It's Official - The MBA is TOUGH!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mctheriot, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. mctheriot macrumors regular

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    I've had my 1.6 for about 2 weeks now and love it. I was leaving a business conference a couple days ago with my MBA "sleeping" in my padded shoulder case and slipped on the ice. I fell backwards and my full weight (I'm not a small man) came down on my case.

    Open the MBA up, and it wakes right up! I bent the left hinge pretty good (obviously visible) and one of the screws from the bottom pushed up against the bezel around the keyboard so hard it made a dent!

    It would now only sit on 3 foot pads it was twisted so bad but everything worked perfectly! I figured since it's so tough, I'd bend the base back to square. It's sitting flush now and for the exception of the bent hinge and "pimple" the screw made - you couldn't tell it from look or operation.

    Thanks APPLE!!

    Mark
     
  2. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    were'nt you complaining a week or so ago that you wanted apple to replace it for you?

    or are you the second person to slip on ice and drop your Air?
     
  3. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    Your MBA is going through puberty! Getting all bent out of shape and pimples.
     
  4. Pronoun macrumors newbie

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    That was matthewHUB in this thread:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=437334
     
  5. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    well damn people stop dropping your Airs on the ground lol this is getting to be as bad as the people who constantly spill drinks on their macbook pros
     
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    Any pics? How did you/it fall? Flat or on its side? Either way, it's good to know that this things is pretty durable.
     
  8. Mr.Green macrumors member

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    If you get it repaired, I'm interested to know the estimated costs.
     
  9. iSee macrumors 68040

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    mctheriot, you are a glass-half-full kind of guy!

    I try to be philosophical when some new thing of mine gets its first blemish--sooner or later all new things get old--but I don't think I could be quite as up-beat as you sound.

    But, yeah, it could have been much worse. I'm glad it's still working.

    Do you have the SSD drive, or is it the conventional hard drive?
     
  10. mctheriot thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll try and get some pics when I get home. No, I was not the person that wants Apple to take the wrap - this was my accident. It works perfect, operationally you wouldn't even know the hinge is bent - so I'm not going to bother getting it fixed.


    I fell on it in the worst way, my case was jammed between my car's wheel and the ground and I fell on the back of it - in other words, it was supported by the ground and car on each end and my weight impacted it in the middle.
     
  11. alpinadvl macrumors regular

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    Now, that's "the way" to share a mishap ! Great attitude, I would be pissed if it happened to me, but you are right - it works. thanks for posting and not whining.

    -alf
     
  12. mctheriot thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yea, not much I could do once it happened so look on the bright side! It's a hard-drive model - the unit was on but in sleep mode.

    Mark



     
  13. Halon X macrumors regular

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    Unlike the other guy who was looking for every which excuse to try and return his damaged laptop!
     
  14. Hankster macrumors 68020

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    Some people don't want to take responsibility for their actions. It's always "easier" to blame someone else...
     
  15. hotsauce macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (Apple Communication Device: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU like Mac OS X; en) AppleWebKit/420.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.0 Mobile/4A93 Safari/419.3)

    You are a true Sport.
     
  16. dahcheet macrumors regular

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    :eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

    Wow, that's incredible!
     
  17. iSee macrumors 68040

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    That's great that even the the conventional hard-drive survived.
     
  18. QuarterSwede macrumors G3

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    That's why I invested in a Brenthaven laptop bag (they make computer back packs as well). One guy had his motorcycle fall on it and it didn't even scratch the PowerBook(?) (some sorrt of Apple notebook at least). I've had it for 3 years and it looks as new as when I first got it (probably from the ballistic nylon). I'm dead serious. It's been on many flights over the years too. They're well worth the money (mine was $129). It's definitely the best built thing I've ever bought in terms of build quality.
     
  19. lewisozz macrumors member

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    Apple

    I phoned apple a couple of days ago to get a quote to replace my MBA lid.It has got a massive scratch on it and i gave it a name "Mr McScrathee" but it didn't help so i rang them and they said £300 pounds just for the lid because it attached to the screen or so they say it is !!!! I was gob smacked :eek::eek::eek: I am just going to buy the invisble shield.Hopefully that will cover some of the scratch up :eek:
     
  20. ghettochris macrumors 6502a

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    did anyone get that on video? i lol'd trying to picture it.


    so i'm not a really big guy, but do you think your impact was more or less than if there was a mba against the tire and the ground at an angle if i had hit it in this vid? :D

    http://gallery.mac.com/ghettochris#100030

    (warning- nsfw? the camera man drops a f bomb, turn down your sound if you're at work)
     
  21. marykay9507 macrumors 6502a

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    thanks for the warning and OUCH
     
  22. Flyer0815 macrumors 6502

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    I had my old MBP in my breifcase when the shoulder strap broke, crashing the briefcase to the ground. I get home to find my MBP has a nice sized dent in the side. My MBA however has been bumped already against a wall (my stupidity), and not even a scratch.

    Obviously this has to deal with the MBA being more narrow at the corners, therefore not as much surface to dent... but still.. it is one tough cookie!
     

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