Repair vs replace

repair-vs-replace

 

 

I purchased a new MacBook air back in the summer of 2012.  I can’t remember exactly, but we paid a little over $1,000 for it.  I have had this computer for 4.5 years, which is a pretty good amount of time, in my opinion.  About a year ago, my power cable broke, so we purchased a new one for under $50.  In the past few months, I have noticed a steady decline in my computers battery life.  Now, the battery life is so short the laptop can only run for 5-10 minutes unplugged.  So much for portability!  We researched some battery repair options. The first was to send it away to apple and have a new battery installed- $199

We researched some battery repair options. The first was to send it away to apple and have a new battery installed- $199.  The downside to this option is that I would be without my laptop for quite a while.

The second option for repair was a local (ish) apple certified repair store.  They were willing to replace the battery with a less expensive (but still excellent quality) for $129.  The repair only takes 10 minutes, so they are willing to do it while I wait in the store.  The downside is it’s about 45 minutes away.

A third option, which I seriously considered, was getting a whole new laptop!  This would easily run me over $1,000.  Being unsure of how much “life” was left in my laptop, I wasn’t sure if spending money to repair it would be worth it. In the end, we decided that we would rather spend $129, and a few hours to get (hopefully) a year + of life out of my current laptop.

It’s always a challenge deciding whether to repair or replace.  This time a repair made more sense but that’s not always the case!

 

 

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