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    How long will it last?
    One of the main reasons why I ventured into the Mac world was because I have more dead pc's laying around here than I prefer to count.

    Seems like they either die, or because of all the bloatware, spam, crap, blah blah blah, they become virtually unusable within a couple of years.

    And I've heard stories of Mac users having the same computer for 10+ years and it works great. Obviously not as good as brand new ones, but still kicking as they should for what they are many years later.

    Is this the rule for Mac's? Should I expect my iMac to be a solid computer for me for the next 5+ years or so? More?

    Just curious what everyone's opinions are on how long a typical Mac would last.

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    I plan to buy a Mac later this fall. This topic will be very interesting to me. I hope some of the more experience Mac users can give their opinions.

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    Mine is about four months old and still kicking
    15" MacBook Pro

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    I have a G4 still running strong as a back-up server, now 10 years old and runs OSX tiger server (10.4)

    I also own a Mac SE30 (1989) , works great as a book stop but still boots up and runs system 7 from the early nineties. Its not much use as it cannot connect to the internet and shares no ports or disk formats with modern macs - but still works as a little bit of Historic curiosity.

    Macs do fail, but the vast majority still soldier on after many years doing useful work, so expect to still have a machine running as good as new in five years or more
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    Just curious what everyone's opinions are on how long a typical Mac would last.
    It's not so much a question of how long the hardware will last because Macs are built well and will for the most part last quite a while.

    The problem is with today's rapid moving technology, your new Mac will likely be outmoded long before the hardware fails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by louishen View Post
    I have a G4 still running strong as a back-up server, now 10 years old and runs OSX tiger server (10.4)

    I also own a Mac SE30 (1989) , works great as a book stop but still boots up and runs system 7 from the early nineties. Its not much use as it cannot connect to the internet and shares no ports or disk formats with modern macs - but still works as a little bit of Historic curiosity.

    Macs do fail, but the vast majority still soldier on after many years doing useful work, so expect to still have a machine running as good as new in five years or more
    Thanks, five years is more than I have ever used a Windows machine. I am on 4 years with my current Windows PC and that is because of the recession.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    It's not so much a question of how long the hardware will last because Macs are built well and will for the most part last quite a while.

    The problem is with today's rapid moving technology, your new Mac will likely be outmoded long before the hardware fails.
    That’s also a concern of mine…

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontyMo View Post
    Mine is about four months old and still kicking
    Thank you too…

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    The one before lasted 4 years the current MBP 1.5 years.

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    My Macbook is coming up to 4 years i think and i cant count the amount of windows laptops my friends have gone through in that time. Still runs everything i need really well and is the best £800 or so pounds i have ever spent.

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    I have a 10yr old iMac running that i use for my 8yr old son so he can learn the Mac. Works great still running 10.4.11. I recently picked up a PowerMac G3 running OS 9 Bought it home hooked it up to my 46" TV and she booted up in 5 Mins. Still working like the day it came out. And my 2010 MBP is going well too.

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    My turn-around time is usually about 4 years. The last MBP is 4 years old and got slow editing HD video. So I just got a new iMac for those tasks, the MBP still runs super with everything else and I'm still using it for travelling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dekan View Post
    My turn-around time is usually about 4 years. The last MBP is 4 years old and got slow editing HD video. So I just got a new iMac for those tasks, the MBP still runs super with everything else and I'm still using it for travelling.
    You just helped me in my decision between a MBP and an iMac.

    Thanks

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    My G4 eMac 1.25GHz and G4 iMac 1GHz are both still around. They were released in 2003 and 2002 respectively. I hope this baby lasts that long.

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    My first macbook (2006) lasted 2 years. I only sold it 'cos I wanted to use more RAM.

    My second macbook has lasted 3 years. It too is due to be sold soon, as I want more RAM, and its replacement (15" MBP) has been delivered.

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