How long have you had your laptop for?

I was thinking about all my electronic devices, some may say I have too many, but all of you know one can never truly get enough. From all this contemplating I realized something. I came to a sudden momental thought that I’ve replaced all of my devices within a year or so. I guarantee you could count a number of devices you’ve replaced within the last year or so as well. I mean I’ve replaced phones, tablets, game systems, all those wonderful products, except for one.

My MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2011).

I have had my MacBook for what 5 years or so? The best part is she still runs impeccably. I mean yes I upgraded my RAM to 16GB which gave her a bit more juice, but that’s all I’ve done, otherwise she’s been an outstanding machine.

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For some reason I also haven’t had any reason to want to upgrade this machine. You know how new laptops come out, with the Retina Display, or with HDMI ports, or even just the simple USB 3.0 ports and then your machine starts to feel old and you think to yourself “I think it’s time for a new one.” I honestly haven’t had that with this laptop. It might be because I haven’t had any issues with it, or it might be just that I didn’t need those technological upgrades, primarily because I went around them.

For example, I don’t need an HDMI port, I just use an Apple TV to Airplay whatever I’d like, gets rid of cords completely. Or instead of using a USB 3.o port I use the Kanex Thunderbolt to USB 3.0 Adaptor. When my laptop was feeling a little slow, I went from 4GB RAM to 16GB. I just managed to find ways to go around these little aspects to increase the lifespan of my laptop. I bet you’d agree it’s not fun getting a new laptop every year, especially where they can range price wise anywhere form $700 to $1500. Trust me, I went through a number of Windows computer before I switched over to Apple. I think I went through 3 Asus Laptops in 3 years, until I got a MacBook Pro, and I still have it!

So what do you think? Do you think that making the lifespan of your laptop is important or do you enjoy getting a new one every few years?

Let me know of any comments or questions you may have! Feel free to comment below or send me an email at simpletechlifeblog@gmail.com

7 thoughts on “How long have you had your laptop for?

  1. Usually the laptops I own don’t last very long. I tend to get cheap ones, something happens, and then the cycle goes on. However, I recently got a new Dell Inspiron 11 3000 and I think I want to upgrade the RAM to keep it going faster. I really like it and want to keep it around longer. I think the lifespan of my laptop is important because getting a new one every few years is pointless when you can just wait until you really need a new one.

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    1. That’s the cycle I didn’t want to get back into after I was going through a laptop a year, I did my research, bit the bullet and decided to make the more expensive investment in Apple, and it’s paid off so far! But upgrading the RAM is always a good thing to do, definitely the cheapest route to go to make a laptop/computer faster

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      1. I think that upgrading my RAM is well needed for my laptop. I also think that I might invest in a stronger laptop later on so it will last longer. I don’t bring it anywhere usually so it really depends on how I need to use it.

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      2. Ah well then that is completely understandable, I usually bring my laptop everywhere with me and I use it for everything, so it’s something that is a necessity to me at least, but I totally understand where you are coming from!

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