MERGED: ALL AppleCare Discussions for Mobile Macs

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by godivachoc, Mar 29, 2009.

  1. godivachoc

    godivachoc Active Member

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    Hey philmuggers

    I need help deciding if I really should get AppleCare. My warranty expires at the end of June and I could order it from Amazon but I was thinking $200 is kind of expensive. I'm also thinking of buying Time Capsule kasi :p

    Since Apple products are pretty reliable as it is, should I really let go of $200 for an extra two years?

    I'm using a late '08 Macbook white 2.4ghz btw.

    Cheers
     
  2. chairman

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    In my opinion, yes it is. I've had an LCD, top case changed with AppleCare. Plus the resale value of your mac will be better.
     
  3. daney_waney

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    i think so too. i've had my topcase, lcd, and logic board replaced by AppleCare. :)
     
  4. psychedelic_aya

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    Logic Board repair costs 30k+++. AppleCare costs 8k+++.

    ...It's worth it.
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    Definitely yes, My defective 17" iMac G5 was replaced with an 20" iMac Intel core 2.:D
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    You can take a look at this thread here for how useful APP is to those who bought it. One thing I can tell you with what most Mac user friends who never bought APP and when something needs repaired after 2 years is, "The cost of repair is more expensive than buying an APP! I should have bought one".

    For example, 8K for an MB APP is way better than have a busted (due to high usage) optical drive which can cost you around that price for a combo or in the area of 15K for a superdrive.

    Edit: You also won't want to have the worry when this happens to you too. APP is worry-free for 3 years. :D
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    Y-E-S! It's worth it!
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    One word: YES. My MacBook hard drive conked out on me last December, three months after my 1 year limited warranty lapsed. Good thing I applied for an APP a few months beforehand...

    You never really know what's going to happen to your Mac in those two years. And do you know why APP for the MacBook is more expensive than for the iMac? Because it's for a portable, which is undeniably more prone to damage due to its mobile nature.
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    Yes! a month before my warranty expires (april'09) i saw white marks on my lcd, i sent it to the service center and they replaced the WHOLE top cover of my mbp. so it's so worth it :)
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?


    Hmmmm. the question now is, with everybody's answer to your question is YES, do u still doubt it will be worth it or not.... :rolleyes: . my experience it that it will make your decision even harder. haha but relax you still have time


    I would suggest you buy the TC now and try to earn the cash till May.
    If you think its worth it then you can buy it and have a cash set aside for it.
    if not then you still have a cash to purchase an ipod or something. or even have extra cash for a vacation, (just dont bring along your laptop, to be safe)
     
  11. savadious

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    Excellent idea!


    I would take this option !

    But I would never consider not having Applcare when the warranty expires... Its not an option... its a requirement :cool:
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    I think that, security aside, the best part of having Applecare is the added resale value. When I sold my previous unit, that's what several prospective buyers told me ("Sayang, walang warranty" or words to that effect) :)
     
  13. jappy

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    yep.
    having one is a continuing part of owning a mac.
    would really give you peace of mind for atleast the next 2 more years, on top of the 1 year standard warranty.
     
  14. godivachoc

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    alright alright i'm convinced enough :D ang mahal ng Mac but I love it :))
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    any thing that will extend the warranty of a product specially expensive products is worth buying..
     
  16. anthonylv

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    I'd say that Apple hardware aren't as reliable as they used to be. We've had two MacBook Whites in my family that have died within a few months after the warranty expired. One had a problem with the screen and the other kept shutting down. Also, my new-ish MBP (about 4 months old) just suffered a busted power supply and also developed a problem with its SuperDrive.

    Now compare that with my old PowerMac G4 which lasted about 7 years without any problems. The only reason that stopped working is because someone dropped it during an office move :(

    So, did you end up going for the AppleCare?
     
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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    I agree, the white Macbooks tend to have a reputation of having really bad reliability. This is thoroughly documented on the different Mac sites. Out of the 5 people I recommended the White Macbook to, 3 of them had various problems after a year. Good thing I insisted that they get Applecare - which they did. 2 had their logic board replaced and the other one was given a completely new and updated unit (His white 2.2 Macbook was replaced with a 2.4 model).
     
  18. Shinobi

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    Given the many yeses, does this mean that portable Macs are more prone to logic board issues as opposed to their pc counterparts? I mean, I've had my MSI laptop for almost three years now.. have gotten it used and abused and still, it hasn't coughed up on me... not even once.

    My question is, why buy Apple Care if you trust your hardware?

    Pahabol: What are the leading causes of logic board deaths in Macs. Might as well avoid 'em. Thank you and add-on power to our group of loyal diehards.
     
  19. fcdiesta

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    As far as I know, the first-gen MacBooks are the ones more prone to logic board failures because of heat issues (probably an inherent design flaw). Subsequent MacBook models have addressed this problem and are now more durable. At least mine has been...

    That's why I try to avoid buying first-gen models, even if it's by Apple, no matter how tempting they can be.

    Please correct the above statements if I got the facts wrong.
     
  20. Shinobi

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    Re: AppleCare: Is it really worth buying?

    Thank you fc. By the way, does this mean that it's better to run Macs in an air-conditioned room instead of one just running an electric fan? Is it no a good idea to use it on top of one's bed as the bedsheets tend to cover the heatsinks located at the lappies' bottom?

    I mean obviously, the Mac gets to breathe more if it's on top a table... but it is just so convenient to be using bed-wise.
     

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