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Out of curiousity, it's always been my impression that "pro" gear such as the Mac Pros and Macbook Pros held their value or depreciated less over a period of time than "consumer" gear such as iMacs and Macbooks. Is this necessarily true?
 

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Depends.

Some of the higher end pro gear is also harder to resell, as the market is mostly looking for the consumer stuff (this applies less to the MBP, but probably somewhat to the 17"ers.)

Lots of people on here have reported having trouble selling their PowerMacs and MacPros -- easier to sell an iMac and MB, I'd assume.

Again, just MHO.
 

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Out of curiousity, it's always been my impression that "pro" gear such as the Mac Pros and Macbook Pros held their value or depreciated less over a period of time than "consumer" gear such as iMacs and Macbooks. Is this necessarily true?
Try tellin' that to anyone who has a G4 iMac...
 

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Consumer gear holds its value better.
A 20" G4 iMac has solid value now while the faster more expensive dual g4 towers are often hard to move.

The reason is......consumer gear meets general needs. Most can use a G4, G5 or Intel iMac for basic computing.

Pros however generally need more speed in each generation and pay accordingly.

So the $2000 consumer item flattens out around $1000 , the $4000 pro gear flattens out in the $6-800 range.

There are some exception.....OS9 bootable holds up in Pro gear and G5 towers have been holding up very well for several different reasons related ot OS9, Adobe CS, PCiX/PCiE issues and RAM costs.
G5 iMacs are selling very close to Intel - sometimes more - G4 iMacs continue to have selling power and demand.

The same generally holds true for Pro Portables as well.....farther to fall and there were no G5 intermediates to fall back on so most opted to jump to Intel.

G4 portables have flattened out in the $600-1100 range.

When you consider that includes 17"1.67s that were $3k - = :eek:

Rule of thumb - figure consumer gear to flatten around 40-50% of original value.
Pro gear 20-30% of original value.
 

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IM remember that's 2-3 years out where it hits what we call a "platform" value which tends to hold then for 2-3 more.
It's one reason pro clients tend to lease then roll over the equipment every 18 months - let the gov take the biggest hit then move the units before it drops too far.

Ideally buying one model change behind the market also helps with depreciation. ie those that bought 2.5 G5s for $2600-2800 when the 2.7s were tagged at $3700.

This was a while back but I recall warning clients off the 733 Digital Audio - a mere $5200. It was simply way over priced and underpowered compared to the dual 533 ( which is still a good and rare machine).

One client insisted on the 733 then saw his machine drop in half in 5 months when the Quicksilver series arrived. :eek:
He called quite sheepishly and said..."You were right - I should have listened".
That said that particular model is still desirable and durable ....at $300.

Always chat before you jump into a big purchase.
 

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The Santa Rosa with more ram capacity, better video card and faster bus as well as LED backlite represents a reasonable upgrade - in particular the 17" with widescreen, 160 gig 7200 rpm drive
 

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I have not read much about the led screens, beyond the complaints about the 'yellowish' hue on them. The 17 is a wee bit big, but certainly tempting.
Try this.
 

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It's LED backlight, not screen - they may indeed have a slightly warmer stock setting than fluorescent.

we think the 17 wide with the 160 7200 rpm and quick video card is a treat. ;)
 

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Yes it is - but with 4 gigs a fast drive and 1920x1200 truly a portable powerful desktop for pro editors.

Most opt for the 15" - the 2.2 is incredibly good value. $2490 or so with 4 gigs - sweet price and great performance.
 

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Does the 4 Gigs RAM really make a difference? I was reading about the difference between 2 and 3 gigs, and there's actually come performance LOSS between the two 'cause you lose dual channel.
 
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