rMBP small hole in the aluminum case?!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by oldaaplexec, Sep 2, 2012.

  1. oldaaplexec macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2006
    I bought a rMBP yesterday and noticed a a small/micro hole in the aluminum case. It's near the bottom of the right palm rests and looks like it was made by a machine or something nicked it in the factory (it's the small dark spot in the attached photo). Should I be concerned? It seems like a cosmetic defect. Will Apple exchange it?

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  2. duffyanneal macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2008
    You might try buying a palmrest protector and cover up the hole. I dented the palmrest on my MBP a couple of years ago. Every time I used the machine my eyes were drawn to the dent. So I bought a Moshi palm guard and forgot about the dent. I just installed one on my rMBP and it looks great. Now I don't have to worry about scratching the palmrest with my watch.

  3. oldaaplexec thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2006

    But this laptop is brand new and had the dent/small hole right out of the box. It seems like a defect and I'm concerned it could become bigger over time, etc. What do you think?
  4. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    What happens if you've been typing all night and you sweat into that hole? It's going to be ruined. Would you accept a car with a giant hole in the windscreen? Not all all. Get it replaced.
  5. Kristine macrumors 6502a

    Feb 21, 2005
    If you have a Samsung screen, I would keep it and get the Moshi Palm Guard.
  6. vito macrumors 6502a

    Apr 4, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    I had a few of those and sent the unit back twice, give Apple a call and have it returned if you want to try your luck with a replacement
  7. AZREOSpecialist macrumors 68020


    Mar 15, 2009
  8. JacaByte macrumors 6502

    Dec 26, 2009
    Looks like pitting to me. Nice to see that Apple still hasn't fixed this problem that's plagued their aluminium MBPs since the beginning of time.
  9. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008

    Go see a doctor is your sweat is eating through anodized aluminum.
  10. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    It's a tiny little pit. I doubt it goes all the way through.

    If it bothers you that much, ask apple to exchange it. Personally, I would just ignore it, it's barely noticeable.
  11. duffyanneal macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2008
    I wonder if it was just an air bubble in the metal that was exposed during the machining process? If it bothers you that much try to get an exchange. It can't hurt to ask.
  12. tadziak macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    If that's the only problem of your mac, don't replace it. Check your screen - if it has no Image Retention (is it LG or Samsung), then live with it. There are so many more problematic laptops that this one little hole is like nothing compared to bad screen etc.
  13. theuserjohnny macrumors 6502

    Jul 7, 2012
    I've went through 6 rMBPs (4 of them had screen retention) and the 5th one just had a nasty scratch across the back of the rMBP. However, on all of them they've had some sort of "cosmetic defect". I guess it's just a matter of how much of it you can accept. Even this one that I have has a few but trust me you'll get over it...

    For me personally I would just buy a protector for the palm rest... and while you're at it get a glass case for it.

    These computers are tools not artifacts.
  14. golf1410 macrumors 6502a


    May 7, 2012
    San Francisco, CA
    Care less on that hole. Care more on the screen coz your eyes are on the screen. Samsung is for sure.
  15. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Looks like quite a neat and tidy mark/hole. Nobody likes cosmetic defects, but if that were mine I'd keep it as something that made my laptop unique. :)
  16. smotania macrumors member


    Jun 14, 2012
    Boston, MA, USA
    A hole on otb computer... I will try to raplace it
  17. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    The person you quoted is a known troll. You are better off ignoring his trash comments.

    If you bought it from Apple, you can exchange it without any problems as long as you initiate it within the return period.
  18. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

    Jul 28, 2011
    It does, have you not seen all the threads about pits on the right edge where you normally have your palm rested? Happened to my 13.3" MBP after a while.
  19. Ricanlegend macrumors 6502a

    Apr 21, 2009
    Either go to the apple store or contact apple and they will send you another
  20. NT1440 macrumors G4


    May 18, 2008
    Bought mine in 2009, still going strong with no pitting.
  21. jacktorrance macrumors regular

    Jul 21, 2009
    When I received mine I was devastated to find a small black mark next to the trackpad.

    Using a nail however I was able to scratch it off after quite a while trying. I really didn't want to return my otherwise perfect rMBP.

    From the photograph yours looks like it might be something on the surface - is it definitely a hole/depression?
  22. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Mine came with dents on the bottom. I didn't return it.

    To each his own.
  23. Krazy Bill macrumors 68030

    Krazy Bill

    Dec 21, 2011
    Put another hole on the other side exactly in the same place. It will look like they belong there. :)
  24. CHMK macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2012
    thing is uve got to convince them it was their fault otherwise they say that u caused it and they wont replace it as it is only cosmetic, yet stuff can get down there so...
  25. Kuray macrumors regular

    Jul 24, 2010
    Paying more than 2200 for a rMBP and accepting that hole? For me, no way.

    If it happens after 14 day, I will survive with it but for brand new rMBP NO WAY

    Why you should have that hole? If you have chance to go Apple Store, just go.

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