Apple's line of MacBook Pro laptops was intended for the professional and power users. The MacBook Pro line includes the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody, MacBook Pro 15", MacBook Pro 15" Unibody, MacBook Pro 17", and the MacBook Pro 17" Unibody.

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Tips for minimizing wear on upper case?

Every MacBook Pro I've had has started wearing the anodized coating off the metal on the upper front edge of the case. Since I'm right-handed, it's worse just above the optical drive.

I love the feel of the aluminum, so I'm not excited about a third party cover. And replacing the upper case (even for me) is more expensive than it's worth.

Has anyone successfully prolonged the life of the anodized coating?

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From what I have seen on friends unibodys this will happen to those models also (because of what Kyle mentions) but not as much as the older alu models.

I was sceptical to covers but am very pleased with Invisible Shield on my MacBook Pro 15" unibody. I am a fan of the Invisible Shields (www.zagg.com) and apart from keeping the palmrest clean I found the best part is that it is easier to carry the MacBook, it doesn´t slip out of your hand (all the alu stuff does!) and onto the floor. I never slipped i.ex. my iPhone with the shield on it. I would say this kind of shield is ultimate since it doesn´t add any extra bulk to the size.

Only thing I am displeased with is that all Invisible Shields eventually get dirty on the edges and my iPhone looks kinda groce after a year. But peel it off and it looks new. Same with MacBook shield! Invisible Shields are also not easy to apply and fairly expensive. But the day you sell your Mac you will be paid back :-)

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hello my friend, I'm sorry to say this but the only way you can protect your laptop is using a cover, or try to keep your hands clean and dry when you use your computer.

PD: I have the same problem than you and I'm seriously thinking about buying a cover for my Macbook Pro.

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instead of using the keyboard you could use an external keyboard, unless you absolutely need to use the on on the machine

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But I like the internal keyboard!

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I don't believe you will run into this issue with the new unibody models.

Unfortunately, some people's body chemistry, hand lotions, or soaps react with the top case coatings of the PowerBook G4 and MacBook Pro series. A Marware palmrest cover may be your only option.

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Has anyone seen this with a unibody machine? The issue usually spreads from an edge, which would be mitigated by the unibody design. But I have to believe that it will still occur eventually.

I don't wear hand lotion, but I could believe it's my acidic sweat.

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