Naturally, if your laptop had flown out of your protective backpack while you were driving 195 mph on your motorcycle you would expect some major damage. (That's what happened to this poor MacBook Pro. The owner got lucky because the hard drive still worked.)
|MacBook Pro 13" gets dropped at 195mph|
However, it's just a little ding with a bent corner. As long as it still starts, you'll be ok - right?
|Dropped my MacBook Pro by Karl Baron|
Over the past few years working in the tech department for our school district, we have had a few laptops tumble to the floor. Most of them come in with corner dings, but a few have a little more damage. In our district, we send damaged computers to AppleCare Services for repairs. When the computer is returned, Apple includes a Product Repair Summary. This summary provides a list of parts that were replaced and the symptom related to the damaged part. For example: Description - Bottom Case, Symptom - Enclosure - Mechanical/Cosmetic Damaged.
That sounds normal for a laptop like the one above, but would you believe other parts can get damaged from a little ding like this? A minor ding to the case could cause the need to replace other parts like the keyboard (specific keys may not function properly), trackpad (the cursor may not track properly) and battery (no power; it's completely dead). Sometimes, there is no visible ding from a dropped computer or even one involved in a car accident, but there can still be hidden damage like the need to replace the optical drive because the computer won't accept or read a DVD.
Minor fluid spills can also cause unseen damage to a computer. A single drop into the keyboard can
|A little drop of fluid under the keys can damage more than you realize.|
So remember, while accidents do happen, don't assume a little ding or one drop of fluid will not impact you laptop. Talk to your technology department or you computer repair store because a little damage can be as detrimental as major computer damage.