Anyone else happily using half-decade-old hardware?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by anth, Jun 15, 2014.

  1. anth macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2005
    I'm writing this from my late 2008 Macbook Pro (the first of the unibodies, the one with the battery/hard disk access door). It has a 2.53 GHz Core2Duo (Penryn), and originally came with 4 GB ram.

    I've since upgraded to 8 GB ram, and a 480 GB ssd. The thing is... it's still fantastic. It runs Mavericks smoothly, and really hasn't left me wanting for more performance. Granted, I mostly do a little bit of coding in python, some image work in Photoshop and ImageJ, and for heavy lifting for large bioinformatics datasets, I connect to a high-performance server. And of course, viewing media content.

    I'd love the battery life of a new Retina, the display looks gorgeous, and of course more speed is always nice. And the updated interfaces are really attractive - SATA2, USB2, and FW800 have actually become a bottleneck - would NOT have expected that 5 1/2 years ago!

    I can't justify spending $2000+ dollars on a machine that is pinned at 16GB ram. Just matching the ram and SSD storage of this machine is spendy.

    Is there anyone else out there who is still on old-yet-highly-functional hardware?
  2. Hieveryone macrumors 68030

    Apr 11, 2014
    I really hope I can look back 5 years from now at least and still be using my 13" MBPr late 2013.

    I'm really glad to hear stories like this because it is encouraging to know that there are people happily using their MBP from years ago.

    Ideally I hope to keep my MBPr for 7 years.
  3. Meister Suspended


    Oct 10, 2013
    5 years is minimum. Up until recently i was still using laptops from 2006 and a PC from 2001!

    I still use my ipad 1 from 2010 and other "old" equipment.
  4. jruschme macrumors 6502


    Dec 20, 2011
    Brick, NJ
    Let's see... this is a mid-2009 13" MBP, so it will be 5 in September. Would I want something newer... of course. Am I happy with it... yes, very.

    It may be that I'm weird, though. I also have a 2005 iBook 14" and a 2003 PB G4 that I get enjoyment out of.

    The MBP is my daily driver, though.
  5. psik macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2007
    I am running a 2006 macbook with 2 GB ram. It performs much better than you can imagine and had the 2 GB not been it's limit it would've still been a damn nice aptop for its age
  6. Lolito macrumors 6502


    Mar 20, 2013
    I´m also using and old laptop as a main machine, with a 1080p external monitor and external keyboard most of the day. it flies, even with adobe photoshop, indesign and illustrato. SSD is the key for these machines. I won't be buying one of the new retinas with no upgradable ram. if this breaks, i will buy a 15" cMBP, with the 1050p screen, i7 quad core and 16 of ram, with an ssd raid; cheaper and better than any retina...
  7. SVTmaniac macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2013
    Nope, one year old is too old for me. I love the latest and greatest when it comes to technology. I already feel like my late 2013 15" rMBP is getting old. Cant' wait for the next refresh so I can sell this one and get a new one.
  8. Hieveryone macrumors 68030

    Apr 11, 2014
    Where do you sell it and how much money do you lose?
  9. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    My main computer is approaching a full decade of use. Currently at 9 years old.
  10. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2010
    Encino, CA
    Not yet, but I'm getting there. My MacBook was bought in 2010, so it's almost 5 years old. Still runs great.
  11. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yeah my daily computer is a 5-year old ThinkPad; after I bought it I bought 8GB of RAM and put in an SSD; it was and is still very fast to this day.

    Graphics could use improvement, but there is nothing to do here seeing this is half-decade old integrated graphics.
  12. SVTmaniac macrumors 6502

    Jan 30, 2013
    Usually Craigslist, I can typically sell my old one and buy a new one and only be out about 300-400. Might be a lot to some still, but doesn't really bother me.
  13. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    Only 5 years old equipment? I use decade+ old PowerMacs and Powerbooks often. Even my current primary portable is an old 2007 Macbook. While they may be old, they get the job done very well.
  14. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    Mac-mini is 2007 so 7yrs old, MBP is 2011 so <only> 3 but showing no signs of aging yet...also still using 2x 2011 iMacs at work. Again they are showing no signs of slowing down and haven't even been SSD'd yet...
  15. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Late-2006 MBP still doing fine. Used it yesterday.

