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tremendous
Feb 27, 2008, 04:13 AM
some of you are plain nuts. you've had a computer for 6 months and you freak out because a newer one has been released?

who else is rocking older hardware and is totally happy with it? I can't be the only non-insanely greedy person who has to have the newest stuff RIGHT NOW merely because it exists, am i?

The belief that a laptop becomes 'outdated' and 'old' and 'useless' and 'slow' just because a newer, slightly faster one is released is crazy. I can almost understand people who bought it within the last day or so being a little pee'd off, but even then...

Powerbook, and proud!

oh and it's not like i couldn't afford a new computer - i'm in no way loaded, but if i saved for a month, i could have a new one - but...i don't need it! not until the stuff i do on the powerbook becomes too much for it, or he finally goes to the big powerbook dump in the sky :( - and it's not like i'm not giving him a proper work out, either!



netdog
Feb 27, 2008, 04:14 AM
The belief that a laptop becomes 'outdated' and 'old' and 'useless' and 'slow' just because a newer, slightly faster one is released is crazy.

Welcome to MacRumors.

tremendous
Feb 27, 2008, 04:18 AM
Welcome to MacRumors.

hah, touche!

yoppie
Feb 27, 2008, 04:19 AM
I'm rocking a Core Duo MacBook and I'm perfectly happy with it.

hexonxonx
Feb 27, 2008, 04:58 AM
I don't plan on upgrading my MBP anytime soon since I have only had it since July. I do plan on getting a new Macbook very soon though because I want to get rid of my XP laptops. The new MacBooks are now perfect.

crazyskillz07
Feb 27, 2008, 06:18 AM
I just freaked out because I didn't even get my macbook yet. So I has apple send me a shipping label and the package that arrives today is going back so I can pick one up at the store.

tremendous
Feb 27, 2008, 06:20 AM
I just freaked out because I didn't even get my macbook yet. So I has apple send me a shipping label and the package that arrives today is going back so I can pick one up at the store.

Yeah i think you misread the question.

bigbadnewill
Feb 27, 2008, 06:30 AM
Yeah i think you misread the question.

:D

I just got mine this last week...true it was 2nd hand so a lot cheaper but i'm 100% happy with it. Had there been a major redesign i'd have probably been gutted, but since it's only a tiny processor upgrade i really don't care!

a456
Feb 27, 2008, 06:36 AM
Get what you need when you need it. I lasted with an 867 Mhz 12" PB G4 for seven years and it's still in operation but my main computer is now an Alu iMac due to my need for CS3. It's great to have the extra speed but I wouldn't have needed it for MS Office.

The thing that I'm starting to realize is that there are going to be some great second hand and refurb macs out there. Because increasingly the new models are starting to go well beyond what anyone really needs in terms of power, so until something new comes out like FW3200, USB 3 or Blu-Ray drives, which people feel they would really like for future proofing themselves then the second hand machines will continue to be a very good choice.

mrwizardno2
Feb 27, 2008, 06:38 AM
My MBP, Bender, and I go everywhere together. We share a deep, meaningful bond... and no new, pretty face is gonna weaken that bond :D


Hahaha. In all reality though, some people are just gadget whores. I typically am, but I see no reason to bother getting rid of this one to get another one when the performance increase is nowhere near worth it! Multitouch can bite my shiny metal ass.

mr.light
Feb 27, 2008, 06:41 AM
My iBook G4 is working just fine and likely will continue to do so for some time yet. I do however feel I would like to buy myself a new computer (It's my turn... my wife got a new iMac two months ago). I will however wait until the inevitable back to school savings and bundles ( read iPod give away). I'm not in that big a hurry.

Queso
Feb 27, 2008, 06:42 AM
My 867MHz PowerBook is finally getting retired this time after five years of near-daily use. I can't understand why people need the latest and greatest, but let's face it it's their money, so who am I to lecture? :)

ahaley1986
Feb 27, 2008, 06:49 AM
i have a 2 and a half year old piece of crap inspiron 6000 and not upgrading to a macbook yet. i can't really say i am happy with my machine, but it works, so i'll be looking for a little more of a significant update of the macbook. hopefully this summer sometime.

chaosbunny
Feb 27, 2008, 07:05 AM
3 year old 15" 1,67 ghz pb G4 here. It runs Leopard & CS3 just fine, no need to upgrade. For heavy lifting I have a 24" 2,8 ghz iMac at home, but I actually use the pb more since I often work for agencies or with photographers at their studios.

