How long will you keep your MBP?

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  1. uplusd macrumors 6502

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    So I bought my PowerBook G4 brand new in 2005 pre-loaded with 10.3 Panther. At that time the PowerBook felt like a real snappy and great laptop. However, by the time I upgraded to Leopard, the computer felt so slow even at things such as web browsing or using Mail.app. So my question is, how long do you think (how many OS revisions) our MBPs will last before we notice a significant decrease in performance?
     
  2. forafireescape macrumors 6502a

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    Maybe two like yours, but by then I hope to invest in a new one :)
     
  3. tMac85 macrumors 65816

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    prob 3 years.

    they last longer, its just at that point they seem to be 'behind' . thats my opinion, i tend to buy to much!

    but hey its better than buying a dell and needing to replace it 6 months later!
     
  4. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    I've never noticed any decrease in performance moving up through the revisions of OS X. I'm not concerned about any decrease in performance. However I am curious how long Apple will support Core Duo machines.
     
  5. a4abt macrumors regular

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    As long as my MBP will keep serving me well. Up to now, I'm totally satisfied with it, even though the newer version came out (Penryn). I don't play games with my notebook, so my current specs are plenty enough for my needs.
     
  6. CWallace macrumors 603

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    I'm waiting to see if Apple updates the case and if so, how it looks, and then I'll get a 15" which I will likely keep for three or more years (since my needs are light).
     
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  8. Shabbis macrumors regular

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    Just like the PB 12" G4 I just replaced that was five years old, I hope to get the same out of my new MBP.
     
  9. dallas112678 macrumors 6502a

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    atleast 3 years, but some reason to me 4 years seems to be the sweet spot when it comes to buying a new machine, its when your machine is useable but the current ones are much more powerful that you'll notice the upgrade unlike if you just got the next revision.
     
  10. steinlager macrumors regular

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    Same. I play games but they're not that important to me. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Watabou macrumors 68040

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  13. a4abt macrumors regular

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    for games, I prefer XBox 360 and PS3... so I can play a game and watch a video (well, more listen than watch) on my MBP at the same time :p
     
  14. steinlager macrumors regular

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    Well I don't have either so I have to bare with computer gaming :rolleyes:
     
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  16. mdwsta4 macrumors 65816

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    my first mac was a 14" G4 ibook that i bought in fall of 03 with panther. upgraded to tiger in the summer of 07 and by that time my computer felt slow (not to mention i had zero space on the HD). i upgraded to a 15" MBP in the fall of 07 and will hopefully keep it as long as my previous laptop. i love the build quality, size, matte screen, and everything else about this computer. as time goes on i'll probably upgrade the ram and HD, but other than that, i'd like to keep it for a while.

    odd since i have to have the latest and greatest of every other gadget!
     
  17. mariotheotaku macrumors regular

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    I hope more than 5 years, I am using mine for college and graphic design(my program)
     
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  19. UltraNEO* macrumors 601

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    I think 3 years is a good number but i do use it for design, guess it'll all depend on it's touch'n'feel aspects... If it starts getting sluggish with all the main applications i use, i'll have no choice but to upgrade, though... I'll prob go with the 17" next, unless there's a high-res version on the 15.
     
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  21. Silverbird0000 macrumors 6502a

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    I'd like to say 4-5 years, but that never seems to happen with me! I lust after the newest Apple products. I kept my PowerBook G4 15" from 2005-2007, then I bought an iMac and sold the PowerBook for a Nikon D40. I kept the iMac from Feb. of 2007 till April of 2008 and sold it to my Dad and bought a MacBook Pro 15". I'm hoping i'll keep the MBP for at least 2 years before the lust kicks in again!
     
  22. oblomow macrumors 68020

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    I just replaced my > 3 year old powerbook G4 with a MBP. The MBP will stay with me for the same period. Unless it breaks...
     
  23. switcher3365 macrumors regular

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    I got the cheapest Gateway laptop option (800MHz Intel Celeron when the Pentium III was the hot stuff) in 2002 and am just replaced that with a Penryn MBP in March 2008. Hopefully this high-end computer will last me a good 4 years. I don't do a lot of processor hungry stuff, so if the rate of advancement is like what it has been the past 4 years or so, hopefully this will last 4 years.
     
  24. rychencop macrumors 65816

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    i bought my mbp with the intention of keeping it for 3 years. so we'll see if i can make it that long.:D
     
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