How long do MacBook Pros last?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Sixthdeclension, Jul 11, 2010.

  1. Sixthdeclension macrumors newbie

    Jul 11, 2010
    I was thinking of getting one for college, but I'll just be using it for writing papers, surfing the internet, and a few other things. I've been a PC user all my life, and I'm wondering if I should bother to spend the extra money onthe MacBook Pro.
  2. yoyo5280 macrumors 68000


    Feb 24, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia & Bay Area
    I'd say 5 years and beyond. My black macbook is on its fourth year now.

    But in 5 years the newest model will tempt you so much, you will create problems for your MBP.
  3. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    My black macbook is 4 years old as well. Still works perfectly fine..
  4. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    It should definitely get you through college, OSX is much (I mean MUCH) more durable and long lasting that windows, if your worried about hardware failure just get Apple Care.
  5. greenmountain macrumors newbie

    Jul 7, 2010
    I'm writing this on my PowerBook G4, which is creeping up on six years old. For all but the last few months of that time it has been my only computer, traveling all over the world with me, frequently in rough conditions. I'm now getting set to get a new laptop but, rest assured, if you treat your MBP decently and you'll find it to be a great machine that delivers for years.
  6. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    They can last for years, but I've never kept one longer than 2 years. I know plenty of people with 5+ year old MacBook/PowerBook/iBooks though.
  7. daver11 macrumors regular

    Feb 11, 2005
    Phoenix, AZ
  8. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If you take care of it, it will last you until you want a new one. There are still plenty of them out there that are 5+ years old.
  9. THX1139 macrumors 68000


    Mar 4, 2006
    My first Mac laptop (a G4 titanium) lasted 8 years and it was still going when I sold it for $250 last year.
  10. 007bond macrumors 6502a


    Dec 12, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    Any modern mac should last you about 5-6 years.
  11. txhockey9404 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 25, 2008
    I have two iMacs that are now going on 4 years and are perfectly fine. I upgraded the RAM on one and it runs nearly as well on everyday tasks as my 1 year old MBP. The other, which still is on 1gb of RAM is feeling a bit sluggish when running multiple applications but nothing so intolerable that it needs to be replaced. I'll probably upgrade the RAM in a year or so if it is going to be used continuously. Other than some minor problems with one of them in its first year (which were fixed under warranty), I have had no quality issues whatsoever. They both started on Tiger and now run the latest version of Snow Leopard and iLife 09 like champs.

    That's a lot more than I can say for my 3 or 4 Dell desktops. I had a supposedly "business quality" Optiplex about 7 or 8 years back that within 6 months of normal word processing, music listening, and internet browsing had become so slow that it was barely usable. It went in for about 6 fixes before I gave up on that machine and got some newer computers. All of the newer PCs felt slow after a few months and had quality issues.

    So, from a PC to Mac convert from a few years back, get a Mac! You definitely won't regret it after the month or so of getting used to the differences and quirks of OS X. And my 13" MBP is built like a tank...1 year of hard use at school and at home and only 1 small scratch on the bottom.
  12. Pillar macrumors 6502


    May 25, 2010
    spend the extra money, for you won't regret it.

    i bought my first mac almost a month ago and i can't say nothing bad about it. my mid 2010 base model macbook pro is quick/responsive and smooth/sleek look.

    go for it
  13. vistadude macrumors 65816

    Jan 3, 2010
    I'm on my first mac (a macbook) for about 10 months now. So far it's running a little bit slower than when i first purchased it, but nothing unnormal.

    My previous laptop lasted 6 years before I gave it to a friend (it's still running) and my desktop lasted 8 years before it got too slow. The hard disk was going bad but there was not much point of spending the money to buy a new one.
  14. nastebu macrumors 6502

    May 5, 2008
    It's worth pointing out that beyond the hardware, which really should last for 5+ years, Apple has been quite good about making new OSX versions run on older hardware. Unlike various iterations of Windows, which won't run on older computers, older Macs tend to be able to run recent versions.

    Of course, Snow Leopard cuts off g4s, but still. I'm typing this on a 7 year old 12'' Powerbook g4, which is running Leopard pretty well. Try that on Windows.

    Which means that even as your computer ages, you'll be able to keep up with the OS.
  15. jabbawok macrumors regular


    Sep 30, 2004
    My Wallstreet is still fully functional. Although a little slow.
  16. davidjearly macrumors 68020


    Sep 21, 2006
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It will easily last 5 years or more, if you look after it.
  17. smirking macrumors 65816


    Aug 31, 2003
    Silicon Valley
    Although there are a lot of people here who are suggesting you'll get 5+ years out of a new MBP, just keep in mind the hardware failures can be very unpredictable. That said, I rarely buy AppleCare because my computers always outlive the AppleCare period of coverage.

    My Macs seem to be split up into two categories. Ones that just keep on going no matter what and ones that hit a hardware failure 4 to 5 years after I got it. The machine doesn't implode, but something in it burns out and since I plan upgrades around every 4 years anyway, it's not worth it for me to buy the parts to repair whatever burned out. also has a great trade in program that makes the decision to upgrade a lot easier to make. If it's not busted, my 4 year old trade-in usually covers between 20% to 30% of the upgrade cost.
  18. PigDog macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2002
    I have been using my G4 17" PowerBook with 128 mb video ram for over 6 years, I use it daily for browsing and mail. I have Leopard and am on my third hard drive and I also replaced the memory, it wore out!

    This Apple was well built and is still a pleasure to use.
  19. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I've had my MacBook Pro for just over 4 years so far, and it's still running smoothly. I foresee many more years of use from this machine. Runs like a champ! Get a MBP, you won't regret it!
  20. Damers macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2010
    I still have a working iBook G3 that I use regularly, 7 years and counting.

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