New Mac Book Pro 15" Design Flaw?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by robilium, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. robilium macrumors newbie

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    Anyone else have a new 15" MBP? It seems like they have a design flaw if the laptop is held vertical, i.e. laying down in bed, the lid is too heavy for the hinge and it shuts. The new glass and aluminum is fairly heavy. It seems the older 17" models had this problem due to the type of hinge.

    Do the new MBP 15s have this same hinge? Did I just get a dud? I wonder if these hinges can be tightened?

    very annoying
     
  2. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    This also happens on mine. I've never held it like that, but I can certainly recreate the result.

    I'm not sure I would call it a design flaw though. The lid stays open in the normal position and glides very smoothly.
     
  3. jTreu macrumors 6502

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    I dont think the hinge can be tightened, the extra weight, from when it went from 5.2 to 5.5 lbs is probably mostly in the display with that glass piece, that's too bad.
     
  4. MowingDevil macrumors 68000

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    Only a problem if you like typing on your back.
     
  5. Stang68 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm actually sitting in bed right now and if I had a new MBP already, the screen would supposedly be falling down. This doesn't make me too happy. Is it just me, or are there a lot of things wrong with the new MacBook Pro's? What are the pro's to this device other than the Nvidia cards? The design seems like no big improvement, actually a step back in some regards, the screen is just...well, you know, and I could go on. I don't get it, Apple? Do you not want me to buy a new MBP?



    I probably am anyways :p
     
  6. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    My 17" MBp is exactly the same, so I just don't lie in bed and use it like that.
     
  7. ptjh macrumors regular

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    design flaw LOL. what desiger would make such special allowances for a laptop being held in such a retarded position :rolleyes: LOL...No offense though. If it bugs you, it bugs you.
     
  8. robilium thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Fair point - but....

    A good industrial designer (APPLE) will typically design a product for most use cases. In fact companies can be legally liable for customers using a product in unexpected but valid ways. For example, if I use a wrench to hit a nail in and it shatters and blinds me than the wrench manufacturer is responsible. Designers must design to multiple use cases.

    Now - using the laptop in that position is very frequent. I often use it in bed while my wife is sleeping. That way she doesnt have to go to bed alone and I can finish up a fair amount of work stuff or get to those RSS feeds i couldnt earlir in the day. The second use case would be for all those business travellers who work in their hotel. business travellers tend to work on the bed and not at those desks. Finally - what about the hippie lying on his back on the park using wireless? :)
     
  9. robilium thread starter macrumors newbie

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    btw - I HATE glossy. However, the LED has been light enough to overcome any gloss so far. TIme will tell - but so far so good.


    btw the design of the case etc it MUCH stronger. I would rather strength over 3 ounces
     
  10. cube macrumors G5

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    Typical Apple designs are BAD. They are only about looks and oversimplified.
     
  11. bsmith1 macrumors newbie

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    just got mine yesterday. No problem with lid closing while using it lieing on couch, etc, but edges are so sharp they are quite uncomfortable on wrists etc.



    Probably going to return and eat the re-stocking fee. Not because of that but the glossy screen. I will give it a try for a week but so far not liking it. And it is not just the glare, it doesn't seem as sharp or crisp as the matte. I think I will get one of the new 17s or a 15 refurb.



    Crap, I really wanted to like this one, lots to like except the screen.
     
  12. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    If you use a wrench to hit a nail in and it shatters and blinds you, that's natural selection in action.
     
  13. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    I thought natural selection was the drunk redneck trying to drive the nail into the board using his forehead.
     
  14. fireball87 macrumors newbie

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    Seeing as hitting wrenches with hammers is a common method for trying to free stuck bolts I'd be pretty disappointed with a wrench that shattered/broke when being used as one... I'm having a hard time buying that intelligence would make you predict that kind of reaction. Plus being blind (most likely just in one eye unless you're seriously unlucky) doesn't really decrease your chances of reproduction enough that I'd consider it a case of natural selection.
     
  15. 63dot macrumors 603

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    I checked out both the MBP and Macbook's new design and put the two through their paces and one thing I checked was the resistance of how the things opened and closed.

    The several laptops I tried at the Apple Store actually seemed somewhat stiff.

    They both seemed OK otherwise in every way, except for the Macbook lacking firewire. I also noticed that after I played around with the glass? trackpad that when it warmed up it lost sensitivity some and the mouse would jump around a bit.
     
  16. LinMac macrumors 65816

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    Everyone hates hippies. That is the secret reason that Apple only sells the screens with a mirror finished glossy coating.
     
  17. MowingDevil macrumors 68000

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    Cheese will fix that.
     
  18. jamestemroot macrumors member

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    that's a shame... but I guess you can still sit upright in bed so it doesn't fall down.
     
  19. vincebio macrumors 6502a

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    you just answered your own question.....you dont actually think that apple hasnt thought about this and decided you will buy it anyway do you?
    of course they have....its called fanboys. we all are..
    call it a slight gamble, but they will think its worth it when they have 4.5bn in cash in the bank
     
  20. valvehead macrumors regular

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    FWIW, I checked out the new MBPs at the Apple store a couple of days ago. On two new MBPs sitting next to each other, I noted a distinct difference in hinge tightness. If you feel that yours is too loose, take it to the store and ask for it to be tightened.
     
  21. bcaslis macrumors 68020

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    I have to hold mine with the base pointing straight up to the lid to start to close. It's "tighter" than the 17" but "looser" than the old 15". But it's part of the design, nothing you can change about it.
     
  22. Red-red macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't call it a flaw.

    I've never tried to use a laptop like that, might give it a go!
     
  23. CD3660 macrumors 68040

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    Mind you don't trap your face!
     
  24. Red-red macrumors 6502

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    "My mac ate my face!"

    You can see it now...:cool:
     
  25. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    When are we going to see a radical improvement in laptop LCD density? I see all the neat stuff at CES and it is taking so much longer to hit consumers. I would pay another $500 for OLED 13".
     

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