April 9, 2009 - 1:13 pm 2 Comments

This is why I buy the Applecare extended warranty.

On my MacBook Pro, Applecare is due to run out on April 27. I took it in because there were some dark spots on the display, some blemishes on the case, and a loud fan. They did a complete freaking overhaul. They replaced:

  • The top case ($285)
  • The display ($850)
  • The optical drive ($150)
  • The logic board ($650)
  • Both fans ($90)

(Prices from Powerbook Medic.)

Yes, you are out there shouting that all that stuff is overpriced, which I’m sure it is. But I paid $349 for the warranty, and I’m pretty sure you can’t get all these things for any equivalent notebook for under that price. And to have all that stuff replaced on a three year old computer? Win.

2 Responses to “Applecare”

  1. Brian Enigma Says:

    I usually tell people to stay away from extended warranties (years of working at Radio Shack showed me the math behind them), getting one on a laptop is always a good idea (Apple or otherwise.)

    I almost got AppleCare on my iPhone for the same reason (it’s just a really, really small laptop), but am kind of glad I didn’t. There’s just something about the wear and tear on laptops that makes extended warranties on them, and only them, worth it.

  2. addlepated Says:

    Those laptop parts are just expensive, no matter which brand.