’tis the season for broken laptops. Last month, I took in my laptop-turned-server with the broken video chip and expired AppleCare. Fortunately, it was a known defect and they covered it, even with the expired warranty. My main computing device, an older-model (Rev. B) MacBook Air (also with expired AppleCare) has been slowly deteriorating over the past few weeks. You see, the hinge is breaking:
When open, the screen is a bit floppy. When closed, there is a several millimeter gap between the lid and base. For comparison, this is the good hinge on the other side:
It looks like the hinge problem is a known issue, but I’ll have to take the machine in to see whether or not they’ll cover it for free. If not free, I am going to have to think long and hard as to whether to get another MacBook Air or switch to a Pro. I love the size, but the glossy screen (with no option for matte) and nonstandard parts (specifically, the soldered-in memory and nonstandard hard drive with nonstandard connector) have caused me problems a few times in the past few years.