I thought about getting a mbp when I bought the iMac but figured a second machine and keeping the pb was the better plan. I just needed something to write off tax. ;)

So yes, older macs are still very capable machines, and apart from that, they still look sexy. :)

yorkslad
Feb 27, 2008, 07:31 AM
Yeah, just upgraded my 12"PB to Leopard, works fine. Was hoping updates were gonna include the ability to output my HD film editing to Blu-Ray, but will just wait till next update and hopefully some apple magic!!

PowerFullMac
Feb 27, 2008, 07:44 AM
I've been using a iBook G3 until last year when it died...

Still saving for my MacBook!

Chris Blount
Feb 27, 2008, 08:26 AM
I purchased my 2.2 GHz Macbook 12 days ago and decided to trade up to the new version. It was worth it because I didn't need to pay a re-stocking fee and the new Macbook has a $75 rebate.

With that said, if I was outside of the return window, I would have been perfectly happy with the "older" hardware. It ran great. There is nothing wrong with the previous breed of Macbooks.

tremendous
Feb 27, 2008, 08:51 AM
I purchased my 2.2 GHz Macbook 12 days ago and decided to trade up to the new version. It was worth it because I didn't need to pay a re-stocking fee and the new Macbook has a $75 rebate.

With that said, if I was outside of the return window, I would have been perfectly happy with the "older" hardware. It ran great. There is nothing wrong with the previous breed of Macbooks.

So what you're actually saying is you DID jump on the upgrade bandwagon?

mckyvlle
Feb 27, 2008, 08:51 AM
My first Mac is this 3-month old BlackBook. For me, this Penryn speedbump isn't a big enough change to justify getting a new MacBook.

*Sits tight and waits for the backlit keyboard to come to MacBooks.*

QCassidy352
Feb 27, 2008, 09:24 AM
I am upgrading from a core duo macbook to a refurb SR macbook since the prices on refurbs fell so much yesterday. That said, it really ticks me off when people use words like "greedy" and "nuts" to describe those who upgrade more often. Who are you to pass judgment on what someone else does with their money? If you're happy with your PB then great, but that doesn't mean you have to attack those who do things differently.

kkat69
Feb 27, 2008, 09:36 AM
That said, it really ticks me off when people use words like "greedy" and "nuts" to describe those who upgrade more often. Who are you to pass judgment on what someone else does with their money? If you're happy with your PB then great, but that doesn't mean you have to attack those who do things differently.

I have to agree with this.

It's my money...................


<SLAP!>



It's my WIFE'S money, she'll spend it how she wants.

powerbook911
Feb 27, 2008, 09:54 AM
People have the right to upgrade, if they want.

I haven't upgraded my notebook (12-inch 1.5 GHZ G4 Powerbook) cause it's still working nicely (knock on wood), they don't have the form factor I like anymore, and finally I use the current generation iMac, for 99.9 percent of my computer time. My notebook is just an extra that gets used occasionally.

I get tempted by like the Air sometimes, but I think I'll wait until it has a 5400RPM hard drive.

tremendous
Feb 27, 2008, 10:24 AM
I am upgrading from a core duo macbook to a refurb SR macbook since the prices on refurbs fell so much yesterday. That said, it really ticks me off when people use words like "greedy" and "nuts" to describe those who upgrade more often. Who are you to pass judgment on what someone else does with their money? If you're happy with your PB then great, but that doesn't mean you have to attack those who do things differently.

love to replay but just gotta go and get a brand new something because this old one is looking a little passe. brb!!!!!!!!!!

in all seriousness - this isn't about upgrading, it's about upgrading within a few months of a purchase. yes, it is their money, but boy, do some of you spend it very unwisely. and people wonder why the global economy is tanking...

saltyzoo
Feb 27, 2008, 10:30 AM
I couldn't justify the cost of my MBP without taking into account a long lifecycle. Machines this expensive should last a long time, not be replaced quickly.

