so what's the deal with MBP 17" battery life?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by e------, Feb 5, 2009.

  1. e------ macrumors newbie

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    I'm interested in the MBP 17" but read that the battery is not user changeable... will this affect it's lifespan / resale value in the future? what happens when the battery needs replacement?:confused:
     
  2. SteveMobs macrumors 6502

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    I think you can get it replaced by Apple. Maybe even yourself. I do know that it definitely is not as easy as the MB or MBP.
     
  3. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    You unscrew the bottom panel, and replace the battery.
     
  4. panzer06 macrumors 68030

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    I think the new 17inch MBP battery is not user serviceable.

    Cheers,
     
  5. dissdnt macrumors 65816

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    The battery lasts over 5 years, i wouldn't be worried.
     
  6. Niiro13 macrumors 68000

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    Think about the iPods and the iPhone. It's exactly the same.

    The battery has a warranty period. It can get replaced for free during that period. If you're out of the warranty, you have to pay.

    It won't affect resale value. It does mean that if you resell it, the person will get a weaker battery...
     
  7. ayeying macrumors 601

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    You can still unscrew the bottom panel and remove the battery via a few screws. Its not as easy as pulling a lever but you can still remove it.
     
  8. mobi macrumors 6502

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    If this battery lives up to Apple's claimed performance, it should be a success. Applecare and overall condition will effect resell value more than anything. Considering the price of this machine, battery replacement is not that bad @ $179.
     
  9. liquidtrend macrumors 6502

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    if you go to apples website you can see the little nifty video of the 17" where it explains more on the new battery.

    the battery can take a huge amount of charges, more so than the batteries from the previous models.
    the lifespan has increased and you shouldnt (technically) have problems for a good amount of usage. something around the 5 year mark.

    also, if something does need to get fixed, im sure the apple elves are capable enough.
     
  10. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Apple charges $179 to replace the battery.

    Which is good when you think on the old 17" it costs $129 for a new battery which lasts half as long.
     
  11. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Yeah and we can really get 6 hours battery life on the 15" computers.
     
  12. kastenbrust macrumors 68030

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    It says somewhere in the Apple support site that changing the battery yourself would void the warranty on your computer as it isnt considered user serviceable, which really is stupid considering:

    1) Its such a simple procedure, is Apple calling us stupid?

    2) Apple plans to charge so much for a replacement and im sure there will be cheaper 3rd party alternatives coming along sometime.

    3) It kind of reduces our free consumer choice.
     

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