Safe to carry 17" MBP one-handed by the corner?

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  1. germ79 macrumors newbie

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    I find myself carrying my 17" MBP like I do my netbook when moving from room to room in my home. When it is open, I grab the bottom corner with my thumb on top and fingers on bottom and carry it one-handed. With the weight of this thing (compared to my netbook) do I need to worry about it flexing and causing any kind of damage? Feels really sturdy, but just thought I'd ask.
     
  2. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    It's safe to carry it that way until you drop it. Actually, its not the dropping it that will cause problems, its the landing bit that hurts.... :D

    Flex shouldn't be a problem.
     
  3. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Nah it should be fine, if your careful with it:eek: I carry my 13" MBP like that all the time!
     
  4. puma1552 macrumors 601

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    I wouldn't do it, that puts a lot more force on the point your thumb is at than you think.

    Always two hands.
     
  5. vbman213 macrumors 6502

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    Unibody is hard to bend/flex. Yes it puts stress on it, but its very durable.

    My Toshiba (plastic body) will BSOD if I pick it up by the corner. I think it flexes to the point where it bends the RAM out of place just a little bit and crashes the system.
     
  6. bigjobby macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't do it simply because of the 'butter fingers' syndrome. You just never know when it'll strike.
     
  7. aeboi macrumors 65816

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    would you pick up and carry a baby by his or her leg?

    yeah...but I wouldn't do it:p
     
  8. saxon48 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeesh, I would never for a moment consider carrying it that way.

    Two hands, always. I paid good money for my Mac :) and I wanna keep it safe and secure.
     
  9. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Like the iPhone 4 Steve wants you to hold it correctly. :D
     
  10. van2010rulz macrumors regular

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    You paid about $2000 for that Mac. That is not safe. Not because you are putting more stress on the Macbook it self. You putting more stress on yourself when you drop it!
     
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  12. Wehrwolf macrumors 6502

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    Seems like a precarious way to hold your notebook. The 17" has a pretty large footprint to begin with too.

    When I want to move my 15" MBP (lid open) one handed, I "cradle" it on my left forearm and stabilize the spine/lid with my left hand. Sort of the way a restaurant server might cradle a plate as he brings it to the table.
     
  13. snberk103 macrumors 603

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    Think about the pressure on your thumb! Move your MBP too many times this way and you may get CTS (Carpal Thumb Syndrome).... :D
     
  14. Lokrado macrumors regular

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    lol your nuts
    i did that for ages to my old 17" mbp 2008 non unibody and nothing happened, now the unibody has a 1/8 inch thick band around it and a lot more and a lot heavier structure. it won't do it any harm
     
  15. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I only carry it by the corner when putting it a short distance away. Like if I'm with it on the couch I might pick it up by the corner to put it on the table :D

    But thats with a 13". A reckon a 17" is a lil' bit too big for that...
     
  16. JerseyBill macrumors member

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    I always carry my 17" in two hands - and often held against my chest just to be safe.

    If you have seen any of the many photos on this site of people who dropped their unibodies - even from a low height onto a somewhat flexible floor - you would never carry it one hand.

    A plastic computer flexes and snaps back to shape, maybe with a gouge or two. An aluminum computer flexes and stays bent - certainly with a gouge or two.

    JB
     
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