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What Are The Best Speakers for iMac?

Getting superb sound out of your iMac doesn’t have to be hard if you know exactly what to look for in a speaker system. While some people may be happy with the factory installed iMac speakers, there may be those who are looking to splurge a bit on higher end systems. Whether these take the form of just an extra set of slightly larger speakers, or a complete iMac surround sound system, it is important that you know what seems to work well for other people, and  how to get the best price on your speakers.

iMac factory speakers

The speakers that come with the iMac should suffice if you don’t plan on listening to a lot of music, watching a lot of videos, or just generally not using sound a lot with your system. They are fairly strong and don’t have the fuzzy noise that you sometimes get from other internal computer speakers, but at the same time, if you have used external speakers before, you’ll notice a certain tonal quality missing with the factory installed speakers. Most of the time, owners will opt to get at least some sort of external speaker system to go with their iMac since it is nice to be able to get a full, rich sound out of a computer setup.

iMac external speakers

Finding a good pair of external speakers isn’t very hard since there are so many manufacturers out there who specialize in speakers for iMac systems. For those on a budget but who still want to get a fairly powerful sound, there are stand-alone speakers available from around $20 which should give your iMac quite a boost up from the standard factory speakers, while at the same time not costing you a whole lot extra. On the higher end of the price range, you can find $100 speakers that have adjustable controls for bass, treble, and additional I/O jacks for hooking them into an even larger system.

iMac surround sound systems

The ultimate in high quality sound for your iMac is a surround sound system. These typically start at around $150 and go up quite a bit from there. You can get a good Bose system for around $250-300 which will provide pretty close to the maximum amount of quality you can get from your sound card for a standard sized room. With 4-5 speakers plus a subwoofer, you will be immersed in quality sound making this option one of the best ways to get the most out of your speakers for your iMac.

Getting the best price

Finding cheap iMac speakers isn’t very hard these days with sites like eBay which currently have thousands of auctions going on for iMac speakers. If you don’t want to test out the used market, sites like NewEgg and Geeks usually have pretty good specials for iMac speakers, depending on the time of year, and how close we are to the release of a new iMac model. A little bit of research goes a long way in finding the best price for iMac speakers, but it will be well worth it if you can get a great deal.

Best Printers for iMac

iMacs are great for getting a lot of work done. Whether the kind of work you are doing is school work, office work, or just personal work, you will probably need a good printer to go along with your good computer. There are several iMac printers that work very well for any of these applications, spanning the spectrum from higher priced wireless models to more economical single-function models. Choosing the right printer for your iMac might take a little bit of time, but if do a bit of research, you can find one that matches your needs and budget pretty easily.

iMac printers for a home office

When you have an office in your house, or you do your work solely from your home, you will probably need a very nice printer that has the ability to do more than just print. The best printers for iMac users who need total functionality are able to copy, scan, and fax documents, add to this a wireless capability so that you can place your printer where it would be most convenient for you and you have yourself a machine that is comparable to a professional office all in one solution at a fraction of the cost.

imac printersEpson puts out great full package lines with its Artisan and Stylus models. These are functional, include all the capabilities you would need from a home office printer, and work great with your iMac. The difference between the lines deals primarily with price. The Artisan units start at around $279 new, mostly because they have a larger paper capacity and can print much faster than the Stylus. If you are only going to print a couple pages at a time or if time is not an issue for you, the Stylus can be picked up for around $69 which is about the lowest price you’re going to find for an iMac printer that can do so much.

iMac printers for presentations

Some people don’t need the added benefits of a scanner, copier, and fax machine in their printer, but may instead need their printer to be able to produce extremely good looking pages. These can be either regular black and white pages or full color, vibrant images. These kinds of iMac printers are great for the user who plans on printing out a lot of photos that they take or if they need to print images off of their computer regularly.

Canon has come out with a great option for this sort of “quality-first” printer in its PIXMA series. The PIXMA iP100 is an inkjet computer that has no problem hooking up wirelessly with your iMac. It produces magnificent images that appear great on paper because of its attention to detail. The printing rate is slow compared to most other iMac printers on the market today but that is just because it needs to be thorough in its approach in order to get the best look to the page being printed. These start at around $200 but is well worth it when you compare how printed pictures look when compared to less expensive models or models that aren’t specifically made for picture printing.

iMac printers for casual users

Not everyone needs a high quality printer that is capable of printing extremely high resolution images. Likewise, these same people may not need something that contains a built in fax machine if they never intend on using it. There are a number of middle of the road printers that have a good mix of speed and affordability that many people would like in a printer, but they wouldn’t necessarily even be using it hardly more than a couple times a week.

