I pick it up, it does fully tilt open though. That's only if I pick it up. I think I will take a look at the ones in the applestore tomorrow and see if they also tilt like mine. Thanks for the feedback guys
  7. InfinitiG macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2010
    People that ruin their macs with snap on cases :confused:

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