If I wanted a disposable laptop I'd by a cheap dell.

tremendous
Feb 27, 2008, 10:32 AM
I couldn't justify the cost of my MBP without taking into account a long lifecycle. Machines this expensive should last a long time, not be replaced quickly.

If I wanted a disposable laptop I'd by a cheap dell.

exactly! maybe it's just me, but i can't understand the notion of buying something expensive and being prepared to take a hit on it after 3 months for something so minor. especially considering that in another 3 months there will probably be another update...where does it end? What is the motivation?

Eidorian
Feb 27, 2008, 10:33 AM
I only update my Mac for a new video card. We're still on the GMA X3100 for Penryn right now.

Bobioden
Feb 27, 2008, 11:00 AM
I have a 2.2 Blackbook purchased in late November. When I saw the only changes were a slightly larger hard drive (Which I can upgrade myself), and a bump in Ram, which I already have maxed at 4gb, I was less than impressed.

Now, if they had changed the graphics card, and or added the multi-touchpad, that would have been a different story. It is definatly not worth it to update to the current model. What I have will serve my needs for many years to come.

bigbadnewill
Feb 27, 2008, 11:05 AM
exactly! maybe it's just me, but i can't understand the notion of buying something expensive and being prepared to take a hit on it after 3 months for something so minor. especially considering that in another 3 months there will probably be another update...where does it end? What is the motivation?

I agree! My last laptop was a budget HP. Mechanically it's still sound but just far too poor performance wise. I had it two years. I fully expect my new macbook to last me 3 years at least...if it doesn't i'll be gutted!!! Sure new stuff will come along, but i can't afford to replace all the time. Plus, i get attached to my laptops :D

heatmiser
Feb 27, 2008, 11:17 AM
I went through 6 computers last year. All of them worked fine, but I just kept hopping. My goal is to stick with the Macbook for 5 years (60 months), from 12/08 to 12/12. I don't know if it will last that long (nor if I will), but it's worth a try. I like the idea of using a computer for years and years while ignoring trends. We'll see how it goes. So far, so good. 2/60. :^)

priller
Feb 27, 2008, 11:20 AM
Mines under warranty for the next 3 years so unless its stolen I won't be upgrading until atleast then.

CalmEnvy
Feb 27, 2008, 11:41 AM
I don't jump on the bandwagon right away. I've had my PC for less then a year and it's outdated but I haven't upgraded or anything. I didn't updated my iPod until the touch came, and when I get my MacBook I won't upgrade it for sometime.

ryanwarsaw
Feb 27, 2008, 12:26 PM
I have found that my older Macs still work just fine. With wintel machines after they were 6 months old they never seemed to ever work like new again. When I open finder in my iMac and see all of the Macs networked on the device list I know that I really don't need a new computer.

I notice a difference between my original CD MBP Vs. the other C2D Macs but not much on the others. If well over $10,000 of various latest and greatest Macs that I have purchased hasn't yielded any noticeable performance then I don't think another $3,000 machine will either.

I am in recovery now and promise I won't be tempted for at least another 3 months.

Beric
Feb 27, 2008, 02:16 PM
I bought my MB in September. I could care less about any of the updates since then. I'm on applecare, and certainly won't upgrade before that expires. Only thing I wish I had was a better graphics card, but even that, I can do without.

munckee
Feb 27, 2008, 02:29 PM
Until the MacBook gets a physical update, I'm happy with my refurb blackbook.

Thetics
Feb 27, 2008, 02:31 PM
I can justify myself. I bought my Blackbook on Jan 17th 2008. I was planning on upgrading harddrive and ram anyway. so, I contacted apple, and they said they would cut me a break and allow me to exchange even though it had been past the return date. So for 149.90, i got a gig of extra ram, .2 processor bump and a 100 gigs of extra storage.