Samsung makes a great general purpose wireless iMac printer with its ML2500 series which combines quality with affordability. At $99, you are going to be hard pressed to find another iMac printer that is able to print pages as quickly as the ML2525 and have a wireless capability while staying near that price point.

These are just a few of the many printers for iMacs that would work for you. New printers are coming out all the time with advanced features and extra software that makes printing easier and expands upon the number of options you can choose from when you are getting ready to print a document.

iMac Accessories – Which Ones To Buy?

iMacs are great for home and office use, they are sleek, affordable, and are able to do pretty much anything you’d want a computer to do. There are a few iMac accessories that can help you use your iMac to its fullest extent. Chief among these are an iMac wireless keyboard, a good iMac speaker system, along with a few other accessories.

iMac Wireless Keyboard

imac wireless keyboard

Using a wireless keyboard with an iMac allows you to sit as far away from the computer as you want and still be able to type comfortably without being constrained by the length of a corded keyboard. Wireless keyboard technology has come a long way since companies started marketing them heavily to the public in the early 2000s. Early iMac wireless keyboard models, along with PC wireless keyboards, were prone to failing to recognize when some keystrokes were entered, making typing for long periods of time, such as writing a paper or sending emails, a chore because you had to go back so often.

Apple has really done a lot to improve this wireless technology and has been passing on their progress to their customers for quite a while now. The newest wireless keyboards have ranges that go beyond your house. You’ll want to find out the range of your iMac wireless keyboard before you setup your computer if you intend on doing a lot of your typing very far away. Realistically, most people will put their wireless keyboard on their desk where a wired keyboard would usually go but they won’t have to deal with wires. These extremely short ranges are typically no problem for iMac keyboards. The only issue that you might run into with range limitations is if you use a cheap 3rd party wireless keyboard. Generally, a wireless keyboard, whether it is made by Apple or a 3rd party, should in theory work pretty much anywhere in the same room. In practice, you might find that your 3rd party keyboard is starting to fail after anywhere from 6-12 months. This isn’t the case for all wireless keyboards, but it is something to keep in mind.

iMac Speakers

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Every new iMac comes with speakers that are already packaged with the computer so that you will have sound without having to spend extra money on a speaker system. These iMac speakers do a great job by themselves, but sometimes you just want a little extra punch to go along with what you already have. This is where extra iMac speakers really come in handy, being able to add a complete surround sound system if you want something that expansive, or just a little added crispness and volume with an extra set of iMac speakers.

If you plan on using your iMac to watch a lot of movies, stream television, or create presentations, it might be worth investing a few extra dollars into a nice extra set of speakers. You can pick some up new from around $20 which will add a lot of depth to the already clear sound you’ll get from the stock speakers. Total surround sound systems are also available for the iMac, which start at around $80 and go up into the several hundred dollar range for top of the line models.

Speakers work a little differently than the wireless keyboards do when it comes to 3rd party manufacturers. In a lot of cases, a 3rd party is going to have a superior sound system and quality than anything which Apple puts out. This is simply because Apple isn’t really in the business of fine tuning and perfecting a completely encompassing sound experience. There are many companies which specifically tailor their products to Apple devices so that they work exceptionally well as iMac speakers. Bose makes a great surround sound system that can be used with the iMac, for a relatively low price if you are in the market for basic surround sound.

iMac Accessories


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There are all sorts of iMac accessories on the market, if you can think of something practical for the iMac, chances are some company is selling some version of it. There are a few extras that seem to stand out from the rest when it comes to convenience and functionality. Finding a good iMac wireless mouse is essential when it comes to doing work more than a couple of feet away from the computer. If you are going to use a wireless keyboard for such a purpose, you are going to have to find a good wireless mouse to go along with it. Thankfully, this isn’t a problem as there are plenty of different wireless mice to choose from for the iMac. You can pick one up starting at $25 and go up from there depending on how nice of a wireless mouse you want. Every iMac wireless mouse uses bluetooth so they should all be compatible with whatever version of iMac that you have.

Having somewhere to store your keyboard may not be a problem with some desks which have a keyboard drawer built directly into them. For desks that don’t have this feature, there is a special brand of iMac stands that are extremely slim which allow you to keep your monitor at a reasonable height while fitting your keyboard under it when you aren’t using it. This saves space, and gives your iMac a clean, sharp look. Macessity creates a great stand called the Slimkey Stand which sits a little more than an inch at its lowest point up off of your desk in order to give your just enough clearance to store your keyboard.

