Macbook Air - Pressure resistant?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by imHappy, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. imHappy macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    Hello Guys;

    Yesterday I bought a North Face, Hot Shot backpack because of the good quality this brand provides and because I needed a bag with a laptop compartment.

    The thing is, I used an incase neoprene sleeve(the mbp version) for my macbook air into the laptop compartment of the Hot Shot bag today and when I took it out in my history class, I felt like if the lid was quite 'Sticked', since it was harder to open the lid. (thanks god im using the cover that came with my mba everytime until i get the screensavr or shagymac)

    Basically, can this spoil my machine?

    Also, instead of using my mba in the laptop compartment which is in the side of my back, get instead use a hard cover book and then my macbook followed by my bunch of books i carry everytime to decrease the pressure exerted in my mba since my back is not completely straight when I walk.

    Thx in advance!
  2. Poisoned1 macrumors member

    Feb 25, 2011
    That's a really good question. After reading it I started thinking about it. Once I start fall semester up it would be interesting and good to know how much pressure the mba can withstand before the screen starts getting pressed into the keys or something like that. I've been kinda afraid so far to put anything else heavy in my bag if my mba is in there, thinking it would break in some form. lol. Maybe I'm just being too paranoid. Would be nice to know if anyone has experienced any difficulties carrying their mba in a backpack with other heavy items such as books.
  3. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    Im paranoid aswell. In fact i won't insert my mba with it sleeve in my backpack since im scareeed ashell. The screens feels so fragile =(
  4. Yankee125xt macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2010
    I had the same issue with my North Face backback...I ultimately found a secure solution. Basically, I put a strong and sturdy binder first in my backpack, then I inserted my MBA within it's sleeve next, then i put random books...This protected my MBA from my back arching and kept it nice and snug without too much pressure concerns.

    hope this helps!
  5. Mrawr macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2011
    Minneapolis, MN
    I would be careful. I have a 2006 MacBook Pro and the screen has very noticeable grey clouding. The Genius Bar tells me this is from pressure on the screen (they suggested maybe books in my bag?). They were correct. I toted the computer around in a bag with heavy books for 4 years. Hopefully newer displays / MacBook casings aren't as prone to this problem. Best of luck.
  6. Oli3000 macrumors regular

    Apr 20, 2009
    I am on my second MBA screen due to this problem. The first I carried around in a bag with books.

    Now, I never carry anything in the bag other than my MBA, but it has still occurred after 4 months of use. I have VERY VERY slight lines, that can only be seen in bright sunlight, where the bottom edge of the keyboard is, and the top edge of the trackpad.

    Does not affect use, but still bugs me if I notice it when cleaning.
  7. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    thx for replies guys!

    Alright i am now paranoid as hell. I will be carrying my mba with it sleeve outside of my bag and only inserting it in my bag when getting a taxi outside of my school.

    I really hope nothing happens to my device
  8. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    I'd actually considered it from just the opposite perspective, would the MBA, or any laptop with an SSD work better in low pressure (ie high altitude environments). I've read where mountain climbing expeditions have found that rotating disk hhd's crap out at higher atmosphere because there is not enough air pressure to keep the head from crashing into the disk, which obviously would not be an issue with ssd's. True this has very little to do with your question, just me going off on a tangent.
  9. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    guys, by carrying my mba in a messenger bag, would it exert less pressure than a backpack?

    im thinking on getting a north face messenger bag instead.

    i care more about my laptop than being comfortable :)
  10. macbwizard macrumors 6502


    May 23, 2005
    Same exact issue. Same exact laptop. Replacing it this time with a MBP glossy and hoping that the glass will protect the display.
  11. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011

    I just read ur post seriously haha.

    Yeah i was planning to do the same but i don't get the order you do so.

    What im thinking to do is using the laptop compartment which is next to the side of my back and insert there a hard cover book, binder or whatsoever is hard enough to avoid my bag getting arched. Next i would insert my mba followed by books, etc since the all the weight goes opposite to my back.

    Was this the order u state it or viceversa?

    edit. my biggest concern after all is how safe is to use the compartment since when i put my bag on, it gets arched and since it has some padding in the back, i really believe it exert more pressure in my mba with a sleeve which could in the worst scenario, crack the screen!

    have anyone expierience this issue. cracking the screen by talking ur laptop etc?
  12. 482214 macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2010
    I had the first series mba and found this too... I would be careful. Especially with a fully loaded bag.
  13. calvol macrumors 6502a

    Feb 3, 2011
    I tried a few times throwing my 13-Ult into a bag with books, but it seemed to flex a bit.... so I bought a Speck case, and seems to give it enough rigidity. I would think the MBA is hard to flex too much to cause damage to the Mobo or screen, but I don't want to find out.
  14. DraziGuy macrumors member

    Oct 20, 2009
    My MBA is about 7 months old now, and from about one month in I started noticing the keyboard marks on the screen when it is off. Doesn't seem to have permanently affected the screen as of yet. The marks come off if I give the screen a good cleaning.

    It's usually nearly the only thing in my backpack, but I have noticed just holding onto it is enough to put pressure on the screen from the keyboard.
  15. imHappy thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 27, 2011
    shaggymac/screensavr is the solution for keyboard marks in the screen.

    I just hope nothing past that happen because of pressure.

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