MacBook life expectancy??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by FederalAgent, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. FederalAgent macrumors newbie

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    Im buying macbook white to replace my desktop computer that I've had a long time(cos macbook is lot smaller and requires only little table space ). How long do you think macbook will last in this kind of desktop use(may use it in kitchen too but..). Do the components wear off faster or something than table pc's?? Can you share some experience?? thanks
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    My experience with an iBook -- which has relatively similar components -- is that it gets dirty, but is cleanable, and long term physical durability is as good or better than PCs I've owned, maybe with the exception of the keyboard. But you have to clean it... You can do some little things like getting an iSkin for the keyboard -- the keyboard does wear.

    So long and short, I have a three year old iBook, and the trackpad is shiny, but otherwise it looks fairly close to new.
     
  3. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    Depends how you treat it. If you are careful and don't transport it around too much, then you could probably get a good 5 years out of it. Hard drives can be a problem so make sure you have a backup routine in place.
     
  4. bbergie macrumors regular

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    My experience is with a PowerBook. It's nearing 5 years, and I've managed to keep it in good condition save the top edge where my wrists rest (I have a TiBook and it has some painted surfaces) and some of the paint has chipped away. I use my TiBook daily, for both work and pleasure, so it is probably in use 8 to 12 hours per day (average). I've had to replace the battery and the hard disk, but otherwise, it's performance remains great to this day.
     
  5. mick4394 macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think anyone can really give a good answer to your question. The Macbook line was just released last May.

    The iBook line seemed to have pretty good staying power, but there are way too many differences between iBooks and Macbooks to use that as a gauge. Short term, the Macbook seems to be a pretty good machine. Long term? Only time will tell.
     
  6. bubbamac macrumors 6502

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    As others have said, it's hard to tell with new hardware. But, I'm using my 5 year old TiBook 667, and it's going strong. Some things are frustrating, but it's amazing what you can do with a 5 year old Mac.

    When 10.5 hits 10.5.1, I'll be buying a MacBook Pro, and this one will most likely be used as a server.
     
  7. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Sorry, yes, I was specifically referring to the durability of the physical external casing. With the internal hardware, there are some unknowns related to the new motherboard. But, for instance, the HDs are the same 2.5" SATA HDs that are used across the board, and so they're not that much of an unknown risk on the MacBook....
     
  8. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

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    I'd expect it to last a good decade or more if it doesn't ever fall. High-wear items include the fans, the hard drive, and the superdrive. The screen will get dimmer over time, but should still work fine.
     
  9. drake macrumors 6502a

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  10. holamiamigos macrumors 6502a

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    seems to be my feelings exactly
     

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