I have a 1st gen MacBook, purchased in June of 2006. With my educator’s discount, the AppleCare extended warranty cost me an extra $183 on top of the [also-discounted] purchase price. I have punished this machine over the past two years, and it has held up pretty well all things considered; it is not only the primary machine I’ve used, it is quite truly the only machine I’ve used, traveling everywhere I went, constantly being docked and undocked from my campus facilities, and running oftentimes for weeks at a time without being power-cycled. It has been dropped, kicked, thrown, cussed, and made witness to some very unsavory things that would emotionally scar a human being pretty much for life.
I’ve been hobbling along with no onboard wireless for a few months now, but last week the ethernet port conked out on it and that was pretty much all she wrote; I could no longer connect to access my online courses and none of the campus printers accept a USB connection. After purchasing one of the new aluminum unibody machines on Wednesday, I transferred my vital files over from the old machine and took it in to see what the Geniuses could do with it.
Here’s what they fixed and replaced:
That’s right: spending an extra $183 two years ago saved me over $1200 in repairs this afternoon when I picked up the machine from the Washington Square Apple store. I friggin love you, AppleCare.