Overall, which Mac notebook's MOST trouble-free?

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  1. thinkdesign macrumors 6502

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    For a relative neophyte like me, who doesn't live near a Genius Bar, and places the highest value on avoiding computer trouble (like the scary i5 / i7 "screen freeze" reports)... Do we know generally which current Mac laptops have better histories, and which have more problems? -------- (I plan to have no fancy software on my new 2.13/or/next-gen MacbkAir or 13" MBpro... just Office for Mac, Aperture, maybe Bento and maybe some project- organiser like from CircusPonies.com Also if I'm accepted to grad school, I will NEED the laptop 24/7; any loss of its use, to go to the store or send it in for repairs would be very disruptive. So I think I might NEED to prioritise "reliability" even over selecting the model based on features, alone.) Thanks 4 any advice!
     
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    To be completely honest my most reliable laptop in recent years was a rev C MacBook Air. I've had countless troubles with multiple MacBook Pros, but none with the MacBook Air. The other most reliable laptop was my iBook G4 (From where my username came from, that thing was rock solid :p) so I'd also take a look at the MacBook line.
     
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    No laptop is 100% reliable. If this is a requirement for you, you are going to be disappointed.
     
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    iBookG4user: Wow. I do like the Air, because I have enough arthritis that the lighter weight means less pain. A 13" pro for me, would necessitate a backpack. My biggest worry on the Air is "the hinge problem". One person on the MR Air forum recently said he had 2 Airs in a row develop that problem. Yikes! I've been waiting since last fall for a new improved one to arrive. If they'd double the SSD size, and improve the video playing -- then it can be my only computer. With 2 big backups, of course.
     
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    I never had the hinge problem when I owned the MacBook Air. As long as you are gentle with the hinge and don't try to open the MacBook Air past the hinge's maximum ability, you shouldn't have a problem. I owned the MacBook Air for a year (Before I had to sell it for financial reasons) and honestly I never had a problem with it. With a SSD in it you have no moving parts other than the fan, so there's not much to go wrong :)
     
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    Generally, the simpler it is the more reliable it is. The Air with an SSD has almost no moving parts so in theory it should be the most reliable.

    EDIT: Snap! with iBookG4user
     
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    The iBook and Powerbook G4. There are tons of stores of those things still going years after the switch away from PPC. I love mine.
     

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