How much abuse can a macbook take?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Zer0, Dec 16, 2007.

  1. Zer0 macrumors regular

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    Not that I would smash it with a shovel :) but, lets say if I put it in my backpack, and go offroad on my bike? Can the macbook take that? Whats the worst you've put your macbook thru?
     
  2. heatmiser macrumors 68020

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    They don't do well with any amount of water. A spill to the keyboard is enough to require a $750 logic board replacement (which is $200 shy of the price for a new book).
     
  3. Octobot macrumors regular

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    With the laptop being shut-down, well encased.. and provided you don't crash riding your bike.. it should be fine.
     
  4. Zer0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I meant more like moving and shaking kind of abuse :)

    But yeah the logic board protection is a shame. It scares me so much that I keep the keyboard skin on all the time, even tho its a bit uncomfortable to type on! But then most notebooks other than the thinkpad's are vulnerable.

    Edit: That reply was for heatmiser.

    Thanks Octobot. I usually shut it down, put it in a sleeve and use a backpack with laptop compartment. And as for crashing, I guess macbook would be the least of my concerns :)
     
  5. InkMaster macrumors 6502a

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    Your head can heal, the MacBook can't
     
  6. Octobot macrumors regular

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    you can always keep a backup of your HD, your brain alas.. not yet.
     
  7. InkMaster macrumors 6502a

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    if only Time Machine would also backup your hardware ;)
     
  8. Zer0 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'd rather buy a new macbook than a new head :p
     
  9. Bunzi2k4 macrumors 6502

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    I'm a student with a white macbook. It's pretty durable. I've taken it with me to school in a backpack before, and my German Shepherd's jumped on it (I almost cried) and it's still in perfect condition, minus a few scratches here and there.

    I believe a macbook can withstand the beating of off-road biking, but my question is this: Why would you bring your laptop off-road biking? If you're listening to music... I suggest you invest in an iPod soon. :p
     
  10. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    My roommate spilled a half can of coke in hers. It turned off immediately and I took it apart to let everything dry out.

    2 days later it booted up just fine, but the space bar was sticky;)
     
  11. khunsanook macrumors 6502

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    Hi,
    My only vehicle is a motorcycle and I've driven with my MB in my backpack nearly every day for the past year and a half. I've had one issue - every 3 or 4 months it seems I need to reseat my RAM sticks. Other than that no probs and hopefully none to come :)
     
  12. acearchie macrumors 68040

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    How much did you take apart?
     
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  14. Steve Jobs=God macrumors 6502

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    Dropped my MBP yesterday, from about 2ft if that, landed on the screen, now there's a slight bend in the screen which i can only really notice when i close the lid
     
  15. dannykobra macrumors newbie

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    abuse for macbook air

    i know this is an old post but i just came across it tonight and felt i had to reply to this thing. back in 2008 i was in a motorcycle crash at 90KMH with a macbook air in my backpack along with a bottle of water and some tools for emergency roadside repair. when i crashed i rolled into the ditch and slid about 30 feet on my back on the grass. during the slide on the grass i lifted my feet in the air to avoid any damage to my body as the backpack was absorbing most of the slide. after the crash i opened the bag to find a broken open water bottle and wrenches scattered all inside the mangled bag, yet the macbook air only suffered a cracked screen (covered by insurance for autopac) when i pulled the air out it was drenched in water with a little dent on the top screen area. after fixing the screen and powering the computer up there were no issues at all. if you ask me, thats one tough computer
     
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    You can replace a MacBook, not your head
     
  17. TechStooge macrumors member

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    its will hold up to beatings then a plastic laptop but its stilla fragile machine
     
  18. Capex macrumors regular

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    My macbook pro was sitting by a vase of water with flowers in it and i guess it was top heavy. The vase spilled directly onto my computer and when i lifted it, i was watching water pour out of the case. I let it dry for two days an I am typing on it right now. Tough thing.
     
  19. D.T. macrumors 603

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    I've been calling mine names, telling it that it's worthless and ugly ...







    ... still working :D
     
  20. jeremyshaw macrumors 6502

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    So mean. You're making it hurt inside :(
     
  21. Heebeejeebies macrumors regular

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    I stepped on my MBP when it was open right over where the HDD sits and killed it.

    Barring any drunken stumbling, you should be OK.
     
  22. PieterL macrumors newbie

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    They don't like dusty environments. In my 2007 MBP everything except the cd-rom drive broke at least once. Thank god for applecare!
     
  23. Yumunum macrumors 65816

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    What kind of sick person are you? Emotionally abusing MacBooks.
     
  24. ixodes macrumors 601

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    Mine was holding up very well until I took a hammer to it. :)
     
  25. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    you must be an excellent biker to go offroad trailing and you dont fall ever
     

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