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Should I not play games on my Macbook Pro?

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MasterChief3624 Calculating status...
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Apr 11, 2012 2:43 PM

I heard that for laptops, gaming is not a good idea because of the questionable resiliency of the keyboards and trackpads.  Is this knowledge applicable to MacBook Pros as well?  I know Apple makes products that last, but when it comes to onboard keyboards and trackpads, I'm unsure of it.

 

So should I not play games on my MacBook Pro?  To avoid ruining the keyboard or trackpad?  Or is this something that I don't need to worry about?

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,290 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:46 PM (in response to MasterChief3624)

    What? That's non-sense. Play all you want. Enjoy your computer.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 2:49 PM (in response to MasterChief3624)

    I don't know who has questioned their resiliency but I have never had one fail despite pounding out lots of stuff on mine for years. A lot of it is contractual legalese that only makes me pound harder.

     

    Go ahead and play games. I have mice that I completely wore out but never a trackpad.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:17 PM (in response to MasterChief3624)

    MasterChief3624 wrote:

     

    I heard that for laptops, gaming is not a good idea because of the questionable resiliency of the keyboards and trackpads.

     

    Yes, MacBook Pro's keyboard are not as tough and can't handle a lot of repetitive use, so use a tough desktop PC keyboard instead.

     

    Search online for "clickity clack" keyboards, these can handle the pounding of very fast typists and provide a audio feedback so they can type faster.

     

     

    I know Apple makes products that last, but when it comes to onboard keyboards and trackpads, I'm unsure of it.

     

    Your correct, a Mac laptop (or any other really) lasts about 4 years with care, it's just the simple wear and tear on the machine, dust inside etc.

     

    3D gaming is better on Win 7 64 bit towers anyway, where the video card can be upgraded and there are more games, swtich parts, clean the machine out etc.

     

    Console games have come up too.

     

    13" MBP doesn't have a dedicated video card, so it can't do 3D games well at all, but the 15+ can for about a year until the game advances and requires a better video card.

  • eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:20 PM (in response to ds store)

    More hogwash.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:53 PM (in response to MasterChief3624)

    Back in the olden days, when IBM was still a major player in the PC space, they made hardware that fit the overloaded price tags of their underpowered computers.  One of the most beloved accessories of these computers was the model M keyboard, which was a heavy beast of a keyboard with a satisfying mechanical click for every keystroke.

     

    It uses a "buckling spring" design, in contrast to the membrane-type switches that a cheapo keyboard uses.

     

    People have been holding on to these keyboards for years, keeping them on their desks even as they have cycled through a dozen new, faster PCs.

     

    http://www.osnews.com/story/21853/Geek_Chic_The_Clickety-clack_Keyboard

     

     

     

    Video card performance charts

     

    http://www.cbscores.com/index.php?sort=ogl&order=desc

     

     

    13" and 15" Apple Tech specs.

     

     

    thank you.

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 3:57 PM (in response to ds store)

    ^^^ Unsubstantiated nonsense.

    Your correct, a Mac laptop (or any other really) lasts about 4 years with care, it's just the simple wear and tear on the machine, dust inside etc.

     

     

    If your Mac gets dusty, throw it out. PCs never get dusty. They have magic pixies inside that repel dust!

     

    I've never had a Mac "wear out". Not one in 27 years. Zero. Batteries wear out, drives can fail, but my keyboards are shiny with wear and still work 100% flawlessly. I have big hands and treat them like the tools they are.

     

    If I had known they would have lasted that long maybe I would have treated them better.

     

    "Wear" does not magically cause a computer to fail. "Tear" on the other hand is what happens when you dump a lot of money on a piece of junk PC. Lots of tears.

     

    Keep your Macs away from ds_store. In his hands they become a 4 year time bomb. Kaboom!

