Strength of MBA vs MBP on impact?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by DoNoHarm, Nov 4, 2009.


Which computer would offer better impact resistance when placed inside a bag?

  1. The Macbook Air

    11 vote(s)
  2. The Macbook Pro

    11 vote(s)
  1. DoNoHarm macrumors 65816


    Oct 8, 2008
    Hey everyone, would you say the MBP or MBA has better impact resistance? To keep it specific, lets say an MBP and MBA were kept on their sides in a backpack. Which would have better impact resistance?
  2. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    That's hard to say because it depends on too many factors, but a heavier laptop will tend to hit the ground a little harder than a lighter one. I do know that my Speck saved my uMBP from the damage of a fall. You best bet is to get a backpack that suspends the laptop above the bottom of the bag, as opposed to one where the laptop rests on the bottom.
  3. coast1ja macrumors 6502

    Jul 13, 2009
    I voted the MBA for three reasons:

    1. it's lighter
    2. the edge is thinner... I know this means more force, but the thin edge is also stronger.
    3. there are less parts inside to break... plus they are all neatly sandwiched in with no room to move. Having taken apart both models, the Air appears to be more impact resistant.

    They would both be fairly resistant to internal damage if equipped with an SSD.
  4. tigres macrumors 68040


    Aug 31, 2007
    Land of the Free-Waiting for Term Limits
    I have no idea; nor am I understanding this poll.

    Are you planning on dropping the one you buy?
  5. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
  6. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

    Mar 2, 2009

    +5 lol as for the question, neither should be mis treated or dropped. If you do, steve will come after you lol
  7. Dustman macrumors 65816


    Apr 17, 2007
    I've heard this to be true actually. If you're at work, he breaks in and messes up the place. Seriously. DON'T DROP IT. You'll regret it.
  8. Abyssgh0st macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2009
    I'd say MBA due to the nature of the thin design.
  9. Popfry macrumors newbie

    Oct 2, 2007
    Well yeah, the Macbook Air is lighter, so it would have less momentum when falling so the overall force provided by the surface on the Air would be less.

    It's thinner, but then I'd assume that it would concentrate any force on it meaning the edges would probably be more prone to dents. I think the Macbook Pro's glass screen would be more vulnerable to breaking compared to the plastic coating and aluminium on the Air.

    Also, the Air has less components inside, so I'd assume they're less prone to breaking than the Pro. Both have pretty standard hinges though.


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