Anything to fear about the 2011 MBP?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by dirgeforfreedom, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. dirgeforfreedom macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2010
    My early 2008 Macbook Pro just died after two and a half years. When I brought it into the Apple Store, they said my logic board had failed and wasn't my nVidia 8600GT. $1,100 to replace. I said no thanks.

    I'll be needing a laptop this Sept for school and the new Macbook Pros look awesome. Is there anything about them I should be afraid of?? I don't want it to break down.
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    No. The vast majority of 2011 MBP users are having no issues. People come to a forum because they have an issue. It happens every time there is an update. For every one that has a problem there are hundreds others who have no problems.

    Go for it and enjoy your new MBP.
  3. ThaDoggg macrumors 6502a


    Sep 26, 2010
    Peterborough, Canada
    You can get electrocuted?
  4. Dadioh macrumors 65816


    Feb 3, 2010
    Canada Eh?
    I would say you are OK. The issue that befell the 2008 MBP was strictly an NVidia 8600m GT issue and is not carried forward to the new unibody designs. Also, the non-unibody MBP tended to run pretty hot which didn't help the issue. The lower power CPU's and better thermal design of the unibody will reduce stress on the system components. In a nutshell, get a new unibody MBP without worry. You'll love it.
  5. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I guess I'll continue to buy AppleCare even though I've only had to use it a handful of times. I'd rather pay 10 to 15 percent up front than get hit with a shocking bill later.

    If you prefer to "take your chances", your luck has actually been pretty good. You made it past the expiration of normal AppleCare before hitting a huge repair issue.

    Do you have your data backed up? If not, make sure you pull the hard drive and pop it in a usb hdd enclosure so you can get your stuff off since the logic board died your stuff is probably still there. The nice part is you get to keep using it as an external drive after you get your new system up and running.
  6. T-bag Guest

    Jan 20, 2011
    There are issues in all product lines. I got a screen with a little uneven backlight, but apple handled it perfectly. They even sent me a new one before demanding the first one back (now I have two in my room). Don't worry about things before you have to, cause chances are you'll probably be fine. :) At least eventually!
  7. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Nothing that I've heard of so far. Some people have trouble installing Windows under bootcamp on the devices but there's no hardware problems as of yet.

    I think the problems usually are greatly exaggerated anyway. I bought a 27" iMac and those are supposed to have yellow screening and to overheat but mine runs cool and looks perfect.
  8. Barnzee macrumors regular

    Oct 15, 2010
    Oak Harbor, WA
    I have the 15" MBP 2011 and I love this machine. No issues whatsoever, plus gaming in bootcamp is really good compared to my last MBP.
  9. bass93 macrumors regular

    Aug 25, 2009
    Yeah, I would never get one. My friend got one and got electrocuted. Stupid Thunderbolt :p
  10. dirgeforfreedom thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2010
    @r0k, I got all my data backed up already because I'm always paranoid lol. Also, I think that's a good idea; to use the HDD as an external device!

    I'm going to get the new 2011 Macbook Pro! Thanks guys. :cool:
  11. Hastings101 macrumors 68020


    Jun 22, 2010
    Ouch, I knew putting a thunderbolt on a laptop would be trouble
  12. Nermal, Apr 4, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2011

    Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    Couple of networking issues:

    - Wi-Fi is laggy (high latency).
    - System sometimes emits a high-pitched squeal when using the network. Doesn't happen all the time and seems to depend on how much data is being transferred.
    - Keyboard lacks the "internal keypad" that used to be accessible by holding Fn.

    I believe that the first issue happens for everyone (edit: no it doesn't), however the second issue doesn't seem to be as widespread.
  13. ms.annette macrumors regular


    Jul 4, 2009
  14. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    Great! I have a 2011 15" MBP and based on my experience you should be very happy with your decision.
  15. TypeGray macrumors newbie

    Apr 10, 2011
    I have a 2008 MBP as well. Also had a logic board failure.

    I was able to have it replaced for $300 by the Apple store. It was out of warranty.

    From what they told me, you can have anything fixed for the max price of $300. Only took about a week.

    Aside from that, I'd hold off on the new MBP. I can easily see the next update doing away with the optical DVD drive for a second hard drive. There are many people currently doing this. The performance gains are astounding.
  16. Jaimi macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2009
    The only thing to fear is that the machine is so awesome, that it will ruin you for other notebooks.
  17. pna macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2005
    My original core duo macbook pro just died after 5+ years of daily use. The graphics card died (non-nvidia, so not covered). It would have been $900 or so to replace the logic board in the apple store, but they also have a flat rate repair that's $300 or so that will cover shipping to their repair facility in TX, and then cover labor and absolutely any parts that need replacing. I hadn't realized this was an option -- it's like paying $300 or so to have your laptop covered like it was under applecare again.

    I love the 2011 mbp I'm typing on right now, and I'm sure you will love yours too, but if I could pay $300 and have a 2008 mbp working again? I'd do it. In the end I even paid the flat rate to have my original mbp repaired. For $300 I've definitely got uses for it, and it has sentimental value (I wrote my dissertation on it). I would presume that you could pay the $300 to have it fixed and then sell it for much more than that if you just wanted to help finance your new machine.

    Potentially worth looking into. I'm surprised it's not more publicized as a service.
  18. MrXiro macrumors 68040


    Nov 2, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I think it's $310 and they only allow it if your machine still looks in good shape. So as long as you take care of your laptop it's fine. At least that's how the guy at the genius bar explained it to me.

    I really lucked out with the genius I got. He actually replaced my logic board for free cause of my 9400m flicker issue from the late 08 MBP. On top of that they discovered that my Superdrive went bad so they just swapped that out for me too! :)
  19. 2ndname macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Yes. All the hot girls that will swarm you, lol, I kid I kid.

    I truly think you're just unlucky with the failure on your Logic board. I had a Powerbook G4 for 5 years and it never failed me. It was my college sidekick and I took it everywhere. For every story of a person with a failed Apple product I am sure that there are 100s of success story such as mine. Then again I have not had any HP/Toshiba/Sony product failed on me. I say go for the 2011 MBP and don't worry about all of the ifs.
  20. paeza macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2006
    Canberra, Australia
    LOL love your answer

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