How long before I quit treating my 2017 MBP 15" like a delicate flower?

dudeslife

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I always take really good care of my stuff (my 2010 macbook pro exterior was show room quality when I shipped it off to phobio last month) but the new macbook pro is so damn wafer thin and fragile looking, I am afraid to leave the house with it.. Does this pass? I have Apple Care+ so should I just toss caution to the wind? :eek:
 

New_Mac_Smell

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I make a habit of dropping new electronics the day I get them. Then I'm not worried about dropping them in the future, see?

Honestly just don't worry, it's a computer not a new born baby. Use the thing for whatever purpose you had. I'm sure it's all pristine and shiny out of the box, but a few weeks of dirt/grease/dust accumulating on the surface and it'll blend in with the furniture.

Failing that seek professional help, it's not healthy to hold a computer in such high regard, a nice piece of art perhaps stick on a pedestal, but not a bundle of electronics that gets outdated 6 months later.
 
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BenTrovato

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Until you get that first ding. It will sting and hurt and you'll think of a million different ways you could have avoided it. But after that, calamity sets in. New MBP's definitely scuff easily. Save yourself the mental turmoil of trying to keep it pristine. Even if you're successful at keeping it perfect for 5 years, was all that effort really worth it?
 
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bopajuice

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I always take really good care of my stuff (my 2010 macbook pro exterior was show room quality when I shipped it off to phobio last month) but the new macbook pro is so damn wafer thin and fragile looking, I am afraid to leave the house with it.. Does this pass? I have Apple Care+ so should I just toss caution to the wind? :eek:
Uh don't drop it? What kind of advice are you looking for?
 
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polbit

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What's the point of buying a computer like this if you are this afraid to do anything with it? Especially since you have Apple Care +?

I keep my electronics neat and clean, but I didn't buy my MBP to baby it. It's meant to be a workhorse, and while I will watch where I put it down, etc., I didn't just spend $3k to look at it...
 
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funkysmurf

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It depends on the type of person you are and to what extent resale value concerns you.

I'll admit, I have a problem, as I clean my gadgets every day. I once sold a fully loaded 17" MBP because the rubber feet attached to the bottom case showed wear.
At the time I didn't know you could simply purchase a replacement bottom case cheaply.
To give you a better idea of my brain's messed up state, ever since that time, I carry a microfibre cloth and also have a few at home o_O
My MacBooks only get placed on top of these when on a hard surface. I never drag the laptop across a surface either to prevent wear marks.

I also clean the keyboard/trackpad after any prolonged use to remove any oil marks. The ports and all surfaces are also cleaned daily.
Now you may be wondering why I'm posting on a forum instead of spending time with a psychologist.

I tend to upgrade at least once per year. Normally I describe the clean/as new condition of the laptops in my eBay sales.
This can sometimes work in my favour as the last few MBPs I sold were purchased by what I assume to be buyers who cared about the aesthetic condition of the unit (most recent sold for ~AU$300 less than what I paid for it including fees).
 
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Orizence

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Buy a Thule Gautlet or some other case that you could use the laptop while its still in the case, get a clearplex screen protector from best buy and you'll never have a problem :)
 
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Mr. Dee

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Bought my MacBook Pro in 2015 and I honestly have to say, I gave it the kid gloves treatment for year. But when the lamination issue started happening with the display, I said forget it. I still haven't bought a case for it and I travel to the Internet cafe at least a couple weeks out of the month. I plan to purchase a protective sleeve for it before my next international travel though.
 
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EgGKeith

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Computer is a tool so i place it at home/office.
If you think mac machine is an artwork, then u should bring it to museum or exhibition hall.
Just enjoy the moment with your machine and let go.
 
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New_Mac_Smell

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Computer is a tool so i place it at home/office.
If you think mac machine is an artwork, then u should bring it to museum or exhibition hall.
Just enjoy the moment with your machine and let go.
To be fair, some of them are actually in museums...

