Want to buy MB next week but QC issues have me concerned

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CF Fighter, Jan 7, 2008.

  1. CF Fighter macrumors member

    Dec 30, 2007
    Am I just being overly paranoid here or do I have viable concerns on purchasing a Macbook next week. I'm reading about discoloration to the plastics, cracking, CPU whine, and now the issue of the audio popping when connected to speakers or headphones. I would love to have a Mac laptop, the size, price, power, and weight are a fantastic value compared to a PC with the same specs in all those areas. I mean I will be getting Applecare, but reading all these concerns on here raise many, many red flags for me and make me not want to purchase a new laptop.
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
  3. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Bear in mind that you'll always hear more about problems than you do about the good stuff. In general Apple's QC has always been superior to most of the rest of the industry, and that hasn't changed. Whatever manufacturer you buy from, there's a chance that something will go wrong, but most people have precisely zero problems. Buy your MacBook and enjoy - I'm sure it'll be as great as the 30-odd Macs I've owned through the years....
  4. Matiek macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2007
    I was holding off for the same reason. After I finally bought my MBP It turned out to be perfect. The problems get blown out of proportion on this site. Also, keep in mind that you have a certain amount of time, I think 15-30 days, to return your mac no questions asked. If you have a problem with your machine in this time the mac store seems extra motivated to make it right. I would still get applecare but that's just me.
  5. Sceneshifter macrumors 6502


    Jun 14, 2007
    I strongly advise you to take all the whining here with a gigantic amount of relativity. It's Apple, but it's still just a company, so mistakes are made on a daily basis I suppose. Anyway, not being a fan boy at all, I can safely say that I've had nothing but pleasure with my MB (only two months old though).
  6. Markleshark macrumors 603


    Aug 15, 2006
    Carlisle, Up Norf!
    Mmmm, helpful.

    What you have to remember CF Fighter, is where you are. People come here with problems, it far from represents the whole of Apple's Installed User Base.
  7. teflon macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2007
    Many of those problems such as discolouration, cracking, CPU whine have been fixed long ago. I'm not too aware of the audio popping issue, but if its a widespread issues then Apple would be looking into it and fixing it. If it's only individual cases then it's rather unlikely that you'll get one. Remember, for every unhappy user, there are hundreds more happy users. My macbook, for example had none of those issues :D.
    Plus if you got apple care, then you truly have nothing to worry about. They'll fix all those problems if you happen to come across them.
  8. emotion macrumors 68040


    Mar 29, 2004
    Manchester, UK
    I have a year old c2d macbook with no problems whatsoever.

    If people have a perfect machine (and I've had a few from Apple, with one problem screen SR MBP), they don't say anything.

    I'd wat until after Macworld (15th Jan) to buy anything though.
  9. blackscooby macrumors 6502


    May 12, 2005
    Cheshire, UK
    I think the "audio popping" issue was related to a software update in 10.4.x that was subsequently addressed.
  10. Foxglove9 macrumors 68000


    Jan 14, 2006
    New York City
    You do too much reading and analyzing. Just buy your MB and enjoy it. The chances of getting a bad one is so very rare.
  11. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    Yup. Buy it, it'll be fine. I've had zero problems (MBP, iBook, other stuff).

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