Apple Laptops and Build Quality

Discussion in 'UK Macs' started by SteveH, Dec 26, 2009.

  1. SteveH

    SteveH Guest

    I've been using Apple laptops for years now - going back to the Pismo
    and first 'consumer' iBook.

    On Christmas Eve, my MacBook Air broke the hinges on both sides of the
    screen - a known issue - and it's now booked in for a Genius appointment
    tomorrow.

    However, I have an old iBook G4 which has been acting as an office
    server since I got a first gen. MacBook, so that was pressed into
    action.

    Have to say, although it's a heavy old beast compared with the Air (or
    even the polycarbonate MacBooks) - the build quality is streets ahead of
    the latest kit.

    The only issues I have with the G4 are letters rubbing off the keys
    (a,s,l,m and c have all worn off!) and a Firewire port I managed to burn
    out with a dodgy iPod lead (no longer an issue, since everything went
    USB2).

    I'm almost tempted to keep this in use, even when the MacBook Air is
    fixed.... it just feels so solid and substantial compared with later
    machines.

    --
    SteveH
     
    SteveH, Dec 26, 2009
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  2. SteveH

    Chris Ridd Guest

    On 2009-12-26 13:19:16 +0000, SteveH said:

    > I've been using Apple laptops for years now - going back to the Pismo
    > and first 'consumer' iBook.
    >
    > On Christmas Eve, my MacBook Air broke the hinges on both sides of the
    > screen - a known issue - and it's now booked in for a Genius appointment
    > tomorrow.
    >
    > However, I have an old iBook G4 which has been acting as an office
    > server since I got a first gen. MacBook, so that was pressed into
    > action.
    >
    > Have to say, although it's a heavy old beast compared with the Air (or
    > even the polycarbonate MacBooks) - the build quality is streets ahead of
    > the latest kit.
    >
    > The only issues I have with the G4 are letters rubbing off the keys
    > (a,s,l,m and c have all worn off!) and a Firewire port I managed to burn
    > out with a dodgy iPod lead (no longer an issue, since everything went
    > USB2).
    >
    > I'm almost tempted to keep this in use, even when the MacBook Air is
    > fixed.... it just feels so solid and substantial compared with later
    > machines.


    I have the opposite impression. My TiBook and then AlBook were clearly
    separate bits of metal screwed together and they flexed (a bit) and
    creaked. The TiBook was even painted, which gradually flaked off - a
    bit like battle scars. They had rubbish hinges too, though mine were
    OK. The button holding the magnetic latch was a bit rubbish, and do you
    remember the latches failing?

    This MBP feels like a solid block of metal in comparison. No button to
    keep the thing shut, and closing it is a nice heavy "wump", like
    closing an expensive car door :)
    --
    Chris
     
    Chris Ridd, Dec 26, 2009
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  3. SteveH

    SteveH Guest

    Chris Ridd <> wrote:

    > > I'm almost tempted to keep this in use, even when the MacBook Air is
    > > fixed.... it just feels so solid and substantial compared with later
    > > machines.

    >
    > I have the opposite impression. My TiBook and then AlBook were clearly
    > separate bits of metal screwed together and they flexed (a bit) and
    > creaked. The TiBook was even painted, which gradually flaked off - a
    > bit like battle scars. They had rubbish hinges too, though mine were
    > OK. The button holding the magnetic latch was a bit rubbish, and do you
    > remember the latches failing?
    >
    > This MBP feels like a solid block of metal in comparison. No button to
    > keep the thing shut, and closing it is a nice heavy "wump", like
    > closing an expensive car door :)


    Can't comment on 'pro' machines, as I havent' had once since the Pismo.

    The real stand-out machines for me, in the consumer range, have been the
    'handbag' iBook and this G4.

    My polycarbonate MacBook was rubbish and I'm hugely disappointed with
    the Air for breaking at just under 12 months old - especially as it has
    only left my coffee table on a handful of occasions.
    --
    SteveH
     
    SteveH, Dec 26, 2009
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  4. SteveH

    Peter Hayes Guest

    On 26/12/2009 13:19, SteveH wrote:
    > I've been using Apple laptops for years now - going back to the Pismo
    > and first 'consumer' iBook.
    >
    > On Christmas Eve, my MacBook Air broke the hinges on both sides of the
    > screen - a known issue - and it's now booked in for a Genius appointment
    > tomorrow.
    >


    White MacBook has case splitting again due to the ridge on the lid
    pressing on the base. The old PowerBook was ultra-reliable until it got
    dropped from a greater height than advisable. Seems to be the 'consumer'
    products where reliability is less than we'd expect. On the other hand
    I'll stay with Mac as I've never had a serious virus or BSOD unlike work
    where we re-build Win XP at least once a year.

    G
     
    Peter Hayes, Dec 26, 2009
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  5. SteveH <> wrote:

    > I've been using Apple laptops for years now - going back to the Pismo
    > and first 'consumer' iBook.
    >
    > On Christmas Eve, my MacBook Air broke the hinges on both sides of the
    > screen - a known issue - and it's now booked in for a Genius appointment
    > tomorrow.
    >
    > However, I have an old iBook G4 which has been acting as an office
    > server since I got a first gen. MacBook, so that was pressed into
    > action.
    >
    > Have to say, although it's a heavy old beast compared with the Air (or
    > even the polycarbonate MacBooks) - the build quality is streets ahead of
    > the latest kit.
    >
    > The only issues I have with the G4 are letters rubbing off the keys
    > (a,s,l,m and c have all worn off!) and a Firewire port I managed to burn
    > out with a dodgy iPod lead (no longer an issue, since everything went
    > USB2).
    >
    > I'm almost tempted to keep this in use, even when the MacBook Air is
    > fixed.... it just feels so solid and substantial compared with later
    > machines.


    mmm this 17inch MBP feels solid as did the old 12inch powerbook before
    it. though the wallstreet does feel stronger.

    Roger
    --
     
    Roger Merriman, Dec 27, 2009
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    Phillip Jones New Member

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    I have a 17" MacBook Pro I purchased in Feb 2011 And still using Probably Replace again Jan/Feb According Apple's Spec for Sierra the last Unit than can Use Sierra is The very model I have Next system won't run on it. I've replace the regular battery one. The Track pad although touch sensitive and can move pointer around Click (mouse click if wis) no longer work So I have had to use a Bluetooth Mouse however the hinges are as tight now if not tighter than when original purchased. However The way application are written today they are designed exclusively for SSD's not regular Hard Drives. And If you think you can get by with using 8 GB Ram I know of Bridge in Brooklyn that is for sale. You need at Minimum 16 GB and would be better to have 32GB. I am Seriously thinking of switch from Laptop to to an iMac which is capable using 32GB of Ram. I wish apple didn't place a mandatory maximum limit for RAM. If I but the 15" MBP with 16gb and that rending size of applications and complexity within 3 years we will 64gb just run applications such as Excel Or Word, I can only afford to replace about once every 5 or 6 years. If I was using it would have to do it ever 2-2-1/2 years.
     
    Phillip Jones, Jan 4, 2017
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