MacBook pro palm surface feels rougher


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 18, 2013
Hey guys, I just got a new RMBP and I have observed thay the surface of the palm rest feels slightly rougher compared to the same model that a friend has. What could be the reason for this and can it be remedied?


macrumors 65816
Jun 8, 2012
Definitely, return it, it should be soft like satin not rough like sand paper. if you keep it over time it will start to develop black spots.


macrumors 65816
Apr 3, 2010
Heart of the midwest
I had the same experience when I upgraded to a used 2010 MBP from my Late 2008 13". The palm rest is rougher, but I believe it is because it hasn't been used as heavily as my own. My '08 is silky smooth, but the '10 and even my dad's 09 is noticeably rougher. But I think they are all like that to a degree until it gets worn down over time.

My question is, how old or new is your friends? If it's new and yours is that much rougher, then return it. You might also compare to a display model and see how it feels.


macrumors 68030
Jul 20, 2001
Yeech. So much knee-jerk commentary!

Relative to a used model, it's going to feel quite a bit rougher. Even just a couple months of use by oily fingers will make a big difference.
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