I go to a very different high school than what most people these days are in; i go to a STEM academy in pennsylvania and i use my laptop for 99% of all of my classes and all of my schoolwork (aside from algebra worksheets and book work) are on my laptop and are composed on my latop; so its very important that my laptop doesnt give me trouble and works reliably.
a few months ago, one of my friends put a key in my usb port (for whatever reason, i have no idea why) and it completely f***** up my laptop and made my life hell until i was able to go to tech support to get it looked at.
before the key was placed in the usb port, it was fine and i didnt really have any problems with it, although macs already had an unreliable reputation with me; my dad teaches AP honors physics and makes all of his own assignments, worksheets, etc., and his laptop that he uses crashed at least 3 times and each time he lost at least 2 months of worksheets, assignments, labs, etc that he created and had to redo each and every one of them.
while the key was being put in my usb port (it wasnt stabbed into the side of my laptop or anything, it was just placed in the port) a little pop-up came on the screen that said "remove the device from the usb port, it is consuming too much power". for the rest of the day after i took out the key, i didnt have any problems, however the next day, everything started going downhill.
At first it was lagging, then it started really lagging, and that was followed by the battery losing 70% of its original discharge time (8 hours on minimum brightness, 3 hours on maximum brightness), the laptop randomly shutting down when the battery indicator said that i still had an hour of charge left, the auto-recover function stopped working whenever these random shut-downs happened, and finally, whenever i had a document open on my laptop and it randomly shut down, it was permanently erased deleted from my hardrive (this happened to a 1500 word essay that i had worked on for 2 weeks, and i had to completely redo it)!
the problems with the laptop were its hardrive, processor, and battery.
what annoyed me was that you cant simply replace these disfunctional parts in these laptops; if they'res a little problem like the usb port is damaged, it cant be replaced; you have to replace the whole frickin computer, and this really annoyed me because instead of my friend having to pay only 100-300$ for new parts, hes gotta pay one grand because of Apple's unintelligent design and it pisses me off!
Now, i have a whole new laptop, and im still getting glitches with the battery, and so are my classmates! instead of the normal 8 hour battery life (on minimum brightness; 3 on full brightness), its now 3 hours (on minimum brightness; 50 minutes on full brightness)!
AND its still lagging like crazy!
the only good thing that ive heard about these laptops thats made me happy is that there's a rumor going around that after i finish my senior year, we'll get to buy our laptops from the school for 25$ (were going to use the same computer for our entire high school career), and i know a few friends who hunt, and some of them have shotguns.... guess what i'll be doing senior year
so yeah, has anyone else here had the same and/or similar problems to what ive had? and can anyone explain how the battery life keeps getting shorter and shorter? Thanks for reading this, i know it was a little long, but i needed to ask some people who have more experience with apple than me and my friends at school.