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Kelped
Nov 13, 2011, 01:22 PM
I just purchased a brand new 13 inch i5 1.7 Macbook Air!

I am new to the Macbook world, and I was wondering if there are any common defects/imperfections I should know about.

I've read reports of people purchasing lemons, so what should I be checking for? I haven't noticed any display defects yet, and I haven't noticed any scratches on the body (although there were bits of factory dust/dirt/grime on the laptop during unboxing).

Should I be running any diagnostic software? Also, do batteries vary in quality? How do I know if I got a good one, and does it need to be broken in?

Thanks!



blueroom
Nov 13, 2011, 01:25 PM
I think Apple products are the leading cause of OCD.

Unless you never touch it, it'll eventually get its share of scratches and dents. So just use it as Apple will fix it free for a year, if you want purchase Apple care and it their problem for the next three years.

MultiFinder17
Nov 13, 2011, 01:34 PM
If it looks fine, and it works fine, then it is fine. Enjoy your MacBook, and may it serve you for years to come :)

johnhurley
Nov 13, 2011, 02:15 PM
I just purchased a brand new 13 inch i5 1.7 Macbook Air!


Think about buying a good book on macs. Mac os lion for dummies is pretty good for a starting point. Another good option is Mac os x Lion the missing manual.

Try buying either one of those books and read them cover to cover a couple of times!

Kilamite
Nov 13, 2011, 02:23 PM
I'm fine with visual imperfections. Wee chips here and there, no problem.

Dead pixels on the screen, or a crappy panel are my only concern. So just check it for dead pixels. If you have a great display, and there's a slight chip or a scratch, then just live with it.

I'll take a decent display over aesthetic glitches any day.


Think about buying a good book on macs. Mac os lion for dummies is pretty good for a starting point. Another good option is Mac os x Lion the missing manual.

Try buying either one of those books and read them cover to cover a couple of times!

No need. He's joined this forum, which is far better than reading a textbook. Any problem he has, MacRumors google it and there'll most likely be a solution. As opposed to scanning a textbook..

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Mandrel
Nov 13, 2011, 04:36 PM
I was in the same boat, only had my Air for a couple weeks now. Didn't think anything about checking it out fully, as everything was running so well.

I had only used one USB port for two weeks, when I needed to use the second. I plugged something in, it didn't register, then I got the "drawing too much power, so the USB port is disabled" error. Tracked down all the solutions I could online, resetting the PRAM or whatever it's called, all that. Turns out the port was physically installed improperly.

So, being a bit OCD about this isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Aras87
Nov 16, 2011, 10:02 PM
I would check for screen issues and body creaking. Put a white background on the screen and make sure you don't see excesive black spots around the corners, edges etc.. very common quality problem for MBAs. Also make sure when you put your MBA on a table it doesn't wobble. Finally make sure it doesn't creak when you put your hand on the palmrest or pick it up with single hand. If it is creaking now, it is only going to get worse.

GenesisJLS
Nov 16, 2011, 10:29 PM
If you are extremely worried that you purchased a 'dud', just bring you Air to your local Apple store and compare it to the similar machine.

I would just check if there are any dead pixels and check if lighting is evenly spread across the screen. Have fun with your fantastic machine.