How Long Do Used Mac Laptops and Desktops Last

May 31st 2018

Mac Laptops and Desktops Last for Years

You’ve probably done some shopping around to find the lowest prices on used and refurbished Macs. (That’s why you’re here, because GainSaver has the best deals!) It’s clear just by looking at the prices. The market has spoken. Macs retain their resale value. Even Macs that were introduced as long as 10 years ago can still cost more than a new PC! That’s because they last and last.

Long live the Mac!

So how long do Macs last? We buy and sell thousands of used Macs. GainSaver has a huge inventory of refurbished Mac laptops and desktops that were first introduced in the last year or two, and extend all the way back to Macs that were introduced as long as 10 years ago. We know there are a huge number of Macs that still work perfectly after 10 years or more because we have them in stock.

We’ve also found that more recent Macs are built even more solidly than before, with fewer parts and all solid state flash drives. That suggests that late model Macs should run fine for at least 10 years. The number of years of trouble free use remaining on a given Mac depends on how old the Mac currently is.

One thing is for sure. If you want to purchase a used Mac that will last for a long time, buy from GainSaver. Our refurbished Mac laptops and desktops are fully tested and inspected. The refurbished Mac you receive from GainSaver is guaranteed to be in 100% working condition, and that includes the mother board, hard drive, memory, ports, Wi-Fi and a display that has no scratches or dead pixels. If it’s not working right, we don’t sell it.

When you shop GainSaver, you are starting out right, with a refurbished Mac you know is fully functional now.

Macs work better now – and later

When choosing between Mac and PC, it’s important to remember that Macs offer trouble free operation when compared to PCs. Perhaps that's part of why they last longer, because they have fewer problems to begin with.

There are computer owners who will tell you that Macs and PCs aren’t very different. Many years ago they were different, but not anymore. The reason is that most every major software publisher now releases versions of their programs for both Mac and PC. And the interfaces of the Mac and PC are quite similar. So, they must be the same, right?

Of course not!

The Mac interface really is better. It’s been clean and consistent for many years. Long time users know and love it. But look at Windows. Remember all the PC users freaking out over the drastic changes from Windows 7 to Windows 8? The interface completely changed. Most users hated it, and still do.

It’s so common to hear people talking about problems they are having with their computers.

  • My PC keeps crashing!
  • The system updates screwed up my PC!
  • I lost all my files!
  • My PC got a virus!
  • I need a new PC. This one doesn’t work anymore.

But you rarely hear these complaints from Mac owners. In fact, have you ever heard someone say, “My Mac got a virus?” Or, “My Mac crashed?” Probably not. It does happen on occasion, but it’s far less common for Mac owners to have computer problems than PC owners.

Macs have better hardware

The biggest difference between Macs and PCs is the quality of the hardware. Macs are designed and built to operate for years. And they do!

Why is that?

First of all, Apple starts with the Unibody case. Unibody construction makes the case itself extremely rugged. Unibody cases are precision carved from blocks of aluminum. Since the case is a single piece of material, it doesn’t bend or separate. Vibrations that could damage the components are reduced. You can feel the quality when you pick up a refurbished Mac laptop or desktop. It’s solid.

Apple uses top quality electronic components. And the company prides itself on designing computers that have fewer and fewer internal parts in each Mac generation. With fewer parts, there is less to go wrong. And with the hard drive, memory, screen and other critical components firmly mounted into a solid Unibody case, even laptops that get carried around every day last a long time.

Apple won’t leave you behind!

A huge advantage for Mac owners is that Apple produces all the Macs. Because no other companies make them, Apple knows exactly what to expect when they develop new generations of the Mac OS.

It’s different in the PC world. Microsoft has to support every manufacturer of PCs, in every conceivable configuration. As PC owners know, a lot can go wrong when doing Windows software upgrades. Not to mention that it’s a huge hassle.

MacOS Sierra support

When Apple develops updates for the Mac OS, they support the older Mac laptops and desktops. MacOS Sierra, which is currently the latest version, runs on every Mac up to seven years old. That’s pretty amazing.

  • iMac (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid 2010 or newer)

OS X El Capitan support

GainSaver offers Macs that are older than seven years. No problem. The previous version of the operating system was OS X El Capitan, which supports Macs that were introduced all the way back in 2007!

  • MacBook (Late 2008 Aluminum, or Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid/Late 2007 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Early 2009 or newer)
  • iMac (Mid 2007 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Early 2008 or newer)
  • Xserve (Early 2009)

By default, GainSaver will install the latest MacOS that runs on the discount refurbished Mac you purchase. If you like, you can select a different version from the Configurator at checkout.

Software Support and More

An interesting point about Apple’s Mac OS upgrades is that not only do they support older Macs, but they often include software improvements designed specifically for older Macs to improve battery life and increase performance.

Another nice benefit from the continuity of the Mac operating systems is that older software application programs you are using now tend to keep on working under new operating systems. That’s makes upgrading the operating system much easier. You don’t need to replace your older programs you have grown accustomed to. For those users who spend their time working with productivity applications like spreadsheets, word processors and financial applications, it’s great not to need to learn anything new!

Trapped in PC world?

Sadly, some people just can’t escape the PC. If you are one of those folks who need to run Windows applications, GainSaver has the solution – have GainSaver install Windows on your refurbished Mac. That way you’ll have a Mac and PC in the same computer. You’ll save money because it’s like getting two computers in one. When you to switch between operating systems, it takes just a moment.

We buy used Macs

GainSaver’s inventory of used and refurbished Mac laptops and desktops come from many sources, including businesses, schools, leasing companies and individual owners. If you have a used Mac to sell, we are always buying.

You can apply your payment towards the purchase of another GainSaver refurbished Mac. When you choose that option, we will pay you an additional 10% for your current used Mac.

GainSaver Extended Warranty Program

We understand that you plan on using your GainSaver refurbished Mac for a long time. A refurbished Mac is an investment, just the same as a new Mac. That’s why GainSaver’s exclusive Extended Warranty Program is so popular.

At a very affordable price, you can get a 180 Day Extended Warranty. The GainSaver Extended Warranty is “no questions asked”. With Extended Warranty coverage, you can return your GainSaver refurbished Mac for any reason at all. Only physical damage from drops and liquid spills are not covered by the GainSaver Extended Warranty.

GainSaver offers Extended Warranties for up to three full years. So if your Mac should stop working during that time, you’re protected. No other company offers three year warranty protection for used Mac laptops and desktops.

Don’t forget configuration

Depending on how many years ago the refurbished Mac you are considering was introduced, certain things may have changed a lot, such as the original memory and hard drive configurations. Memory and hard drive prices have dropped significantly in the last five or six years. So while older Macs may still run fine, you might find the hard drive a bit small for all the video files and images you have today. As for memory, additional memory can add a real speed boost if you are running multiple applications at once, you have Windows installed, or you plan to use your refurbished Mac for video production or other processor intensive applications.

Consider it like maintenance for an older car. Replacing some of the parts can make it run better and last even longer. Plus, all upgraded components for your refurbished Mac are covered by GainSaver’s 30 Day Money Back Guarantee and Extended Warranty programs.

Before you check out your refurbished Mac laptop or desktop deal from GainSaver and begin your many years of happy Mac ownership, take a look at our low prices for component upgrades.

Thank you for trusting GainSaver when you shop for used and refurbished Mac laptops and desktops with many years trouble free service.