I'm officially done with MacBooks

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by balloz, Apr 9, 2017.

  1. balloz macrumors newbie

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    So my slick-as-snot macbook just slipped out of my hand, dropped 1/5ft, and looks like it was wrapped around a telephone pole.

    I used to love MacBooks/PowerBooks. They were tanks. The 1Ghz TiPB was a freaking TANK! Holy crap how many times that thing got dropped and kept ticking (not to mention being the fastest laptop for years). You didn't need magsafe (which is another failed tech based on how long those thing last).

    Then Apple switched to Aluminum and claimed it was "stiffer". What a pack of LIES! It may as well be made of butter. I don't know what grade aluminum Apple uses, but at best it's 6000 series. 7050 wouldn't bend like melted butter.

    Anyway, I'm done. These things aren't meant to be taken out of the bedroom. Paper mache is more durable. What a pity I have to switch operating systems because the hardware is a complete fail. At least I can get a 17" again.

    WTF Apple? What happened to you? I used to be a fan of your industrial design. You suck.
     
  2. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Bummer. That's remarkably bad luck that a 2.4" fall caused it to wrap around like that. Good luck with your next machine.
     
  3. MrGuder macrumors 68030

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    So let's see:

    Newbie
    First time post
    Had to post a frying pan video
    Couldn't wait to get on this forum to trash Apple
    User since 1986 but doesn't post like one
    Nothing that benefits the community here, just a rant
    You stated Macbook and didn't even reference a model, user since 1986?
    The reader doesn't even know what model your talking about, in any case it doesn't matter because this is all a rant post, could possibly be Spam as well.

    Nothing to read...move along...
     
  4. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Actually he's posted here a few times since 2015. I believe him, except for some details about what happened to his machine.
     
  5. Deacon-Blues macrumors 6502a

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    Personal articles insurance policy. You need one.
     
  6. thesaint024 macrumors 65816

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    This whole post is funny - the video, the story, the 1/5 ft or 2.4 inch fall (guessing meant 1.5 ft), and the responses (i.e. 2.4" fall). I'd really like to see what "wrapped around a telephone pole" looks like, if for nothing but morbid curiosity. Pics please! (if this is a real post) This is the internet, which means if you want to prove this happened...
     
  7. gngan macrumors 68000

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    You need a picture to backup your “it was wrapped around a telephone pole”.

    Have my Macbook pro since 2011 and no dent/scratch. It was never dropped too.
     
  8. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

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    I've never once dropped any of my MacBooks. Never dropped a Windows machine either. I'm just saying...
     
  9. generationfourth macrumors newbie

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    I think the problem isn't the MacBook– it's you dropping them?
     
  10. Eason85 macrumors regular

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  11. leman macrumors G3

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    Of course it is.

    Of course they were. They did not bend when dropped. They shattered. They also had the interesting property of falling apart after few years of use.

    Here is a tip. If you want to drop expensive equipment, go for one of those military-approved models. Other then that, good luck finding a laptop more sturdier then the Macbook ;)

    P.S. I did dropp my 2015 MBP from a bed once, its about 40cm. The laptop has no visual damage at all. The wooden floor has a massive dent :/
     
  12. darksithpro, Apr 9, 2017
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    Sorry to the bearer of bad news, but almost all high end PC laptops are being built just like the Macbooks. They're all trying to Mimic Apple in aesthetics. So if you think a high end PC laptop won't do the same thing, then you're sadly mistaken. I mean, lets think about this for a minute in a logical sense. A modern laptop with a motherboard that contains hundreds of resistors and capacitors, connected to hard drives and wiring, with cooling fans and a lithium battery, all under an inch thick. Any laptop, unless designed for industrial, or military use when dropped would probably suffer some type of damage. The more complex, the more things go wrong.
     
  13. SteveJUAE macrumors 68020

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    My wife's MB dropped a couple of ft (610mm) on to ceramic tiles and has a horrid little dent on the corner my SP4 slid backwards of the same coffee table on to the screen edge with no damage :) not dropped any of my other laptops :D

    If I was a gambling man my money would be on the MS surface laptops being better for surface damage from drops as they are mag alloy and like most good 2 in 1's the screens tend to have a special layered construction. Internal damage from shock is anyone's guess

    I doubt any of us has the herculean strength to bend a laptop around a telephone pole
     
  14. sunapple macrumors 65816

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    I truly believe you can bend your MacBook by dropping it, but it should still work and that's my definition of a TANK :D

     
  15. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a

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    After seeing that video, I think people can sit back down when it comes to criticising the durability of the MBP.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    Except we have numerous threads here about people dropping their laptops a small distance and having it dented. So I think those people can stand back up ;)
     
  17. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a

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    I would like pics of these terrible afflictions, particularly from the OP. Also - can we be realistic for a minute here? People are dropping laptops through their own carelessness and moaning about the resultant damage. The variables here are endless - angle, speed, surface etc. The fact is that the above video shows the MBP carried on functioning after being dropped from a helicopter which would at least allow data recovery. Personally, I couldn't ask for more from a laptop.
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    No argument, a fall of 6 inches on a hard surface can cause significant damage if it lands just right. Likewise a fall of 2 feet on a softer surface will yield no damage.

    There's plenty of threads with pictures, but in this thread, I agree, the verbiage of the OP, is well over the top. I doubt very much it looks like something that got wrapped around a telephone pole.

    Aluminum is a soft metal, and it easily deforms, and that's just plain physics
     
  19. sunapple macrumors 65816

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    @maflynn @WhiteWhaleHolyGrail My aunt dropped her 13" MacBook Air and it landed in closed state on the bottom right corner of the screen. So instead of a gap, the corner of the lid touches the body when closed. A fairly large dent, but no damage to the components.

    Aluminium bends, but as long as the hardware still works that's okay. Plastic would crack, a corner could break of or the plastic around the hinge could break and make a big structural problem.

    So my point is, the MacBook is a durable device even though they are from softer aluminium and are really thin. Durable as in keep working after being dented by a fall. We're mixing up different gradations of durable.
     
  20. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    One reason aluminum is a good material for the case is that it does bend, thus absorbing shock like a car bumper that's intended to crumple on impact to lessen internal damage.
     
  21. xb2003 macrumors 6502

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    Maybe if they sat down their MacBooks wouldn't fall as far and thus would get damaged less. :D
     
  22. JackieInCo Suspended

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    Over the past almost two years of owning my 2015 15" MBP, mine has fallen off the edge of my bed on to the carpeted floor about three times while I was asleep. No damage to the MBP happened on any of those times although it was loud and fell against the wall. All three times, it fell on the corded end. It's a tank and to this day, I still fall asleep with the thing next to my pillow. This is the $2500 16GB 5126GB model.
     
  23. navt macrumors member

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    I think OP meant it fell between 1 or 5 feet and is not sure which.
     
  24. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Yeah, who can tell between such close distances!
     
  25. sunapple macrumors 65816

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    Had to convert to meters, but yeah, doesn't make much of a difference :p
     

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