Dropped my MBP on the floor?

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  1. ajgrant macrumors member

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    My MBP was closed and in sleep mode, but powered on.. It fell about 3.5 feet, and it landed on the carpet. It seemed to hit on one of the longer, skinny sides of the laptop.

    I'm using it now, and it seems to be ok. I have dropped it from about 2 feet before while it was on and not in sleep mode, and it was alright.

    Any thoughts here? How would I know if there were any issues?
     
  2. steve23094 macrumors 68000

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    Well there is nothing you can do about it now so I'm not sure why you are worrying if it's working okay.
     
  3. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    Other from the chassis itself that could get dented, the parts that would most likely break are the screen and the hard drive (if you have an older MBP). Only other risk is that some connectors get dislodged, but since all seems to work fine, stop worrying and keep using it.
     
  4. ajgrant thread starter macrumors member

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    Could the battery be damaged though? Is it ok to keep it in sleep when it isn't being used?
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Anything can happen. Why do you suspect that the battery is damaged? And there's no reason why it wouldn't be ok to let it sleep.
     
  6. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    There is very little risk for the battery to be damaged through a fall. It is well protected inside the case. What is damaging to a lithium battery like the one used in a Macbook is a sharp object that goes into it. Shocks won't do any harm.
     
  7. Ovedius macrumors 6502

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    Just going to repeat myself here:

    I had a Macbook Air from 2010 to 2015.
    That poor, brave little machine suffered impossible amounts of physical trauma while in my "care".
    The worst by far was when I dropped it four feet down, closed, corner first on the bloody bathroom stone tiles.
    I say corner first, and I really do mean straight on the corner: the "upper" left corner was litteraly dented flat.
    But still with a MASSIVE dent in the corner (well, corners actually; upper left on the screen, bottom left on the base) the machine worked without as much as a hitch for two more years.
    I even managed to sell the damned thing afterwards, it's probaby still out there trucking along without a care in the world...I miss it sometimes.

    Anyway, Solid State Storage is, literally, pretty solid stuff.
    If there aren't any obvious signs of malfunctions, don't worry, you're probably fine.

    EDIT:
    Even if you have a conventional hard drive, don't worry.
    My better half has a Macbook Pro with a hard drive and she has dropped that machine so, oh so many times straight down on the floor and it still works like a charm.
     
  8. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    This is part of the premium build quality of Macs. You may very well dent the casing, but you won't kill a Mac unless you actually try.
     
  9. maflynn Moderator

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    I don't know about that. I think its more luck of the draw. I'm not saying it inferior quality but I am saying that Macs will consistently survive a drop of 3 or 4 feet.
     
  10. Ovedius macrumors 6502

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    Oh I definitely think you can bugger it right up if you just drop it funny.

    I do however firmly believe that the aluminIUM unibody casing can take much more of a beating that your average plastic encased laptop. But who knows what can happen to the internals when the impact moves through the machine.
     
  11. ajcgn macrumors regular

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    Two weeks after I bought my brand new 2011 15" MBP I dropped it onto a concrete floor from about three and a half feet. It has a permanent dent in the corner, but other than the famous GPU issue, it's still working fine.
     

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