A good iMac travel case can save you a lot of time and trouble when it comes to travelling with your iMac. Being able to use your iMac in places like hotel rooms is extremely convenient since you don’t have to bother with buying a laptop and you have everything you have at home with you on the computer. You can get a soft iMac case which are usually lightweight and pretty slim which gives you an easy way to carry the iMac, but not a whole lot of protection from drops or trauma. There are extremely durable cases, more like crates, that are made with very hard shells with foam inside of them that are the ultimate in protecting your iMac while travelling. Some of these cases are even waterproof giving you that much more protection.

There are a couple of extra accessories that deserve special mention because they are so vital to the proper working order of an iMac: the iMac power cord and the iMac manual.

iMac Power Cord

When you first purchase a new iMac, you don’t have to worry about a power cord since one will come with it when it is gotten straight from the box. A spare iMac power cord may definitely come in handy though if you purchase your iMac from a garage sale, auction, or off of a friend who may have no idea where the power cord happens to be. Luckily, Apple makes plenty of spare power cords for just such an occasion. Needing an extra power cord really isn’t as uncommon as one might think, it doesn’t take much to store an older iMac in a closet or basement for a couple of years, then when you go to sell it or give it away, the power cord just isn’t there.  Cords get lost all the time, but without an iMac power cord, your computer won’t be doing anything. You can buy a new power cord online from around $10, some computer repair stores may have them for sale for even less, but they typically don’t have too many extras lying around, if any at all, since they deal with far more PCs than iMacs.

iMac Manual

Having an iMac manual can be very useful when something goes wrong on your computer, or you need help setting it up for the first time.  iMac manuals come in a couple of forms, the first one is the basic manual that you get from Apple with your new iMac, it doesn’t go very far into many details other than how to get your computer running for the first time. If you get a used iMac, there is a good chance that you won’t even get this manual and you may try looking for a replacement iMac manual.

The other kind of manual is sold by third parties who write up fairly extensive guides that cover everything from getting started with your iMac to downloading apps, and pretty much everything else in between. These manuals can be great for someone who has absolutely no experience with an iMac at all, but experienced users may not glean much knowledge from a manual that talks about double clicking an icon to open a program or file. There are some good troubleshooting manuals out there that may be worth taking a look at if you are having some problems or if you just want to learn more about how the iMac works.

iMac wallpapers

Finding great wallpapers for iMacs isn’t very difficult since there are plenty of places on the internet that carry backgrounds which stretch to fit an entire iMac screen. Basic wallpapers are usually too small when it comes to filling the whole screen, which is why some wallpaper designers have been honing their skills in order to make the full screen backgrounds. There are plenty of iMac wallpapers to choose from, whether you like nature scenes, cityscapes, artsy backgrounds, or pretty much anything else.

Nature iMac wallpapers

iMac wallpapers which incorporate natural settings are some of the most downloaded wallpapers. You can find anything in nature pretty much from lions hunting in the Serengeti in Africa to an extremely high resolution picture of a raindrop on a leaf. Natural iMac wallpapers appeal to those of us who like having something soothing to look at when we turn on the computer, plus it can give the room your computer is in a certain ambience that a tasteful picture can enhance.

You can find natural iMac wallpapers pretty much anywhere that lets you download iMac wallpapers. Since nature is one of the largest categories for any type of wallpaper, you will find that they are widely available with just a little bit of searching online. You can find them for free, as well as being able to pay a small fee to gain access to extremely high quality wallpapers so that you can pick and choose pretty much at will.

Skyline iMac wallpapers

Another popular kind of wallpaper is that of a city skyline. The fun thing about this kind of background is that there are so many to choose from, but at the same time each of them are unique, while still maintaining the elements of a basic cityscape. Most people who download skyline wallpapers will tend to get one of the city that they live in, or where they are originally from. Outside of a personal connection to a city, some of the more popular cityscapes that are used for iMac wallpapers include New York City, San Francisco, Sydney, and Hong Kong.

