How reliable are MB/MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by supercooled, Sep 20, 2007.

  1. supercooled macrumors 6502a

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    I'm an owner of a MBP since November 06 which makes it 2 months away from my warranty ending. I'm contemplating on whether or not to purchase AppleCare but I"m wondering if the new hardware suffer from the same dreaded logic board failures and such of yesteryears. This is my first Mac so take it for what it's worth.

    Does anyone have their first gen MBP which are still going strong to date?

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  2. TheSpecialist macrumors 6502

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    I would buy Applecare because you'll never know what's going to happen and if it breaks down without having Applecare you are going to have pay ALOT more money then the Applecare.
     
  3. matt l macrumors member

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    i wouldnt bother on a macbook, i'd take the risk, its not worth 300 odd quid, you might as well jsut replace it. however if you spent a small wod on a high spec mbp though i'd get it.
     
  4. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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    This is what I feel when the laptop is under warranty nothing seems to happen to it and all is well as soon as that expires something is bound to happen. Thats why I am going to be getting my warranty exteded as well.
    I would suggest you do the same. :)
     
  5. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed, though I'm not buying it until the near the end of the year of the included coverage, unless there is a good reason to get it right now....

    The same thing with problems that happen after a warranty can be extended to everything, even Stoves/Ranges, especially if they have the ceramic top...;)
     
  6. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    Buy Applecare. Doesn't matter if it's an Apple, Dell, HP, Sony etc. You should always buy a warranty with a laptop.
    You just never know
     
  7. ivi7 macrumors 6502a

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    I'll have to agree with that. I had bought extended warranty for my Vaio as well.
     
  8. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    The current Apple laptops are more needy of an aftercare warranty than any other machine I've ever worked on. I would stop at calling the engineering of the current Mac laptops crud, but it is definitely inferior to many on the market. I've purchased several and kept tabs on all the ones I've upgraded from - so probably have a better ''catchment area'' than some.

    Some of the issues are minor, certainly - but to get them fixed beyond the warranty, it will cost. You don't even need a disastrous event like a logic board failure - have a few of those minor issues plus a battery failure and Applecare has already paid for itself.

    Definitely get it.
     
  9. zepharus macrumors 6502a

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    My has little "annoyances" nothing major. Been very reliable
     
  10. Metzgermeister macrumors member

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    Let's be honest it's a lot of money, but in time I will also get AppleCare for my MBP. Before I had an Acer, and of course 3 months after my warranty experid the dvd drive died. Would have cost me loads of money to get it fixed.
    I learned my lesson... I'm getting my AppleCare.
     
  11. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but it comes with the first year, except for the limited phone coverage. What advantage is there of buying the next two years, when your still under the year of included coverage??
     
  12. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    So if it breaks in the 2 years after yer warranty then yer covered arent ya? :p
     
  13. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a

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    Near the end of this built in year, I would BUY the Applecare to extend it. I'm not stupid, I want my MacBook Pro to be still covered. I was just saying if there was really a need in the first year to buy the extension (immediately after buying it!).
     
  14. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    Apologies :)
     
  15. compuguy1088 macrumors 6502a

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    Thats ok, I might of not made it clear in the previous post of that specific intention...:D
     
  16. bmcgrath macrumors 65816

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    But I know what you mean.
    However, personally I'd just like to buy it all together, saves me the hassle of going back to order it, then register it etc.
    And some people buy it later in the year when they buy Mac's as they may not have the funds.
    It's all down to the user at the end of the day :)
     
  17. Quiara macrumors regular

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    I've had AppleCare on ever Mac I've ever owned. (Clamshell iBook, G3 800MHz iBook, G3 500MHz iBook, G4 450MHz PowerMac, Indigo G3 500MHz iMac, 2 iPods and my current maching, MacBook C2D 2.16GHz.)

    It has never failed to pay for itself. It's not that Macs are unusually prone to incidents or anything; it's that technology is, by its very nature, a fallible beast and it's just a cost effective way of staying ahead of the curve.

    Just my $0.02.

    Q.
     

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