Are the old black MacBooks still a solid buy today in terms of reliability?

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  1. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

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    Thinking of buying one as a temporary computer but do you think it will burn up and die randomly? Do they have any known problems?
     
  2. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    The only thing that comes to mind is the cracking palmrest.
     
  3. leekohler macrumors G5

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    Get one. They're great. I'm typing on one right now. I've dropped mine at least 8 times, no problems. The best Mac laptops are the plastic ones, they last forever.
     
  4. AshMan macrumors regular

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    For the money they are a good purchase and hold resale well. If I had some extra cash lying around I'd snag one myself
     
  5. danielrmitchell macrumors newbie

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    I have been using my 13" white Macbook since 2007. The battery STILL gives a good 3.5 hours of use, yes the palm rest is cracked a little, recently the optical drive stopped burning CD's but still reads, the screen, hinges and top case were replaced last year after I dropped it from about a metre to a hard tiled floor but all in all this is the most reliable, hardworking laptop computer I have every owned and when it does eventually die, or is no longer supported by Apple software/OSX i would not hesitate to replace it with another.
    Grab one while you can!
     
  6. molala macrumors 6502a

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    I have one and I love mine. But if I were only buying one temporarily, I'd get a unibody MacBook (2009 or newer). It won't be black, but it would be faster and have a separate video card. I'm glad the black ones hold their value well, but you know it's just due to the colour.
     
  7. VSMacOne macrumors 601

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    I just bought a mint condition black one a few weeks back and sold it for a nice $180 profit last week. People still buy those things, and i'm just amazed how decent that 5 year old macbook performed, and how future proof it was. Who buys a 5 year old Windows laptop?
     
  8. LizKat macrumors 68040

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    That black macbook has been a great machine.

    I postponed giving away mine to a family member because of the infernal WiFi issues I've had with the 13" MacBook Pro I got in March. Some people say that Lion resolves their WiFi issues encountered while using Snow Leopard. Time will tell for me.

    In the meantime I have to say that the black macbook has been trouble-free and very sturdy. And I liked being able to replace the battery myself by just ordering one. I live in the sticks so the nonreplaceable battery models eventually prove a pain in the neck for me, I have to ship the machine in or drive 180 miles to get it taken care of.
     
  9. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    I bought a used one about two months ago and use it more than my 15" MBP. I haven't regretted it at all! I believe it was the last MB to have Firewire.

    I had bought a new one back in April of 2008 and sold it after a few months and always regretted that.
     
  10. Intell macrumors P6

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    I love my Blackbook. Its getting a bit cranky, but I think its due to me pushing it too hard. Poor thing, I abuse it.

    Not quite, the mid 2009 was the last model.
     
  11. hexonxonx macrumors 601

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    Cool. Thanks for the correction. I haven't really kept on them since the new one I bought back then in 2008.
     

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