Pros outweight Cons?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jkvalko, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. jkvalko macrumors newbie

    Oct 10, 2008
    I recently decided to switch to MacBook Pro after seeing great features in software, however as I delve deeper I am finding a lot of complaints about hardware issues such as melting power cords, expanding batteries, shocking, defective graphics processor, overheating, faulty LCD screens, among others. A few of these seemed to be fixed with newer releases or are capable of being replaced by Apple, however it almost appears to be epidemic. Is it really this bad or am I only reading one-sided posts?

    With the new version coming out, there is a possibility many of these things will be fixed but then again maybe not and its hard to know unless waiting over a period of time.

    What is everyone's take? Are these problems worth dealing with just to have the pros of owning a Mac? I was excited about getting one until reading about the "dark side"...
  2. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    well, most people tend to post more about whats wrong and problems with their computers, because they want to get help...

    not as many people post about how great their laptop is, but then again, you do see those threads once in a while... :)
  3. wesrk macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2007
    well this is a help forum, so most of the time you see threads about problems, questions, what to do scenarios, dealing with apple care, etc., but keep in mind that most people here have had a great experience and there's thousands and thousands of people who have never had a problem before.

    so yeah, the pros outweigh the cons.
  4. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    Every product line has defective units and issues.

    melting power cords, expanding batteries, shocking: Hasn't happened to me yet

    defective graphics processor: Apple acknowledged this issue now and if your GPU fails 2 years after your purchase, they'll refund your purchase and help you out. It's nice to know that they're acknowledging the issue now and not hiding.

    overheating: Not really an issue, just use smcFanControl if it really bugs you. It really doesn't get hot unless you do rendering a lot of the time.

    faulty LCD screens: A faulty screen will probably show its signs within the first year of use, in which time you're still covered under the default warranty.

    Personally, I think I've found a perfect unit. No hardware issues, no dead pixels or screen defects, hasn't crashed on me in the 3 months I've owned it. With all things though, experience may vary :p.
  5. azharc macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2008
    Like WinningAnthem, no problems here. One stuck pixel though which was easily fixed.

    Of course it gets really hot with COD4 in Windows. But I've logged at least 20 hours on that game and not a problem.

    (Mac nearly same age as winninganthem)

    For now, just assume all those people with problems treat their Macs badly ;)
  6. duykur macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2008
    and the overheating problem isn't really a problem
    for users fealling hot (lol) while playing games, rendering ect. this is because aluminum conducts heat much faster than plastic so it is much hotter on the outside. any other laptop gets just as hot, now if your CPU is melting, that's another issue
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Either your Mac is really old or winninganthem is really young. :p
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    No problems to report, either. I'm happy with my MBP; it's the best computer I have ever had, excellent performance, powerful, attractive aesthetic and a terrific screen. Indeed, none of the oft-reported issues have arisen (as yet). If they do, I'm still under warranty and have Applecare.

    A few years ago, before I switched to Apple, two iPods died, both still under warranty, and were replaced without fuss, which was one of the main reasons I switched to Apple.
  9. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    People don't come on forums to say how great their computers are, they come on forums to bitch about them not working.

    In reality Apple's build quality, whilst has gone downhill, is still better than that of Dell, HP, Compaq etc.

    Apple have the biggest brand name in the world, they have the largest repurchase loyalty of any company in the world, they are constantly under the spotlight, anything to do with them, good or bad, is blown way out of proportion.

    And you can guarantee that 1/50 of these new Macbooks will have some trivial issue like a small crack in the side, yet it will generate the biggest **** storm you have ever seen.

    Unfortunately thats how it works, we are perfectionists. Do you think any PC user cares wether his Dell has chicklet keys, the position of the DVD drive, the thickness, the look, the maglatch.

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