How Reliable Has Your Macbook Pro Been?

mohammad

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Original poster
Feb 7, 2008
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Hi,

I need to decide whether to buy AppleCare today! So how are you guys doing with your Macbooks? Is it worth buying AppleCare? I'm really taking good care of the machine.. although I know electronic devices can put you down at anytime?

But is there anyone which has lived AppleCare free and has not had an issue?

Cheers,
Mohammad
 

queshy

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Apr 2, 2005
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If you haven't had any problems up til now, I don't anticipate major problems in the near future. 3 years from now, would you really want to repair your now four-year old machine? I skip on warranties.
 

thejadedmonkey

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May 28, 2005
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Pennsylvania
I've needed mine, I tend to move my laptops a LOT, so I expect things to fail after a while.

The MBP is the most reliable Mac I've owned, but it hasn't had the least downtime (thanks Applecare!)
 

ryanvalle

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Jun 14, 2009
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I have the first gen MBP and bought apple care a few weeks before original warranty was over.

Did it benefit me? Yes, but just out of luck. First gen mbps had battery issues and froma pple care, i was able to get a free battery replacement. But as far as hardware issues, nothing I've noticed.

It's a good thing to have just in case something goes wrong, but as of now, my mac is running just fine. heck, i want it to die on me because nobody will buy a first gen mbp and i want to get a new mbp, but not have two laptops.
 

andylyon

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Jul 23, 2008
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Buy it. You will kick yourself if something goes wrong and you are not covered, and Apple turn round and ask for a large sum for repairs to be carried out.
 

lumpi

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Aug 4, 2009
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Obviously, the cost of AppleCare is exactly balanced to not be a loss for Apple. If you wonder whether it's worth or not, it's exactly "between".

So it's a question whether full security makes you happier or whether buying an expensive insurance you probably never really need would bother you (for the money you could afford some pretty good accessory or even a new replacement battery).
 

XP Defector

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Apr 5, 2006
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I'll probably pick it up, since I had SO many issues with my last Macbook. Also I tend to travel a lot and all that humidity and dust etc is never good for a notebook. The way I see it, my soon to arrive uMBP15 should last four years, I'll pick up Applecare next year and then I know for certain so long as I don't drop it or have it stolen, I'll be guaranteed a working device for four years. Which really should be the max lifetime for a notebook considering they keep making the software require more CPU.
 

jsnuff1

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Oct 4, 2003
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Ive owned macs for 20 years...everything from the PowerPC Performa series, G3/G4 laptops and towers, and currently on a 2.5 year old MPB.

Never had one problem with ANY of them, nor have I ever bought extended warranty for any of them either.

I think it just comes down to how you treat your computer
 

rgarjr

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Apr 2, 2009
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i think applecare should be bought if you plan on keeping your machine for a few years. If you are the type of person who updates their machines very often, then no AC.
 

miniConvert

macrumors 68040
I've found my MBP to be fantastically reliable, but I use it a lot and definitely think AppleCare is a good buy. At least you know you're going to get 3 years of life from the machine that way.

Everyone's situation is different, though, but for me personally I wouldn't have a Mac without AppleCare. In the same way that when I used to buy Dell's I'd get at least 3 years of warranty.
 

kolax

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Mar 20, 2007
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Definitely buy it. You'll be covered for another 2 years, and if you choose to sell your Mac in the next year to upgrade, then the extended warranty will help.
 

mousouchop

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Oct 22, 2008
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I wait until the 1 year warranty is almost up before I get Apple Care... Why buy it at the time of purchasing the warranty when you could possibly void it during that first year? I can't imagine dropping my Macbook after 6 months and losing not only the system but 2 years of warranty, paid for, that doesn't even cover the system any longer! haha. Grr.
 

rodo

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Oct 24, 2009
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tricky question ;)

I didnt' buy applecare myself, and sadly my MBP's logic board burned down 5 months after the warranty expired (the nVidia chip burning known issue).