A cool feature that you can find with any cityscape is that you can choose whether to use a picture of the city taken during the day, or at night. Daytime cityscapes are great for seeing monuments and the certain colors that might abound in the city. Building are easily visible and you can make out the skyline pretty easily. A night cityscape picture is neat because it gives you a feel of how they city looks when outlined against the sky. Since there are usually a lot of lights on nighttime cityscape pictures, you are seeing more of the silhouettes of buildings instead of the buildings themselves. You’ll also get a good picture of what traffic and advertising might be like in the city if there are lots of cars on the road or signs lit up brightly.

imac wallpapers

Sometimes pictures just aren’t what you want, having something totally created by hand might be the way to go if you want something more unique and with character. It is possible to find all sorts of artistic iMac wallpapers through pretty much any wallpaper website. Extremely good wallpaper artists can actually make a living creating wallpapers and selling them on websites. You can really let your imagination run wild if you want something abstract, or you can find a good rendered space background that accentuates galaxies and other heavenly bodies.

Creative people could actually create their own artistic wallpaper if they wanted to. All you would need is a copy of Photoshop or something similar and a rough idea in mind. If you are good at graphical design, you should be able to make yourself a pretty good background. Even if you aren’t, as long as you make an iMac wallpaper that you personally like, you can be happy with how it turns out.

Using an iMac Wall Mount

Using an iMac wall mount to enhance your computer experience is something that not a lot of iMac users do which can really help them get the most for their money.  This functionality really sets the iMac apart from most other computers since with most systems, you need to figure out the specifics in order to get a monitor with lots of cables, or a tower to a TV. Another great feature of iMac wall mounts is the fact that they are so easy to install, as well as move around if you need to.

Buying an iMac Wall Mount

imac wall mountBeing able to find a cheap iMac wall mount isn’t too much of a challenge, especially since there are quite a large number of iMac mounts on the market. On average, you can expect to pay around $80 for a basic model and up to a couple of hundred dollars for something with a little more flexibility. With this in mind, you need to decide if you want a mount that lets your iMac swivel around and tilt or something that just stays in one place on your wall. Once you know that, you can start hunting for the best deals. Auction sites and wholesalers are both great places to start looking since they have close to the same selection in the same price range.

 Installing iMac Wall Mounts

installing imac wall mounts

When you first get your iMac wall mount, there will be a set of instructions for you to follow that should be fairly easy to understand, even if you don’t do much in the way of carpentry or home maintenance.  All you will probably need is a screwdriver, measuring tape, and perhaps a couple other small tools in order to get everything set up.  The amount of time that you will need in order to install your iMac wall mount really depends on the kind of mount that you have bought, but generally it shouldn’t take you more than half an hour to get it installed. Since all mounts are a little different, it would be a good idea to follow the directions that come with the mount and not rely on a supposed set of directions from the internet.

Advantages of iMac Wall Mounts

When you have a wall mount for an iMac, you are able to integrate the computer into the flow of the room easier than if you had to deal with the computer on a desk. Even though the iMac is an all in one and is relatively small save for its screen, there may still be situations where having it on a desk may not look right or be functional enough. If you were to go the extra mile and get an iMac wall mount that swivels and tilts, you would be doing yourself a big favor. With this you could watch movies from anywhere in the room and it would look like a regular TV. In addition to this, if you wanted to bring the screen a little closer for smaller projects, or set it further away for entertainment purposes.

If you are on the fence trying to decide whether or not to get an iMac wall mount, get one. It’s a great accessory that isn’t used as much as it should be.

The Opening of an Apple Store – China Celebrates the Expansion of Apple in Asia

To some countries, it is a major reason for celebration when Apple decides to open a new Apple store – China is one of these countries, the local community being quite fond of Apple products. The company is aware of its great popularity in China and has come up with a plan of expanding its stores in this country even since 2010, when they announced their intention of opening 25 stores here by the end of 2012. The brand’s efforts to expand sales in China were marked by the opening of a store in Shanghai.

apple store chinaThe first store opened by Apple in Hong Kong on September 24, 2011 was also their 100th store opened outside the US.  Currently, Apple has 5 stores in China, out of which none in the Southern region, where the most important cities, such as Chengdu and Shenzhen, are to be found. There are 2 Apple stores in Beijing and 3 in Shanghai.

Every Apple store opened in China attracts huge crowds, which are gathering in front of the location waiting for the doors to open for the first time. This is reason enough for the company to make an effort and expand their outlets in the country.

Apple is now considering covering the Southern area by opening 3 stores – in Chengdu, Shenzhen and Guangzhou. The first two of these cities are of particular importance for Apple. The production line of iPad is based in Chengdu; the 2 cities are important sites of the brand’s partner manufacturing subsidies. Chengdu, Shenzhen and Guangzhou are more than eager to have their Apple store – China definitely knows how to reward the brand’s efforts to expand their stores in Asia.