    MacBooks  iMacs  iPods  AirPorts, Mac OS X (10.7.3),  27 years Apple!
  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 4:03 PM (in response to ds store)

    Yes, MacBook Pro's keyboard are not as tough and can't handle a lot of repetitive use

     

    Absolute nonsense!  I have used nothing but PowerBook and MacBook Pro keyboards for a decade, and have never had a problem with any of them.  And I have always played plenty of games on them.  My 8-year-old PowerBook G4 is still in active use, with the original keyboard.  Some of those keys aren't pretty anymore, but every single one of them works.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 4:07 PM (in response to John Galt)

    John Galt wrote:

     

    PCs never get dusty.

     

    That's not true.

     

    They have magic pixies inside that repel dust!

     

    I doubt that, can you substanciate that claim?

     

     

    I've never had a Mac "wear out". Not one in 27 years.

     

    I'd like to see this 27 year Mac your still using, can you post a picture?

     

     

    but my keyboards are shiny with wear and still work 100% flawlessly.

     

    For a 27 year old keyboard they better be very shiny with wear!

     

     

    If I had known they would have lasted that long maybe I would have treated them better.

     

    So this 27 year old keyboard isn't working anymore, what happened you get mad and take a hammer to it?

     

     

     

    "Tear" on the other hand is what happens when you dump a lot of money on a piece of junk PC. Lots of tears.

     

    How would you know this if you used the same Mac for 27 years. LOL

     

     

    Taking people's posts out of context is fun, thanks you two for teaching me this neat trick, I will abuse it well! LOL

  • b j t Level 4 Level 4 (3,670 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 4:15 PM (in response to ds store)

    ds store wrote:

     

    Taking people's posts out of context is fun, thanks you two for teaching me this neat trick, I will abuse it well! LOL

    It's all fun & games until you get your feelings hurt .

     

    { I joke of course }

  • thomas_r. Level 7 Level 7 (26,935 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 4:25 PM (in response to ds store)

    Wow.  Just wow.  Dunno how else to say it.  Thanks, though, for helping us invalidate your posts!

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 4:35 PM (in response to MasterChief3624)

    MasterChief3624 wrote:

     

    I heard that for laptops, gaming is not a good idea because of the questionable resiliency of the keyboards and trackpads.

     

     

    Most ALL keyboards and push button devices made today with the "membrane" type, regardless of computer maker, appliance maker, console maker (whatever) don't last nearly as long as "buckling spring" type buttons and keyboards.

     

    You are 100% correct in what you were told.

     

    You can choose to use a MacBook Pro keyboard, but be prepared to pay for a replacement i you wear it out prematurely, or you can use a external option instead.

     

    PC laptops also have the same cheap membrane keyboards too. So it doesn't make a difference.

     

    One can usually tell by the "feel" if it's mushy, then it's likely a membrane type,

     

    if you press hard and it stops you, pushes your finger backup, then it's a buckling spring as it's designed to let the fingers rest in place on the keys, not haivng to move the finger up like the membrane types seem to require one to do.

     

     

    So should I not play games on my MacBook Pro?  To avoid ruining the keyboard or trackpad?  Or is this something that I don't need to worry about?

     

    Use a external option if your concerned about wear and tear.

     

    You should be more concerned that you can't upgrade the video card and there is no dedicated video card in the 13" model so you can't 3D game on it hardly at all.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Sep 22, 2012 7:20 AM (in response to b j t)

    b j t wrote:

     

    It's all fun & games until you get your feelings hurt .

     

     

    If others don't start no crap and there won't any.

     

     

    { I joke of course }

     

     

    My feelings can't be hurt, one has to have them first. LOL

     

     

    Comfortably numb, that's me.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 4:50 PM (in response to John Galt)

    Keep your Macs away from ds_store. In his hands they become a 4 year time bomb. Kaboom!

     

    Perhaps sooner that 4 years... LOL

     

    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/hacker-macbook-battery-explode-overheat,13123.h tml

  • John Galt Level 7 Level 7 (33,065 points)
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    Apr 11, 2012 4:54 PM (in response to ds store)

    When all else fails try repetition. I'm sure MasterChief is hanging on your every word.

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