After reading this forum..I'm SCARED!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by JMies419, Aug 28, 2006.

  1. JMies419 macrumors 6502

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    Being new to Mac in all aspects, I thought it would be a good idea to find some Mac forums and do a little bit of reading from consumers on the products. To tell you the truth, after reading through this forum and others, I am SCARED to buy a macbook or macbook pro! :( I really want one, I do. But it seems like all you read is negative negative negative. And yes, I understand that this is a forum and in forum's people come to talk about problems and try to get answers. But WOW, it seems like for the most part, ALL I read is NEGATIVE. I have not had experiance with forums for other computer manufacturer's, so they may be the same, I dont know? When I bought my Sony Vaio notebook about a year ago, I did not look at one Sony forum whatsoever. Maybe I would see the same things I am seeing here? Not sure.. All I know is with all of the negative reaction to new apple products it is beggining to make me second guess even buying one? Should I think this way? I know not ALL macbooks and macbook pros are junk, but geez..a lot of people sure do make it sound that way..
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    What you said in your post is true...remember to keep it in perspective. People most often come to these forums because they need help. People with problems are the ones who make noise...the vast majority of people are satisfied and don't say a peep. If problems were really as widespread as they appeared and Apple had to make as many repairs as it appears from these forums, they wouldn't be doing as well financially as they are.

    As with most brand-new models of just about anything (computers, cars, etc.) it can take a little while to work the kinks out. I think the MacBooks and MacBook Pros weren't bad to begin with, but they are even better now. I think you'll find if you buy a Mac notebook that it will be just fine.
     
  3. AvSRoCkCO1067 macrumors 65816

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  4. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    haha don't be scared. I call this place MacWhiners sometimes just because of all the whining that goes on here.

    Macs are generally well made machines that run with no problems. I have no qualms about my purchases or making more in the future.

    You have to remember that seldom is anyone going to start a thread "just got a new macbook pro and it's works great!" and even if they did the thread wouldn't stick around for very long because well, there's nothing to discuss.

    Now start a thread "OMFG MY MACBOOK PRO SUXXERZ!" and you'll get some responses.

    So in closing, buy your mac and enjoy.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    A bottle or three of Rum and you'll be ready to buy a MacBook, or crash on your way to buying that MacBook.
     
  6. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040

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    My MBP is perfect. Don't be scared. I agree people don't usually take notice of positive posts more negative :)
     
  7. I'mAMac macrumors 6502a

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    theres nothing to be afraid of. macs are better made than pc anyway. your mbp will be fine :)
     
  8. RBMaraman macrumors 65816

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    My brother got a new white MacBook in June, and it is absolutely 100% completely perfect.

    No moo, no whine, no stains. Nothing, nada, zip. Just a completely perfect machine.
     
  9. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    WildCowboy is right.

    I know dozens of people with ibooks, and intel macbooks and everyone loves them. No complaints at all. They are the best selling mac computers for a reason.
     
  10. JMies419 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was assuming I could get replies like the ones above when I started this thread..so thanks for the reassurance..haha. Like you said wildcowboy, if there were THAT many problems I am sure we would see mass recalls or something of that sort. These forums can be kind of depressing to someone just getting into the mac world. But i'm still gonna buy, and if my macbook turns yellow moo's or wont turn on anymore I guess I will just send it back, thats what warrenties are for..right? Thanks for all the replies, I guess I just wanted to hear more than one person say mac's are junk! :D
     
  11. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    never had a major problem with my rev A macbook, go ahead and buy a mac laptop, chances are you will get one that works great.
     
  12. risc macrumors 68030

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    ditto
     
  13. Micrll macrumors member

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    JMies419 as someone else who is extreamly considering (ok sold) on getting a mac, thank you for posting this question. I was starting to get a little worried about all the blogs, video's forum requests/posts about them having problems. I have decided that I can wait until the next update to the macbook (personal prefrence, I can hold off for a month or two so I might as well)

    Besides I am buying the applecare package and their is an authorized service center only 5 mins walk from my dorm on campus where they can get it fixed. The general oppionion I keep seeing on this board is that for most people apple is at least trying to fix the computers that are having issues, which is more than I can say about Compaq and the crap laptop I bought from them 4 years ago, I was always window's falt for everything NEVER the hardware dispite the fact that when I removed the harddrive and the power problem still existed...

    But I digress, Thanks for the post and all the people who replied in renewing my faith in the Macbook.

    Anyone else, Please post your good experances with mac.

    -Sorry If my spelling is off.
     
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    One thing to keep in mind: Around the June area MB's and MBP's were starting to get alot of complaints by heat and what not, but by July there were more threads saying how perfect their computer was. Infact for awhile the forums were having a post every day about how great and how in love they were with their new purchase... Right now its all just starting to die down again.
     
  16. Edge100 macrumors 68000

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    My iMac CoreDuo 2.0GHz is perfect. NO problems. I love it.

    Does that help at all?
     
  17. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I felt similarly about buying a PowerBook late in 2004, early in 2005. I waited and ended up buying a refurbished model to make certain that it was free of the defects people were reporting.

    It worked out better for me and I saved some money.
     
  18. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    I've owned 4 Macs and they have all been so much better than my PC experience. If you buy a Mac, you won't regret it.
     
  19. ashley macrumors member

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    Mine hasn't been perfect, but I still wouldn't go back.

    The customer service is great (even now!), and any problems you might have are going to be fixed so fast it's not a problem.

