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Can the keyboard damage the screen on a MacBook Pro?


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I have read some threads were people say that the keyboard can leave marks on the screen and that you should buy one of those microfiber cloths.

Is this true?
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No. The screen is glass (in late-model MacBooks). You can't damage it that easily unless you drop it from a good height.
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Where'd you read that? Got a link?
Apple wouldn't design their MBs and MBPs in a way to allow the screens to be scratched by the keyboard.
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What it does do with mine, is leave the prints of the finger fat coated keys on the screen.
I always carry it with two hands and it never has anything lying on top but it still happens.
No big deal as it can be easily removed, but still… I wonder if scratching could occur when the MBP is in transfer and under a lot of vibration since the keys do touch the screen.
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Yes... older MacBook Pros, PowerBooks, and iBooks were notorious for the keys rubbing the screen and causing marks on the display. Apple's typical response was that this was caused by excessive pressure between the lid and keyboard, like carrying the computer in a backpack or an overly tight laptop bag. They considered the damage accidental damage and not a design flaw. For these older units, I do recommend using a microfiber cloth or something similar between the screen and keyboard. The unibody design and the flat keys give a little more clearance, so the issue has been mostly resolved.
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The unibody design and the flat keys give a little more clearance, so the issue has been mostly resolved.
Hasn't been resolved on mine. But I dont really care that much, because it comes off. But, if it did end up causing damage over time, I would upset.

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I know this is an old thread - but my new mac book air is showing exactly this sort of screen damage caused by the keyboard. I caught it early and it is very minor now, but quite real. I just ordered a thin micro fiber cloth to place over the keyboard when I close the machine. I take very good care of this machine - it is always stored in a sleeve and never squashed in a bag or pack. Not a great design from this perspective imho. Should have a tiny bit more space between the top of the keys and the surface of the keys when closed. Very disappointing.
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I know this is an old thread - but my new mac book air is showing exactly this sort of screen damage caused by the keyboard. I caught it early and it is very minor now, but quite real. I just ordered a thin micro fiber cloth to place over the keyboard when I close the machine. I take very good care of this machine - it is always stored in a sleeve and never squashed in a bag or pack. Not a great design from this perspective imho. Should have a tiny bit more space between the top of the keys and the surface of the keys when closed. Very disappointing.
In my experience with older Powerbooks & iBooks...what usually causes this problem (keyboard keys imprinting on the display) is when someone piles too much weight on top of the computer when the display is closed.

For example some books or other heavy items ate piled on top of the computer. Or someone accidentally sits on the computer, or the computer is in a computer bag or backpack...and gets sat on.

But generally speaking...this happens when heavy items are stacked on top of the computer for an extended period of time...which can cause parts to flex...resulting in contact/pressure between the keyboard & the display surface.

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Not sure how to quantify the amount of weight involved. But I assure you - my use has been gentle. Nothing at all out of the ordinary. I am aware of this sort of thing and I am careful. In my view if damage occurs with the sort of use I have put this computer to then it is a design flaw. Just one man's opinion. I will be using a microfiber cloth from now on and I will be obsessive about making sure no pressure whatsoever is placed on computer when it is closed. This is a very fragile little design on this particular score. Pretty? Yes for sure. Durable? Nope. Don't get me wrong - I love the thing and I would buy another in a heart beat (in fact I bought another for my wife last week).

I know you are correct though - the damage was caused by weight applied to the top. Where we differ is when you use the term "too much". I wonder if apple did any testing and if so how much weight is within tolerances.
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Not sure how to quantify the amount of weight involved. But I assure you - my use has been gentle. Nothing at all out of the ordinary. I am aware of this sort of thing and I am careful. In my view if damage occurs with the sort of use I have put this computer to then it is a design flaw. Just one man's opinion. I will be using a microfiber cloth from now on and I will be obsessive about making sure no pressure whatsoever is placed on computer when it is closed. This is a very fragile little design on this particular score. Pretty? Yes for sure. Durable? Nope. Don't get me wrong - I love the thing and I would buy another in a heart beat (in fact I bought another for my wife last week).
Personally...I NEVER place anything on top of my laptop computers...just to be safe.

The MacBook Airs are very thin (which is the way Apple has designed them)...and maybe the clearance between the keyboard & display is tighter.

Another possibility is...maybe some weight was put on the display while traveling (maybe not a lot)...say in the car. Maybe this caused some contact between the keyboard & display...and the vibrations that are experienced while driving in a car (MANY small & large bumps) caused some rubbing between the keys & display...thus causing the issue/damage.

The weight I'm saying may not normally have been enough if the computer was "static" at home...but maybe vibrations in a car while commuting was an extra factor.

Also...I don't think that I've heard anyone else mention this issue...ever with a newer MacBook Pro or MacBook Air (the newer MacBook Pro's have a layer of glass covering the display). So it doesn't seem to be a widespread problem.

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Whatever. Maybe I'm the only one! In my own defense I will say that I have been using laptops almost exclusively for about 15 - 20 years and never once had a problem like this.

It is the kind of thing you would not notice unless you look very closely while the screen is turned off and clean. Little tiny pin head dots.

Interesting though that the pro is now glass - but not the air. Mine is an air.
I'll be very very careful from now on.

Tell me, what is the safe way to carry it in the car? I tend to place it in a neoprene sleeve and set it on the back seat all by itself.

I think you are right you can never put ANYTHING on top of your closed MBA laptop without risking damage. And never put it in your brief case in a sleeve with a client file in the same brief case because you are looking for trouble. Come to think of it I have done that on a couple of occasions. Maybe that did it. There is a tendency to think of it as a file folder of sorts that can be put in a case and then in a brief case with other file folders - but it is not durable enough for that sort of thing. Yes I bet this is exactly what happened. MBA in neoprene sleeve, placed in brief case with perhaps three half inch thick files. Maybe I set it down upside down rather than on edge and the three 1/2 inch file folders caused it.

I do think folks should be aware that damage can occur even when you are very careful - so beware! Not everyone is as careful as you are Nick.
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If you are still in your 14 day money back guarantee i would just send it back, i had an issue with my macbook pro running hot sent it back got a refund and ordered another.
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Nope. Had it for several months.
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What it does do with mine, is leave the prints of the finger fat coated keys on the screen.
I always carry it with two hands and it never has anything lying on top but it still happens.
No big deal as it can be easily removed, but still… I wonder if scratching could occur when the MBP is in transfer and under a lot of vibration since the keys do touch the screen.
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