Macbook Pro 2019 trackpad gap asymmetry

emraha06

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I have bought 2019 i9 8 core macbook pro but i have noticed that the gap between trackpad surface and aliminum body is not same on left and right side of trackpad. right side gap is deeper. is there anyone noticed same problem on macbook pro with touch bar 2017-2019
 

emraha06

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Normal as in production quality. These things are put together by workers, not artisans.
Do you mean new touchbar MacBook pros with larger trackpad or
Normal. I’ve had probably 3-4 MacBook Pros, maybe one was ever even on both sides.
Do you mean new touchbar MacBook pros with larger trackpad or older MacBook pros and could you please add one example photo of your asymmetric touch pad? I will be very happy. Thanks
 

BLBL

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Normal as in production quality. These things are put together by workers, not artisans.
I think it is not normal since parts are designed and made in certain size and shape and then they are just glued and/or screwed together during production. The only possible reason if there are gaps, is that parts are not put together right. Something has deformed during assembling or screws or gluing is not done right, or maybe some debris on similar has gotten between parts causing them not to fit as intended.

It is true that workers are not artisans but when they are putting together parts that are designed to fit together perfectly, they should fit perfectly. IMHO you could use that artisan analogy only in products that are actually made by worked from the beginning, like painting, tailoring or similar where worker is not putting together something premade precision made parts.
 

JuanGuapo

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Do you mean new touchbar MacBook pros with larger trackpad or

Do you mean new touchbar MacBook pros with larger trackpad or older MacBook pros and could you please add one example photo of your asymmetric touch pad? I will be very happy. Thanks
If it really bothers you, take it back, and ask them if they think it’s within spec (it may very well be). I see no problem with asking and getting peace of mind, especially if you’re within the return period. If there’s a problem, they’ll take care of it for you.
 
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BLBL

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The manifestation of "perfect" does not exist in the real world.
Why not? Parts like aluminium casing and trackpad used in MacBooks are build by precision robots, not hand carved by workers. There is not much all tolerance in parts size and shape. They are designed to fit together perfectly. Only way to cause gaps somewhere is that parts are malformed by someone after they are made or simply put together from like allowing some debris enter between parts causing them not to fit as they should.

People has strange understating about mass production items today that they should be somehow clearly imperfect because they are mass produced. I would expect to see visual faults only in products that are made freehand from part by part by workers, not when workers are just screwing and gluing together precision pre machined parts.
 
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I’d you aren’t happy with it, return it. Apple charges a small fortune for their devices and does so partly based off of build quality. If you feel it’s lacking then by all means take it back. You have a right to get what you paid for.
 

emraha06

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I’d you aren’t happy with it, return it. Apple charges a small fortune for their devices and does so partly based off of build quality. If you feel it’s lacking then by all means take it back. You have a right to get what you paid for.
A person have to look carefully to detect the gap difference so it is very hard to tell the problem and request replacing :(
 

JuanGuapo

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People has strange understating about mass production items today that they should be somehow clearly imperfect because they are mass produced. I would expect to see visual faults only in products that are made freehand from part by part by workers, not when workers are just screwing and gluing together precision pre machined parts.
And where exactly did you complete your understudy and/or graduate study in mechanical engineering? —This should be good.
 

BLBL

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I would like to ask the same from peoples who claim that machine carved aluminium parts are such that there can be noticeable gaps when workers put them together unless they are not artisans. I’m not talking about normal manufacturing tolerances like 0.1 mm or less but something in multiple times more so that there are gaps you can see with bare eyes instead of magnifying glass or precision measurement tools. I mean obviously gap mentioned by OP is rather big assuming it is noticeable by eyes, or is it?
 

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A person have to look carefully to detect the gap difference so it is very hard to tell the problem and request replacing :(
If its difficult to see and tell that there is a problem then why are you even posting about it?
 

riptidewahoo

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Apple attracts more OCD folks than the other brands. Their customer base expects perfection when overpaying for a set of underwhelming specs (myself included).
 

jerryk

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It is easier to notice when you look directly
Assuming it works fine, I think you are worrying about nothing. Also, your image looks like the camera was not mounted parallel to the keyboard/trackpad.

But, If it really bothers you take it in.

FWIW, my 2018 15" has more of a gap on the left side than the right. Works fine.
 
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fokmik

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i think you worrying too much for really nothing. I understand if the gap was too big but in this case...the main thing is if it works perfectly fine or not
[doublepost=1563203947][/doublepost]Avoid windows OEM laptops then...bec there are far more imperfections at your critic level
 
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There are two concerns here. One is aesthetic and understandable given the expectations someone has when paying premium prices for a laptop. The other is functional - if something is not quite right, it could over time lead to a mechanical issue. Just as an example, maybe more dust gets into the side with the wider gap.
 

fokmik

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Again this is not mechanical, we are talking about the new trackpad...if this were an issue i bet the whole thing could be moved
There is no premium or no premium prices...from my point of view even a low priced object should work and look as intended...like i said...on windows OEM side , if you look at mm asymmetry even on workstation even pricier than MBP...there are even more issues...but again..i speak based on what i am seeing on the last picture. Maybe in real life the gap and feel is dramatic
 

jerryk

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There are two concerns here. One is aesthetic and understandable given the expectations someone has when paying premium prices for a laptop. The other is functional - if something is not quite right, it could over time lead to a mechanical issue. Just as an example, maybe more dust gets into the side with the wider gap.
If you look at the trackpad there are 2 parts. There is the surface you touch and then a lower surface that the upper surface is glued to. The issue in the picture is the upper portion is slightly shifted to one side. The lower surface still seals the cavity below.