While Tech of the Hub primarily focuses on home theater, we do reserve the right to talk about other things tech. Unless you have been living in a cave or work at Microsoft, you can’t escape all of the iPad coverage. It did get my attention as I am in the market for a new notebook or netbook. Yes, it’s an amazing device if you are looking to consume media but I don’t think it’s a good fit if you are creating content (aka you need to type a lot).
In my opinion, one unfortunate side effect of the iPad launch is that is potentially delayed the introduction of the new MacBook Pros. I don’t think we’ll see them until some of the iPad craze and great PR fades. The good news is that is looks like that’s really soon (sometime this April) according to this report from AppleInsider. Some of the other speculation is that the delay is due to a shortage of Intel’s new processors, but that can only last for so long. The exciting thing about the new launch is that Steve Jobs has stated the 2010 Macs are going to take it to the next level and keep the competition at bay. Hopefully, he means it will be more than just a processor refresh.
Personally, it’s been a dilmena for me on which netbook or notebook to chose. I start out thinking I would like a 12″ netbook for about $450. I then started customizing and the price goes up to about $550 to $600. I then think I could get a notebook with a real processor for the same price. Then I started adding extras and I am up to $750 to $800. After that you need to add Office and virus protection and you are over $1,000. At this point, why not just buy a MacBook Pro for $1200 or so.
It will be interesting to see if the new MacBooks result in a price reduction for the current models. That would be tempting unless the new MacBook has some killer feature…..