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  •  No more so than buying a new car instead of (0+ / 0-)

    putting new batteries and tires on a perfectly good existing car.

    Typical laptop batteries have a functional "healthy" lifespan of approximately 300 charging cycles. Whether it's designed obsolescence or not, that's when you'll start to see the fully charged "up time" drop off significantly (at least with Macs).

    The biggest bitch about Mac's crap batteries is the expanding cells which tend to swell to the point of rupture once they've reached their EOL.

    Harddrives are a different story. I replace all my primary boot and media drives every two years max regardless. Obviously I'll do it sooner if needed, but that's the span that has kept me out of trouble for a long time.  Even then, all my "live" systems are constantly mirrored / cloned so I'm fairly well covered in case of any massive failure.  

    SSDs aren't great for everyone or every situation, but for some of my applications they've become essential... and well worth the price premium.

    Of course I remember dropping almost $4000 for a 1 Gig hard drive back in the early 90s - and paid a little over $500 for a 20 Meg external hard drive back in '88.

    Good times :)

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    by here4tehbeer on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 10:43:15 PM PST

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