Apple opened their largest store in Asia on October 20, 2012 in Beijing. The opening of the Wangfujing store was celebrated, as usual, with fanfare and welcomed by a huge crowd of anxious customers. The store, with its three-level glass staircase (only 2 such Apple stores exist in the world) and its dual 360-degree bar counters is a spectacular attraction for both the Chinese people and foreign visitors.

Unique particularities and a huge supportive crowd are the attributes of each Apple store China is home to.

Macbook Airport Card – Designed for the mobile world

We are living in some pretty exciting times right now, with some of the most rapid change and innovation that the world has ever seen. The tech world in particular is producing modern miracle after modern miracle at an almost alarming rate – so much so that we are somewhat taking these things for granted and overlooking the impact that they have on our daily lives.

One are this is happening is in the world of mobile computing. While we’ve had laptops for almost 20 years now, today’s modern solutions – especially the MacBook line from Apple – are the kind of tools that we’ve always dreamed of. Powerful solutions and tools in almost impossible sleek and small form factors, they come complete with the kind of accessibility and connectivity functions with need thanks in large part to the MacBook airport card.

When you’re talking about MacBook laptops, the one thing you could never accuse Apple of doing is cutting corners where design is concerned – and this is especially important when you’re talking about a product that has to be ready to go on the move at a moment’s notice

You could call Steve Jobs a lot of different things, but one of the titles that would ring truer than most would have been perfectionist. When he had an idea or conception for a product he would work double overtime to make it a reality for himself and his company, and in the end the world would be blessed with another product that “just worked” thanks to his dedication.

This is obvious and apparent in the MacBook world as anywhere else – designed from the ground up to offer a portable powerhouse that people could use wherever and whenever creativity struck them, these are the kinds of laptops creatives and professionals the world over are all too happy to have. Everything about the design of the MacBook line – from the very basic MacBook to the more specialized MacBook Pro and MacBook Air lines of computers – are built to facilitate creation on the move, from the magnetic power cords to avoid accidents in high traffic areas to the glare resistant screens to protect your eyes from any lighting source, these are the computers you want to turn to when you have a go-go lifestyle.

All of the exciting design innovations in the world would mean next to nothing if you couldn’t connect your MacBook to the rest of the world regardless of where you are, and that’s something you’ll always be able to do thanks in large part to the MacBook airport card.

macbook airport card

But the real beauty of the MacBook line of products comes in the form of an often unsung and invisible hero – the MacBook airport card. As important a part of these computers as literally anything else, the MacBook airport card allows you to connect almost instantly to a range of different wireless solutions with a click of a button. With three powerful antennas boosting the signals to make sure you can move at your pace and no one else’s, the MacBook airport card will make sure you can connect to the globe from anywhere on the map – the kind of forward thinking that only Apple has proven to have consistently when it comes to high tech solutions.

How To Take a Screenshot On Your Macbook

There aren’t enough adjectives in the world to describe an Apple product fully and completely. They are as close to perfect machines as you can get, and it comes from a long standing company philosophy that Steve Jobs embedded his creation from very first day – simplicity would rule everything. Never one to add anything that didn’t need to be there just to clutter things up and a professional perfectionist if there ever was one, he was able to really give these machines a soul and an identity, something they continue to have even after he has left.

macbook screenshotIf you were to tell someone what the most powerful advantage that any Mac or MacBook had over the competition, it would have to be that everything has been well thought out and perfectly executed – there are no loose ends when you’re talking about a MacBook

And all of this doesn’t happen just by accident. While other companies get lucky every once in a while and catch lightning in a bottle, it’s very rare that Apple has a product that flops anymore – or even one that fails to meet expectations. This is incredible enough in the ever changing and complex tech world we live in, but also a modern miracle when you consider how high they set the bar with every iteration.

This is all possible because of a well thought out and executed plan that pays super close attention to the small things. Never a company to say “That’s close enough”, Apple pushes and pushes until everything is perfect – or they don’t launch at all. This permeates all the way down to the smallest things, like taking a MacBook screenshot.

This dedication to details is expected on the bigger features of the computer, but when you see this attention to the small things find its way to processes like taking a MacBook screenshot, you really begin to see why Apple has been able to literally dominate the marketplace almost from day one

If you want to take a MacBook screenshot of your entire screen, all you have to do is press “Command+Shift+4” at the same time on your keyboard.

That’s it – that’s all there is.

You can forget about having to load some weird app and giving it all kinds of permissions (not to mention waiting for it to install and then load up every single time you wanted to use it). There’s no odd multistep process to getting things just right and then hoping you hit the code at the right time. Taking a MacBook screenshot is straightforward and simple – just as you would expect it to be.

