New Macbook Pro 2018 Odor

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  1. applesed macrumors member

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    My new macbook pro 15 has an odor, makes me a little light-headed and itchy, and I notice it even when it is powered off. So I am not sure that it would be due to certain manufacturing adhesives needing to burn off. I have a 2018 air that I noticed the odor but it didn't last very long at all. Could it be due to the different manufacturing process? I read some old articles about similar problems and VOCs relating to the Mac Pro. Any thoughts, similar experiences, or suggestions? Thanks!
     
  2. filmbuff macrumors 6502a

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  3. livinglist macrumors newbie

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    Maybe your CPU and GPU are having a party and high.
     
  4. Texas26257 macrumors regular

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    Damn did just read my MacBook stinks LOL this is great
     
  5. applesed thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for your honest contribution, but there is definitely a difference between the 2018 15 mbp and 2018 mba. I know all go through some offgassing but this is a lot.
     
  6. FrostyF macrumors regular

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    Great, now I’m curious and will now have to start sniffing my 2018 13” and compare its stank to my 2018 15” arriving on Wednesday.
     
  7. unglued macrumors 6502

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    I'll run my air monitor device when I receive my new 2018 MBP and see if it detects any volatile tvoc compounds or fine particles (PM2.5/PM10), might just be some China stench just needs time to burn off.
     
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    I see something like this thread once in a blue moon. There seems to be a rare occasion where someone does notice an odor from a new laptop. I have no idea what causes this, my laptop that I got this past summer had no such issue but like I said, its something that has cropped up rarely
     
  10. applesed thread starter macrumors member

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    I need to make a decision soon, do you think Google express will let me exchange it? (It was a good price so rather not just return.) Or bring it into Apple to see if they will exchange it under their warranty?
     
  11. _Kiki_ macrumors 6502a

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    yes, I recommend this procedure, specially for you area of soldered SSD
     
  12. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Does it work fine? If so then You are bang out of luck with any return or warranty!!
     
  13. applesed thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm within 14 days..so that's not a problem.
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    that's an interesting remark, perhaps there are different substances used when doing this soldering?
     
  14. Ma2k5 macrumors 68020

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    Light headed and itchy? I've seen it all now!
     
  15. _Kiki_ macrumors 6502a

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    yes, there is a lot of adhesive on this area, also some people doesn't like smell of brand new products especially like electronics or cars, because adhesive, glue or other similar substances
     
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    Cars I like. New mattresses and carpet, not so much :)
     
  17. applesed thread starter macrumors member

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    I wonder if this one got boxed a little too quickly after they constructed it, instead of airing it out, the chemicals got baked into the laptop. I've had it a week and its not getting better, so I'm sending it back. Too bad, because this was on the deal $2100 no tax for the 15" 16/512/560x/2.6. Worth a try explaining at the apple store for a swap?
     
  18. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    Just purchased, unboxed and began setting up a new 15" 2018 MBP today......no scents whatsoever during the process. That said, I do distinctly recall that years ago when unboxing a new iMac, I most definitely picked up the wonderful, distinctive scent of apples...... :)
     
  19. unglued macrumors 6502

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    That one I would keep.
     
  20. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    I did -- for years! :)
     

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