Taking the plunge into AppleCare territory
October 22, 2007 3:32 AM Subscribe
Is the AppleCare Protection Plan a "make-it-or-break-it" add-on when purchasing an Apple laptop? Even one that gets low usage?
posted by Gordion Knott to Computers & Internet (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The AppleCare Protection Plan often comes up in discussions here, with many opining that it's absolutely necessary when buying a laptop from Apple.
But for me, with the laptop I'm buying, the numbers don't seem to add up.
The machine I'm hankerin' for is a MacBook 13"White Intel Core 2 Duo 2Ghz 1GB 80GB Combo, at $1,044 new at MacConnection. (I've looked at refurbished versions of this on the Apple site, and they're about the same price.)
The AppleCare Protection Plan add-on is a $249: A whopping 24% of the sticker price! Holy jeez!
Now, I'd be more keen to get the Plan if I banged on the MacBook daily, but that's not the case. I'll be using it once a month or so. If that. It's a low-mileage travel machine.
-What does the Protection Plan offer that's worth this exorbitant sum? To me, it seems reminiscent of the extended service contracts at electronics dealers.
-Do Apple laptops suffer from breakage or failure to the extent that the Plan is warranted? How do their newer MacBooks fare these days?
-Does shelling out $249 make sense in my case, for a laptop with extremely low usage extended over time?