I Just Dropped Macbook Hard onto a Tile Floor. & It Works Great!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HappyDude20, Jun 30, 2009.

  1. HappyDude20 macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    I've dropped my Macbook many times before in the past.

    I chuck it carelessly inside the backseat of my car in the mornings heading out and like a little child drop my InCase backpack on the floor the moment I get home with my Macbook inside of it.

    Well, earlier today I had my Macbook on counter, i'd say 4 ft high and the Macbook fell as I placed it awkwardly leaning outwards.

    The Macbook falls, hits a metal trash bin hard and that causes it to spin faster and hit my tile floor with an incredible punch.

    My heart sank; I've been rough with my Macbook before, but never like this. I was sure it was gone, but it still works 100% awesome!

    This thread is really a question, (who says it has to be?) just wanted to explain that I love how reliable my Macbook has been for the past 2 1/2 years! I've slipped on the rain while I was at the Great Wall of China and fell on my InCase backpack to ease MY fall and all the force went on the Macbook inside, and yet here we are.

    My White Macbook is awesome! I love it.

    I've heard other complain their White Macbooks get f*cked up easily, but that's never been the case with me. I wonder how the new Alum Macbook Pro's would hold up against my rugged lifestyle.
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
  3. hellrider macrumors regular

    Jun 7, 2008
    The Alum MBPs would bend. Literally become misshapen. Not crack, but become disfigured. Happened to mine (very slightly) after a 2 foot drop. Still works, but its annoying.
  4. techfreak85 macrumors 68040


    Jan 13, 2008
    my heart stopped for a min when i read the first part of the title, then started again when u said it works great... whew....

    they always told me that macs would be the death of me...:rolleyes:

  5. linuxjuicer macrumors newbie


    Jun 30, 2009
    Lucky Ducky

    Nice dude! I've also dropped my iBook G4 many times and it proceeds to work. Actually now that i think about it i dropped it once and it skipped the hard drive causing it to auto shutdown and not start back up but a quick trip to the genius bar fixed it. I also fried the logic board (where all the peripherals plug in , USB etc.) by accidentally dropping it with my external drive still attached :mad:
    but after a $300 doctor bill over at the :apple: store it's alive and well! and I'm surprised to hear hellrider's MBP unibody bent after an only 2' drop, WOW!
    I thought those unibodies were supposed to be tougher? Just goes to show that we all need to be a little more careful with our hardware :D
  6. The Flashing Fi macrumors 6502a

    Sep 23, 2007
    Not well. Aluminum isn't brittle like plastic. When it falls, it doesn't shatter, it bends, and Aluminum is VERY weak when compared to metals like Steel or Titanium and I believe it's even weaker than brass.

    Don't get me wrong, it does fine with day to day use, but you don't want to be throwing it around or dropping it.
  7. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
  8. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    I always end in arguments with people over this. The truth is that if your going to drop your laptop a lot, the plastic is better. The aluminium laptops dent very easily, although the build quality is a lot better.

    The plastic is brittle, hence the complaints about it cracking on the palmrest under every day use. But if you drop it, it will normally come off a lot better than a Aluminium Mac. Of course the logic board or hard drive could still break (not exclusive to the plastic of course), but the casing will remain intact.
  9. opinioncircle macrumors 6502a


    May 17, 2009
    Well, that's cool and all for you. But couldn't you be more careful with your laptop? Just sayin'...
  10. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
    I'd be embarrassed to admit this.

    Drop it again and report back. :D
  11. mrj205 macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2009
    You must have a horseshoe up your a$$, with such great luck and all. I've managed to never drop any laptop I've ever owned, so I can't imagine the instant horror you faced. But it's great that everything worked out for you. Maybe invest in padding your entire home in neoprene...to keep things safe.
  12. SpeedFleX macrumors 6502

    Apr 22, 2009
    someone kicked my backpack once with my macbook alu in it, when I got it out later the monitor was crooked so I bent it back a little and now it looks just as good as day 1 ;)
  13. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

    Feb 24, 2005
  14. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...do it again and upload the video on youtube:D
  15. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

    Jan 8, 2009
  16. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000


    Jan 8, 2008
    Tampa, Florida
    Hee-hee, I know that feeling of shock. Bag slips off shoulder, PowerBook inside, with a nice concrete sidewalk underneath to catch it. Good thing the old AlBooks are relatively easy to bang back into shape :D
  17. student_trap macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2005
    'Ol Smokey, UK
    The exact same thing happened to my father. After only two days of ownership, he dropped his white MacBook 6 feet from the top of the towel rack to the back of a radiator.

    I was amazed when it booted up again with no major problems (in fact no minor problems either), and that the only evidence of a drop at all was the Dent's to the casing.

    Moreover, that was 2 1/2 years ago, the MacBook has not been mothered at all since its first accident, and is still working perfectly.

    Amazing :)
  18. nineohtoo macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2009
    SF Bay Area
    Nice. I used to drop my old TiBook on a daily basis back in the day. And it worked fine minus battery until the day I sold it(which i'm sure still runs). My friends ding their PowerBooks and uMBs all the time too. I've yet to drop my BlackBook though. However I have dropped my iPhones on an hourly basis since the first one. I even got my first gen bent in a mosh pit:

  19. leekohler macrumors G5


    Dec 22, 2004
    Chicago, Illinois
    Here's another testimony to the durability if plastic. My iBook G4 was dropped 9 times and was fine. I've dropped my black MacBook 4 times now, and it's perfect. Aluminum can't handle that kind of abuse. So while I'm sad they stopped making the black MacBook, as long as Apple keeps making plastic ones- that's what I'll buy.
  20. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Aluminum is also

    a) cheaper than any of those metals
    b) easier to machine
    c) non-magnetizable
    d) anodizable
    e) lighter

    Aluminum doesn't hold up well to point pressure- but then again most metals don't. The disadvantages of aluminum are far outweighed by the advantages in this case.

    by the way this isn't necessarily directed at you; more to the "omfg the MBP should be made out of titanium!" crowd. Reality check, please.
  21. Kat King123 macrumors regular

    Kat King123

    Jan 3, 2009
  22. HappyDude20 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 13, 2008
    Los Angeles, Ca
    So many posts! I'm glad I'm not the only one that thinks about how much their Macbook can sustain.

    I'm glad many of you guys mentioned how the alum. macbooks would hold up since i'm now thinking about replacing my current white macbook with a new aluminum.

    I'm quoting you KatKing cause i'm wondering if the motion sensor, and i'm assuming we're talking about the same one where when it senses itself suddently falling it'll kinda lock the HD tighter to help in the fall....

    ...Well, I replaced my original HD to a new 500GB Western Digital HD (eBay; New $85)....so would it still work? The sudden motion sensor thing? I'm confused if it matters if its a different HD and if the feature would still work regardless of what HD is in there?

    ALSO! I've been wondering, I know my 500GB Hd from my White Macbook will easier go into the new aluminum Macbook, but I've also just purchased 4GB of RAM for my white MAcbook, will this DDR2 ram work with the new aluminum macbooks? I know the new ones use DDR3, but iono if compatibility problems arise?

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