This is the kind of thing you can always count on when you are investing in a Mac, or any Apple product really. The experience is the king of the ring, not the hardware, not the software, not the window dressing or the design – everything about these products, all the way down to the way you take a MacBook screenshot is well thought out in advance and made as easy as possible to get you where you’re going.

How to go about getting a MacBook replacement battery

Designed from the ground up – and widely regarded as such – the MacBook line of computers are easily the top solution on the marketplace. Simple to use, amazing to look at, and always packing the latest and greatest hardware around with software that make them a dream to operate, you would be hard pressed to find even a single person that has switched to a Mac that doesn’t love it.

That being said, there are only so many minor miracles that even Apple can produce, and often they are hindered by the current state of technology – as the MacBook batteries will attest. While they offer some of the best charge and life times in the industry, the one thing you need to know going into the electronic battery world is that eventually they will need to be replaced. The material inside has a finite life span, and the time will come – years down the road, but it will come – when you will need a MacBook replacement battery. And that’s where things get interesting, because you have two real options.

There are two roads you can travel to get a MacBook replacement battery, and the first is to deal with the Apple Genius or the company themselves to have your part replaced

The first and most obvious choice you have is to ship your stuff off to Apple and have it taken care of right away by the people who built the system in the first place. This comes with all kinds of peace of mind – not to mention a warranty that isn’t voided. But there can be some hassle with this route, not the least of it being that you will be out a computer for some time. And while most cases are nothing longer than a week or so, there have been reports of it going on two, three months before you see your MacBook again – something unacceptable for most people looking for a MacBook replacement battery.

So maybe you want to do it yourself.

Because of the potential for delay and the incredible cost of replacement if your Apple Care has run out, many people turn to third parties to get their MacBook replacement battery – but you need to know what you’re getting into if you take this route

This is a perfectly fine route to go, but only if you are not only comfortable with your tech skills and the ability to follow directions (there are a million and one different tutorials both written and video to walk you through the process). You will be cracking open the case of your MacBook to install your new MacBook replacement battery, and this is going to void your warranty. It’s a pretty simple and straightforward process to begin with, and if you follow the directions for your specific make and model you should be alright, but you need to know the risks you are taking when you go through this process. Apple MacBook replacement battery solutions are not a simple hot swap like most batteries, but with a little bit of effort and some patience you should be able to have no trouble at all.

Knowing when to call in the Apple experts – logic board problems

While the Apple products specifically make no bones about looking different (and incredibly so) on the outside, for the most part all computers are made up of the same basic components – a power supply to feed electricity to the internals, a process to run the show and RAM to make things happen smoother, a hard drive to store everything, and a motherboard or logic board to control and connect everything into a seamless unit. And while this is true for just about every machine in the world with a couple of unique wrinkles here and there, almost everything on these machines can be upgraded, repaired, or replaced all on your own – except for the logic board MacBook component.

There are a lot of things you can do on an Apple MacBook yourself, even if you’re not terribly techy – but fooling around with different logic board MacBook parts is not something you want to find yourself doing one day when you get bored.

This is not a knock against you or your computer skills, this is just a cold hard reality of working with Apple and their incredible design team. Because so much of the Apple ethos and product lines are all about innovation and pushing things forward – and quite often making everything as small as possible – the logic board MacBook component is going to be a whole different animal than you expect. Quite often parts are soldiered right to the board that would be easily replaceable in other machines (think the RAM in the Air), sometimes things are combined in odd ways that don’t entirely make a lot of sense, and sometimes parts have been omitted or engineered out to make room for something else (or a whole lot of shaving). The point is that a lot can go wrong with a logic board MacBook component, and even a small and innocent mistake can mean a big repair bill for you.

Choosing the right logic board MacBook part can be a bit of a hassle, but the best advice you could ever get is to do a one for one replacement – don’t try to change, don’t try to upgrade, just order a brand new duplicate of what you already have.

If you do decide to move forward with an Apple logic board repair all on your own for whatever reason, the best thing that could be suggested to you (other than the fact that you should send it out) is to make sure you do a one for one replacement of the logic board MacBook component and nothing else. Too many people think this is the time to do some internal upgrades, or to look for something else they can shoehorn in there – fight the temptation and make sure this doesn’t happen to you. These components have all been designed and engineered to fit in the space given, and the last thing you want to do with a MacBook is rock the boat and try new things – it always ends up as a bad, bad thing.