Sharp edge: This is unacceptable

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by TheProf, Feb 28, 2008.

  1. TheProf macrumors newbie

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    I've seen various posts about the sharp edge on the front of the MBA keyboard. Although I think the MBA is fantastic in every other respect, I find this "design flaw" to be a real irritation, and can't imagine how it got through Apple's meticulous product testing process.

    In my office I normally wear long-sleeved shirts, so the sharp edge doesn't present much of a problem, but on a long flight recently, my lower forearms were literally chafed after a 2-hour session with the MBA. I find it uncomfortable to rest my wrists on the keyboard for even a few minutes.

    I've owned a wide variety of Apple and IBM laptops and have never had this problem before. Unless I can find a fix for this (duct tape?), the MBA is going to go into premature retirement.

    Does anybody else have this issue? Has anyone come up with a fix? I've even thought of taking my MBA into a high-end machine shop to see if they could put a very small mitre on the front edge, to round it a bit. Having said that, I think Apple owes us a fix--this is a major ergonomic screw-up from a company that prides itself on getting the ergonomics right!
     
  2. ahaxton macrumors 6502a

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    Weird... I love the thinness of the MBA because I can relax my wrists now. With thicker laptops I would always have raised wrists or unrelaxed positions.
     
  3. SunshinegotaMac macrumors newbie

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    This is my only complaint abt the computer but it is major for me as well. I have taken to wearing long sleeves and pulling them down so they cover my wrists to avoid the sharp edge. Given how wonderfully smooth the iPhone is, the clear love of design that went into it, it didn't cross my mind that this might be a problem with my MBA.

    Thanks for starting this thread cause I was thinking of doing the same today. Hopefully someone has a great solution short of the sanding my geek boyfriend is proposing.
     
  4. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    you must not have used a macbook...


    the edge is a billion times sharper... the MBA is fine, you will not notice it after a while
     
  5. Flyer0815 macrumors 6502

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    I agree... The MB is like a razorblade.. and two years later the MB edges are still slitting wrists the world round... Wonder why Apple dont seem to care?
     
  6. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Because a proper typing position keeps your wrists elevated, and not in any area where they'd come into contact with the edges of a laptop computer? :confused:
     
  7. Flyer0815 macrumors 6502

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    Well judging by the complaints on many forums, a very large chunk of the population sees to type without "proper posture"

    My computer should make me comfortable, not force me to adapt to its design flaw :cool:
     
  8. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    When the "design flaw" in question would help prevent wrist strain (and in severe cases, carpal tunnel syndrome) by encouraging a proper typing position, I don't consider it a design flaw.
     
  9. Flyer0815 macrumors 6502

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    So are you insinuating that Apple purposely designs its portables to be sharp on the wrists to prevent CTS? You are taking a very narrow-minded and strange stance on this topic. When numerous customers complain of discomfort when using a computer, it is in fact a design flaw contrary to what you may believe.
     
  10. abijnk macrumors 68040

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    I don't notice the edge. I know its sharp if I touch it, but when I type I don't notice it.

    And killmoms is right. Proper typing technique would be to no rest your wrists on the notebook, but rather to keep them straight while you type. Apple, like any other company in the world, is going to design stuff based on how it is recommended to be used, no how a majority of the population misuses it.
     
  11. johnkountz Guest

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    DIY fix for sharp edges

    A strip of white medical tape along the edge where your arms are chafing should do the trick. Cost of the fix is minimal and does not look horribly bad.

    Hope this helps ;)
     
  12. THX1139 macrumors 68000

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    some 400 grit sandpaper and elbow grease should eliminate the problem. Good luck with that.
     
  13. shoulin333 macrumors 6502a

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    if you really do that, make it every so slight, or else kiss your apple care goodbye
     
  14. gregk205 macrumors member

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    Either way I am sure it will be a big improvement over my macbook that likes to slit my wrists and hands.. Not so much when I am typing but mainly when I am scrolling..
     
  15. Phil A. Moderator

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone 16GB: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A102 Safari/419.3)

    I've never noticed a problem so was surprised to see this thread. I then checked my MBA and I still can't see a problem: the edge on mine could in no way be described as "sharp". Is it possible there's a problem with some MBAs having a sharp edge and others being ok?
     
  16. Halon X macrumors regular

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    I can't seem to find it or see a problem either.

    You'd think a "design flaw" would be something everyone would notice! :rolleyes:
     
  17. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    no issues here at all, maybe your wife files it down when you sleep......
     
  18. netdog macrumors 603

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    I'm not saying you guys aren't right. I just find this fairly common complaint to be quite confusing as I have never experienced this problem with the MB or MBA. How on earth are you guys chafing your wrists?
     
  19. gregk205 macrumors member

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    I am not sure about the Air.. But the MB has this problem for sure.. Just feel where the top and bottom cases come together near the palm rests.. I am sure you will notice the problem..
     
  20. Cooknn macrumors 68020

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    That's what I did with my MacBook. Freaking lame that they never addressed that. And from what I'm reading the new MBP's still have a gap when they're closed. Guess they never felt it was necessary to address that either :cool:
     
  21. saltyzoo macrumors 65816

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    This is why I would never get into the manufacturing or retail business. Way too many people have no sense of proportion what so ever.
     
  22. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Fix worked fine on my MB but I wouldn't try it on the Air. I have a few nicks in mine and it seems to be darker underneath the finish.
     
  23. dahcheet macrumors regular

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    I really must be thick skinned because I haven't noticed this or the "tingly shocking" feeling.

    Or maybe I'm typing with good form. *shrugs*
     
  24. netdog macrumors 603

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    I've noticed the tingly, but apparently my wrists are as tough as 1" thick naugahyde.
     
  25. Shoesy macrumors 6502a

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    Brilliant! :p
     

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