Micro Center Offers $200 Rebate on New MacBook for $799

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Micro Center is currently offering a US$200 rebate on a new MacBook, meaning you can get it for $799. As our friends at Gizmodo pointed out, that should be just about cheap enough for Lauren.

The offer is for a $200 mail-in rebate (via downloadable PDF) when you buy a new MacBook from Micro Center. The offer expires April 12th, 2009. The specific model is the current generation of MacBook with the white plastic case and the upgraded GeForce 9400M graphics card.

The specifications according to Micro Center:

  • Intel® Core 2 Duo Processor 2.0GHz
  • 2GB DDR2-667 RAM
  • 120GB Serial ATA Hard Drive
  • SuperDrive Double Layer 8x DVD±RW Drive
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
  • 10/100/1000 Network
  • AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wireless Network
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 13.3" Widescreen Display
  • Mac OS X v10.5 Leopard

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Comments

jimothy

Yeah, but Lauren wanted a 17” screen. Low resolution, terrible viewing angle, crappy construction, it doesn’t matter. It’s all about the inches to Lauren.

Actual Reality

It?s all about the inches to Lauren.

unfortunately, thats just the way it is with some girls…

raspberry

Lee Dronick

It?s all about the inches to Lauren.

Most of us Mac users may not have 17 inches, but we can easily handle two monitors at the same time.

Rafael Verduzco

Crappy construction? Most White MacBooks I’ve seen have a crack on the edge of the keyboard cover. Otherwise a great machine, but for me this fact makes the white MacBook crappy constructed.

Laurie Fleming

There’s only one word, and I’m sure Lauren would appreciate it: Cool!

As for Rafael: Most? How many have you seen? One? Two? Five hundred? I’ve seen quite a few, and I’ve never seen that crack. Come on, you can do better than that?

Intruder

Most White MacBooks I?ve seen have a crack on the edge of the keyboard cover.

Have had three of them. Not a single one with a crack on the edge of the keyboard cover (or anywhere else for that matter). BTW, all of them are still operational.

Lachlan

re. Laurie - If you haven’t seen that crack yet, rest assured you will - unless the laptop is primarily a desk machine that never moves.

For the record my top casing was replaced twice under warranty for cracking where the screen rests against the top case. My third casing has cracked in exactly the same area. This is a design flaw, but I’m over it now - besides my warranty has run out.

I now have two matching slots either side of the trackpad - I like to think they help keep it cool - not that the product is shoddily constructed :o)

Rafael Verduzco

As for Rafael: Most? How many have you seen? One? Two? Five hundred? I?ve seen quite a few, and I?ve never seen that crack. Come on, you can do better than that?

Laurie: Most MacBooks I’ve seen have this crack. Mine has it. The ones belonging to my friends also have it. All of those MacBooks were purchased separately and at different times (Mine is a late 2007, others are the 2006 and early 2008 models).
And we ARE careful with our laptops. We don’t slam the lid to close them and we use proper laptop cases and bags. We use the computer a lot at our universities, conferences, house, etc. We all needed a reliable and trustable computer and that’s why we chose Apple.
That’s why we payed for a premium computer whose close attention to design and manufacturing details justify it’s premium price.
That’s why such cracks are unacceptable.
But don’t get me wrong: I do love my MacBook, and find it’s hardware and software combination far superior than any of the gray or black models you can get at Wal-Mart, and without doubt I recommend people to buy Macs.
How many MBs have this problem? Perhaps the only authoritative source to give an accurate approximation is Apple, but a quick search at Apple Support reveals that this is not an isolated issue. Go check http://discussions.apple.com/search.jspa?search=Go&q=macbook+crack and judge yourself.

mrhooks

My iBook G4 (ca. late 2004/early 2005) also has a crack, though it’s in a different place - it’s a vertical crack near one of the front corner edges, on the greyish “band” part of the main body, running upward from the white bottom panel.

As for Rafael: Most? How many have you seen? One? Two? Five hundred? I?ve seen quite a few, and I?ve never seen that crack. Come on, you can do better than that?

None of us have seen enough to qualify as statistically significant in the grand scheme of things.  Why argue the point?  Rafael saw what he saw;  there’s no arguing that, unless you’re calling him a liar.

