Originally Posted by ez12a
No macbooks have soldered batteries btw. How on earth would you service such a laptop. They're connected by screws (newer ones being a proprietary Y or Tamper Torx).
Although I appreciate the effort of the video, I dont see how it has much merit. Great, a laptop's screen will tilt if you tap it "hard". Or the screen shakes while i'm sitting in a magnitude 7 earthquake. Aluminum doesnt have much in the way of shock absorption (see Aluminum bikes) and has no give/flex like plastic.
Macbooks also have rubber vibration isolators in the HD brackets. I'm sure other laptops employ this as well but macbooks also include a sudden motion sensor to park HD heads with excessive movement.
edit: and listen to all that plastic creaking...bleh. Not saying the plastic laptop is crappy, but plastic's plastic.
The new Macbook Pro refresh brought non user replaceable batteries. From my understanding they are held by Tri Wing screws. They are not meant to be user replaceable, that much is sure.
Here is the quote from Apple on their new batteries. They require battery replacement by Apple, not by anyone else.
The built-in battery in the new 13-, 15-, and 17-inch MacBook Pro is designed to retain up to 80% of its original capacity at up to 1000 full charge and discharge cycles.
Yes two tiny pads on the side. Hardly any protection, they are mostly there to make sure the hard drive sits well. Aluminum+metal=bad idea to be together.
The laptops we have at the moment in my shop do not creak (ABS thermoplastic laptops). My M6500 most certainly does not creak considering the assembly is pure metal. It does not flex in anyway (except the mouse pad) like the Macbook Pro does on the bottom/near the super drive/usb's/LCD.