Tracing paper as a cheap alternative for ShaggyMac and the Radtech Screensaver?

macfreak101

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Hey everyone so I have been using that paper which ships with the computer as a barrier between the screen and keyboard while closing it but unfortunately it's about to tear. I want to know if I can use tracing paper as an alternative or anything else which is cheap and effect I know there are products like the radtech Screensaver and ShaggyMac but IMO they are too bloody expensive for a piece of cloth. I hope tracing paper does the job and it doesn't damage anything.
 

macfreak101

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I dont use anything and all is fine, what improvement are you expecting?

Trying to prevent the dust from touching either ends basically just taking precautions, after all prevention is always better than cure ;)
 

simonsi

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Well be careful, the "prevention" if too thick will just introduce a problem that isn't there.

TBH in 3yrs I've had to clean the screen only 2-3 times and not imprint of keys or anything else weird occurs....way more important stuff in life to worry about IMHO...
 

macfreak101

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Well be careful, the "prevention" if too thick will just introduce a problem that isn't there.

TBH in 3yrs I've had to clean the screen only 2-3 times and not imprint of keys or anything else weird occurs....way more important stuff in life to worry about IMHO...
I know that's why I'm wondering! Is tracing paper alright? You don't have the retina macbook pro that's why, in the rmbp the screen doesn't have a layer of glass as protection and there's barely any gap between the screen and keyboard it's all tightly packed
 

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I use a very thin soft cloth when a close my MBP. There was a thread by an Apple Genius on how the keyboard scratches the glass when closed. The scratches are fine but they accumulate over time.

Personally, I have yet to see a screen not scratched by the keyboard. The Apple Genius said that people have asked for replacements but the policy is that it is in spec.

Take his advice, if you don't think your screen is scratched don't go looking. Ignorance is bliss!


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Bending Pixels

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Somehow I recall that tracing paper may be a bit abrasive, so using it to replace the special tissue paper that came with the MBP might not be the best thing.

Unless you live in the desert, or in some place that has a lot of dust or is a pig pen, you're worrying about something that isn't worth the effort.
 

macfreak101

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I use a very thin soft cloth when a close my MBP. There was a thread by an Apple Genius on how the keyboard scratches the glass when closed. The scratches are fine but they accumulate over time.

Personally, I have yet to see a screen not scratched by the keyboard. The Apple Genius said that people have asked for replacements but the policy is that it is in spec.

Take his advice, if you don't think your screen is scratched don't go looking. Ignorance is bliss!


-P
Will tracing paper work?

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Somehow I recall that tracing paper may be a bit abrasive, so using it to replace the special tissue paper that came with the MBP might not be the best thing.

Unless you live in the desert, or in some place that has a lot of dust or is a pig pen, you're worrying about something that isn't worth the effort.
I agree with you but as I said there's no harm in taking a precaution, nothing to lose at the end of the day. What is that paper that comes with the computer anyway and what could be the best replacement for it
 

simonsi

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no harm in taking a precaution
If the clearance is tight enough to cause a problem then putting paper in between will likely cause one too, if only by creating the dust you are trying to avoid as the tracing paper slowly abrades.

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I know that's why I'm wondering! Is tracing paper alright? You don't have the retina macbook pro that's why, in the rmbp the screen doesn't have a layer of glass as protection and there's barely any gap between the screen and keyboard it's all tightly packed
Tracing paper is quite hard, if there is no glass on the screen and there is barely a gap then the last thing you should do is fill that gap IMHO.
 

macfreak101

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Well that's true but then the computer does ship with a sheet of foam, I'm sure it's kept there for a specific purpose. Okay no tracing paper what are my other options?

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If the clearance is tight enough to cause a problem then putting paper in between will likely cause one too, if only by creating the dust you are trying to avoid as the tracing paper slowly abrades.

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Tracing paper is quite hard, if there is no glass on the screen and there is barely a gap then the last thing you should do is fill that gap IMHO.
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simonsi

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Well that's true but then the computer does ship with a sheet of foam, I'm sure it's kept there for a specific purpose. Okay no tracing paper what are my other options?

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Ask if they have any spare from the demo machines at your local Apple store, even then remember that Apple intend that shipping foam to be there during shipping, not necessarily for the life of the device.
 

Bending Pixels

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Well that's true but then the computer does ship with a sheet of foam, I'm sure it's kept there for a specific purpose. Okay no tracing paper what are my other options?

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In the four and a half years of owning a MBP (and many years prior to that using a WinDoze laptop), I never ran into any problems not having either the foam or microfiber insert between the screen and keyboard when I shut the laptop.

If you still insist on using something, the rMBP ships with a black microfiber cloth that's extremely thin and should work fine. But you'll find after time that it really isn't worth the time and there's no real need for it.
 

macfreak101

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In the four and a half years of owning a MBP (and many years prior to that using a WinDoze laptop), I never ran into any problems not having either the foam or microfiber insert between the screen and keyboard when I shut the laptop.

If you still insist on using something, the rMBP ships with a black microfiber cloth that's extremely thin and should work fine. But you'll find after time that it really isn't worth the time and there's no real need for it.
Even I have never used any of it on any of my laptops but considering the gap being so small in the rmbp and it being so tightly pack I just want to put something,I was thinking of that but it's way too small and cannot cover the entire keyboard area. Oh that reminds me , that cloth has become way too dirty so can I wash it and if yes how shall I wash it? It won't damage the fibers right?

How about a dryer sheet? I would never do this but it would work. ;)
Would It?
I just want to know what is that sheet made up of , the one that ships with the laptop?

Is the shaggymax a smart move? worth the money?
 

MacInTO

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Maybe it would. Here's one, doesn't quite fit over the keyboard, but maybe they come in different sizes! It is strong though, because it's made to handle heat and being tossed around in the dryer.

The sheet that comes with the computer is made of foam.

 

macfreak101

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Maybe it would. Here's one, doesn't quite fit over the keyboard, but maybe they come in different sizes! It is strong though, because it's made to handle heat and being tossed around in the dryer.

The sheet that comes with the computer is made of foam.

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Do you use that sheet? It seems to be thick will it cause damage?
Where can I find a similar foam sheet?
 

MacInTO

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Do you use that sheet? It seems to be thick will it cause damage?
Where can I find a similar foam sheet?
No, I go commando. :eek:

There's no thickness to it and it's pretty soft.

Check the box your computer came in or any other piece of electronics has similar foam.
 

Bending Pixels

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I'll type this slowly so it's easier to under stand. ;)

You're worrying about something that isn't worth the effort to worry about it. Really.
 

joe-h2o

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I use a thin layer of air that I replace every time I close the MBP.

Never had a problem.
 

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I don't use anything between my display and keyboard - I don't get any marks or any issues. My computer is 2.5 years old at this stage as well.