Late 2009 Unibody MacBook for 220$ in 2016

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Explicit Content, Aug 13, 2016.

  1. Explicit Content macrumors member

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    Hey.

    I am looking for internet surf and minimal slide-creater macbook and found a macbook unibody late 2009 for 220$ and wondering if it's worth it, especially it will be supported for macOS Sierra and i am thinking buying this macbook and re-install macOS and give it to my cousin. I know it does not mean supporting Sierra is like going to work super fast.

    I want two things, "meh" battery life like 3 hours (which probably i will spend on it extra money) and don't want see beachball on youtube, mail writing or surfing purposes.

    The macbook has

    Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz CPU
    4 GB Ram
    128 GB SSD

    For those who are wondering.

    Any help would be appreciated, if you think it's a bad idea, any other thoughts would be cool.

    Thank you.
     
  2. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Why exactly do you need Sierra on it?

    I would look into upgrading 4GB to 8GB.

    Remember you get much better screen and backslid keyboard with the Alu models.
     
  3. Explicit Content thread starter macrumors member

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    Keyboard lighting is not my thing but since my cousin will use the mac, it probably matters.

    What about the price?

    And, here is a video that i found on youtube about what does it look like in 2016

     
  4. adam9c1 macrumors 65816

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    Download coconut battery and check its health.

    IMHO if it comes with OEM Apple charger and it fits your needs price is decent.
     
  5. Explicit Content thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, i found a late 2009 macbook for $170 , what do you think about this price? It has 4 gigs of ram but probably i will need to change it's battery so add another $40 to the cost.
     
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    If you're comfortable doing that, I would also pony up the cash and just replace the battery as well. If the machine has 8GB of RAM (if supported), a new battery, and an SSD (by far the most important here to make the machine not feel extremely slow) I'd say go for it. It should meet the needs you laid out in the OP with flying colors as long as it's in good physical shape.
     
  7. Explicit Content thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you
     

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