Space grey does it fade? Speck case?

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  1. MacDonaldTrump macrumors 6502

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    I saw a few space Grey Mbp online that have experienced fading, some look very poor.

    I am about to pick one up, I have a hard case ready to put on. I did see some reports that this case may cause heat dispersion problem resulting in fading.
    Can anyone confirm this?

    Do clear protectors either side of the trackpad help stop the fading I’ve seen there?

    Thanks
     
  2. tayy macrumors member

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    My 2016 mbp is still In good shape but I really regret not choosing silver, it’s just much more timeless and clean looking in my opinion.
     
  3. vaugha macrumors 6502a

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    It seems to depend on how you treat it. Space gray looked amazing at first sight but I've heard issues of anodizing fading off around the sharp edges and palm rest areas showing discolourations. These things are never an issue w/ silver and I have seen people complaining about durability of the anodizing coating on space grey. Apple has made the space grey darker in 2018 and they seem to be tweaking the colour every year so it remains to be seen how space grey will stand the test of time.
     
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    Yes I read that this years is darker. Hopefully a fix? I don’t know much about the science of anodizing or even if the process can be improved.

    I have only ever owned silver but think I like the look of the space grey. Have bought a case (A speck copy) but not sure if this was what was causing issues with some users fading, they also seemed unsure.

    With apple care they aren’t swapping them out as it is only cosmetic apparently.
    Wasn’t there a fadegate back on the white MacBook years ago? Apple admitted it was their manufacturing fault and covered them.
     
  5. Starship67 Suspended

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    That hard case is probably gonna do more damage than if you just leave it without one.
     
  6. Nathan King macrumors regular

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    My 2016 model still looks brand new, no fading, staining or other discoloration.
     
  7. MacDonaldTrump thread starter macrumors 6502

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    How exactly is the damage caused is it heat related? And if so only on the space Grey?

    The case is vented on the bottom, I’ve always used them on silver models and has kept them In perfect condition for years.
     
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    Is it darker? I was trying to figure out if the 2018’s were darker, if the 2016 I gave to my wife had faded, or a combination of the 2
     
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    A lot depends on the lighting under which one is viewing the Space Grey MBP.....in some cases it looks darker, in other cases it looks almost silver. When I first opened the box containing mine and removed the protective plastic covering it, I was at a table right under a chandelier and the lighting made the new machine look lighter than it actually is, to the point where I actually double-checked the labeling on the box and also grabbed my 12" MacBook, also Space Grey, for comparison, and then looked at my silver 15" 2015 MBP for a further comparison. When viewed in natural daylight, the Space Grey is definitely....Space Grey, not silver! :).

    With regard to the question about putting a protective case on the MBP -- through the years I have never done that with any of my machines and they have always remained looking just great, no stains, no blotches, no discolorations of any kind, and no scratches, either. However, I am not a student or someone who carries a computer to school or work every day, or who participates in a lot of outdoor and indoor activities with the machine accompanying me everywhere. I do slide my. machines into a protective sleeve for transportation when traveling, but that is not all that frequent and definitely not the same as using an actual case meant to stay on it on a permanent/semi-permanent basis. A friend has a 13" MBP and he does keep it all the time in a protective case because he carries it everywhere and uses it in all sorts of environments, including on his boat, and wants his machine to always be protected, regardless of what he is doing and regardless of what situations he and the machine are in.
     
  10. Starship67, Dec 8, 2018
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    No, dust and dirt will collect and end up marring the aluminum.
     
  11. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    I completely agree with this one of my friends who owns a 2016 MBP 13 inch put on a case and it scratched the boohoo out of his MacBook Pro because the dust gets trapped underneath and just does massive damage as the case slides back and forth.

    If you are going to get a case I suggest you get BodyGuardz ultra tough body protector I currently have one installed for about 3 days with my case from incase and so far so good.
     
  12. Fpb1980 macrumors regular

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    Anyone have experience with the pure clear tech 21 case?

    Thx
     
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  14. cfdlab macrumors regular

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    Dark colors look great only in ads. In real life, they will look dirty pretty soon.
     
  15. Airboy1466 macrumors 6502

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    Yes like I said above I use the ultra guard by body guard along with my incase case. Its an amazing combo keeps it scratch free of the dust and dent free from the case
     

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