So how much punishment can a MBP take?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by HiddenWolf, Jun 9, 2007.

  1. HiddenWolf macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    I am looking to buy a 15" SR MBP over the next couple of weeks.
    Planning to lug it around to university for a couple of years. No problem you'll say.

    My problem is that I am in a wheelchair, and the mbp will have to ride in a backpack that rests against the back of my chair. That means it'll feel every curb that I do, and all uneven pavement as well.

    How careful will I have to be with a mbp? Does it bend or dent easily? My previous laptop was a cheap acer, the plastic casing of which neatly ripped after a few months.

    How can I best protect the mbp in this situation? And how easy-going is apple with applecare? I'm a bit nervous about this, considering previous experience.
  2. elithrar macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2007
    Get one of the 'hard cases'; that is, a case with a hard exterior. I believe someone linked a really nice one in the 'latest gen accessories' thread. With that you should be fine, as the case will take most of the impact.
  3. xcharlesy macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2007

    hope this helps HiddenWolf!

    basically i would recommend using a hard case that will not shake the inside contents easily and then puting it inside of your backpack, you will just need to make sure its very secure on your chair so when it does shake it stays as secure as possible!

    also for apple care they wont cover accidental problems..

    your best bet for this is contact your insurance company that deal with accidental fault and add your new MBP to your plan!

    it should work fine, good luck mate!
  4. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    If you are worried about dents and scratches you might consider getting one of these. I have one of them and it protects the MacBook Pro great.
  5. HiddenWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    I guess such a hard case would protect against scratching and denting, but it does not cushion the laptop from anything does it?

    I managed to rip the hinge of that acer I had while it was in my backpack, so I'd like to make sure that this one stays operational for quite a while longer.
  6. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Then you might consider putting the MacBook Pro in a sleeve like this.
  7. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    Tom Bihn makes a nice hard case - the brain cell or something. It protects very well against bumps and hits. Also, Brenthaven metro is hard and suspends the laptops too, I believe.
  8. Smurfed macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2007
    If it could take a bullet (Brazilian robber story), then it can take everyday abuse. :D
  9. krisis1 macrumors member

    May 13, 2007
    I agree! Definately check out Tom Bihn's Brain Cell's. They are basically a hard outer shell (covered in fabric so it's easy on the eyes) where the laptop actually hangs suspended in the middle of the case. On their website they put an egg in the sleeve and drop it on the floor, the egg comes out without a scratch.
  10. BWhaler macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2003
    I beat my Macs up pretty badly, and I don't mind some dings.

    Get a good case or sleeve and you should be fine.
  11. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    New Hampshire
  12. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    I was just going to mention that...
  13. theLimit macrumors 6502a


    Jan 30, 2007
    up tha holler, acrost tha crick
    I carry my Aluminum PowerBook G4 in a briefcase specifically made for the 15" PB. It fits the PB so snugly that it doesn't move around, and is hard enough to protect from dents and drops. It is a bit bulkier than a sleeve, but it looks so professional that I don't mind.
  14. matthewinnj macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    Western NJ

    If you have read my thread about my new MBP, you know I absolutely love it, couldn't be happier with my purchase.

    Having said that, and given your specific requirements for durability, if you can afford one, you may want to look into a Panasonic Toughbook.

    Mac's are extremely well made, but are not designed to take abnormal punishment, while Toughbooks are designed for just that purpose.

    Good luck!
  15. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    That would be a good suggestion for the OP, but the problem with a toughbook is that it is huge and runs WINDOWS... if only there was the iTough, oh HEY WWDC! (noooope)
  16. matthewinnj macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    Western NJ

    I like that!
    Better trademark that now, before it's too late!

    And yes, I agree, it is a shame that it's a Windows box, but I'd hate to see someone spend that much money on a computer only to not have it last because of conditions that cannot be helped.

    Maybe a MBP with a good protective sleeve/bag combo will do the trick.
  17. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    you should get the speck case, the only downside is that it insulates heat, raising average temps 1-2 degrees.

    I have the clear one.
  18. HiddenWolf thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 9, 2007
    Only 1-2 degrees?
    That's pretty good, considering. I was afraid it'd be much more.

    I'm looking into the brenthaven pro 15/17 backpack, but I'm not convinced. I guess I'll have to see how it works out.
  19. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    I had a flat party recently, and my MBP was the jukebox. Some drunk idiot was carrying a chair and put it on the floor, but as he was doing so, the chair leg smacked into my MBP.

    Needles to say, it didn't leave that much of a dent. It's more of a finger nail dent (picture putting your nails into a lump of blu-tac).

    The aluminium case will probably take more bashing than a plastic case since it will dent rather than crack.

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