Trackpad "sink in"???

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  1. Leen macrumors newbie

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    Hi, my 2010 13" macbook pro is my first mac, so i'm not sure if anyone else have problem like this before, I did a bit of search but I didn't see anything similar.

    I bought mine in around end of July, so mine is less than a month old, but i notice the lower right corner of my trackpad kinda "sink in" - it's just a little tiny bit lower (about only 0.1-0.2mm) than the the other corners and i'm quite sure it wasn't the case when it's new. You can't really see the difference but you can feel it with your fingertips.

    I just wanna ask if this is normal or not? will the trackpad kinda sink into the aluminium case after a while of use? (right now it's only one corner) But then I'm not a heavy trackpad user, and I use an external mouse nearly all the time and i dun think i pressed it hard cus usually i prefer the "touch click" rather than pressing down the trackpad itself so I highly doubt that it's because of my use of trackpad.

    I mean functional-wise the trackpad is still working well although the pressed clicks feel a little bit less solid on that corner. The multi-touch works great, just sometimes when I "touch click" there's a little bit of delay or it didn't release the "touch click" so i end up selecting everything when I move my cursor. And I supposed that all trackpad has this "touch click problems" and i'm kinda used to it now, or am I wrong?

    I know it's not really a problem but just the thought of my macbook being not perfect and the feeling when I touch aluminium edge on that corner make me =(((((((. So I'm considering taking it to apple store to have the staff take a look and see if they can do something about the trackpad or replace it. But since it's such a minor problem I doubt if they will fix it for me, so I wanna ask you guys do you think i should take my MBP to the store? is there any store (in UK) that you would recommend?

    Thanks for answering my questions
     
  2. RossMc macrumors 65816

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    It seems normal.

    My trackpad was sunk in bad at one side and Apple replaced the trackpad and this one is sunk in a tiny bit at the left side but it is not noticeable just the same as you can only feel it.

    I don't think any of them are perfect.
     
  3. EmeraldICE macrumors member

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    I think its pretty much normal. I've heard quite a few people talking about this and mine is slightly off as well. I don't notice unless I go feeling for it though.
     
  4. celticpride678

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    The issue is because the tension screw of the trackpad has gotten loose. You have to bring it in and ask them to tighten it and the issue should be fixed.
     
  5. RossMc macrumors 65816

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    Which ones are those?

    The Tri wing ones?
     
  6. Leen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all for your replies

    I'll go to the store and ask them to tighten the screw as celticpride678 suggested.
     
  7. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    In the event you (or other thread viewer) want to tighten the screw yourself (which I believe voids your warranty), follow steps 4-5 here and then follow this post for turning recommendations.
     
  8. nineohtoo macrumors 6502

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    Just adjust the tension screw to your liking. Apple did a good job with making this computer easy to take apart without leaving evidence :D
     
  9. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    0.1mm? OCD much :p jokes.

    would you mind posting some pictures?
     
  10. Leen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for your suggestions but as I just bought it last month I don't really want to risk voiding my apple care, =) think i'd better bring it to the stores in london, 45min train is not that bad with a laptop to play with during the journey.

    lol yeah I understand that I sound like a paranoid, cus I only got this new toy in July

    Well, as i said you can't really see the difference but here's the picture i tried to take. I put a ruler so that it will be easier to see the difference.

    the normal corner
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    the "sunk" corner
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    and with the ruler across the edge
    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]

    >.< I know, it's such a minor difference and i'm making a fuss out of it.....
    but its :apple: so i'm expecting more :p
     
  11. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    actually, looking at that, i would be pretty angry about it too! i would certainly be taking it back and saying WTF. :mad: certainly more prominent then i expected.
     
  12. seb-opp macrumors 6502

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    this is annoying because now that I've seen your pictures I had a look at mine and its the same! Although its not noticeable in use. I think this kind of thing is normal, nothing can be 100% perfect
     
  13. Theclamshell macrumors 68030

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    Mine does it too i have noticed it before but i just thought it was normal wear and tear like hinges getting loose.
     
  14. Leen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    it's actually not really obvious so i won't say i'm angry or anything like that, it just when i use the trackpad for scrolling i can always feel the edges which makes me kinda uncomfortable esp. my MBP is quite new

    I suppose this sinking is pretty normal now and i'm not worrying about it (have read some thread about battery bulging that affect the trackpad) but i'll get it fixed the next time i'm going out to london just to make myself feel better :D
     
  15. DoFoT9 macrumors P6

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    fair call - its not enraging, but you would certainly hope that your invested money isnt in a poor quality product - its a hefty investment.
     
  16. RossMc macrumors 65816

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    I took the little screws out from the trackpad last night to sort mine out.

    Bad move haha took me ages to get the trackpad lined up correctly!

    But in the end it seems to have made it better.
     
  17. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

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    My trackpad is kinda messed up like that too. Mine's down in the lower left corner. I really don't ever notice it, and the trackpad still works fine, and has for the past 9 months, so I said "why fix it?" haha
     
  18. slieu92 macrumors regular

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    me too

    my new 2011 15 mbp's track pad is sunken in too. just bought it a week ago from amazon. lower left.

    could you tell me how the apple store people dealt with it? i don't want to go in and them just blowing me off.

    thanks
     
  19. xjosh macrumors regular

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    Mine has lower left too. Seems normal.

    Don't worry :cool:
     
  20. calebroseland macrumors newbie

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    This is a very late response! But this is normal. You can twist the front of almost any Unibody MacBook Pro. If it's completely straight the trackpad will be level. Off even just a bit and it will be uneven by a few fractions of a mm.
     
  21. mmark77 macrumors newbie

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    Found this same issue

    Digging up this thread...

    I found my 13" rmbp to also have this issue. The entire trackpad slopes down (top to bottom) to the point that both the left and right bottom corners are not responsive to clicks. Was this the case for those with uneven trackpads?

    I actually only need the mechanical click for when I do 'click and drag' selections of items.

    Thanks,
     
  22. arsalannn macrumors newbie

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    I might be completely wrong, but I think you could have a different problem than the OP because most people in this thread still had functioning trackpads.

    My rMBP trackpad also became unresponsive to physical clicks (it was on the left side for me), but it seemed as if this was due to it being pushed UP rather than having sunk down. This was like 20 days after purchasing, and they gave me a replacement.
     
  23. mmark77 macrumors newbie

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    Will take it in

    Thanks for the response. Sounds like misalignment can causes physical clicks to not work. I'm going to take the computer in once I'm back from travels. My trackpad actually feels like it is bottoming out against the body on the sides, and that a correct tensioning of the leveling screws will make it work.
     

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