Solution to the MacBook Pro's sharp edges

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by entatlrg, May 8, 2010.

  1. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    The fact the MBP's edges are sharp isn't debatable.

    True, if you practice "correct typing" then your wrist/forearms shouldn't rest on the edge. If you're sitting at a desk it's quite easy to control your typing position.

    But, these are notebooks, designed to be used anywhere ... sometimes in situations where practicing "correct typing" isn't an option, such as on an airplane, a higher than usual table such as at a cafe, couch are just a few examples.

    Does anyone have a sensible solution? I've seen all the joking posts showing electrical and duct tape or sanding down the edges ...

    I'd like to find a decent solution. I'm used to the sharp edge, my wife is new to Mac laptops and her forearms are red and chaffed looking after just a few days use.

    Not something she experienced in her years with her T400 ... She's a Mac user now, (iMac) and looked so forward to her first Mac laptop, I know she's disappointed about it and I'd like to find a solution.

    Contact Apple?
    I've done that twice, once via phone and once in writing. Their comments are "oh, we've never noticed that, or heard of it before" ... and that's as far as it goes.

    Apple wasn't kidding about "cutting edge design" but this is a bit much.

    Moshi Palm guard is an option, it helps a little but not much.

    I suppose a Speck Case would work but not really into the idea of cover the whole computer.
  2. johnnymg macrumors 65816


    Nov 16, 2008
    There are LOT of wrist pads available. Google is your friend:

  3. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    I've typed on the new unibody's a few times, and I have no clue how you type but I never found the edges sharp.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
  5. Timur macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2008
    The eges are sharp, especially the one to the front is a problem. Fortunately it smoothes out quite quickly so that it gets a bit better after some (ab)use. It wont make a round out of an edge, but neither will it stay as cutting sharp as it came out of factory.
  6. fabian9 macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2007
    Bristol, UK
    Wow you must have very sensitive skin... I actually like the feel of the edges! Maybe I'm masochistic! :eek:
  7. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
  8. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    It's definitely debatable. My 13" MBP had sharp edges, but my i7 MBP definitely doesn't. Much more rounded that the 13" model.
  9. jomiller macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    A simple solution. Get some tennis racquet grip tape like Tourna Grip. Cut it to the length you need to cover the sharp edge of your macbook and tape it on.
  10. rognu macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2008
    Hey! Al least someone notice it!

    It's uncomfortable, sometimes even painful.

    Come on guys, the MBP in that aspect ins't ergonomic, it's clear.

    But it's true that depends in how do you type or in what position are you.
    Also what are you wearing ;) in winter with long sleeves no problem. We'll see in summer.

    It is a clear example of design before ergonomic.

    You could try something. But very very carefully. With sandpaper (fisrt try one very soft) you can soften the edges. Cover the rest of the laptop, just leave some millimeters at the edge, and work there. Again try with a very soft sandpaper, you can even apply some water to the sandpaper to make it softer, and go very slowly and carefully.

    Maybe I would try it.
  11. lordofuo macrumors regular

    Apr 26, 2010
    Longview, Texas
  12. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    A few more options to deal with the sharp edges on the MBP.

    Attached Files:

  13. Dozerrox macrumors 6502

    Dec 23, 2009
    Yeah, some people have filed the edges with good results. Just go a bit at a time and take it slow. Looks as good as original if you're careful.
  14. nydreamer29 macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    same issue

    I have been reading through a lot of these forums... and I have to say that the problem is not always typing. When I am scrolling and browsing, I rest my hand on the edge to use the trackpad. My hand is in pain from the edge on the macbook pro. I really don't want to try filing it down... I would like some sort of padding that I can put over the edge. I have looked at skins and other things, but most of them are made to protect the areas next to the trackpad and not the edge where my hand rests.

    Can anyone offer some products for this? I saw the google post earlier, but I use my laptop on my lap most of the time and so those will not help.

