Macs are not resistant to liquid!!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by spencecb, Nov 8, 2006.

  1. spencecb macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    I saw the most ridiculous claim in another thread on this page. A forum member made a comment along the lines of the fact that Mac portables can withstand a liquid spill.

    This is DEFINITELY NOT TRUE. Please, everyone reading this, do not for a minute think that a Mac (or any notebook) can take a direct spill and survive. Regardless if there is some sort of protection for the keyboard being able to take a spill (which there ISN'T), there are multiple openings all over the cases of a MacBook Pro. Liquid as many portals of entry, and it will destroy your notbook if enough liquid gets through.

    I destroyed my old PowerBook G4 when I accidentally spilled a mixed drink on it. I turned off the computer immediately, but it did not matter, because the liquid will instantly fry the innards.

    I am posting this because I would advise people to use caution when drinking around their electronics.

    Just a friendly bit of advice.
  2. operator macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    It OBVIOUSLY IS TRUE, as it happened to me. And I'm not talking about a little spill. I'm talking about at least 1/4 of a Corona, that spilled over about half of my keyboard, across my trackpad, and splashed up onto the screen. I immediately picked up the iBook so the liquid would run onto the floor, then wiped the screen and used a hairdryer. It was fine. I didn't even turn it off until a few minutes later, as I was afraid it wouldn't come back on, but it did.

    So if it DEFINATLY cannot take a direct spill and survive, then how can I be typing on the same machine right now?

    And please, do not assume I carelessly eat or drink around my laptop. Like another poster here, I am anal about allowing liquids to share the same surface as my laptop. The beer was spilled by someone else standing near me.

    One last thing: people don't need you to warn them about being cautious with liquids around their laptop, unless you're assuming they're idiots.
  3. tech4all macrumors 68040


    Jun 13, 2004
    I think it depends on where the liquid gets into. If it gets into the guts of the computer, then I think it's obviously not going to be good. But if it just gets onto the outside of the casing or somehing, then you probably have a chance.

    (note: I am not claiming whether not or not Macs or computers in general or resistant to liquid or anything.)

    You'd think so huh? I've seen it on more than one occasion where people literally have their dinner plate right next to their computer. I mentioned in another thread, might even be the one spencecb is referring to. People need to be more aware of what is in close proximity of there computer(s). I mean if you have a can of coke there, then a spill is possible.
  4. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    You are lucky that it turned back on usually most people say that you should wait a few days for it to dry.
  5. spencecb thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    #1. DEFINITELY learn how to spell.
    #2. I was simply trying to lend a friendly piece of advice.

    If it was your post I was referring to ( I can't remember who posted the original topic I am responding to) I am sorry if you think I am making fun of you, or whatever.

    And yes, people do need warnings such as the one I gave when people are posting responses that they read "somewhere that Macs aren't affected by liquid."

    That is not a direct quote, but that gets at the essence of what prompted my thread.
  6. spencecb thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2003
    Furthermore, never post another comment claiming your ridiculous idea that a laptop can withstand a liquid spill.

    YOU GOT LUCKY. Your computer still works, and you should be thankful. Don't lead other people to believe that they will have the same chain of fortunate events.
  7. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    By the way, many notebooks are designed so they can take a spill to the keyboard with no damage. I think most drain through the side of the case too, but obviously macs can't pull this off, which is what made me think they could not do it in the first place.

    Anyhow I saw a dell ad on their site showing a bunch of different PC notebooks that were being liquid tested on the keyboard. Obviously if it goes in through the speaker grilles or something, there goes your 2-3k laptop lol. I wouldn't eat within 3 feet of my MBP

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