Even in the first call, apple offered to change the logic board for free, while I just had to pay for the work time. The next day I got another call and they said that, being a known issue, I was eligible for a logic board replacement AND work time for free, so I didn't have to pay anything.

So .. I think if your notebook fails after one year, either it would be a strange production problem, like mine, so Apple will fix it for free, or a normal wear-and-tear failure, or a problem derivated from inappropriate care of the computer. I think you have to find the balance here. I don't know up to which extent Applecare covers the last two scenarios. If they cover, ie. , the laptop falling to the floor, or theft, and you happen to travel a lot, take it. If not, I would avoid it.
 

chstr

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Mar 25, 2009
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my macbook pro has been a rock. but I feel much better knowing I have AC for almost 2 more years
 

WeeShoo

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Jul 7, 2005
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Do yourself a favor and purchase AppleCare. Apple does have a really good reputation for reliability, but there is always a chance that hardware can malfunction.
 

Fox11

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Nov 8, 2009
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Mac I'm using right now: Mac mini, 1.25Ghz PowerPC (never had problems with it)

Mac getting repaired: Macbook Pro, 2.4 Ghz Santa Rosa (never had problems with it EXCEPT for the faulty Nvidia GPU, which still lasted a good 2 1/2 years)

I take really good care of my macs, run them hard and often, but so far, the reliability has been excellent. This is part of the reason I'm so mad about the Nvidia fiasco- I was hoping to use my MBP for at least another 3 or 4 years!

On one hand, AppleCare does give you major peace of mind- Apple, I hear, is very forgiving about repairs if you have AC. On the other hand, if you really baby your mac like I do (and I guess with a little luck), you shouldn't ever have any problems!
 

DoNoHarm

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Oct 8, 2008
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Mac I'm using right now: Mac mini, 1.25Ghz PowerPC (never had problems with it)

Mac getting repaired: Macbook Pro, 2.4 Ghz Santa Rosa (never had problems with it EXCEPT for the faulty Nvidia GPU, which still lasted a good 2 1/2 years)

I take really good care of my macs, run them hard and often, but so far, the reliability has been excellent. This is part of the reason I'm so mad about the Nvidia fiasco- I was hoping to use my MBP for at least another 3 or 4 years!

On one hand, AppleCare does give you major peace of mind- Apple, I hear, is very forgiving about repairs if you have AC. On the other hand, if you really baby your mac like I do (and I guess with a little luck), you shouldn't ever have any problems!
I babied my Macbook Pro Classic. I even had a hardcover case and a neoprene case. It broke down 5 times and apple is now replacing my computer. If I didnt' have applecare, since I'm 14 months into owning the computer, I'd be out of luck. Applecare is definately worth it. get it after one year though, so you can keep your cash!
 

OceanView

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Sep 16, 2005
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I had my 2007 - C2D 15" MBP for over 2 years and haven't had any issues.
I forgot to buy the extended warranty within the 1 year period and have been lucky.
 

iMav

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Jun 20, 2008
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It all depends on how long you will own the computer. If you buy with a major credit card, most will automatically double the manufaturers warranty (up to 5 years). I'm typically good with two years, so I don't buy Applecare.

Now if you want to keep you Mac for a long time, AppleCare is considered a manufacturers warranty so if you buy AC with a major credit card at the time of purchase with your Mac, you'll be covered for 5 years.
 

Gen

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Jul 15, 2008
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Get Applecare, I already had to send in my computer twice. :eek:
 

NeuralControl

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Dec 3, 2009
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It really has nothing to do with how well you take care of your computer. If you have a faulty screen/processor/logic board it is likely to go awry regardless of your ability to pamper your computer. I take excellent care of my MBP, as I do all of my possessions. However, I bought AppleCare because it gives you peace of mind in knowing you are covered for a full three years from date of purchase. If you plan on keeping your computer longer than one year, I highly suggest purchasing it.