No body likes being forced into a hardware purchase due to broken computers. Is the current one beyond repair?
Originally Posted by gtavc
My old laptop just died so I'm in need of a replacement. I want a Macbook,
Mac Books are dead all Apple has is Mac Book Pros and AIRs.
but was hoping to wait until the next spring when it is thought that the Pro lineup will be redesigned.
Well that would be a very good idea if it weren't for the broken machine. However realize that it will be later than spring if the rumored Ivy Bridge delays are true. It would be very wise to wait for Ivy Bridge and the new MBP hardware.
[/quote] My question is what will have the best resale value next spring/summer, a 13" Pro or a 13" Air? I'm thinking about getting one of the two now, selling it and then picking up the refresh when it comes out next year. Thanks[/QUOTE]
This is tuff. The question is what hardware do you need. More so what software do you normally run. In the end two things define what you need in a laptop software and data storage. If the AIR can handle your needs I'm going to guess that it would be your best choice. Just realize the unique performance profile of the AIR.
However realize I'm not a big fan of quick hardware turn arounds. You would be far better off simply buying a computer today that would remain viable for you for a few years. It is sort of like leasing a car which can make sense for a limited number of people, bu the thrifty buy and then keep a car for years. Admittedly computers are different as they have consistently increased in performance every year. But the fact remains if you can keep the hardware for three years you will save a great deal of money.
Much of this position on computers was learned the hardway back in the 486 days. The constant updating To slightly better hardware or a processor drains a lot of cash out of ones pocket. Better to buy as much performance as you can afford and keep it for a couple of years. Unless you have a really good reason buying hardware with plans to upgrade in six months is just bad economics.