Which MacBook for long-term use?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by drjeffsykes, Apr 23, 2015.

  1. drjeffsykes macrumors newbie

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    For our last two home Macs, we have bought iMacs and used them for 6-7 years before replacement. We're nearing the time to replace our current iMac and are planning to replace it with a MacBook.

    Is it safe to assume that we'll need to get a rMBP instead of an Air or a rMB in order to get anywhere near 6-7 years of useful life?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    What is your usage, its hard to make a recommendation without know what the computer will be used for :)
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That completely depends on what your computing needs and uses are, and how well you take care of your computer. Any Mac model can easily last 7 years or more if cared for properly. Whether or not a particular model is right for you depends on how you plan to use it.
     
  4. Meister Suspended

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    :apple: computers usually have good build quality and can easily last 7 years and longer.
    Of course they can also break. ... :confused:
     
  5. drjeffsykes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    We'd mostly be using the computer for browsing, mail, finances, word processing, spreadsheets, and photos. Maybe a little bit of video editing here and there. Nothing intensive.

    If I was basing it solely on our intended use, I think an Air would suffice. I am just concerned that the hardware on the Air wouldn't hold up as long as on the rMBP.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    There is no reason that an Air wouldn't last as long as the rMBP, if cared for properly.
     
  7. maflynn Moderator

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    Based on your usage, the Air will work, but I think the rMBP is a better computer because of the superior screen.
     
  8. Meister Suspended

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    Listen to GGJ and Maflynn!

    Maybe also consider an iPad.
     
  9. tdhurst macrumors 68040

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    Hmm...

    It's unlikely a laptop will last as long as a desktop, simply because it's exposed to way more risk.

    Why the switch?
     
  10. McScooby macrumors 6502

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    mince! tell that to my 2006 white macbook, it's indestructible, only thing that makes it broken is apple refusing to allow it to be updated / security updates!
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

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    Yeah, I'd say many Apple laptops don't succumb to an early death. I have a 2010 MBP going strong, and I see older laptops for sale on eBay.
     
  12. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    ...keep the iMac going and add an SSD to it...maybe get a MBA for a portable companion to the iMac?
     

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