Help--dropped MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by drbob20, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. drbob20 macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    So one of my kids dropped my 13" MBA on the tile bathroom floor. All seems to be fine electronically, the only damage I can detect is the exterior of the top of the case, the part that flips open. The screen is fine but the exterior is scratched and there is a slight dent on one of the corners. Does anyone have an idea if this can be replaced? If so how much do you think it will be?
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    IIRC it's something like 300-400$ for MBPs. Take it to Apple, they know how much it will cost
  3. carbonfly macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2007
    This is why you never let kids touch expensive pieces of tech.
  4. cambookpro macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
    Hey! That's why you never let clumsy and young kids touch expensive pieces of tech. I'm 13 and never ever dropped my laptop :p
  5. dmelgar macrumors 68000

    Apr 29, 2005
    Sounds very lucky. The MBA must be pretty tough to withstand that sort of a drop.

    If its just a dent, I wouldn't worry about it. Some credit cards have insurance for the first 30-90 days against damage from dropping etc.

    Someone else said that to replace the screen they were quoted $500+. Not worth it for a dent.
  6. bowlerman625 macrumors 68020


    Jun 17, 2009
    Chicago, IL area
    Santa is going to be pissed at those kids I bet!!
  7. size100 macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2010
  8. robby818 macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2007
    I think the entire lid/lcd needs to be replaced. It would be too expensive esp. since you have option 2 available.

    option 1: try and forget about it. If it is strictly cosmetic then try and live with it.

    option 2: sell it on craigslist or ebay. you'll probably still get a lot for it. It may be worth the $100 or $150 hit to sell this one and get a new one. There have been a few sales recently so you may even find the replacement at a lower price than your first one.
  9. drbob20 thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2008
    Prob a good 3-3.5ft drop. I'm extremely lucky it's not worse. I hesitantly opened it, expecting a cracked screen. I was amazed that it was in perfect working order. The lid has minor scratches and the corner dent, of course. I thought about and may still contact my credit card company. But really it's only cosmetic and I guess I'll live with. Lesson learned "kids, stay away". Really just sucks though that's it less than a month old and my stuff is generally well kept for.
  10. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    If the screen itself isn't broken, then consider having Apple estimate a repair on the cover. It might not be the full price of replacing the entire screen. In any case, I'm guessing that over time, things might get inside the lid and do damage, so it might not be a bad idea to have it checked out if there are any gaps, however minor, in the lid.

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