MacBook Pro build

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by imapfsr, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. imapfsr macrumors regular

    imapfsr

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Victoria, B.C.
    #1
    Hey All,
    I just received my replacement MacBook Pro from my MacBook Air from Apple and there is no doubt this is a power house compared to the MBA. My one thought and I am not complaining, is the Pro sure feels flimsy compared to the MBA. I guess thats the difference between a plastic case and aluminum. I was surprised that when I pick up my MBP by the side it creaks a little and you can even hear the hard drive change up. Is this normal and is just relevant to the plastic case? I still have to say though that it is an amazing piece of technology and sure lays to waste any Windows laptop I have ever used. Me likey !!!!
     
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
  3. imapfsr thread starter macrumors regular

    imapfsr

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Victoria, B.C.
    #3
    Wow,
    I did not know this. I guess it just doesnt feel as strong as the MBA, why I am not sure.
     
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #4
    Thinner aluminum. They do feel different, I agree.
     
  5. kabunaru Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    #5
    It could be painted plastic I guess. :eek:
    To me, a MacBook Pro felt like plastic when I used it in Best Buy. At least, near the keyboard where the hands rest.
     
  6. imapfsr thread starter macrumors regular

    imapfsr

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Victoria, B.C.
    #6
    Is there somewhere on Apple where it says its aluminum cause I am having my doubts.
     
  7. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    #7
    It's aluminum.
     
  8. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

    SchneiderMan

    Joined:
    May 25, 2008
    Location:
    Apple state
    #8
    true but the keys are silver painted plastic
     
  9. noodle654 macrumors 68020

    noodle654

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Location:
    Never Ender
    #9
    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/design.html


    How does it not feel like aluminum??? The bottom is rock hard! The whole build is very sturdy.
     
  10. Animalk macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    May 27, 2007
    Location:
    Montreal Canada
    #10
    I was told that only the outer casing of the bottom and screen is aluminum. Whereas the inner casing around the keyboard and the screen are plastic. It sure feels like it on my MBP.:)
     
  11. kabunaru Guest

    Joined:
    Jan 28, 2008
    #11
    Yes, that's what I felt at Best Buy.
    The MacBook Pro is truly not an all-aluminium machine.
     
  12. noodle654 macrumors 68020

    noodle654

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Location:
    Never Ender
    #12
    Maybe the newer machines are to cut costs, but my 2.2Ghz I definitely think the top (keyboard/mouse pad area) are aluminum. It is too hard to be plastic. Plus, the top is cold most of the time, unlike the MB, the plastic is always warm.
     
  13. kockgunner macrumors 68000

    kockgunner

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2007
    Location:
    Vancouver, Canada
    #13
    you guys got me thinking and worried that my macbook pro is made of plastic! but after some thought, i don't think it is since the strip of metal above the keyboard can get to temps where plastic would buckle. also, when the machine is off, it feels pretty cool. i think the aluminum is just very thin and feels cheap. back on topic, i would be really jealous is the next macbook pro had better build quality like the air. the current MBPs creak and don't feel sturdy when carrying it under your arm. it feels like you are pushing the middle of the screen in, making the lid warp. also, the bottom panel of my MBP, close to the battery makes a weird hollow click when i press on it sometimes, especially when the machine is warm.
     
  14. lordthistle macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Location:
    Italy
    #14
    They also say its screen supports million of colors :)

    ????
    Most of the time? When it's off?

    thistle
     
  15. imapfsr thread starter macrumors regular

    imapfsr

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Victoria, B.C.
    #15
  16. noodle654 macrumors 68020

    noodle654

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2005
    Location:
    Never Ender
    #16
    Yes, when its off. Its usually pretty cool.
     
  17. Bobioden macrumors 68000

    Bobioden

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2007
    Location:
    Denver
    #17

    Are you sure you didn't buy a Macbook? They are made of plastic.
     
  18. imapfsr thread starter macrumors regular

    imapfsr

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Victoria, B.C.
    #18
    I think its a Pro.......it says MacBook Pro on the panel.....uggghhhhhhhhhhh
     
  19. Fabiano macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2008
    Location:
    Palmas, Brazil
    #19
    mine looks very like Aluminium! even the keys I tought was aluminium too... thats because when cleaning it, the edges of keys cuted out the cloth like sharp blades! :eek:

    I swear, I have a cleaning cloth full off holes made by my ninja MBP :lol:
     
  20. Bobioden macrumors 68000

    Bobioden

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2007
    Location:
    Denver
    #20
    Amazing you can spend $2000+ on a machine and don't know what it is made of. :)
     
  21. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    The good side of the grass.
    #21
    They're aluminum and I have the dents to prove it!!;)
     
  22. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    #22
    The entire chassis is aluminium with the exception of the keys, the touchpad surface and the touchpad button.
     
  23. Esrb99 macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jun 18, 2008
    #23
    touchpad button is aluminum im sure, put a penny on it. you'll hear metal on metal.
     
  24. imapfsr thread starter macrumors regular

    imapfsr

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Victoria, B.C.
    #24
    I was obviously being sarcastic to your previous post. Of course i Know its a MBP and so as it turns out is aluminum. That still doesnt take away from the fact that its case is definitely much , much thinner than the MBA making it much more flexy and definitely not as sturdy as the Air.
     
  25. imapfsr thread starter macrumors regular

    imapfsr

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2008
    Location:
    Victoria, B.C.

Share This Page