This is why I'll never take my macbook to class..

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amycishere, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. amycishere macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2007
    My classmate just bought a new laptop in August and it slipped of the table and dropped HARD on the tile floor...if that happened to my macbook I'd DIE. At home it will stay. lol.
  2. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus


    Jan 15, 2006
    The Kop
    I was expecting pictures.

    What is stopping you from dropping it at home.
  3. someguy macrumors 68020


    Dec 4, 2005
    Still here.
    I've been traveling with my PowerBook since I bought it (back in the Summer of '05) and have never dropped it or anything.

    You just have to be careful with it. What are you going to do when you have kids? Dropping a baby is not good, but you can't just leave it at home all the time! :p
  4. amycishere thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 1, 2007
    Because I use mine on the carpet floor because I'm disabled.
  5. Zegna macrumors member

    Dec 4, 2006
    North America
    Carpet will always help, indeed.

    What a bad experience for your friend though, hope everything went well for him/her. :)
  6. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    But, but, the magsafe!

    Yea, having your laptop drop to the floor sucks but one of the main reason for having a laptop is for portability. It's like buying an iPod and using it for you home entertainment center... yea.
  7. bsolomonny macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2007
    Live a little, use it, enjoy it, just be careful.

    I love taking my macbook to class. I am the only owner of a mac in possibly my entire mba program. Several times recently i have been the only one able to connect the the wireless internet. All the other pc owners wonder why their notebooks can get the same wifi signals as my macbook. The only way people will learn that mcs are the way to go is if you flaunt yours.
  8. k2k koos macrumors 6502a

    k2k koos

    Jan 21, 2003
    Somewhere between yesterday and tomorrow
    That's why they advertise with the slogan " It just works" :)

    People, the majority, that have no other experience with computers than one form or another of a Windows OS, have all, at some point, usually multiple points, had problems they just couldn't figure out, or only with difficulty, for totally unexplainable reasons. To them, the above statement comes accross as witchcraft, or a plain lie.

    Not that Macs are without problems, but in general this statement is true, it just works. The only way to get this message out in the open, is to use Macs out in the open, and let people see the difference, as you illustrated, and that's just one... :)

    now to the first poster, I believe there are protective sleeves for sale for laptops, and also for macbooks. These may actually protect it a little if it should make an unfortunate fall.
  9. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2005
    A religiously oppressed state
    It should still work after falling, assuming the screen didn't break of the logic board didn't snap. After all Apple's new laptops have motion sensors that stop the hard drive if it senses it's falling... Try it! Hold your MacBook and move it down suddenly (keep control of it obviously!) and you will hear the hard drive click to a halt.
  10. EvryDayImShufln macrumors 65816


    Sep 18, 2006
    Something sort of related to this happened to me yesterday.. I was on my MBP in my room when my sister came in, tripped on the power adapter HARD. The thing flung off my MBP crazy fast and smacked the floor. If it had not been a magsafe, either my laptop would be damaged (unlikely due to its position on my desk) or the place where the adapter hooks in would have been bent and destroyed (very likely).
  11. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040


    Oct 19, 2004
    Calgary, AB
    meh I guess if your that scared about it you can leave it at home.

    Seems kinda silly to base this decision on some one else's accident though.

    Heck I backpacked for a month in Australia with my MBP with no real issues. So I wouldn't think twice about taking it to a class we're I still in school.
  12. smokeyrabbit macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    Escape from New England
    OMG You should definately stay at home with your MacBook. I read on the internet that people that go out of their homes get diseases run over by cars and stuff...

    I take my MacBook to work twice a day (yes, that's right I go home for lunch) and have not dropped any laptop ever. Just don't drop it. And have a backup.
  13. iW00t macrumors 68040


    Nov 7, 2006
    Defenders of Apple Guild
    The LCD assembly should be your primary concern when your laptop drops.
  14. Tom B. macrumors 65816

    Tom B.

    Mar 22, 2006
    I've never dropped my PowerBook in the 4 years that i've had it, but that does not mean that it is dent free. Last summer i was staying in the Hilton Hotel in Times Square, New York, and the guy that takes your bags to your room dropped the bag containing my PowerBook fairly hard. It now has a great big dent on the left and the LCD is a bit loose. It was in a Tucano second skin case, but they aren't exactly designed for drop protection. :eek:

    As for the bottom-of-the-line HP laptop i am forced to use for school, i've dropped that a lot, and not one of those occasions could be called an accident. : )
  15. jng macrumors 65816


    Apr 6, 2007
    Dropping it to the floor is not soo bad. Last year some friends of mine were throwing a party and they bought a lot of beer from a store on top of a hill and were pushing the shopping cart full of beer down the hill. One of the guys had his powerbook on the bottom rack (he was to DJ) and at one point they lose control of the cart and the powerbook falls off the cart and flips and slides down the street. Kinda funny cause everyone was drunk/tipsy. Scratched the powerbook but other than that it was fine. I think if he had been sober he would have freaked out.
  16. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    88% of all computer accidents happen at home. I got so freaked out about that statistic that I moved...
  17. robPOD macrumors 6502

    Jun 19, 2006
    Damn you guys are lucky you are allowed to take laptops to school. My school is all pen and paper:(
  18. Mpulsive81 macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2006
    McKinney, TX
    LOL Classic!

    But he's right, that's like saying you're not going to drive your car cause it may get rock chips on the front. We buy things because they are meant to be USED. Your mac isn't a trailor queen & i can't foresee you entering it into any laptop shows in the near future. Use it and enjoy it. Let it get a beauty mark or two. I'm anal too so I know what you mean. This is coming from someone who polishes and puts a coat of wax on his cellphone. But if you take care of what you have and take pride in the upkeep of things, you'll be fine.
  19. spork183 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2006
    I can think of a lotta things to wax, but a cellphone doesn't jump to the top of the list. You, my friend, have to much spare time...

    (says spork183 after multiple hours reading macrumor forum posts...)
  20. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
  21. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    I take my iBook G4 to class every day. Works great for note taking especially because I can type faster than I write. Also, I can talk to friends on AIM when class gets boring.

    A few weeks ago one of my teachers had us take an online quiz. Everyone was having trouble getting onto the wifi because the school has this software that prevents PCs without updated antivirus and antispyware from connecting. Apparently this software's server was down or something. So I was the only one who could get on the wifi for about 20 minutes because Macs dont need that software. :)

    It just works.
  22. ich1ban macrumors regular


    Jun 17, 2006
    I skateboard with my 17" MBP in my backpack. I've had some close calls with some rocks :x Also I've slipped on ice a couple times which was scary.
  23. darrenemo macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2006
    lol dude, watch it! I used to skate to class often last year, but I don't now that I got's my macbook!
  24. PCtoMac-change macrumors member

    Feb 10, 2007
    I thought it was bad skating with my Nano and cellphone :eek: . I'd never skate with something worth more than 2.5k.
  25. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2006
    I carry my TiBook to school every day, although always in it's sleeve. It has taken minor spills of <12", but never enough to do any sort of damage. Surprising, due to the TiBook's flimsy screen hinges.

    A few friends and I single handedly set up our public HS for WiFi access, so we bring our lappys to school and browse freely. I never worry about theft, because it is always by my side.

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