Buy a new mac or upgrade the OS?
July 20, 2013 3:58 PM Subscribe
My early-2007 Macbook Pro is still going strong, besides the fact that it gets very hot and that the battery is kaput. The biggest problem I have with it is that the OS (v.10.5.8) is far enough out of date that I can't update most of my software, and have a hard time acquiring new software. Is it worthwhile to upgrade to the latest version of OS X, or would I be better of just springing for a new mac?
posted by scarylarry to Computers & Internet (19 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I have a 2007 MBP with a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor and 4GB of RAM. It still works pretty well for a seven year old computer. I've already upgraded the OS once, from Tiger to Leopard (10.5.8). But it's getting to the point where it's virtually impossible to update software and/or get new software for the computer, so I either need to upgrade to Mountain Lion or get a new laptop.
I feel weird dropping a large amount of money on a new computer when I still have a fairly functional machine. But maybe it's worth it, if my computer will perform better or be more dependable, or if Mountain Lion would be sluggish on my older MBP. I don't know enough to weigh the pros and cons myself.
My cheapest option for a new mac laoptop would be an entry-level 13" Macbook Air (the 11" would be too small for me). But I don't know how the 1.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 would compare to my 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor. The numbers confuse me--is the MBA processor a step down from my current one?
Both machines would have 4GB of RAM and a similar-sized hard drive, but of course the Air would have an SSD, which I understand is a major speed improvement.
I do a lot of word processing and web browsing, which I don't need a power monster for, but I also do occasional sound editing and photoshop work. I want a computer that can handle these applications when I need them--which is rarely, but it happens.
I don't want to spend $1000 for a computer that's a step down or even a lateral move from my old MBP. If that's the case, I'd rather just upgrade the OS. But are there compelling reasons to take the plunge?
Sorry if this is confusing. I'm not terribly tech-savvy.