The downside of lighter notebooks

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

  1. daveybe macrumors newbie

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    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

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    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

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    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 6502

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    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

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

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    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 601

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    ...or you could get an Airport Express (though that's not allowed in some dorms).
     
  12. jaredtomas macrumors regular

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    Or any other wireless router.
     
  13. Yr Blues macrumors 68020

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    Mag-safe, the reason Apple owns.

    That and Expose.
     

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