    Plus the other 95% of the time you're using the computer it's 100x better than PCs - for the macrumors (other other) communities, the ease of use, etc. It's just better. :)
     
  20. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    I would buy inferior hardware just to use Mac OS X. It makes that much of a difference.

    Not that most Mac hardware is bad. In fact I am someone who complains a lot about their support. But I still think their support is the best in the industry.

    It's just the nature of the industry: computers are more compicated and delicate than most other things. And the demand is so high for them that they have to be sold at competitive prices even though they are really luxury items. I mean computers are amazing.

    I'll tell you what's great about a Mac. If you get a Mac and have a problem, you call Apple. If you have a problem with iTunes, iMovie, Textedit, sending e-mail, anything you call Apple.

    I also have an eMachines for work. When I have had problems I called eMachines, but because they don't make Windows, they won't answer Windows questions or help you with constant crashing etc. They tell you to call Microsoft. You call Microsoft and they will not give you support unless you pay them because the version of Windows you have is OEM (included with the computer). There is no support for the jumbled included software, like Microsoft Works (which does anything but).

    I am probably one of the most complainingest people on this board.

    I even had an altercation once that led me all the way to Steve Jobs' office. BUT, I would never consider going with any other company. Apple evokes such passion that people can have a love/hate relationship with them but know that they're going to be with Apple forever. Apple FIRED Steve Jobs and now he's back as the CEO. So you can see the love/hate thing is ubiquitous. But it's just that Mac users get a lot of advantages over PC users and start to demand more.

    When you get your Mac you'll just know.
     
  21. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Thees place ees cursed!

    We get super happy bouncing off the wall people here and help those who are less fortunate.

    The majority have no problems at all or one's that are easily resolved.

    We've had a few clunkers too and most of those have been first revision or Rev A
    production issues.

    The Yonah based machines are still Rev "A", but they have improved with minor
    revisions to this point.

    The first batch of Meroms may be perfectly fine, but that's a bet every manufacturer will be making.

    For the most part, people have never owned anything that works so well.

    No need to be scared, just make the most well informed decision you can when you buy.
     
  22. Grokgod macrumors 6502a

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    Be afraid, very afraid!

    no really, fear in this circumstance is just plain common sense.

    Am i kidding , YEssss and no.

    Lets see, i am on my 3rd Macbook after buying the first one right after they came out, I always buy Mac's newest stuff as soon as I can get my hands on it.

    The first one was horrible, i mean so hot that i was using it to power my solar panel and have saved a fortune on electric bills so far this year.

    It went back for repairs 3 times and it always came back the same.

    Finally they replaced it. Whew

    Same problems again , mooing , high pitches, HEAT, all the normal abnormalities that Apple always ignores the first few months.

    Until there is an internet Blog that gets people to sign up in the thousands and storm the gates of Jobs to do something.

    Ok, the second MBP was unrepairable, so they sent me another one!

    Hurray, only this one is still horrible.

    but there is good news coming.

    After 3 more repairs they finally repair the unit's
    Motherboard which I think includes just about everything and replace the fire hazard battery.

    Now it works great, I love it. cant type on it or anything like that cause it still to hot but it looks nice in the corner of my lab! LOL

    Seriously.

    I love Apple, love the OS can NEVER go back to WinStink.

    So what choice is there.

    THe fun part is Buying and rolling the dice!

    Whats great is that if you crap out, you get another roll.

    Sure sometimes you have to be patient and wait till Apple admits there is a problem and then wait till they fix it 2 or 3 times.

    But hey... thats life, there are problems and there are fixes. and sometimes there isnt.

    This whole computer game is a 2 horse race and you have all the same problems and more on the other lame horse.

    Besides there is nothing to be afraid of cause idiots like me have worked out all the kinks now, I think that the new Laptops coming out are great values especially the Macbook which I also had but returned because of Mooing!

    Comon be a sport, roll the dice!

    Good luck , mate!

    PS: Lets not forget the best part. Being ridiculed by a high school student at the genius bar who takes out his inferiority complex on you and your insane beliefs that you new MBP is whining or Mooing or burping which he says is operating within normal parameters.
     
  23. brad.c macrumors 68020

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    Ditto for my MacBook Pro Rev. A too,
    and my Quicksilver 867 G4,
    and my Graphite 450 G4 Server,
    and my spare Blue&white G3, and my retired Beige G3 desktop, and my PM 8100, that was replaced by my fantastic Quadra 840AV, and my Quadra 950,
    and my Mac IIfx, and my SE/30. Never a problem with heat, mooing, flaking, crashing, exploding, chirping, pitting, dead pixelling, image burning, HD frying or anything else that wasn't my own darned fault.

    I, on the other hand, have carpal tunnel syndrome. ;-)
     
  24. Shotgun Pete macrumors regular

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    Mine should be in by the end of the week, my concerns are the heat and the dreaded DEAD PIXELS, man I hate those.

    Heat I can handle, but dead pixels I can not especially if what I am hearing is true about Apple not counting less that 5 dead pixels as a problem. (Anyone know more info about that)
     
  25. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    I do my darndest to cycle my purchases on Rev B or later.

    It can be absolute hell waiting, but every machine I've owned so far has been
    trouble free.

    We all knew the Intel transition would have a few growing pains, but overall
    products are moving right along in a great direction.

    There's still a lag in porting some important applications over to universal binary, but that should progress rapidly now that Apple's Pro workstation and upcoming XServes have moved to Intel.

    Buy something reasonable now and re-evaluate your situation in 2 years.
    A MacBook will probably more than cover your expectations.
     

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