Strenght of Unibody MBP screen hinges?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JazzLion, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. JazzLion macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2009

    When I lie down in bed and have my unibody macbook pro on a 40 degree/45degree angle, the screen will always fold down. It seems as the hinges cannot hold the screen up at around that angle.

    Does it happen to your Unibody MBP?

  2. J the Ninja macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Yes, and according to Apple this is a side effect of an intentional decision to make the screen easier to open, and isn't a defect. There was a bit of a flap about this when they were first released.
  3. nope7308 macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2008
    Ontario, Canada
    The MB screen is considerably stiffer, but I actually prefer the 'ease' of the MBP.
  4. marcelg macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2007
    It may be a matter of preference, however, when making a stiff laptop body to avoid flex (unibody in this case), a sturdy keyboard, why settle for a floppy screen?

    So much for perfection!
  5. JazzLion thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 18, 2009
    Anyone this doesn't happen too? Didn't know about this prior to buying the MBP. :(
  6. tecknical macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2008
    this happens on my early 08 MBP...i think its an apple design decision to make the hinges all floppy
  7. crewrules101 macrumors member

    Aug 9, 2007

    From what I have heard if you take it to the Apple store they can tighten the hinge and make it sturdier so that it wont close on you. There are already some threads on this, if you search for them.
  8. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Just to clarify: I wouldn't call the screen floppy. To have it close on you, you must be using the computer at some ungodly angle. If you lie down and put it on your lap, it will stay open perfectly, even at up to a 60 degree angle or so from the horizontal plane.

    It happens to me occasionally when I pick it up and reposition it, but now I'm used to it and don't hold it at such an extreme angle. It's not a big deal, really.
  9. Ploki macrumors 68030

    Jan 21, 2008
    45 degrees? from the body or from the back.
    anyway, i tried both and it stays open.
    i even tried it 10 degrees open and it stayed open
  10. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    Prop the bed up at an angle. I've found that two telephone directories under each of the feet of pillow-end of the bed does the job well.
    Alternatively, removing or cutting off the feet at the other end of the bed will normally create the angle you need.

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