returning 2012 MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rchip, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    Hello guys,

    I had a few problems getting a perfect/acceptable 2011 13 inch macbook air las summer but I got there in the end! It's been the best computer purchase I've ever made, I'm a school teacher and it's been a life saver for me. Always having it with me, having it boot up in a flash ready to connect to an interactive whiteboard has been unreal!

    Because I rely on it so much, I though I'm just going to sell this 2011 model and buy a 2012 model. The main reason is just to avoid wear and tear so my machine will still be really reliable and not let me down. Just a precaution really.

    A few days ago, I bought a 2012 mba and I think I'm going to have to return it. The main reason for this is, it keeps crashing. I've had a spinning beach ball at 3 seemingly random events. Browsing internet, making slides for smart board and using power point. The problem I have is i can't risk it freezing on me in school and this is the primary reason i was upgrading, to keep the performance tip top!

    A minor point, that I know that not many people are bothered about, is the screen isn't as good on this 2012 model and my 2011. I know there's a million opinons on this and I haven't checked which brand of screen it has but I'd just thought i'd add that to the pot of why i think i'm going to have to return it : (

    Will I be ok to just return it to the apple store, pretty much no questions asked as I'm within my 14 days? It's a bit of a shame really as I thought this would be good, just to keep getting the refreshed model each year and sell, but I really can't risk the crashes. Will the apple employees understand?

    Thanks
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah you can return it within 14 days for a full refund.
     
  3. macrumors 68030

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    You're a teacher And you don't know how to return an item? Of course you can return it at the Apple Store. But let me get this straight, you're going to return it and not get another one because it crashes? Don't you think that possibly there is something wrong with it and you should ask for replacement? The 2012 clearly is better than a 2011 long-term simply because of the upgraded RAM which you are going to need in the long run , especially if you're a teacher and with all the upcoming programs. I'd rethink this one....
     
  4. macrumors 6502a

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    I've had my 2012 MBA crashed once.. but it was only because I was running Flash on Chrome. Only Once.

    My 2011 MBA has never crashed.
     
  5. macrumors 68000

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    Returning it within 14 day is easy. They will power it up make sure it works etc.. but refund the full amount and probably ask why. If it's giving you problems they will gladly swap you for another unit. These are computers like any other machine some will have issues. Acting like all 2012 have issues is beyond common sense. I've returned iMacs for issues and MBP's but my current 2012 MBA has run fine since I purchased it just over a week and probably well over 80 hours of use. I run everything from web, video, win 7 via Parallels and light Photoshopping, no beach balls, no issues.

    It's always a bit puzzling why people freak out and act like it's the end of the world when their new Apple product does't work... $@!t happens, exchange and enjoy. There is a reason Apple has the number one customer service record year after year. They are super easy to work with and their only goal is to make you a happy customer. :)
     
  6. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the replies.

    I appreciate this machine, for one reason or another may have an issue. The thing is I don't want to potentially have to make another trip back to the apple sore to return another machine that is also crashing on me. Whilst the 2012 model is definitely an improvement, the 2011 is running everything I need adequately at the moment but not crashing and also seems to have a nicer display (the display I wouldn't return for though, the difference is slight, it's just another thing).

    Hopefully this 2011 should see me through to the next refresh. If this was happening with the next refresh I would try exchanging as the upgrade will be of greater importance to me, I'm sure.

    Thanks for confirming I can just return it, I just wanted confirm I wouldn't have any bother.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    Was this purchased online or in-store?
     
  8. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for your great reply!

    See my post above for my reasons for just returning and not exchanging.

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    In store in England.
     
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    mattopotamus

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    i returned an 11" and all they did was check the serial number and return it
     
  10. macrumors G4

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    Apple is very good about returns within the normal return period. They'll just take it back. However, if your main complaint is crashing, find out what the issue is, first. If you are running Google Chrome, be aware that crashing is a common issue, so it sounds like Google will need to come up with an update. If it is not, it's possible you just have a bad logic board. I had a similar issue in 2010, and Apple just gave me a new MacBook Air in return. Crashing certainly isn't a universal issue for the 2012s.
     
  11. macrumors 68040

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    Fast. Beautiful acreen. Running Google Chrome. Beachballs under heavy loads, but none in normal use. No crashing. I'd exchange if I were you, but I am guessin you didn't sell the 2011 and don't need the 2012, so you don't have much incentive to try again.
     
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    dcorban

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    Let me guess… Google Chrome?
     
  13. macrumors regular

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    2011 -> 2012 is such a small incremental upgrade I wouldn't bother.
     
  14. macrumors 68040

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    Yeah, if you're using Chrome, several people have reported crashes on the 2012 Macbooks related to Chrome and the HD 4000 graphics chip. If you aren't using Chrome it might be specific to your MBA.
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    Personally, I would recommend that you ask for a full refund because there is only a slight difference between the 2012 and 2011 model. Many users say that there is virtually no difference in performance between the two versions. I think that if you wait for another year, they may add Retina Displays to the Macbook Air and maybe a spec improvement too. Good luck!
     
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    have had my 2012 for a couple of days and havent experienced any crashes yet. I dont use chrome though i use firefox
     
  17. macrumors 6502

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    I wouldn't call Ivy Bridge, faster SSD, USB 3 and Intel 4000 "such a small incremental upgrade".
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    I would return the 2012, sell the 2011, and buy a 2010, mine hasn't crashed in two years!
     
  19. macrumors 6502a

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    Remember if you got yours through the back to school promo to give the gift card back otherwise you will be charged the £70.

    One of the reasons for buying apple is their excellent customer service, I'm sure your refund will be no hassle.
     
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    theSeb

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    You're a teacher so I would expect you to be able to employ a modicum of logic and have some common sense. Logic and common sense tells us that it's just plain silly to draw any conclusions on an entire population based on one random sample.
     
  21. thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thank you for all the very useful replies. I'm not actually running Chrome, anyway, I'll make a trip to the store tomorrow to make the return.

    I agree, who was it that said the entire line of 2012 macbook airs had the same problem, based on one random sample?

    I'm not entirely sure that it's me that's lacking common sense.
     
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    theSeb

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    That is exactly what you're insinuating in this post:

    Why would you make the assumption that another machine would also crash?
     
  23. thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm not making this assumption. What I'm saying is, I don't have the time to find out if the next machine I get is going to crash as well as then i'd need to make another trip back. It's a non essential upgrade, I was simply upgrading to make sure I maintained solid performance. It could be an issue with some of the software I'm running, for some reason not getting on with 2012 air, I have no idea.

    If the upgrade was more essential, as I said in a previous post in this thread, I would exchange for replacement air. As it stands, I'll just keep my 2011 as I know I'm not having any problems with it.

    Before you say, you don't have time to make a trip to the store but you have time to have this discussion on macrumors. I don't really have the time to have this discussion, I just felt compeled to reply because your original post was so rude.

    Sorry for taking this thread off topic and thanks for your help.
     
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    theSeb

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    I am not sure what is so rude about my original post, unless you're overtly sensitive and can't handle being questioned.
     
  25. macrumors regular

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    But is it worth the cost of buying a new model and selling the old one? The 2011 will have already taken about a 30% depreciation hit plus you lose the taxes as well.
     

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