I try to limit the hardware craze: a good camera does not have to be traded in for a new one just because the Joneses have one; nor do old lenses. Still, I have upgraded from 6 to 12 to 24 megapixel sensor cameras, and my lenses were upgraded as well to match the increased quality. Similarly, my laptop does not have to be traded in for a new one just because there are new models available. Even with 24 M pixel pictures, my laptop still worked well. A bit slow, but hey, I’m not a pro who has to process hundreds of pictures a day, so let’s be a little environment-conscious. My laptop is 4 years old now and could do well for at least another year.
An article on PCWorld, Laptops with super high-def displays worth price | PCWorld convinced me that the ‘retina screen’ is not a hype, but a true innovation, because you don’t see individual pixels anymore: ‘Suddenly, there’s harmony. Your eyes actually see what your brain wants to see.’
‘Suddenly, it’s possible to look at a screen and for the first time ever, see no pixels, no “jaggies” (the jagged edges of pixelated raster images) and no gray boundaries around letters. We’ve crossed some kind of line.’
Now I want a new Apple MacBook!
Let’s wait a month, and see if the urge is still as strong. That’s a famous trick to avoid impulsive buying… but this seems a serious candidate!