November 06, 2007

To Buy or Not To Buy

So about a year ago or so, I thought about getting a new computer. I purchased my G3 800MHz iBook back in 2002, along with my G4 iMac 800MHz. It was a banner year. I've heard it said before that three years is the standard refresh period for a new computer. And for me, it's been five years. It was about the same before that: in 1997 I purchased my (used) PowerMac 8500.

Right about when my interest towards a new computer was piquing, so were the rumors about Apple making a new iMac. Wonderful! At the very beginning, I had thought I'd upgrade to a Mac Pro system - but that was when I was down in L.A., working at Universal, taking a career-interest in the art of digital encoding. But up here, an iMac would probably suit my needs just fine.

But when the new "Aluminum iMacs" were announced/released a few months ago, I was a bit let down. The thing I didn't like about the newest iMac's predecessor was the large "chin" at the bottom of the screen. I much preferred the look of the Apple Cinema Display - sleek, hardly any bezel. And the new iMacs went and retained that chin. And look! A glossy screen! Yuck! I never got into the idea of a glossy display on the MacBooks. I thought they made the unit look cheap. The glass look of the iMac looks sleeker, sure - but what of the reflections?

So I've gone back and forth and back and forth again about a hundred times about buying myself one of these new iMacs. The power bump I'd get is insane. But with all the extra hard-drive space, I'd also need to invest in a larger backup drive. And while I can get a copy of Microsoft Office on the cheap, purchasing a program like Adobe Photoshop, which I use for my web stuff and the occasional LOLcats joke, would be quite an expense. I'm running a friend's copy right now on my current machine, but I don't know if it would work on a new one. I'd kinda like to start fresh with all perfectly-legal copies, ya know?

So, argh. Do I need a new computer right now? ... no? Maybe? I don't know. My computers are functioning, but not much above that. They're not really that fun to use anymore, but do I really use a computer for fun anymore? I spend more of my time watching tv, or watching Erik play "Half-Life 2". Is a $2500+ computer purchase right now what I need?

This is not an easy decision.


posted by julie at November 6, 2007 04:06 PM


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