Well guys, my MacBook Pro is officially getting in the way of the tasks I need to get done. macOS is brilliant, and I'm very much working well within the iPhone/Mac ecosystem, same with iCloud. The Mac is quick enough, and the screen / hardware - if it worked correctly - is still also excellent.. The Problem Starting with the D key, the keys are rapidly getting weaker and falling off. I can type pretty damn fast and the keys are starting to suffer as a result. I replaced the keyboard with a 'genuine' and 'new' eBay part, which, in fact turned out to be not genuine and not new at all.. stopped working 2 minutes after installation intermittently. NO genuine or NEW Apple branded keyboards for the MBP are on eBay. I know this, because I sent a PM to every seller of one in the UK eBay listings and not one replied to confirm that they were - this was two weeks ago. So I will NOT find a good quality, replacement keyboard. I don't think a used one from a donor Mac will last much longer. More keys are starting to fall off, and whilst so far they'll go back on for a few days, its not going to fix itself. The charger is also on its way out, bit annoyed it's now £80 and not £60.. not like there was any new R&D costs needed in a product which has remained the same since 2006 (MagSafe 1 in my case). I love the charger on the Mac, and MagSafe, quite disappointed that the new MacBooks aren't going in this direction. The battery is also now well over 1000 charges and needs replaced. It won't even last for a 2 hour lecture running only Microsoft Word on the lowest brightness. Only Apple can really provide solutions to all of this, and at a high cost. They may also refuse, I am told, as I've upgraded to a 1TB SSHD and 8GB of RAM.. ridiculous IMO. The Solution? This is why I'm posting here. Not simply a rant. I'm getting rid of this Mac. It's 3 years old this month and whilst I'd happily use it for 5 it's going to cost a fair bit to keep running 'well' enough for prime, everyday use. It's also struggling to do things like Minecraft due to the 2012 hardware so there may be more reasons to move on. I can't afford a new MBP, I'll probably be graduated by the time I can now since Apple have priced the new models ridiculously high with no real reason.. I can't afford any new Mac really. This Mac, at best, will fetch £500 on eBay due to the SSHD and RAM. So, after fees, £450. Add the £100 I'd have spent on a charger and stuff there's £550. I can just about stretch to a Surface Pro due to its high end build quality, but only the Core M3 model which not many people deem fit for purpose. I know as a Mac user, paper spec lists don't mean much in the real world, but going for a non-Surface means I'm back to the 2008 and before build quality and workmanship of Windows laptops. Not a great place to be. Even at £1,000+ their Mac competitors are a joke in at least one way or another. I can get 30% off at HP, and 10% off at Dell for a new laptop since I'm a student. So if those brands can offerr something good for £550, let me know! Some things about Windows I'm not looking forward to are a fragmented ecosystem between Apple (for my iPhone) and Windows for the laptop. Then there's the washed out screen with poor colour depth. The sh*tty charger that isn't magnetic.. (though a new MBP has that these days too). Clunky, plastic casing with spontaneously placed ports - I SAW ONE WITH A VGA PORT WTF .. anyway, there will be compromises. THE MOUSE PAD MOSTLY WOULD BE HELL. I was even contemplating going to the real dirt cheap likes of the Inspiron 15 and HP 250 etc, and saving some money for the future. Or using it to fit an SSD and tonnes of RAM to make those basic machines perform well. Not sure what this would mean in reality. Or perhaps a 'midrange' Windows laptop, offering an i5 or i7, 8/16 for RAM and a mediocre 15'6" screen and few other bad touches... What do you recommend? - Surface Pro with the M3 - Dirt cheap Windows PC, with SSD and RAM and pocket the rest - Mid range, best I can afford Windows PC and do you know of a £550 Windows laptop with a non crappy touch pad and decent battery?