Hi Richard, no problem at all – happy to answer any questions
Why was the MacBook originally sent back to Apple for repair (when the damage to the screen was done etc) & has it ever been sent back to them other than that time?
I turned on the laptop one time and one of the speakers fuzzed and just blew. Bit of an out of the ordinary issue, but I took it back to Apple to fix. They replaced what’s known as the top cover (keyboard, trackpad, battery, speakers and IO ports), but in the process damaged the display and the headphone jack. I then returned the laptop, where they replaced the display and top cover again, but this didn’t resolve the problem with the headphone jack, so in the end they replaced the logic board (CPU, GPU, RAM, SSD and controllers for IO devices). Essentially, everything inside this laptop has been replaced at some point.
Have you had any other issues with it?
Other than the above problems, nothing
Are there any issues with the screen, dead pixels etc?
None from what I can see – there may be the odd hairline scratch that you can pick up in specific lighting conditions, but this would be because I clean the display fairly regularly.
Any problems with the keyboard (from what I’ve seen a known issue)?
I haven’t personally experienced any, but as I’ve mentioned, this laptop didn’t get much use as I’ve got a desktop for when I’m home, and work provided me with a 15 inch pro.
Is the AppleCare transferable to a new owner?
From memory, it acts like an extended version of the original warranty, and is tied to the serial number of the machine. However, should anything go wrong, I’d be more than happy to help out with any problems.
I forgot to add, can you please take a couple of close up photos of the 2 tiny marks you pointed out on the case?
I’ll get a couple of photos taken as soon as possible for you
A couple of other closing thoughts: I now use a Surface Book for all of my university work (I’m able to take notes in class without hoarding tonnes of paper handouts), and by far, the more premium machine is the MacBook. If I could afford to keep both, I absolutely would. The only reason I use the Surface device at the moment is because of the ability to annotate my lecture handouts, of which I have a lot. In every other sense, the MacBook is a better device.
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