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New Macbook - Not So Green Afterall

By AaronSamp - Saturday, June 30, 2012

Apple has launched their new Macbook and it has got some great features, including the killer retina display found on the iPhone 4. This super high resolution display is one of the biggest updates, but many people will be surprised to see what is not there anymore. The latest MacBook Pro no longer comes with an optical drive and this is a big deal to some, but understandable now that usb drives and WiFi are so readily accessible. Apple has the audacity to say that this laptop is “green” because there is no mercury, arsenic or other poisonous chemicals used in the battery and other parts, like some other laptops out there. This sounds good at first, but lets take a deeper look at what this laptop really has going on.

ZDNet sums it up well, the snippet below is a great summary of the hardware thea that the new MacBook Pro is packing.

1With a 15.4-inch display at 2880×1800-pixel resolution, an up to 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8 gigabytes of 1600 MHz memory and up to 512 gigabytes of solid-state storage — oh, and that slim 0.71-inch profile — the thing is both a marvel and a powerhouse.

Even though the initial response to the crazy high resolution they call Retina Display, is soon lost once you realize that that OS no longer allows you to set the actual resolution. You can only adjust text size uses scaling instead of true resolution changes. Even at the smallest text size the resolution does not meet its full capability. There will only be a few applications that will use the full resolution, apparently this has to be coded into each program. This sounds strange even for Apple.

This new MacBook has been deemed the most irreparable laptop ever by the guys over at IFixIt.com and from these professionals of electronics repair, that is saying a lot. To start with this new laptop uses pentalobe screwdriver for most screws, so you must purchase a special tool or bring it to an Apple store to have it serviced at all. You cannot replace the battery, but the lithium ion battery is supposed to be able to be recharged up to 1000 times, but this is only three years of use if you are an everyday user. If you need a replacement battery, it is going to cost you $199 from Apple. Unfortunately, the battery is so hard to get to and the fact that the battery is glued into place, you will most likely not find a lot of people selling third party batteries much cheaper.

Back to the issue of everything being glued, sealed and held together, the screen being cracked can also pose a big problem. If your Retina Display becomes cracked, you are going to have to replace the whole lid instead of just the screen itself. This machine is far from recyclable. You need a heat gun just to take the case off, so this alone makes the time involved to break it down into the proper parts a very time consuming situation. Many devices can be broken down in minutes and separated into the correct recycling receptacle, but that is just not the case with the new MacBook Pro.

There is no doubt that the 2012 MacBook Pro will be a big seller. The starting price is currently $2,199 and this does not sound too far off for what you are getting. Buyers should be aware of the issues that they may run into if they are ever looking for a repair down the road. With this in mind, it may be worth the extra $300 to get the Applecare plan to extend your coverage just in case something does need replaced.




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