My ApplePeelz Review

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by n8236, Sep 9, 2006.

  1. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    ApplePeelz is like Invisible Shield but does not provide lifetiime guarantee though it's cheaper and allows a bit more flexibility in ordering the pieces to your liking.

    I ordered the wrist and trackpad guard pieces which obviously cover the whole palm rest area, trackpad, and button. Cost 25 bux shipped.

    The instructions on the site are quite detailed. But I kept it simple. Used the tray, filled it w/ about 1/4" of tab water and a swirl of dish wash detergent. Peeled the pieces and, wetted them and applied. It was quite simple. For perfect alignment, make sure you do this in a brightly lite area.

    The surface is pretty smooth, but does provide a significant amount of anti-slip w/ the slightest amount of moisture from your palms. This could be good and bad depending how you like it.

    What I found useless was the trackpad piece. It makes the surface almost impossible to use due to the semi anti-slip surface. I ended up fabricating a piece of clear self-adhesive vinyl and worked much better.

    As you would of expected, it does provide a glossy reflective surface. I didn't do a perfect job on mine, you can see some dark areas and those are small air bubbles which I would have to eliminate when I redo it.

    It does not interferre w/ the lid closing.

    Fitment is near perfect.

    All in all, it's a pretty good piece of protective gear to have if you wanna really take care of ur baby. I wish the surface was a bit more slippery, but it's bareable. And the fact that it doesn't provide lifetime warranty like Invisible Shield might say something about its durability. But time will tell.

    Left mbp no applepeelz, right has applepeelz (dark spots are air bubbles i didn't get out, opps)

    Another view. Can see slight reflection on left side.

    This stuff i used for the trackpad and worked great. Good for good covers too. Doesn't reduce sensitivity or accuracy.

    mmmm, glossy :D
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    interesting. Is there any noticeable increase in heat due to the added insulation I wonder?
  3. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    I am definitely going to take a good look at these. These would prevent alumiunum pitting from acidic sweat, right?
  4. Allotriophagy macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2006
    Are the palm rest areas aluminium or plastic? They were plastic on my old old AlBook. That got a bit grim after a year or so.
  5. ZoomZoomZoom macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2005
    You mean, the palmrests on a stock Al PB? I have a rev D, and they're aluminum. Pitting marks (like black freckles) slightly visible on the left palmrest.
  6. n8236 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    I haven't noticed extra heat or any sort ofheat dissipation issues yet.

    It definitely would prevent long-run pitting of the laptop since the metal surface on it will eventually wear out. Most people think the metal casing won't wear since it's metal, but the fact is that it has a layer of paint on it that gives it the look it does. That layer of paint is also said to provide some level of scratch and bump resistance.
  7. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

    Mar 30, 2004
    This is incorrect; there is no paint. The last PowerBook model to include paint was the titanium model. The aluminum is anodized, or coated with a protective oxide layer.
  8. n8236 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
  9. j3tang macrumors regular

    Jul 19, 2006
    Toronto, Canada
    #9 sells the same stuff, much cheaper than Invisible shield. Selection is not as good as Invisible Shield, but the dude at BSE replied my email inquiring about a MacBook skin and he says they will be coming out real soon.

    I recently bought skins for my razr and DS Lite and they are all perfectly fit. My DSL had to get replaced by Nintendo, and I wasn't able to rip the skin off it to reuse, and the guys at DSL sent me a replacement skin free of charge :p

    That's some great service!

    They also have the 5th G iPod skins too, but nothing previous.

    Again, limited selection, but what they do have, i will always order from them.
  10. shawsinio macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006
    does anyone know of any uk retailers that sell the invisible shield or applepeelz skins?

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