Macbook Pro replacement or repair?

TechZeke

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Ok, so my shoulder bag's strap failed and dented my macbook pro. It's a very unnoticeable dent that wouldn't bother me much, BUT there is a big issue.

Basically, the unibody top case dented inward, but the bottom plate didn't. Problem? The back plate protrudes over the dented main top case, put strains on the screws. In fact, if you pick it up the screws start to pop out.

So it HAS to get fixed. I'm a college student, so my MBP can't be randomly having screws popping. Duck tape isn't going to help me on this one(People keep suggesting duck tape. I'm NOT putting duck tape on my MBP regardless.) and the Genius won't just bend the corner back to make the bottom fit again. Because of the dent, my spare hardcase will no long fit properly, so that's out.

It's going cost nearly a grand to replace the unibody. I do have accidental insurance coverage which is good, but I don't see it worth to spend $500-1000 just to replace my unibody. Since I have full coverage, I'm thinking of just replacing the entire MBP. I need some advice here. The price of a whole new computer doesn't seem worth it to me just to replace the unibody, even if it is covered.
 

Chuck-Norris

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Ok, so my shoulder bag's strap failed and dented my macbook pro. It's a very unnoticeable dent that wouldn't bother me much, BUT there is a big issue.

Basically, the unibody top case dented inward, but the bottom plate didn't. Problem? The back plate protrudes over the dented main top case, put strains on the screws. In fact, if you pick it up the screws start to pop out.

So it HAS to get fixed. I'm a college student, so my MBP can't be randomly having screws popping. Duck tape isn't going to help me on this one(People keep suggesting duck tape. I'm NOT putting duck tape on my MBP regardless.) and the Genius won't just bend the corner back to make the bottom fit again. Because of the dent, my spare hardcase will no long fit properly, so that's out.

It's going cost nearly a grand to replace the unibody. I do have accidental insurance coverage which is good, but I don't see it worth to spend $500-1000 just to replace my unibody. Since I have full coverage, I'm thinking of just replacing the entire MBP. I need some advice here. The price of a whole new computer doesn't seem worth it to me just to replace the unibody, even if it is covered.
apple repairs always cost alot

i guess ur trying to say is this is a good excuse to get the new macbooks?
 

TechZeke

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apple repairs always cost alot

i guess ur trying to say is this is a good excuse to get the new macbooks?
Basically. The way I see it, I'm paying $600-$1000 to have my computer taken completely apart, re-assembled with a new unibody(And HOPEFULLY it is re-assembled correctly), with the SAME potentially damaged internals.

Not to mention, further down the line if anything happens to the internals, Apple will just blame the dent and void my Applecare.

Although, I'm not looking for a retina or anything, I would basically get the same computer.(I'd MAYBE add the hi-res screen)
 
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vistadude

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If you have accidental insurance, why don't you use it? Repairing it for $200-$500 makes a lot more sense than paying $1500 for a new one.
 

alphaod

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I've had my computer top case fixed before. They did a good job. If they didn't I would have asked for a replacement.