Microphone placement on MacBook Pro 15"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by yousifabdullah, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. yousifabdullah macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2011

    After three hardware repairs and a newly confirmed issue with my current MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2008), Apple is replacing my computer with a brand new MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2011) and also upgrading me to the antiglare display at no extra cost. While reading reviews on the new models to be prepared for any possible issues, I noticed on AnandTech's review that the antiglare display has a microphone grille left to the FaceTime HD camera, like this: http://images.anandtech.com/doci/4205/MBP2011-5580.jpg.

    My current MacBook Pro has a glossy display and there's certainly no microphone grille near the iSight camera, it's all glass. Apple's website mentions the following under Tech Specs for the MacBook Pro 15": "Omnidirectional microphone (located under left speaker grille)." I assume this is for models with a glossy display. The reason I'm asking is because I've noticed a severe problem with audio feedback on Skype calls and other programs requiring a microphone.

    I've recently looked at buying a separate clip-on microphone to tackle the issue with the built-in microphone on my current MacBook Pro, but if models with the antiglare display indeed have the microphone at the top near the FaceTime HD camera, thereby avoiding problems with audio feedback, my wallet may just be spared another round of torture before Christmas.

    Can anyone confirm my assumption? Thank you!

    ~ Yousif
  2. TimBroers macrumors newbie

    May 13, 2010
    The small grille at the top of the screen is not a microphone but a light sensor. The microphone is located under the left speaker grill. The microphone is of fairly decent quality but there is audio feedback.

    So for proper conversations an additional microphone isn't a bad idea.
  3. Satnam1989 macrumors 65816

    Nov 16, 2011
    correct about the location, I think the microphone is pretty good honestly, I use headphones to listen....maybe that would help with audio feedback, ya when having conversations without it, could create some distortion/echo's for the other person....
  4. yousifabdullah thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2011
    Oh, alright then. Thanks for the confirmation!

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