How long do you keep your laptop?

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  1. larapumkin macrumors regular

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    i dont know why i have hard time throwing away electronics..especially computers and laptops.
    What do you think the average lifetime of a laptop is?
     
  2. Mousse macrumors 68000

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    I'd say 2-3 years for a PC laptop, 4-6 years for a Mac. I still have my 1st gen bondi blue clamshell iBook (mainly for Classic programs: Excel 2.2 anyone?:eek:.:cool:) Still going strong with my 1st gen MacBook. It's gonna be another year or when FW makes a comeback on the MB before I buy my next laptop.
     
  3. Mord macrumors G4

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    I run mine into the ground to the point that they can't be repaired fast enough to keep them functional.

    aka 4-5 years
     
  4. leekohler macrumors G5

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  5. bartelby macrumors Core

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    I'd say 4-5 years too.
    I do still use a 13 year old PowerBook for certain things though.
     
  6. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    My TiBook is still working good after 6 years...
     
  7. it5five macrumors 65816

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    Until it doesn't work for what I need anymore. I won't get rid of it after an arbitrary number of years just because of its age.
     
  8. BigHungry04 macrumors 6502

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    I keep mine until it can no longer do what I need it to do. Since Madden is no longer being made for computers, I guess I'll never need another computer. Thanks EA!
     
  9. shecky Guest

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    in the past my laptop has been my main working machine (graphic design) so i update them every 2-3 years.

    however, my next purchase will be a Mac Pro so i will keep this machine (2 years old in december) for at least another 2 years for use giving lectures and for onsite client stuff and use the MP as the main machine.
     
  10. MacNut macrumors Core

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  11. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    I'm hoping to get six years out of my Core Duo MacBook. ...Only 4 more years to go!

    However, I'm guessing it'll only make it another two.
     
  12. RITZFit macrumors 65816

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    I plan to keep mine as long it will run everything I need, reliably. mabey another 3-4 yrs? donno exactly
     
  13. Dagless macrumors Core

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    My PowerBook is now my secondary system, it's about 5 years old (almost). Previously I would get a new laptop every year. Back before the Mac days.
     
  14. slimpaul macrumors member

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    1 year and 10 months. :)
    My 2.0Ghz MacBook needed an upgrade to the 2.53 Ghz MacBook Pro since it couldn't handle games, the screen was to small and I needed a larger HDD. (It was really annoying to have to connect my MB to two external HDD's whenever I wanted to listen to music or upload some photos.)
     
  15. andreab35 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm a sucker when it comes to technology.

    I got my first laptop about 2 years ago, moving from my desktop.

    It is a refurbished Gateway M275 tablet. Paid $400 for it... and I thought it was a good deal.

    When it shipped to my house, I turned the laptop on, and the battery was not working, nor would it charge.

    I sent it back to Gateway 3 times. The third time I finally got a working battery. Now I have two backup batteries.

    The thing runs hot, and is laggy no matter how many OS re-installations I do.

    In December or January, I will finally join the party of being a Mac convert... and hopefully I can keep my desired MBA for a while. :)
     
  16. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    I have never owned a new laptop, but I usually keep them around until they can no longer serve me adequately. My last upgrade (from a Ti 867MHz to an Al 1.33GHz) was based on USB 2.0, higher RAM ceiling for Leopard, and the superior graphics power (also for Leopard).

    I suppose after my current PowerBook dies, I'll have to weigh my options between going for a Core Duo or early C2D MacBook Pro, or just saving a bit up and buying a new one. I feel the older MacBook Pro (the previous generation) is more future-proof than the current, with full-size DVI and both types of FireWire, but I've never owned a new Lappy....
     
  17. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Well, I still use a Gateway PC that I bought in February of 2003. I don't use it often, however. I try and keep computers for as long as possible. For me, the big factor in deciding to get rid of a computer is when I can't find new software that will run on it. I plan on keeping the computers in my signature for at least 5 years.
     
  18. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I'd say I'd aim for at least 3 years, but right now, I don't think I'd even bother trying with regards to this MacBook. I bought the rev A, Core Duo 1.83 GHz MacBook, and it was repaired around 8 times in 1 year. It spent around 10 weeks in repair, which meant that it was in the shop getting fixed 1 day out of every 5 days, on average.

    Got a replacement by Apple.....a C2D 2 GHz machine. Much better. Palmrest has cracked twice, but that's it. It's been buggy though. :eek:

    In total, it has been 2y 5m since my original purchase, although this MacBook is only 1y and 5 months old. :) Not a bad deal.


    However, if I had originally purchased a 15" MBP to replace my 12" PB, I would have been a lot happier and would have no problems keeping it for 4 or 5 years. I'll just wait until the MBPs allow for 16 GB of RAM (rather than 4 GB), and maybe 1600x screen resolution before I pull the trigger.
     
  19. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    usually I plan on having a laptop for 2 years. Usually around 2 years I get the latest update. Currently now though I have no idea how long I am going to need to keep this.
     
  20. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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  21. timerollson macrumors 65816

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    3 years, max.

    Then, selling my old one for a new one. I don't like being behind the curve in technology.
     
  22. OutThere macrumors 603

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    I'm only on my third laptop, my process so far has been to get a new one when the old one breaks, which has been about every two years, but my 12" powerbook has lasted not quite 3. I'm feeling its age a little but I love the form factor and can't justify getting a new one now.
     
  23. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    1-2 years for me. I always keep them in immaculate condition, and then sell them and get a new one.
     
  24. Tom B. macrumors 65816

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    I used my 867MHz 12" PowerBook until it was over 4 years old, and I hope to keep using my MacBook till at least till 2010. I've already upgraded the RAM to 4GB, and I plan to get a 500GB hard drive soon so those should help increase its useful lifetime, however the GMA X3100 will become more and more of a problem as Snow Leopard and OpenCL become more important. :(
     
  25. Melrose macrumors 604

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    Agreements. I plan on keeping mine for as long as I can. I figure that by the time I need more speed or can (otherwise) justify buying another, I'll have this one long paid off and it won't owe me a thing.

    I think the fancier the machine is when you buy it, the longer you'll use it.
     

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