So, I have a macbook that I bought in August 2007. I use it basically all the time, and I’ve roughed it up a few times (dropped it, etc).
Overall, it’s still performing pretty well. However, I’ve had to replace the hard drive and CD drive (part of which I was reimbursed for), I’ve had to buy a new power cord, and recently the CD drive stopped working again. In addition, it’s pretty slow and Acrobat crashes frequently (Safari as well). It only has 1 gig of RAM and I only have 17 gigs of hard drive space left. Also, the battery life is low.
My dad insists that the smart thing to do is just to replace components that fall apart, which is ultimately cheaper. I could get up to 2 gigs of RAM and replace the internal hard drive, and a new batteyr would be cheaper. If I buy a computer it’s going to be a macbook pro, which I could probably get for about $1000.
Also, I use my computer for pretty much everything. All my school stuff. When I’m awake, it’s on.
I’m personally conflicted because in a way my dad’s right: I don’t use the CD drive and I could just replace everything cheaply, and I don’t NEED a new computer. I don’t want to be a spoiled brat about it (all my money right now is their money and loan money).
On the other hand, my life would be about 3-5% easier if things worked fast and didn’t crash and so forth. And it is, like, the main thing in my life.