Upgrading from a Macbook 1,1

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by andruw000, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. andruw000 macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2010
    I purchased my current Macbook 1,1 in June of 2006 -- immediately before my senior year of college. It served me well through the end of college, graduate school, and now as a teacher. I, however, think it's about time to upgrade.

    My current specs are:

    2.0ghz Core Duo
    80 GB hard drive
    2 GB Ram (unfortunately, maxed out on this early model).
    Snow Leopard


    Discs get stuck in the optical drive (Had this serviced under Applecare but didn't fix the problem)
    Screen flickers (Same as above)
    Occasionally runs REALLY slowly -- when I run Onyx it seems to fix this.

    Honesty, though, for the most part this is a great machine. It's still relatively quick and I am planning on keeping it even if/when I purchased a new Mac.

    I will use my new Mac for the following purposes:

    Grade programs, MS Office Suite, Hulu, Youtube (I love watching Pro SC matches in Korea... It's a guilty pleasure), and occasionally a game or two (but nothing new... I like Roller Coaster Tycoon and old CC Red Alert type games... Though Fable III looks pretty awesome).

    Portability is somewhat important as I carry my current Macbook to and from school everyday. This model is 5.3 lbs, so I feel like I could handle anything around that weight with no problem, but wouldn't complain if I had something lighter.

    Most importantly, though, is I want something that will last me another 4-5 years just as this one has.

    So, with all that said...

    It's either the new MB Air 13" maxed out... Or I wait for the MBP (13 or 15") upgrades in early 2011. As long my computer can hold up, I have no problem at all waiting until Spring.

    Any suggestions, advice would be great. I think the MB Air could probably handle anything I am going to be using it for with ease, I just worry that the technology won't hold up for four or five years.

    Thanks for your time, all.
  2. macman4789 macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2007
    I would go with the MBP 13" or 15". Both would cope fine for the next few years with what you want to use it for. However the MBP has a little bit more expandability if you ever wanted to upgrade to 8gb RAM for instance whereas the MB Air has limited expandability.

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