How tough is the MacBook Air? That's what CNET TV set out to find with their extreme torture test posted on YouTube. The 8-minute video shows the MacBook Air enduring a series of four tests: extreme cold, extreme heat, impact, and water damage.
Unfortunately, this laptop had none of the protection offered by PQ's leather MacBook Air case.
See how the laptop fared in the video below:
1. The Freezer Test
Ever left your MacBook Air in the car on a cold winter day? If you live in a place like Minnesota, that's pretty easy to do. CNET improvised with placing the MacBook in the freezer for two hours.
If your MacBook Air doesn't turn on right away after leaving it in the cold, let it thaw out a bit before trying again.
2. The Heat Test
Ever left your MacBook Air in the car on a hot, steamy day? CNET tested the MacBook for 1 hour at 190 degrees Fahrenheit. The laptop still turned on, but we recommend waiting for it to cool down first. The internal cooling system can only handle so much heat.
3. The Drop Test
No matter how careful you are, it's bound to happen sometime. You turn around in your chair to greet a friend, turn back to your table, and catch the laptop with your elbow, sending it flying off the table onto the floor. Or you set your MacBook Air on top of your car ("just for a second") and drive off without thinking.
Even if you're as careful as can be, someone else can still drop your laptop. Your cat could knock it off the coffee table, or your little brother could borrow the MacBook without permission and accidentally drop it.
Although the MacBook Air survived CNET's drop tests, the damage to the body was irreversible. Plus the latch wouldn't close properly anymore.
Thankfully, there's a way to avoid that kind of damage. Just use a MacBook Air case to protect the body of your laptop from scratches, dents, and dings. Once you dent or scratch your laptop, it's too late. Spend a few extra bucks up front for a MacBook Air case, and you won't have to worry about cosmetic damage to your laptop.
4. The Water Test
You know it's going to happen. Whether you're a coffee addict or a soda lover, you're eventually going to spill something on your laptop. If you do, it doesn't have to mean the end of your MacBook's life.
If you accidentally spill something on your laptop, lift it out of the water immediately and turn it upside down to let the water drip out of the keyboard. Remove the battery, turn off the laptop, and unplug it to avoid electrical damage.
Most importantly, wait until the Macbook Air dries out completely before turning it on again. Otherwise you risk short circuiting the laptop. In CNET's test, the water ruined the battery, but the laptop still booted up as usual when plugged into an electrical outlet.
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