The downside of lighter notebooks

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by daveybe, Nov 3, 2008.

  1. daveybe macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2004
    So the new MacBook 2.4 is my first machine with a Magsafe cord, and i'm all excited to see it make the *pop!* sound like it does in the "Accident" Get A Mac ad.

    Gave the cord a good tug and my brand new MacBook nearly slid right off the table :eek: I imagine this is an even greater danger with the MBA?

    Note to self: in future, be sure to check tabletop's coefficient of friction before performing this test. Or, take some sandpaper to the MB's rubber feet.
  2. billyjoegibsonx macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    did u tug it like...with the wire level with the macbook? it doesnt come out that way lol. try standing on the wire and lifting the macbook up. i think its only designed to come out at an angle

    hope you macbooks okay?
  3. M-5 macrumors 65816


    Jan 4, 2008
    Yeah, the Magsafe cord disconnects at an angle. I can't even count the number of times it's saved my MacBook.
  4. Jpoon macrumors 6502a


    Feb 26, 2008
    Los Angeles California
    I can't even count the number of times it's saved my MacBook from an unnecessary fall because someone tripped over my power cord.

    I don't know why all the other laptop companies don't copy the design some how. I guess Apple still has the patent on it.... hehe
  5. gospel9 macrumors regular

    Sep 20, 2008
    Yes they have the patent!
    All the way back since they introduced it years ago!
  6. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Actually, best I can tell, they handled this by making the magnets weaker for the MBA. The frakking cord falls out all the time -- it's actually kind of annoying. But I'm pretty sure this means it will release properly if there's an accident (that's never happened to me though!).
  7. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008

    or..... or...... here is a better note to self: dont try and yank a brand new $1200+ notebook of a desk :rolleyes:
  8. daveybe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2004
    Oho! You're right, if i grab the cord below the desk and pull downwards, it flings right outta there. Clever design, Apple!

    Yep, the machine's fine. Didn't completely slide off the desk, but was a close call. Nice of you to ask.
  9. mayanka89 macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2008
    Doesn't help me that much. Ethernet is still latched in. In my dorms, we only have Ethernet. So if Apple could make a MagSafe Ethernet cable, that would be awesome.
  10. dannn macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2008
    i think the problem may just be poor rubber feet that don't keep the macbook in place on a table
  11. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    ...or you could get an Airport Express (though that's not allowed in some dorms).
  12. jaredtomas macrumors regular


    Aug 11, 2008
    Or any other wireless router.
  13. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Mag-safe, the reason Apple owns.

    That and Expose.

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