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Strength of Unibody MacBook (picture included)
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kylef
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Oct 4, 2009, 12:40 PM
 
I dropped my MacBook today, accidentally of course, as the case was open when I thought it was closed. Gravity did the rest of the work, and it landed directly on the top-left corner. The impact was big, as was the noise. After opening and closing the screen repeatedly to make it close properly, I checked everything over. MagSafe worked, computer worked .. everything.

It's as if nothing has ever happened, and that's down to the new unibody design. Despite an awful-sounding drop, it's still as strong as ever. Corner impact:

     
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Oct 4, 2009, 04:16 PM
 
I wonder if a plastic design would have had no deformation or shattered from the same drop. Probably the former.
     
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Oct 6, 2009, 06:17 PM
 
Makes you wonder: If the case didn't, then what took the force of the drop?
     
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Oct 6, 2009, 06:26 PM
 
I dropped my Black MB (in its case) onto conreat and it survived!!
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Oct 6, 2009, 08:53 PM
 
I can personally attest to the strength of the new unibody design. Some of the students at my work have unibody MacBooks. Being kids, a few of them have dropped them onto concrete... several times. They get a little dented, but that's it. They look nearly identical to the picture here.

My older generation MacBook Pro dents if you just look at it wrong.
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Oct 7, 2009, 06:08 AM
 
One of my customers was in a car crash. His MacBook was in a neoprene case in the back of the car. It now looks like this



It doesn't work though.
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Oct 7, 2009, 09:42 AM
 
I dropped one of my MBP c2ds in the same way, onto the rear corner of the case... €900 of damage. It needed a new top case, bottomcase, DC-in board, the works.

I now have a UniBody MacBook, and the difference in solidity is like night and day. The UniBody machines are tanks compared to the previous generation of MacBooks and MBPs.

It even rivals my old Dual USB iBook for the 'throwability' in everyday usage.
     
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Oct 7, 2009, 01:09 PM
 
Well it's good to know that the UniBody design can take some damage without doing any harm to the computer. Anything portable needs to be able to take more than the usually damage especially something as expensive as a MBP.
     
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Oct 7, 2009, 01:15 PM
 
Is there some kind of aluminum colored epoxy that you could fill that dent in with? Just a little polish and I bet it'd look pretty good.
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Oct 7, 2009, 01:28 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
Is there some kind of aluminum colored epoxy that you could fill that dent in with? Just a little polish and I bet it'd look pretty good.
The person could just find some matching paint rather than finding an aluminum colored epoxy. It will probably be easier this way.
     
   
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