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Although more for their design merits than artistic impressions. Artistically, a smashed up top end model bares more emotion than a pristine model out of the box. They are tools after all, buy two, stick one in the foyer and use the other, problem solved!
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Buy, use and abuse; A notebook is just a tool to accomplish a job, the real magic is what one can accomplish with the hardware...

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I had an ex say something similar once o_O
 
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WickedPorter

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It depends on the type of person you are and to what extent resale value concerns you.

I'll admit, I have a problem, as I clean my gadgets every day. I once sold a fully loaded 17" MBP because the rubber feet attached to the bottom case showed wear.
At the time I didn't know you could simply purchase a replacement bottom case cheaply.
To give you a better idea of my brain's messed up state, ever since that time, I carry a microfibre cloth and also have a few at home o_O
My MacBooks only get placed on top of these when on a hard surface. I never drag the laptop across a surface either to prevent wear marks.

I also clean the keyboard/trackpad after any prolonged use to remove any oil marks. The ports and all surfaces are also cleaned daily.
Now you may be wondering why I'm posting on a forum instead of spending time with a psychologist.

I tend to upgrade at least once per year. Normally I describe the clean/as new condition of the laptops in my eBay sales.
This can sometimes work in my favour as the last few MBPs I sold were purchased by what I assume to be buyers who cared about the aesthetic condition of the unit (most recent sold for ~AU$300 less than what I paid for it including fees).
+1 ... exact same here. Also make sure to thoroughly wash and dry my hands before using the keyboard. I don't consider it a "problem"... I'm a gadget lover and I love having the latest and greatest. Exactly as you say, I get top dollar when I sell them... I keep all of the original packaging and package everything up just as it was delivered to me from the factory, down to the thin piece of paper that is placed between the keyboard and screen + outer thin plastic. There's something about feeling like you're using a brand new machine every time it's used, that plus maximizing resale makes it all worth it for me!
 
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sbimochan

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Macbook pro shipping altitude(max) is 35000feet but jets fly at 39000feet. How are they shipped then? I'm ordering from another country so I wonder how they do it.
 
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bhodinut

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Macbook pro shipping altitude(max) is 35000feet but jets fly at 39000feet. How are they shipped then? I'm ordering from another country so I wonder how they do it.
Jets are pressurized to 8000 ft. Even cargo isn't subjected to that low a pressure.
 
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jmoore5196

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I think I have most posters here beat ... I keep the 'rice paper' screen protector and use it continually. I was out of town last week, giving presentations with my 15" MBP, and folks laughed when they saw me re-installing the screen protector. But I do change machines fairly frequently, and I get top dollar for mine because they are spotless, scratchless and generally like new.

That's not to say my 15" is not a workhorse ... it is. But I think you can get full benefit from a MBP and still treat it gently, which is what I've always tried to do. Even my Powerbook 100 always looked like it just came out of the box.
 
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Significant1

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buy a hardcase/cover and stop worrying. You can get them very cheap from China, so no big deal replacing them. I buy transparent, so I can still admire the design.

Same goes for my phone. I use a tpu cover which stick above the screen and don't care. I can't count how many times it has been dropped and still not a scratch.
 
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polbit

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Hard Case is not a good idea for a laptop like this, as it increases internal temperatures, and makes the fans louder/thermal throttling worse.

I treat my electronics with care, but I do use them. Being afraid to use it because it might get scratched, or going out of your way to keep it pristine is a bit counterproductive, IMHO. However, at the end of the day, it's your computer, you bought it, treat it how you like it.
 
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dudeslife

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I decided to get the Tomtoc 360 to use inside of my Northface Offsite bag. Its an added layer of protection but I can't find a hardshell/crush proof sleeve that people rate highly and that will fit in my bag.
 
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2IS

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While I do take good care of mine since it isn't cheap, I don't feel it's at all fragile and certain,y not afraid to leave the house with it. Heck, 90% of my usage is out of the house.
 
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