I think I get where the OP is going with this thread. I paid an arm and a leg for an earlier big name version of a laptop. Could have bought a functional used car for what I paid. Since that experience I figured out that I needed to do more planning with my purchases, and now don't sink that kind of money into something unless I have weighed the pros and cons and have come up with good reasoning. And I shy away from that particular big name brand; their products always cost more than the newer competition.