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Old Sep 14, 2011, 04:55 AM   #1
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Question Average Life Span of a Macbook Pro

I just wanted to know how long a Macbook Pro would last through regular use, such as putting it in and out of bags, having it on most of the day for word processing, Photoshop, video editing and so on,

As well as knowing if anyone who has an old Macbook Pro from 2006/2008, how are your Macbooks running after a few years, are they still as good as when you brought them or has anything changed?

I'm new to Macs, and I'm thinking of buying a Macbook Pro 15" for my media degree in a few weeks, but I want to make sure I'm 100% sure I need a mac and also make full use of it, and if it will last longer than all the laptops I've had in the past.

Thanks for your time,
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 04:58 AM   #2
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 05:02 AM   #3
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I sold a 2004 15” PowerBook earlier this year, which was still humming along nicely, having survived an Orange Juice spillage years before. It was used professionally on a daily basis for a number of those years.

Your software will probably force you to upgrade sooner than the hardware will fold on you.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 05:58 AM   #4
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As long as you want it to.
This.

Mine's been going since february or march '08, can't remember. Still works like new.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 07:15 AM   #5
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mine is working perfectly since june 2007, and yes runs OSX Lion perfectly as well as Windows 7
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 07:18 AM   #6
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I have a 2007 MBP that still runs quite smoothly, no problems with it or need to replace it.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 07:20 AM   #7
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As long as you want it to.
I bought my very cheap display model in August 2006.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 08:09 AM   #8
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To put a number on this thread, i would guess at least 4-5 years. Upgrading things like ram and SSD will increase speed and will allow the computer to keep humming along for a bit longer
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 08:17 AM   #9
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Heck! My powerbook which was released 2005 is still humming well. No issues whatsoever. Yes, your macbook pro, it could last as how long as you wanted it to.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 08:26 AM   #10
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I have an early 2008 CD2 2.4 that I purchased for work as a refurb November 2008. I put it in and out of my backpack daily and it is used for 9 to 12 hours a day. I do have an Incase hard cover on it which offers some protection against dings and scratches. About 3 months ago I did have the known Nvidia problem and they had to replace the logic board. I didn't have Applecare, but they fixed it for free. I have been so happy with it that I just purchased a new 15" MBP for personal use and expect to us it for at least 5 years.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 09:21 AM   #11
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With 8 GB ram, I'd say that it will be an annoyance-free companion for four years. I still have a fully working 15" PG G4 from 2003 (all original parts) that is still working just fine, but obviously the outdated hardware (and at this point outdated OS) make daily work on it a pain.
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Old Sep 14, 2011, 09:43 AM   #12
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prob 5+ yrs...

longer if u take very good care of it.
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 02:17 PM   #13
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Ive had mine over 5 years, and it still runs perfectly. I do, although tend to run a lot of programs at the same time and it does get a bit slow. I am currently working on updating the ram, which is going to fix the problem and is also much cheaper than buying a new macbook.
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 02:20 PM   #14
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I had an early 2008 MBP. Everything was perfect except for the battery that went bad.
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 02:21 PM   #15
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wtf?

Is 5 years supposed to be impressive? I've never had a PC for less, including laptops, including one Sager brand laptop I suffered with 8 years. . . poverty sucks.

My first comp's 100MB harddrive (1991) still ran fine last time I booted the 1996 pentium I have it installed in (last booted it 2005)... I was using it as a cheap router in the late 90's for my dial-up to be shared...
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 02:26 PM   #16
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Is 5 years supposed to be impressive? I've never had a PC for less, including laptops, including one Sager brand laptop I suffered with 8 years. . . poverty sucks.

My first comp's 100MB harddrive (1991) still ran fine last time I booted the 1996 pentium I have it installed in (last booted it 2005)... I was using it as a cheap router in the late 90's for my dial-up to be shared...
5 years with today's tech is like 15-20 years. However, at least laptops these days aren't built like point and shoot digital cameras, they're built to last.
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 02:33 PM   #17
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For me, 2 years. I am fairly rough with my stuff.
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 02:35 PM   #18
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5 years with today's tech is like 15-20 years. However, at least laptops these days aren't built like point and shoot digital cameras, they're built to last.
Oh man, terrible example for me!

Bought my canon point and shoot $380 4 years ago... sold on eBay $250... now. I guess I chose well eh, $30/year to have awesome A650IS
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 02:46 PM   #19
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I'm currently working on a 2008 pre unibody. I'm getting a new one soon, but the current one is still working flawlessly. There are no significant signs of use on the laptop, and I used it a lot and didn't pay too much attention to it.

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I had the logic board replaced once by apple. It was broken due to the faulty Nvidia chipset, and was replaced for free although I was out of warranty. No other technical problems
If I wouldn't get a new one, I would do the following now: Upgrade RAM to 4 or 6 GB, put in a SSD, and buy a new battery. Then it could serve me another 2 years I think, maybe longer.

I can play Starcraft II in 1920x1200 without problems (med/low settings of course).
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 03:03 PM   #20
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I expect to have my roughly 1 year old 13" mbp for a long while. If I have to replace it in the next 4 years I will be rather upset.

All the heavy lifting I foresee needing from it I am doing now, and will be for the next year, so after I graduate I do not expect my computational needs to increase.
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 03:15 PM   #21
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My 2007 MBP is still running along without problems. However, due to increases in hardware requirements for software, I can't actually be productive on it. So while any computer will last "as long as you want it to", realistically after 3 years you'll start to see slowdowns just because it's not fast enough, unless you never upgrade your software.

Of course, as a $2000 facebook portal, it's great
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 03:19 PM   #22
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Put an SSD in any older mbp and it will seem like new again.
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 03:19 PM   #23
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My Late-06 Whitebook (C2D) is chugging through its last month of use as my only computer. It suffices for my basic work like emailing, word processing and communicating at work, but having to wait overnight for my commercial photoshop projects or for AE to encode isn't my thing :P (GMA950)

Considering how much I've put this Mac through - over 700 cycles on a 300-cycle battery and my Mac's ORIGINAL battery is still at 85-86% health (coconut battery), and only the original hard drive which needed replacing after two years (must've fried it with AE :P), a $1700 machine (not US) with a $80 HDD lasted me through five years of very, very strenuous work, It was dropped down the stairs once, spilled a whole bowl of hot chicken (with sauce) on it and almost slipped off my lap into a Geothermal natural spring once

If I lasted five years, unless you're going waaaay extreme, I don't see why you can
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 03:49 PM   #24
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Bought the first aluminum body MBP model in 2008. Still works wonderfully. Survived some spillage, and the only problem I've had was when my hard drive went kaput because I stepped on it. I used it through college extensively, and since have been using photo and video editing software consistently. Working on upgrading to 6GB RAM from 4GB since I plan to use this computer for a while longer...

Be nice to your MBP and it will be nice to you...
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Old Nov 17, 2011, 04:05 PM   #25
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Bought the first aluminum body MBP model in 2008. Still works wonderfully. Survived some spillage, and the only problem I've had was when my hard drive went kaput because I stepped on it. I used it through college extensively, and since have been using photo and video editing software consistently. Working on upgrading to 6GB RAM from 4GB since I plan to use this computer for a while longer...

Be nice to your MBP and it will be nice to you...
Lol.

I thought all unibody MBPs can take 8 GB ram.
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