AppleCare or 3rd party insurance?

I bought at the end of November the new MacBook Pro 13. I ideally want to be sure it's protected against accidental damage too as well as breakdown since it cost a lot of money for me.
Applecare does not cover accidental damage but a 3rd party insurance would. I trust Apple more with repairs though.
What would you opt for? Do you know any reliable insurance providers? I have Barclay's gadget cover but they won't cover a laptop worth over 1k so I'd cancel that and switch to someone else if I got insurance for the MacBook. Thanks in advance.

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Have you tried adding to your home contents insurance. Much cheaper although you may have an excess, which usually is around £100

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Jayseth75

Have you tried adding to your home contents insurance. Much cheaper … Have you tried adding to your home contents insurance. Much cheaper although you may have an excess, which usually is around £100


I don't have contents insurance unfortunately. Renting a furnished property.

I'm inclining towards AppleCare only because I know repairs would be carried out without fuss and they would use quality parts etc. I'd lose the accidental damage protection and that's the only drawback really.
Edited by: "mr_geese" 21st Dec 2016

Apple care 100% , Apple Care does cover accidental damage

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anthonynsinclair

Apple care 100% , Apple Care does cover accidental damage


I asked Apple themselves via chat and they don't offer that for the MacBook.
I believe they offer accidental damage cover only with iPhones with the AppleCare+.

AppleCare paid for itself with my first MacBook Air. Two years in, and the keyboard started failing. A new one was well over a ton, and add in the new battery they also put in - and it was well worth it. It would also help with selling yours on if you decide to do so before it expires.

My current MacBook has just stopped charging so it is going in for a repair under AppleCare.

The best bet is to try to find someone who works in academia or is a student and get them to buy your Mac - I think they get a limited form of AppleCare for free.

Edited by: "greencat" 21st Dec 2016

mr_geese

I asked Apple themselves via chat and they don't offer that for the … I asked Apple themselves via chat and they don't offer that for the MacBook. I believe they offer accidental damage cover only with iPhones with the AppleCare+.



You are right, apologies it's for iPhone only.

But let me tell you Apple Care pays for itself, I have a MacBook Pro that I paid 3000 for back in 2014, It has melted on me a few times as I edit / render video. It has proven so convenient booking into store and having it fixed every time free of charge, the last time they installed an entirely new logic board (motherboard) due to a memory issue (memory on a mac is embedded) and replaced the retina screen free of charge. It is literally like a brand new mac. I purchased the new touch bar pro last week and Apple Care was not even something I had to think about, it's mandatory for anyone spending this amount of money on a computer.

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Thanks for the replies.
Yes, I know Apple is very good with repairs when you have purchased the extra warranty and that's why I think I'll go with that. I have invested a big sum on this laptop and want it to last me a few years.
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