Most of us here love our Macs.  That doesn’t mean we’re not allowed to point out their faults, and discuss them civilly.  Nearly 200 postings to Apple Support about the issue (plus who knows how many more who didn’t post) is still a small percentage of the total number MacBooks made I’m sure, but I agree with Rafael that Apple should do better.  If Nikon can make plastic SLR bodies that can remain undamaged after being dropped onto rocks, Apple should have been able to make a plastic laptop body that didn’t crack under normal, non-abusive use.

Thank Jobs for the unibody MacBooks.

Laurie Fleming

I took issue with the word most - implying a plurality. I noted also that Rafael was not signed in, and I do note as a moderator that we get many messages from people similar to him that are trolling.

You say that Rafael saw what he saw - neither you nor I can vouch for that. I’m not calling him a liar at all - I simply asked for more details.

Rafael Verduzco

I took issue with the word most - implying a plurality.

There’s no way to imply plurality from what I said, read carefully: “most ... I’ve seen…”. Plurality is to be implied by a sentence like: “Most people have noticed/reported…”.
Although I agree that upon a brief reading, one might get confused.

Ok. Having everything clarified now, I guess we should simply move on… nothing more to say here except that I better register here at TMO to avoid confusions and misunderstanding with the moderators.

ctopher

This is a fascinating thread, but I wasn’t satisfied with words, I wanted pictures! So I googled “crack macbook” and I half-expected to see links about pwned Macs, but no, most were from mac oriented web sites talking about this problem.

I click the google image link and was presented with several pages of pictures of mackbooks with all kinds of cracks and crazes. Based on this limited research I would conclude that “most” macbooks crack. If I saw this much evidence about another product I would suspect that there is a problem.

Not all Pinto’s blew up, but they all had the potential!

Now, that’s not to say I wouldn’t buy one if the price was good (and this Micro center deal looks pretty good.) I know that Macs are actually used and folks tend to hang on to their Macs longer so wear and tear is inevitable. Also, from my limited research, I didn’t see where the cracks caused any operational issues, so if there are defects, they are cosmetic. (Hey Lachlan loves his mac so much he feels that the cracks are aiding the computers thermal management!)

But in general, I think the attack (ok, that’s pretty strong, lets say the rebuke) of Rafael Verduzco was unwarranted. The Macbook has a problem. It’s not Apple’s finest bit of kit, but we (Apple Fanbois!) will take it over the free HP any day!

Oh, and my HP Preserio doesn’t look that good either!

Oh and don’t you love how “Rafael Verduzco” sounds when you say it our loud? Rafael, when I say your name (in a very exaggerated Hispanic accent, I give your last name 3 syllables, is that correct?

Rafael Verduzco

I think the attack (ok, that?s pretty strong, lets say the rebuke) of Rafael Verduzco was unwarranted.

Rebuke is still too harsh. I guess the right word is reproach. Unwarranted? Yes, that’s why ‘most’ instead of ‘every’ was used in my sentence.

Rafael, when I say your name (in a very exaggerated Hispanic accent, I give your last name 3 syllables, is that correct?

Yes, it is correct. Verduzco in Spanish is divided: Ver?duz?co. The ‘V’ is spelled like English ‘B’, not ‘V’.

saintlouisranger

You know, bargains abound if you just look around. We have a local single outlet store that sells Macs at dealer cost 5 or 6 times a year. It?s one heck of a drawing card. The company as a whole makes its ?living? setting up consulting deals and contracted Mac IT. If it is all about price - pick up a referb unit at the Apple on-line store.

BTW, in the grand scheme of things a 21 store ?chain? doesn?t a real market make…

ctopher

  ctopher said:

  Rafael, when I say your name (in a very exaggerated Hispanic accent, I give your last name 3 syllables, is that correct?

Yes, it is correct. Verduzco in Spanish is divided: Ver?duz?co. The ?V? is spelled like English ?B?, not ?V?.

oops, I was pronouncing it using the English “V” sound. How embarrassing.

Rafael Verduzco

More on the cracked MacBooks issue. Seems like Apple has changed some policy regarding the repair of the cracks.

http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2009/04/apple-tweaks-warranty-policy-on-macbook-cracks.ars

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