MacBook nerds: I need thee



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MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Faldoe » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:38 pm




My friend is living in China - teaching and studying - and his computer died. I was thinking of getting him a computer and sending it to him.

I still have my early 2011 MBP - using it right now - and it's held up but I'm not sure how much life it has left. What would be a reasonable year MBP to consider that would still have a good amount of life left in it. Say 2013-2015? I'm be buying something used.

He'd likely use it for school, movies/streaming. He's not a gamer. Maybe an AIR would be good too?
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Bassist_Diver » Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:58 pm

Macbook Pros tend to last about 7 to 8 years, depending on use. And honestly, unless you're doing intense editing, hard scientific computations, or other graphically-intense processes you don't really need spend the extra $1,000 on a MBP. Save the scrap and buy a used Air or regular Macbook.
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Dr. Sherman Sticks M.D. » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:06 pm

mine is late 2008 and still going strong. *knock on wood*
semi recently put twice the apple spec'ed amount of ram in it and an SSD
which made it fly as far as i was concerned.
i use it a ton every single day. and recently replaced the battery as well

i heard that at some point (2011?) they changed it so there isn't any or as many user replaceable parts
which would prolly shorten the life on any laptop.
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Faldoe » Tue Jul 17, 2018 10:52 pm

Mine is 2011 and I also maxed the ram - 16gb - and added an SSD. Perhaps it was the 2013 or so when they went to flash memory I think where the RAM is also soldered in.
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Dr. Sherman Sticks M.D. » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:03 pm

ah word yea i kinda hope they go back to the user replaceable shit by the time i am looking for a new one

anyway, i agree w/ BD, if the person isn't doing anything crazy w/ it, they prolly dont need anything fancy.

i seen some really cheap refurbed MB's and AIR's on eBay recently for like 2-3 hundo (atleast seemed cheap to me i didn't really look into it and compare)
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Dr. Sherman Sticks M.D. » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:05 pm

also what a nice friend u are!
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby tremolo3 » Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:11 pm

Why does he need a Macbook? Can't it be something else? :idk:
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Faldoe » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:11 am

Bassist_Diver wrote:Macbook Pros tend to last about 7 to 8 years, depending on use. And honestly, unless you're doing intense editing, hard scientific computations, or other graphically-intense processes you don't really need spend the extra $1,000 on a MBP. Save the scrap and buy a used Air or regular Macbook.


Yeah I changed the title to MacBook after realizing the air could be good for him.

Trem - yeah, could get something else. I think he is interested given his awareness of their reliability, but I’m sure there are other windows laptops that are as good.
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Mudfuzz » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:15 am

I have a 2011 13" MacBook Pro and a 2009 13" MacBook, both with a solid state hard drive added coming in the post right now. I have needed for them and they are both machines I like.. AND neither are coming with fucking 10.13 on them fuck 10.13 :mad: I also have a 10.8 disk coming from Apple and if the 10.11 that they are coming with pisses me off I will downgrade the is on both.

As the good doctor said.. Stay awayyyyyyyyyy from 2011 15 & 17 MacBooks I know... I have a dead one...
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Faldoe » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:18 am

Mudfuzz wrote:I have a 2011 13" MacBook Pro and a 2009 13" MacBook, both with a solid state hard drive added coming in the post right now.

As the good doctor said.. Stay awayyyyyyyyyy from 2011 15 & 17 MacBooks I know... I have a dead one...


Interesting. Is there something about those that made them more susceptible to failure?
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Mudfuzz » Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:24 am

The graphics cards overheated https://www.cultofmac.com/262861/early- ... ues-blame/
Mine lasted until February of 2017... Other than it dying it was a awesome computer, never had issues... Until.. Almost as good as my G4.. Now that computer is a tank :thumb:
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Bassist_Diver » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:30 pm

Mudfuzz wrote:I have a 2011 13" MacBook Pro and a 2009 13" MacBook, both with a solid state hard drive added coming in the post right now. I have needed for them and they are both machines I like.. AND neither are coming with fucking 10.13 on them fuck 10.13 :mad: I also have a 10.8 disk coming from Apple and if the 10.11 that they are coming with pisses me off I will downgrade the is on both.

As the good doctor said.. Stay awayyyyyyyyyy from 2011 15 & 17 MacBooks I know... I have a dead one...


I have a mid-2015 MBP and it's been beast mode so far....
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Dr. Sherman Sticks M.D. » Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:43 pm

i think he meant 2011 -> 15" & 17" :idk:
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby Mudfuzz » Thu Jul 19, 2018 1:22 am

Yes, it was a batch in that year. And only the larger sized ones.
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Re: MacBook nerds: I need thee

Postby odontophobia » Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:55 am

I have a 2009 hanging around that’s still going strong. 6gb of RAM because I haven’t ordered another 4 GB stick. Traditional hard drive still. I’ll upgrade to SSD at some point. But honestly the only thing I’ve used it for is web browsing and iTunes.
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