Returned my MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by russtic, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. russtic macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2007
    Hull, UK
    wobbled badly - very annoying to use
    Kept overheating and shutting off a core
    fan would go full blast for no reason

    Asked apple genius what he recommended - his answer was a new mbp - don't buy rev a products if you want reliability.

    Was not sure so I took refund and came home.

    Will decide by the weekend
  2. TEG macrumors 604


    Jan 21, 2002
    Langley, Washington
    That is a good reason to have it replaced.
    Easily turned off in the preference panes.
    It obviously had a problem.

    Buy another one, or buy a new MacBook.

  3. russtic thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2007
    Hull, UK

    Not really sure - don't like mb mainly because it is plastic.

    Did like the MBA but cannot afford to have an unreliable machine. The MBP therefore is tempting. I am however unsure as to the luggabilty of it.
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    I think you just got a bad unit. Sounds like there was something wrong with the CPU or the cooling system... maybe too much/too little thermal paste?

    Most people are reporting that the MBA is the most "solid" Apple laptop made in many years. I've even heard the phrase "over-built" thrown around.

    I honestly would have just gotten a new unit and tried it before I sucked up the restocking fee.
  5. fk51785 macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2008
    South Florida
    I don't have any of those problems.
    mine never wobbles. (mine lies flat no wobbles)
    mine never get too hot. (even when i am watching avi movies that is 1.4GB)
    mine has no problems with fans. (my mba is quite compared to mb)

    Even though I really like MB & MBP, I prefer small size and light weight over better performance and more options.
    Being a college student, I like to travel light, specially when walking miles inside the campus.
  6. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    Mine is also great and has none of those issues....I would give it another try:)
  7. iHerzeleid macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2007
    You clearly have a defective unit. Get it replace and there will be hapiness.
  8. FightTheFuture macrumors 6502a


    Oct 19, 2003
    that town east of ann arbor
    i've read this as a problem in a few reviews. i think apple wanted to make it look like it was 'floating' with the convex bottom when sitting, and give it luscious curves as well. it may be the only flaw in its design. of course, if you put it on a flat surface, its said to be sturdy. i have a feeling that 3rd party companies will have cheap disposable feet for the MBA for sale soon. if not - then someone will post a DIY to aide the wobbly problem.
  9. OllyW Moderator


    Staff Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    The Black Country, England
    Here you go....


  10. russtic thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2007
    Hull, UK
    Glad to say in the UK you do not get charged a restocking fee. Surely you don't get charged this if the unit is faulty?
  11. abhorsen macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    shouldn't be a restock charge if the unit is faulty. I'm happy to say my Air has none of the problems you list and hopefully this is the norm. Very solid little laptop. I'd give another one a try unless you want something in the Pro that the Air lacks.
  12. malone macrumors member

    Jan 24, 2008
    How do you turn off 'overheating' or 'shutting off a core' in the preference panes?

  13. drchipinski macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2007
    I had similar "issues" and bought a MBP. After "lugging" it for two days, I decided I rather have nothing than a defective MBA or a 7 pound MBP.

    And no, I do not want a MB. :(
  14. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007

    You DO know that most 15" or 14" wintels WEIGHTS the same as a 17" MBP?

    Perhaps you should hit the gym. No problem with a 17" MBP here.
  15. drchipinski macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2007
    You are almost funny.

    If you only knew what I did for a living....

    By the way, walk through O'Hare with a MBA, then with a MBP, there IS a difference.
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    I'd like to know how as well.
  17. Tejasfilm macrumors member

    Sep 18, 2006
    Same here, I've got a wobbly MBA!! Tack onto that the fact that I sprung the extra cash for the 1.8 ghz 80 gig HDD and I have to jump through hoops to get this resolved. I'm a student and bought this machine just for school use. I've got an MBP for all the video editing I do out in the field and a Mac Pro at work, so I really wanted a light machine that I could use just for school and this was it. I thought I could live with it but dammit for what I paid I want a machine with no case style/wobble flaws.. Just my thoughts...
  18. Rlkv011 macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    I am having the problem where the core shuts down. Will the apple store take back my macbook air even though it is past the 14 day return period? How change the preference for the core shutdown in preferences?

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