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Old 06-23-2016, 06:29 PM
 
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I have only ever used PCs so far and my current computer (an HP steam 13) is real a piece of junk. I have been thinking of giving an Apple machine a shot, but I do not nearly have the budget for a recent model. I saw some used ones for sale on ebay for $150. Do you think they can be worth the try for someone that uses the computer to write/read, surf the web watch videos, download stuff?
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Old 06-23-2016, 10:06 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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Probably not for that year & price. You can add an SSD, RAM & new battery to make it workable but that'll all cost money.

You can get a new Chromebook for that $150 price which can meet your requirements. Or save up if you can for a better laptop.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:46 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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The DIY upgrades for a 2010 macbook laptop is about $200 for the memory and SSD upgrade without changing the battery. Even if you add a new battery the rated life is only around 2 hours versus current computer model with a run time of over 8 hours. Then you still have to worry about the lifespan of the motherboard and power supply. I don't think the $150 unupgraded model would be sufficient to run the current operating system and surf the web and have an enjoyable experience. So you are looking at spending $350 minimum which then pushes you to a used macbook air with the memory and SSD already included if you are not a DIYer.
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Old 06-24-2016, 06:55 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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I'm using a mid 2009 Mac that has not been upgraded. It works pretty well. I imagine that if I upgraded that the experience would be even better. You're talking about a 2010 model which should be better than mine. The only thing I can't say is whether it is worth $150 or not.
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Old 06-24-2016, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm using a mid 2009 Mac that has not been upgraded. It works pretty well. I imagine that if I upgraded that the experience would be even better. You're talking about a 2010 model which should be better than mine. The only thing I can't say is whether it is worth $150 or not.
What version of the OS are you on, do you encounter the spinning pin wheel often? How much ram is in there?
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:13 AM
 
Location: USA
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Just read the specs on that HP. Indeed, crappy hardware for a Windows computer.

You didn't say what kind of 2010 Macbook on ebay. So hard to say if its worth $150. Depends on what's in it.
My friend still keeps his ancient Powerbook 15, OSX Tiger lying around his living room for anyone to use. Plugged in as the battery doesn't hold much juice anymore. Not upgraded nor updated. It works just fine for basic web surfing. Even watching dvd movies and youtube videos. Not for Netflix streaming though. Kind of stutters.

What other machine can you buy with $150? That Macbook? Maybe an older Dell or Lenovo, with better hardware and Windows 7 only (kill the Win 10 upgrade immediately)? It would probably be better than that HP Stream 13.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:21 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I'm using a mid 2009 Mac that has not been upgraded. It works pretty well. I imagine that if I upgraded that the experience would be even better. You're talking about a 2010 model which should be better than mine. The only thing I can't say is whether it is worth $150 or not.
I have been using a 2010 13" MacBook Pro for several hours each day, but turn it off once every two weeks or at least every month, then restart it the next morning. Not a single issue with it since I bought it, and I have no idea how long the battery lasts because I always connect it to the power outlet when running heavy tasks, videos, music, etc.

By the way, it has been running under "El Capitan" OS-X for over six months already.
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A 2009 MacBook works with El Capitan, but apparently won't be eligible to receive Mac OS 10.12 Sierra. So you're at the end of the line with this model, as far as OS updates go.

The MacOS Sierra Compatibility List | OSXDaily

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Old 06-25-2016, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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What version of the OS are you on, do you encounter the spinning pin wheel often? How much ram is in there?
El Capitan 10.11.5
MacBook Pro 13 inch Mid 2009
I don't see the beach ball very often.
4 GB Memory
2.26 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

According to Apple's recent announcement, the next version of OSX will not work on this one. It will on a 2010 version though.
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Old 06-25-2016, 09:21 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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I saw some used ones for sale on ebay for $150.
An Ok price but NOT off ebay. Find a local seller.

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Do you think they can be worth the try for someone that uses the computer (lightly)?
Absolutely. I'm using one right now.

(I recently replaced the battery and the AC adaptor cord.)
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