    I even installed Mountain Lion on it, and apart from Safari doing weird things, it lives happily with it.

    Well, the battery is crap, but I can live with that. Not paying 100$ to replace it. :p
  16. Daysight macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2011
    2010 MacBook is running fine after replacing a missing key, replacing the hard drive and getting Mavericks flashed at an Apple store (could not upgrade the OS at home for some reason).
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm rocking on a 2009 Mac Mini right now and its basic computer very nicely, including office. I also have a 2010 13" MBP that my wife and kids use. Again performance is excellent.

    I can see both computers being used for several more years.
  18. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    Using a 2010 MBP at the moment, not quite half a decade but nearly there.

    Runs fine except for Final Cut Pro, which I use a lot. Full HD 30fps editing is barely possible but it's a true nightmare when you're editing 60fps and above. So using the slo-mo functions on my Gopro camera is out of the question.

    Which is a shame because it's such a nice machine otherwise.
  19. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2006
    A400M Base
    4,5 years here and still happy !

    I got the MBP below in my sig. My setup with the original ACD still works great for me. Since I use the express34 in that 17' to connect to SATA external HD's, I am still fine. The 8Gig ram and the large SSD will do just great for at least 3 more years. My old small SSD works in a FW800 2,5 enclosure thats located on the back of the screen.
    The only issue that I experience is the slow GPU I have in there (Nvidia 330). I plan on getting the new MacPro maybe next year. The old MBP will then be repurposed from a "general purpose use" to "business travel only".

    In general, I actually could not be happier with everything I got from Apple. Everything works without flaw, looks great as on the first day and provides valuable use for years and years. Planing on an 8 year usage, the Apple products become actually real fair priced on the long run with a very high reliability and quality. How can any other brand match that?

    I am really happy with Apple with a world class service!
  20. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
  21. skyhawkmatthew macrumors member


    Oct 1, 2007
    My mid-2009 15" MBP turns 5 in a couple of weeks. It's still going strong with an SSD and 8 GB of RAM. But my new 13" rMBP arrived today.
  22. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    Just get a nice big monitor and you can get more out of it. The fact that snow leopard runs nicely old Rosetta Apps/Games is a good old feature.
    And about getting a newer model explore zero interest financing, if you are in the US BestBuy or Apple Barclays Credit.
    Besides the hardware updates, I think that many new features in Yosemite are going to make a big difference to get a newer Mac.
  23. Trvlngnrs macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2010
    Using a 2010 that I upgraded the RAM and added an SSD in the optibay. It works fine, but because I hang out on this forum I started lusting for a new one:)
  24. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    To me it's funny how some folks feel they HAVE to upgrade every year because that's what the pros do, have the latest and greatest. Go browse around many design studios and you'll be surprised which Macs are doing most of the heavy lifting.

    I've got an Aluminum Macbook very similar to the OP and I'll most likely be replacing it soon. As a designer who does a good amount of identity design as well as web dev it's held up just fine for 90% of what I need, with an SSD it's been very capable. It's starting to get slow when I bog it down with more complex projects, but those are pretty rare occasions.

    Most people need far less machine than they think they do.
  25. Patriks7 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2008
    I'm also on an original Unibody MBP, even though it's the 2.4GHz problem. Upgraded the RAM and put in an SSD and it runs amazingly for pretty much everything I need. I am, however, planning on upgrading to a 13" Retina sometime once it's update (was already looking into the Air a year ago, but in the end decided against it). Turns out, in the last 5 years my needs have changed quite a bit and I now would like something that is easier to carry around and something with a battery that lasts more than 2 hours :p but my current MBP will definitely stay in the family, as it still runs so well.

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