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do i have to buy one of the new mac laptops (and are they same as my father's oldsmobile circa 2009 MBP)?

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i am two days away from my applecare warranty running out on my 13" mid 2009 MBP and i just ran a capture data while doing not much of anything and i lose 50% power in just over 1 hour. i have a new battery as of two months ago and a new motherboard and i just cannot /believe/ the answers i have been getting related to battery life.


if i buy a 2012 top-o-line should i expect the same kind of battery life? i mean, i am not going to go into the /other/ problems with this machine but strictly speaking on the life of the battery do the new machines also behave like this in terms of battery life?


i keep being told that a lot of it depends on how high i have the screen brightness set but this is a little like telling me to drive 30 MPH in a 70 MPH zone. if i can't /see/ the screen at 50% what good is telling me "it depends on your usage" to justify 2 hours of battery life with a new battery as being legit.


am i missing something or if i buy a new top o line should i expect the same performance and same answers? because i definitely cannot see dropping 2.5K on a new laptop based on the performance and justifications for lack thereof that i keep receiving.



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  • GeekBoy.from.Illinois Level 4 Level 4 (2,730 points)

    Well, depending upon what you intend to use your system for, you might be able to get many years of good usage out of a MBP.  My first MBP was a Late 2007 17" 2.4GHz Core2 Duo processor system.  I still have it and it still works great.  It may not be the best for some tasks, but it still works great for most things.  I have two batteries for it, and they both still run the machine for several hours, but I seldom run it on battery, so I don't know exactly how long it will last.


    I was doing enough audio & video editing, that last spring, I bought a Later 2011 MBP, and I expect to get 2-3 more years out of it (or more) before I need to replace it.  My new system is a Late 2011 17" 2.4GHz quad core i7 system, so it performs my video and audio editing much better than my older system, but the older one still works...

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)

    If you are running a photo processing program that you started, and it is using a lot of CPU, that is what you expect.


    If you find something that you don't expect is eating your CPU, post its name and readers can tell you what it is, and what you can do about it. Blindly killing it will not solve the problem -- it will be back.



    When the task that controls the Dock is using over 10 percent of the CPU, that is a problem. And many users who upgraded found out that was exactly what was eating their battery life. There are articles now about how to fix that.

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