I haveÂ a good friend who just had his Macbook die an untimely death. It is an older Macbook and I don’t know the model or year. Today he took it in for a visit to the Apple Store hoping for the best. Now, he’s not a heavy computer user. Email, Facebook, and some web surfing. He occasionally prints out email attachments that are sent to him. (He’s an actor and an agent will send him script sides for an audition.) So, he’s not a heavy user.
The diagnosis was severe. Apple would have to send it in for repairs (it is probably a logic board issue) and the cost would be anywhere between $500 plus shipping. (He’s not on an Apple Care plan.) So, he said, thanks but no thanks. Now he’s looking at options and according to what he said this afternoon, he’ll be looking at a Windows 7 notebook here in a few weeks when he stacks up enough cash. He’s not interested in a netbook (he has very large hands) and he wants a decent size screen. His theory is that he can get something for $700 that will do everything he was doing on the Macbook without having to spend $1000 for a new machine.
One user’s story for what it is worth.