I'm officially done with MacBooks

balloz

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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.
 
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MrGuder

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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...
 

Sanpete

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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...
Actually he's posted here a few times since 2015. I believe him, except for some details about what happened to his machine.
 
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thesaint024

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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...
 

gngan

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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.
 
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lambertjohn

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

leman

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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.
Of course it is.

I used to love MacBooks/PowerBooks. They were tanks. The 1Ghz TiPB was a freaking TANK!
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.

Anyway, I'm done. These things aren't meant to be taken out of the bedroom. Paper mache is more durable.
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 :/
 

darksithpro

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Anyway, I'm done. These things aren't meant to be taken out of the bedroom.

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.
 
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SteveJUAE

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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
 
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WhiteWhaleHolyGrail

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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 ;)
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.
 
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The variables here are endless
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.

I would like pics of these terrible afflictions, particularly from the OP.
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
 

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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.
 

Sanpete

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

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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.
 
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