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#1 Titoist

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 06:53

For those of you who buy Macs, doesn't matter what model, how often do you buy one or "upgrade"?

My reason for asking is that I have a MacBook Air 3,1 which I bought in Nov 2010. Back then I needed it for my commute on the train to work where I used it for data, spreadsheets, and writing. I no longer do that anymore and the Macbook has been gathering dust since Sept 2011. I would love to use it to play WoW at my friends house but the 64GB SSD is not enough room with the software I need. WoW for Mac takes up anywhere between 14-25GB. I was thinking of upgrading but this laptop is still practically new and warranty does not run out until next year.

What do you guys think?

P.S. I am not considering a Windows Laptop.


#2 Order_66

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:01

I upgrade my mac mini once a year for the past 4 years, I just take the old one and put it on ebay where it brings real close to the same amount of money a new one costs then I go buy a new one.

#3 +GlitterBoy

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:03

I have a 13-inch, Mid 2009 MacBook Pro, and it still works great, I perhaps will upgrade next year with a macbook Air, However RAM/HDD and graphics are the main things I look at.

#4 OP Titoist

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:05

Ive had my MacBook Air on Kijiji for about 6 months. Asking $900 with Warranty. No takers. :(, I took it down 2 weeks ago.

#5 dead.cell

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 07:40

Ive had my MacBook Air on Kijiji for about 6 months. Asking $900 with Warranty. No takers. :(, I took it down 2 weeks ago.


Might have to do better than that. I can get the low end Macbook Air new for $940 at Best Buy (possibly cheaper if you ask them to price-match for educational discount), and maybe even about at $900ish or so for an open box item, with the 30 day return policy and 1 yr manufacture's warranty.

#6 einsteinbqat

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 16:46

I use it until it's unusable or that it really is time to upgrade. I bought this iMac in 2011. Before the iMac, I had a PowerBook G4 for 8 years. The PowerBook still is working fine, but, since it is a PPC machine, and Apple does not support PPC and Leopard, I brought it to work, and I've set it as a time-punch machine for my staff. You do not need a very sophisticated machine to register work time.

#7 Nick H.

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 17:04

For those of you who buy Macs, doesn't matter what model, how often do you buy one or "upgrade"?

I'm writing this from my Macbook. The only one I've owned (bought about 4 years ago). It still runs perfectly fine, but I have been considering buying a replacement one for a while now...the only issue I have is that they no longer make the 17 inch screen model that I have at the moment. :(

#8 tenpoundmouse

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Posted 24 February 2013 - 17:14

13-inch mid-2009 MacBook Air and until I feel it struggling with everyday tasks I'll keep it. Before that I had a iBook G3 since 2003.

#9 +Matthew S.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 02:58

I had a late 2009 MacBook (got in before the 2010 update) and then I got a late 2011 MacBook Pro (again before the 2012 update) so every two years or so for me.

#10 Arpit

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:16

3 to 5 years...had my first mac, 12" powerbook in 2004 > macbook pro in late 2007 (santa rosa) > macbook pro retina in mid 2012

only upgraded when i hit a point where the machine was literally unusable.

#11 daz411

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:21

I have a 2010 Macbook Pro and I was thinking of upgrading but then bought an SSD instead. Feels like new again. I'm keeping this sucker for at least another 2-3 years.

#12 Motoko.

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 03:23

If the chrome pixel is using nonremovable flash storage, what are chances apple will follow through?

#13 vhane

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:23

Every 2-3 years.

#14 kizzaaa

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:27

I upgrade every 30-36 months.

#15 xWhiplash

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Posted 25 February 2013 - 04:44

I have a 2010 Mac Pro. I have performed upgrades on that three times. Twice to add SSDs, and once to upgrade the video card to a EVGA GeForce 680 GTX