Time to Switch…?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by donki0829, Sep 13, 2011.

  1. donki0829 macrumors newbie

    Sep 13, 2011
    I have an Aluminum Macbook (late 2008) for about 2 and a 1/2 years now, but the battery has completely died and the macbook is simply no longer portable. I'm not sure should I just go and buy a new battery or get a MBA (11 inch maybe? haven't really decided on the size yet) instead?

    I want to bring my laptop with me around to school for lectures and labs (mostly for labs), so portability is an important factor. I would probably use the machine mainly for surfing the net, taking notes (with MS Office), and iTunes (for my iPod)……so i think having the MBA as my primary computer should be good enough?

    What I really need right now is something that will last me a while, at least until I graduate from university (in about 2 to 3 years?)…and I'm not entirely sure if my MB can last me that long…

    Is it a time for me to switch to a newer (better?) laptop? Or should I just stick with my old one?
  2. tuftywhite macrumors member

    Jul 17, 2003
    With my laptops I have a 5 year replacement cycle. Mac laptops last that long unless there's a major change in h/w or s/w. I'd buy a new battery and start saving for the machine you want when you graduate.

    I know it's difficult when you fancy a new laptop but 2.5 years is no time.
  3. jljue macrumors regular

    Feb 4, 2011
    Brandon, MS
    If it is still fast enough for your needs, keep the MacBook and buy a new battery. Since yours has a removable battery, you can either get the one from Apple, or you can get a good aftermarket from OWC. I just ordered a NewerTech NuPower battery and conditioning charger for my 15" unibody MacBook Pro last night, since my original battery is down to about 68% but keeps cutting out under load at random times without warning. You probably don't want to get any other aftermarket battery though; there is some real junk out there.

    I decided to get the extra charger so that i can more reliably and more conveniently run my new battery down in the condition slot to extend its life and possibly see if my original battery is even worth a dern anymore after I run it thru the condition slot a couple of times. It's hard to calibrate the battery runtime when it just randomly dies because a cell is flaky.

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