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Macbook Pro Retina: How long will it last me?

by WNorr2014 / February 14, 2013 10:38 AM PST

I am finishing my junior year in high school and have saved enough money to purchase the 15 in macbook pro retina for $2,200. My question is will it last me through my senior year and my 4 years of college? I like to play MMO's, but nothing to heavy. I also will be using lots of fairly graphic intensive programs as an engineering student. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Will Macbook Pro Retina last for five years
by Zandiman1 / February 15, 2013 12:23 PM PST

A Macbook pro Retina display should last you for the time you mentioned, provided you take care of it. As in: Always have the screen saver on, remove it from the charger when it's fully charged, don't drop it, but if you do, most important of all, BUY THE MAC CARE WARRANTY. My wife, daughter and myself bought it for each of our systems and it's paid for itself three times over. Apple is really good with honoring that warranty and taking care of its customers.

Good luck at college.

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The computer will last this long
by onemoremile / February 15, 2013 11:52 PM PST

Of course, you will find yourself lusting after the latest, greatest Mac two years from now. This is how Apple stays in business!

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(now old) MacBook Pro
by BenCrompton / February 16, 2013 11:41 AM PST

Yeah it's true, the Apple way means that you'll be lusting after the new version of your laptop less than six months after you bought it. Nonetheless, here's my experience (in a nutshell):

I bought my 13" MacBook Pro almost exactly 4 years ago. Since that time, I've used it to write countless essays and reports (including my final year dissertation). I've taken it a third of the way around the world to travel and to teach. I've loaded up software that is massively hardware intensive. I've created videos, iPad apps, and small ibooks for my students.

3 months after I bought the laptop, I dropped it and cracked the screen. It's still cracked.

If you use your laptop the way you need to use it and you treat it with care, it will suffice for as long as you need it to do what you bought it for. I don't plan on replacing mine for another 2 years.

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