  15. sjinsjca macrumors 68020


    Oct 30, 2008
    +1! I'm going to the sporting goods store straightaway to try that out.
  16. Tom71 macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2010
    Sounds a bit ugly to me. I've lately bought a "leather cover" for the MBP which of course is not leather (as it was cheap) and it forms a pocket where the front of the MBP slides in. My thinking was to just just the front part, cut the rest off (if it can be done nicely) and you end up with a "sock" type of sleeve. That would be cool.
  17. airplaneman macrumors 6502a

    Jun 8, 2009
    I've never been bothered by the edges, but thanks for posting. :) Might come in handy if I ever suddenly get cut by the cutting edge design!
  18. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009

    That is what you need.

    Sorry I am being flippant, but red and sore skin! What is she doing with the mac?

    I can't, for the life of me, imagine how a mac could irritate someone's skin so much.

    Oh dear, I just looked and someone beat me to the angle grinder picture. At the same time I noticed that you contacted Apple. I'd love to know what you said to them.
  19. Tom71 macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2010
    I like the fact that there are people here who really looking for help since they are affected and others just telling them to get a life, there's no problem. But maybe I'm too "sensitive" and its all in our minds ;)
  20. Tom71 macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2010
    I also did that, same answer. But basically that's what every company would do. Confirming that others may have raised same issue would be confirming a flaw or at least oversight.
  21. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009
    Affected by what Tom?

    Furiously rubbing themselves against their notebooks?

    All I said was I don't get it. I even acknowledged some people may think I was being flippant. I don't touch type, I half touch type and half hunt and peck, so I don't use a proper wrist position. I use my MBP on planes, trains, and in bed. I simply don't understand how anyone could consider that their MBP has "sharp" edges.

    Incidentally I just played with Garageband. Wow it is so easy to make a dreadful sounding piece of "music", apple really do make everything easy!
  22. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009
    I agree, the MBP does taper to an edge, meaning 2 below.
    But they certainly don't posses meaning 1 characteristics.

    sharp | sh ärp|
    1 (of an object) having an edge or point that is able to cut or pierce something : cut the cake with a very sharp knife | keep tools sharp. See note at keen .
    • producing a sudden, piercing physical sensation or effect : I suddenly felt a sharp pain in my back.
    • (of a food, taste, or smell) acidic and intense : sharp goats' milk cheese.
    • (of a sound) sudden and penetrating : there was a sharp crack of thunder.
    • (of words or a speaker) intended or intending to criticize or hurt : she feared his sharp tongue.
    • (of an emotion or experience) felt acutely or intensely; painful : her sharp disappointment was tinged with embarrassment.
    2 tapering to a point or edge : a sharp pencil | her face was thin and her nose sharp.
    • distinct in outline or detail; clearly defined : the job was a sharp contrast from her past life | the scene was as sharp and clear in his mind as a film.
    • informal (of clothes or their wearer) neat and stylish : they were greeted by a young man in a sharp suit.
    3 (of an action or change) sudden and marked : there was a sharp increase in interest rates | he heard her sharp intake of breath.
    • (of a bend, angle, or turn) making a sudden change of direction : a sharp turn in the river.
    • having or showing speed of perception, comprehension, or response : her sharp eyes missed nothing | his old mind was not so sharp as it once was | he had a sharp sense of humor.
    • quick to take advantage, esp. in an unscrupulous or dishonest way : Paul's a sharp operator.
    4 (of musical sound) above true or normal pitch.
    • [ postpositive, in combination ] (of a note) a semitone higher than a specified note : the song sits on E and F-sharp | the quartet in C-sharp minor.
    • (of a key) having a sharp or sharps in the key signature : recorder players are most comfortable in sharp keys.
  23. Tom71 macrumors regular


    Apr 27, 2010
    By the SHARP edges :) Not by rubbing furiously where we shouldn't, but, mostly by using the trackpad and some by typing. But we're having the same discussions over and over, reminds me of Don Quixote against the wind mills. :)
  24. diablo2112 macrumors 6502

    Apr 16, 2010
    Yeah, and even funnier were the folks that thought I was being serious....

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