It doesn't always have to be tied to an event. I think that the mbps will only see a minor HD bump (perhaps faster and slightly more capacity) before Christmas. I think this "update" will be fairly silent; it hasn't happend too often in the past, but it has happened. This is the only way I see Apple having a competitive macbook pro for Christmas, and still updating them properly in January.IF a MBP update were to happen soon, are most product updates announced at an Apple event? If so, what events are coming up between now and November?
Hmm I dunno....it's not like Intel doesn't have a 45nm architecture named Penryn coming out anytime soon...oh wait.I think you need to ask yourself "If apple did upgrade the MBP what would they upgrade in it?" Seems like there isn't any new processor chips, LED are pretty new... maybe a BTO option for blueray?? Seems doubtful that they will update the MBP anytime soon.
Well Sony does a good job being competitive. I don't want to bother right now, but I'm sure I could configure a Vaio with similar stats and with similar weight/size around 2k. And besides, within a few months, there will be many more notebooks that will become competitive with the current mbps.and what other laptop comes close?
Sony doesn't have anything close to the MBP in their lineup right now. Something comparable would be the HP 8510w (and 8510p), Lenovo Thinkpad T61p, and a couple Asus notebooks (G1s, V1s, G2s, W2w). All of them, including the MBP, have their strengths and weaknesses.Well Sony does a good job being competitive. I don't want to bother right now, but I'm sure I could configure a Vaio with similar stats and with similar weight/size around 2k. And besides, within a few months, there will be many more notebooks that will become competitive with the current mbps.
This notebook comes pretty close (the CPU is one notch lower, but that's usually only about $100-200 more, which still leaves it under the mbp). A few specs adjusted here and there, and we have a mbp equal. The Vaios are also lighter than other notebooks of similar power. Their weight is usually pretty close to the mbps.Sony doesn't have anything close to the MBP in their lineup right now. Something comparable would be the HP 8510w (and 8510p), Lenovo Thinkpad T61p, and a couple Asus notebooks (G1s, V1s, G2s, W2w). All of them, including the MBP, have their strengths and weaknesses.
Well, I could have spent more time and configured a notebook to be just like the mbp (which I'm sure a serious buyer would do before putting down his money). The point is, all Mac products go through three distinct phases:You can match up the processors, but the highest video card you can configure in a FZ is the 8400M GT. I doubt it has DDR3 like the 8600M GT in the MBP. It does come close though, you're right.
I was thinking of notebooks with the same amount of power as the MBP.
I'm just using the phases to describe the "best" time to buy. Naturally, the best time for any individual to buy is when they need a new computer. Now, for what you described above, a general consumer could pick up a macbook(except if they want to game) at any time and wouldn't have to care as much about when it's going to become "obsolete" (I use that term loosely; none of the macbooks that has been released thus far has become obsolete yet) because the cost of a macbook is dramatically less. For someone who is putting down more than two thousand dollars, knowing when to buy can help stretch the proverbial dollar.While you're correct about the three phases, but this kind of assumes that the reason to buy a MBP or any computer is to win some sort of race to be the fastest, strongest, or best overall. If and when I buy a computer, it is because it allows me to use the available software to do something, such as edit photos, surf the web, watch movies, create websites, track finances, etc.
While everyone wants to get the best value for thier money, what is more important, is will your purchased computer allow you to do the thing you want to accomplish with the computer you purchased.
The one area that may be an exception with today's technology is in gaming. I am not a gamer, but I understand that game software is very demanding and keeps getting more so with every generation of new 3D game variant. If you are buying your computer for gaming, good luck keeping up with the cycle of software leapfrogging computer capabilities. I suggest you invest in an Xbox or Playstation since they are much cheaper to keep upgrading than computers.
However if you are editing photos or blogging or watching movies or shopping on Amazon, I think any computer you buy today will meet your needs for the forseeable future. I have heard the average notebook lifespan is 4-5 years and for table tops about 5-6 years.
The one area where my MBP might be weakest is in the hard drive capacity, but with the excellent external hd's available, this is not a reason to wait. It also is not a good idea to store everything in your computer in case of failure anyway.
I say, if you need a computer, pick the size and speed available that suits your needs and buy it without looking back. If you are buying a computer to play Halo 3, Xbox might be a better way to go.
Best of luck to all in your choice.