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Pudlo

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Hi,

I'am using my new mbp16 and noticed that if the screen is covered with a dust form normal day to day usage and i close the lid, after opening there are some keyborad marks on the dust (sligthly visible but are there). It happens when my laptop is sittting on my desk all the time, no travel involved. Doyou guys and girls use any screen protectors? I'm asking while I was happy rmbp2012 user but remember that it developed some marks on a protective film from a keyboard on the screen, some were even like little punctures from a touchpad. I want to protect my new mbp from such marks as i remember there was a problem with replacing my display under guarantee coverage (eventualyy it was replaced bc of a ghosting problem but those marrks came back on a new display too) Any thoughts?
 
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Hammie

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I have read where Apple denied coverage of a broken screen when a screen protector was used. This is due to the small tolerance of the screen and keyboard. The additional thickness of the protector adds additional pressure to the screen. Same goes for a camera cover.
 
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Pudlo

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I have read where Apple denied coverage of a broken screen when a screen protector was used. This is due to the small tolerance of the screen and keyboard. The additional thickness of the protector adds additional pressure to the screen. Same goes for a camera cover.
yah but i was thinking more of a skinny protective film not a glass. I know the tolerance is smallnbut if I hqve marks on a dust when my laptop is staying on my desk i imagine when kept in a backpack it will slowly get damaged by a keys, they have some travel and would touch my screen probably.
 

Bazza1

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Not a one-stop fix, but I use something like the tissue protector that came with the MacBook (the original long ago damaged) to prevent marks / finger oils from transferring over. Figure if Apple used such a thing originally, it can't be bad for tolerances / warranty.
 
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saintmac

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Just curious, why would you want to use a screen protector on a macbook ?
Do you move it around with the lid open ?
I've always felt like it was more likely to cause damage than to protect anything
 

russell_314

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No, a screen protector could result in damage to the screen.

If you’re worried about dust, use a microfiber cloth and cleaning spray.
 

Pudlo

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Just curious, why would you want to use a screen protector on a macbook ?
Do you move it around with the lid open ?
I've always felt like it was more likely to cause damage than to protect anything
sorrey, maybe my english is not that good I will try again: I had a 2012 rMBP and after some time it developed marks on a screen from keys and rant of a touchpad, I just had marks on keyboard keys scratched through the screen thin first antireflective layer. I tried to replace my screen telling that the design is faulty (i used my macbook as intended) but Apple denied replacement. Now I have a new unit 2021 model and when opening couple of days ago i saw similiar marks of a keyboard left on a film of dust (i had a lamp near a screen so i saw a dust) on my screen. Dust is not a problem. I am just afraid that similiar thing will happes as with my 2012 retina so i just want to preven that. I don't move my mac and if without moving keys are so close to the screen to leave marks on dust I am 100% that when traveling and keeping my macbook in a backpack (imagine long train or car trip) the keys will hurt my screen. I imagine Apple wont cover that under warranty so i just want to protect my screen from the keyboard. You can check for yourself, just close a lid then open and light a lamp from a side toncheck if they are marks on the screen of your keyboard.
 
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Pudlo

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Not a one-stop fix, but I use something like the tissue protector that came with the MacBook (the original long ago damaged) to prevent marks / finger oils from transferring over. Figure if Apple used such a thing originally, it can't be bad for tolerances / warranty.
thanks! best answer yet :) exactly what i was thinking about but was trying to replace that thing with a very slim screen protector.
 

Hammie

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sorrey, maybe my english is not that good I will try again: I had a 2012 rMBP and after some time it developed marks on a screen from keys and rant of a touchpad, I just had marks on keyboard keys scratched through the screen thin first antireflective layer. I tried to replace my screen telling that the design is faulty (i used my macbook as intended) but Apple denied replacement. Now I have a new unit 2021 model and when opening couple of days ago i saw similiar marks of a keyboard left on a film of dust (i had a lamp near a screen so i saw a dust) on my screen. Dust is not a problem. I am just afraid that similiar thing will happes as with my 2012 retina so i just want to preven that. I don't move my mac and if without moving keys are so close to the screen to leave marks on dust I am 100% that when traveling and keeping my macbook in a backpack (imagine long train or car trip) the keys will hurt my screen. I imagine Apple wont cover that under warranty so i just want to protect my screen from the keyboard. You can check for yourself, just close a lid then open and light a lamp from a side toncheck if they are marks on the screen of your keyboard.
The 2012/2013 screens were notorious for that. There was a replacement opportunity for them. My 2013 also has marks from the anti-glade film failing. I also have some marks from the keyboard on it. Apple no longer offers the replacement on them, BTW.

Honestly, I would not worry about it on new ones. I think they changed the anti-glare process to eliminate that issue from the past. By adding anything other than a thin paper like what came with it initially, you are risking damage. The tolerances are too close.
 

Bazza1

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thanks! best answer yet :) exactly what i was thinking about but was trying to replace that thing with a very slim screen protector.
Completely understand. While a screen protector will help save the actual screen from marks and smudging, it won't stop the same from landing on the protector - so you still end up with having to clean that from finger oil smudges transferred from the keyboard when closed.
The tissue thing is hardly high tech, but really seems to be the best solution I've found so far. Ideally something like a microfiber equivalent would be ideal (protector and able to use it as a screen cleaner), but I fear even that thickness might damage hinge and/or void warranty on repairs.
 

rmadsen3

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For me the big appeal of a screen protector is being able to do worry-free cleaning. No need to worry about microabrasions from the cleaning instrument (e.g., towel). No need to worry about ingredients of liquid reagents. No need to worry about pressure, motions, proper drying. If ever there's a laptop display that ought to be under 'protection' it's that of the MBP.
 

ilikewhey

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I have read where Apple denied coverage of a broken screen when a screen protector was used. This is due to the small tolerance of the screen and keyboard. The additional thickness of the protector adds additional pressure to the screen. Same goes for a camera cover.
these who had that issue probably were using tempered glass, if you use films i highly doubt that cracked screen would happen.
 

Unicycle Santa

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For me the big appeal of a screen protector is being able to do worry-free cleaning. No need to worry about microabrasions from the cleaning instrument (e.g., towel). No need to worry about ingredients of liquid reagents. No need to worry about pressure, motions, proper drying. If ever there's a laptop display that ought to be under 'protection' it's that of the MBP.
New MBP 14 owner here, and this is exactly why I'm searching for a solution as well. I had screen damage on my 2016 MBP due to the keyboard contacting the screen. I'd like a screen protector just so I can wipe the screen down without worry of damaging the delicate coating or causing microscratches. I'd rather have to replace a 40 dollar screen protector than a new display. I see Amazon has the Moshi brand which claims to not interfere with closing.
 

TinyMito

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Honestly, I have been using MBP14 for over a year, wiping my screen daily with microfiber + 70% alcohol. No coating is gone, everything is still look good as new.

Please don't overreact and overprotective. I am not sure about those stick on protector creates a gap that can damage with pressure than good.
 

Unicycle Santa

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Honestly, I have been using MBP14 for over a year, wiping my screen daily with microfiber + 70% alcohol. No coating is gone, everything is still look good as new.

Please don't overreact and overprotective. I am not sure about those stick on protector creates a gap that can damage with pressure than good.
I'd like to hope for the same outcome, but between the experience I had and the stuff I've read I'm still concerned about the fragility of the screen when putting everything in a backpack 5x per week.
 
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