Macbook Pro lid - Is this normal?

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  1. aimfire macrumors regular

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    Ok, so I just got a 17" Macbook Pro last week and have a question about the lid...

    When the lid (screen) is closed, I've noticed that in the front, it dosn't seem to sit flush - there is about a 2mm gap of space inbetween. This is in the front only where it closes - the rest of the lid sits flush.

    Is this normal?
    thanks!
     
  2. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Yup. (knew the question just from reading the thread title) :)

    It's normal, and occurs on all MBP's.
     
  3. siurpeeman macrumors 603

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    yes, it's normal. further, i don't know if it's normal, but it's common for the left side of the lid to be slightly more open than the right. i think it's time for the macbook pro to get a magnetic latch like the macbook.
     
  4. aimfire thread starter macrumors regular

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    Wow, ok thanks for the speedy reply! :)

    Yeah, exactly - I also have the black Macbook (w/ magnetic latch) and was comparing the MBP to that. I agree, would be nice to have the magnet on the MBP's as well.
     
  5. panthersweat macrumors newbie

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    I was just going to post about this.
    Mine isn't flush either and judging by all the others with the same story, it's "normal'.


    Thanks for clearing this up for me too.
     
  6. klymr macrumors 65816

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    Mine is not "flush" and has a gap, however, it seems the gap is equal all the way around the screen. It seems pretty uniform to me.
     
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  8. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    Mine must by abnormal because it seems like the right is just SLIGHTLY more open than the left. It's DEFECTIVE! :p

    It could actually be my imagination, it's VERY subtle.
     
  9. shawnwich macrumors 6502

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    DUDE.

    A DAY AFTER i got my mac two months ago, i went to the apple store to ask that very question and the emo kid pointed at the mbp's on display and all of them have the same issue. Mine does it. Yours does it. All MBP's do it.

    Its weird isn't it?

    o-0.
     
  10. triddent222 macrumors regular

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    All MBPs I have ever seen/worked on (quite a few), have this "issue". Now, after careful observation, i think this was designed intentionally so the track-pad button (which is a bit elevated) does not scratch the screen. This is not so on the MBs because the lid is a bit thicker, which enabled Apple to rest the screen a bit deeper into the lid.

    Of course, Correlation does not imply causation, and my hypothesis could be complete BS.
     
  11. Eallan macrumors 6502

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    It's not weird it's bad design. There is no reason it shouldn't sit flush. My right side is like 2mm off while the left is flush. It's bad manufacturing.
     
  12. russell.h macrumors regular

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    That would mean that putting any pressure on the lid while it is closed (like it you put it in a backpack or other bag) would scratch the screen, so I doubt it.
     
  13. Veritas&Equitas macrumors 68000

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    Actually that happens. Have a Powerbook or MBP long enough and you will see the shape of the keys slightly imprinted on the screen (looks like a bunch of connected boxes).
     
  14. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    It's been a problem since they first introduced the Aluminium case and it's undoubtedly due to flawed design and manufacturing processes.

    Check Apple's site for pics of the MacBook Pro closed - none of the ones there have warped lids.

    Been discussed before, but a magnetic system all the way round the screen bezel, similar to the MacBook, would likely solve the problem
     
  15. Eallan macrumors 6502

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    Magnets would work as would a latch that latched at both corners instead of the middle.
     
  16. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    Agreed but not sure how practical that is with the optical drive where it is currently.
     
  17. lamina macrumors 68000

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    No, it's not normal.

    It's just seen as normal because it is so widespread.

    My 17" PowerBook is perfectly flush all around.

    Apple ain't what they used to be.
     
  18. Eallan macrumors 6502

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    One latch button, two latch "prongs" ;)

    My hp has it.

    They could figure it out, magnets would be easier.

    Or, as a novel idea, quality manufacturing!
     
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  20. AlBDamned macrumors 68030

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    Ditto. I have a 15" PowerBook that was perfect before I dropped it!
     
  21. panthersweat macrumors newbie

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    I retract my statement, the lid is definitely defective on mine. I compared it to a friends (same model) which isn't flush either, but not so bad that you're able to rock the lid side by side.

    Here are some pictures of the gap;

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    What do you guys think? It's only 2 days old, should it be sent back?
     
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  23. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    That looks completely normal. That is soooo not an issue.
     
  24. comingaround macrumors newbie

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    Word.
     
  25. aimfire thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yeah, I'm the OP... that looks exactly like mine... I guess it's "normal".

    Thanks for posting the pics, made for great reference.
     

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