I’m into gadgets, as I’ve said before, but my days of being an early adopter are long gone. I know enough about gadgets to understand that the first versions are seldom problem free. So you won’t see me out the door in line waiting for a release.
I do, however, believe in buying a quality gadget, and perhaps going for the more expensive gadget versus the economy model simply because a premium product will have a longer lifetime.
I’ve had a ThinkPad T61p for over seven years, and simply by having one of the better processors and upgrading the ram over the years, it still functions just fine. Sure I’ve had to replace parts here and there and upgrade operating systems, but it still trucks.
At least, it has been. I can sense it nearing the end of its life as I continue to push it by watching HD movies and surf with a dozen browser tabs open. I’ve squeezed out about as much as I could from the old machine, and I couldn’t be happier with its performance.
For that reason, I’m already eyeing my next machine, and opting for the higher-end processors and graphics cards in anticipation of the future needs of computers, and because I want to keep my next machine for at least seven years again.