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17" pbook cd slot durability
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jeepandmacfan
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Feb 21, 2005, 11:37 PM
 
I am considering buying a 17" Powerbook, but I am concerned about the slim piece of plastic that is the top edge of the CD slot. Considering how much time my heavy hand will spend resting on this surface, I can't see how it will not fatigue, and crack and perhaps hinder the operation of the CD drive. The 15" PB has a considerably larger top edge, that I have more faith in. Has anyone out there ever had an issue with the CD slot design/performance on a 17" model?
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David Hagan
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Feb 22, 2005, 12:25 AM
 
Rest assured, of all of the things to worry about, this is not one of them. It's not going to cave in, unless your hand weighs like 400 lbs.
     
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Feb 22, 2005, 06:04 PM
 
I am glad everyone just dismisses this, because it must mean it is a non-issue. To me the design looked VERY WEAK. I currently have a 14" iBook and the plastic bezel around the screen has cracks (near the screws that come in from the sides) and I don't handle the iBook by the screen. I do however pick up my iBook by grabing the bottom with my right hand, which would put my thumb directly over the unsupported cd slot. I played with one at the Apple store, and I was easily distorting the opening with just normal typing and handling. Considering the fatigue cracks that showed up on my iBook, I could only imagine what would happen to the powerbook. I like where the CD slot is on a iBook much better than the Powerbooks.
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Feb 22, 2005, 08:51 PM
 
The entire lip around the top edge of all the new Powerbooks is plastic. I wouldn't worry about it too much - if they were an issue, I think that we would have heard about them over the past couple of years. (however dropping the unit might cause a crack rather than a dent. Not sure which is worse.
     
   
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