Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Jun 2012 02:49 UTC
Apple After a proper teardown, iFixit concludes that the new MacBook Pro has no user-serviceable parts at all, which some think is a really bad thing. I honestly don't know - I mean, my ZenBook isn't particularly user-serviceable either, and my smartphones, tablets, and whatnot are pretty much entirely soldered together as well. What do you guys make of this?
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Well
by BeamishBoy on Thu 14th Jun 2012 07:22 UTC
BeamishBoy
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2010-10-27

I accept that using a laptop involves a number of compromises over having access to a desktop. However, one thing I absolutely demand is that the battery be replaceable. I've had terrible experiences with Apple hardware in the past (five logic board failures in the space of three years) so I tend to stick to Thinkpads. I typically need to replace batteries every eighteen months so a non-replaceable battery is an absolute deal killer for me.

I can see how it makes sense from Apple's perspective but there's no way I'd buy a laptop without a replaceable battery simply because I have to travel so much between London and Chicago for work. The ability to pop a new battery in on a long flight is an absolute necessity.

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RE: Well
by SHatfield on Thu 14th Jun 2012 09:38 in reply to "Well"
SHatfield Member since:
2006-12-23

I worked at an investment company who had a contract with Lenovo to only purchase Thinkpads. This was 5 years ago, so it is likely different now, but I had 4 Thinkpads in 5 months. Bad display, bad fan caused overheating, bad keyboard that ended up poking something in the logic board and finally one that I could kind of live with. You see, its Ethernet port was bad on the laptop itself, but I only had Ethernet plugged in when it was docked, so I could live with the defect. These were all brand new machines.

My apple MBP 5,1, on the other hand, had a battery issue in year 3 that Apple replaced for free even though it was out of warranty. My wife still uses it every day and I just bought a brand new one that has been perfect.

I'm glad that your experience has not been my experience, since it was the company footing the bill for all those defective Thinkpads.

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