My MacBook Pro is almost 7 years old.

Nicholecata94

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I bought my MacBook Pro in early 2011.
I lost my mind and switched to Windows full time for a few years and my MacBook sat in my closet.
At one point I replaced the hard drive with a solid state drive (is that a thing?) so it's 256 GB. I don't remember how I did that. :) It involved YouTube videos I know.

At any rate, I recently bought an iPhone and thought I would pull out the MacBook and see how it's doing and to my surprise it is running perfectly fine. It even updated to High Sierra last night.

The battery doesn't last too long, maybe 5 hours. The fan is running constantly and it gets pretty warm, but everything seems to be working fine.

I really like being in the Apple ecosystem once again where everything just seems to work together very smoothly. But am I missing anything besides a better screen and battery life by not updating to a newer MacBook? I have an iPad too so I feel pretty good with my holy trio at the moment.

How long can I expect Apple to continue letting this MacBook Pro get updates? I don't need portability as this thing is sort of a beast and I just use it at home and take the iPad to work with me.

Anyway, I am very pleased that this computer still runs fine after almost 7 years. Just am wondering how long I can expect it to continue to function decently before it's time for a new MacBook.
 
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The 2008 one will be upgraded to 8 GB RAM tmorrow. The 2009 one already has 8 GB. With 8 GB, SSD, and High Sierra, I expect to get at least 4 more years out of these.

Note though, I also have a 2017 MacBook with 16 GB RAM.

How much RAM do you have?
 
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Nicholecata94

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The 2008 one will be upgraded to 8 GB RAM tmorrow. The 2009 one already has 8 GB. With 8 GB, SSD, and High Sierra, I expect to get at least 4 more years out of these.

Note though, I also have a 2017 MacBook with 16 GB RAM.

How much RAM do you have?
Wow that is impressive. I just checked and mine has 8GB of RAM.
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Samuelsan2001

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If the fan is running constantly then maybe open the bottom and carefully remove any dust this may well help heat and fan use. It may also be worth trying to check the state of the thermal paste as that may have flaked off over time.

Other than that sounds like a great laptop that will do you for while, you are missing usb 3 and faster Bluetooth and far better graphics on newer machines but that’s about it. Those 2010-2011 13 inch machines really are bulletproof brilliant little machines my 2010 is my brothers main computer still.
 

<3raining

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I use mine since early 2013. It was used for work for 2 years, played sims 4 on it for about a year. For the past year I use it as extra computer next to my desktop to watch movies, youtube and for traveling. It was turned off maximum 10 times since I purchased it. It's as good as new.
I remove dust once a year. Battery was changed once.
 
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Eithanius

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I bought my MacBook Pro in early 2011.
I lost my mind and switched to Windows full time for a few years and my MacBook sat in my closet.
At one point I replaced the hard drive with a solid state drive (is that a thing?) so it's 256 GB. I don't remember how I did that. :) It involved YouTube videos I know.

At any rate, I recently bought an iPhone and thought I would pull out the MacBook and see how it's doing and to my surprise it is running perfectly fine. It even updated to High Sierra last night.

The battery doesn't last too long, maybe 5 hours. The fan is running constantly and it gets pretty warm, but everything seems to be working fine.
You might wanna try your luck on Sierra instead. I have a Mid-2010 MBP and High Sierra triggers higher fan speed easily than Sierra, not to mention a lot warmer on the former. My MBP's happy with Sierra currently and will probably stay there until it dies.
 

Complex757

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High Sierra is your last update, because I don't think it's compatible with Mojave.

My suggestion is if it works, keep using it. Why get a brand new one when you had it in the closet anyway and have a iPad. Of course that depends on what you plan on using it for. But web surfing and videos and stuff aren't a problem.

You'll probably need a new battery. You can download coconut battery to see how good it is
 
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