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My son is looking at getting a MacBook pro, after several years of pc laptops (lenovo, etc). He is not a gamer, but is inclined to have a lot of tabs open at once, download music, maybe movies. His previous laptops have died at about the four year po

My son is looking at getting a MacBook pro, after several years of pc laptops (lenovo, etc). He is not a gamer, but is inclined to have a lot of tabs open at once, download music, maybe movies. His previous laptops have died at about the four year point.  I know this is a broad question, but is there an average lifespan for a MBP? My iMac desktops have had long lifespans, but i dont know anything about laptops.
Also, when do newest models of MBP typically come out?
Many, many thanks in advance,
Jane

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Macbooks and Windows Notebooks generally have the same lifespan.....
It's all about how once treats their notebook.  I still have my late 08 Macbook Uni that works great and will be passing it to my niece.
Like any other electronics out there, no one can really tell which will last longer.  Anything can happen.
I own a few Macbooks and a few windows notebooks.  To this day, they all work.
Macbooks generally come out with new models every year.  The same as windows notebook.
I suggest you compare price versus brands.
The cheapest 13 Inch Macbook Pro is $1200 - for that price you can buy 2 windows based notebook and still have some cash left over to buy some accessories.
Am I suggesting you should buy a windows notebook?  Nope......
Am I then suggesting you buy a Macbook Pro?  Not really....
I suggest you purchase one based on weighing the Pro's and Con's of each notebook.
Some will say that a Macbook Pro is better than a Windows Notebook - I am one of them.
Some will say that a Windows Notebook is better than a Macbook - That's based on the fact that there are more programs out there made for windows.
It's all up to you.  It's hard to say one is better than the other - This will be a long debate.
Last - how old is your son and does he need to be using a $1200 Macbook Pro if a $400 Windows Notebook can do the same job.
Good luck - and i'm sure other users will put in their .02 cents in too.

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