Mackbook air - college kid and durability

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by shenfrey, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. shenfrey macrumors 68000

    May 23, 2010
    Hey guys, so im at college and shortly will be heading to universty, i need a laptop and was thinking about the macbook air but worried about durability. I know the macbook pros have an edge to edge glass screen and the airs do not, as are they alot thicker in general. Is a macbook air going to be suitable for carrying around on a day to day basis?

    I am studying business and so i just need simple tasks like document processing, fast internet performance and as i mentioned, durability.

    Thanks for your help guys
  2. lls4f macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    United States
    I carry my air around in a nice padded sleeve every day in law school. So get yourself a quality sleeve, and it will hold up great
  3. Dark Void macrumors 68030

    Dark Void

    Jun 1, 2011
    It will be fine, it's meant to be carried around.
  4. tiwizard, Sep 15, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012

    tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    The Macbook Air will definitely will hold up to day to day activities and use as long as you take reasonable care of it. For example, don't drop it, leave it where it could fall, on the floor where you'll step on it, etc.

    For carrying in a backpack, definitely get a sleeve or case. If you don't, your Macbook might be scratched by pens, zippers, etc if left in a backpack.

    Of course, if you're really worried, you could always get a Pelican. ;)
  5. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    If I have to do that, I'd rather get a Panasonic Toughbook (do they still sell them?). Once to prove its toughness they threw a bowling ball at it and it survived!
  6. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2012
    In front of my Mac
    I do the same with mine and it's in good condition. I do need to wipe the screen though as it's a bit dirty. I eat near it :eek:
  7. hawk1410 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    I carry mine around in backpack, no sleeve or anything, and it holds up great. Dont worry, i think you'll be fine
  8. rbrian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2011
    Aberdeen, Scotland
    They do still make them, and unfortunately my company still buys them. I've broken 5 of them this year alone - I'm pretty sure if it weighed less I'd drop it less often, and it would bounce rather than crunch. It might survive a bowling ball, but it doesn't survive slipping through my fingers when I'm not strong enough to lift it with one hand, or me hammering my (apparently rather weak) fist on it in frustration when it takes twenty minutes to decide it's not going to boot after all, and tries again, before crashing again, and when it finally does boot, it won't connect to any wifi networks without being rebooted. After an hour of this (when I only needed to go online to send one single email) I threw it at the floor, and it didn't bounce, it dented the floor and broke the screen. After that it did work when connected to an external screen, and didn't crash so often - you just have to show them who's boss.
  9. whoknows87 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    buy a snug sleeve , and be aware that you have it in your backpack lol don't sit on it etc :D
  10. yycadm macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2012
    I've got a Speck snap on protector on my Air, and REALLY like it. It's always there, so I don't have to worry about finding someplace to put it if I only need a couple of minutes on the computer, super easy to take off if I want to for some reason and does an excellent job of stopping the scratches.
  11. Dr FranknFurter macrumors member

    Mar 23, 2012
    Cambridge UK
    I carry mine in an ACME MADE sleeve and haven't had any issues, it's great being so light as it means I can take it to work and if I don't end up using it I don't feel like I've been lugging a dead weight around.
  12. Jimbo47 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    I just bought one last week, and I've been carrying it around in my bag. I keep the screen facing out though because I'm paranoid about heavy books cracking the screen or something.
  13. mtreys macrumors member

    May 22, 2012
    College Station, TX
    I carry my Air to class and work every day. I also carry it on the weekend when I go to the library. The Air is an excellent computer for college and it has been very durable for me.
  14. dbdynsty25 macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    If it were me and I was carrying school books in the same bag I'd definitely get one that has a separate compartment for the laptop AND keep it in a sleeve. Just in case. A few extra bucks to protect your $1000+ investment is a must.
  15. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
  16. masands macrumors regular

    Sep 17, 2010
    When I purchased my HP laptop a few years back, I received a free HP bag that has a really nice cushioned up slot. 6 years later it now houses my Mac. In fact the bag was the only thing good about that purchase because its the only thing still alive...
  17. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2012
    In front of my Mac
    They're ugly looking laptops! :eek: The MacBook Air isn't.
  18. OnEMoReTrY macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    Had mine for 2 years, dropped it at a job interview from 5 feet onto the tile floor, it bent the corner so I took some plyers and bent it back, everything works perfect. My backpack has a laptop sleeve built into it, so I just put it in there. Rock solid.
  19. davidnyjets macrumors 6502


    Feb 4, 2011
    Stamford, CT
    Did you get the job? :D
  20. WoodNUFC macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2009
    A Library
    I used mine at university and then again when I was getting my MA. I just put it in a sleeve and threw it in my bag. It's still in perfect shape.
  21. sanctified89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    Haha! Oh man, you nearly made me choke on my breakfast after reading this. :D
  22. OnEMoReTrY macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2008
    I did :)
  23. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    I think the MBA is more robust than, say, the MacBook Pro. I own both.

    I'm sure my Air could survive a pretty substantial drop, although the aluminum might dent. The Pro, on the other hand, would be almost a write-off.

    I'll stop short of saying the MBA is a very durable machine, since I don't torture-test mine. As another poster noted, it's meant to be carried about all day. I can't imagine doing that with a Windows notebook - even a Toughbook.
  24. OnceYouGoMac macrumors 6502

    Aug 14, 2012
    In front of my Mac
    I dropped my MBP once. It's still working.

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