Louis McGonigal writes:

Hello, Chris!

My name is Louis McGonigal; I am 23, and from the UK. I love watching your vlogs; they spur on my passion for the world of technology and everything else. I am a big fan of yours and have been for a year or so since I came across your YouTube channel.

I currently have a MacBook Pro 13″ with 2×4 GB RAM (upgraded) and a 250 GB HDD running the latest OS X software. I don’t use my MacBook for more than downloading music, movies, and surfing the Web, but I am worried that my MacBook isn’t as good as today’s MacBook line up. Could you help? Do I need to upgrade?

I just love new toys and gadgets and the Retina MacBook Pro is beautiful, but where my expenses stand, I will be with my MacBook Pro a little while longer. I have the HDMI output wireless keyboard and Magic Mouse. I am (admittedly) a big Apple fanboy, but I would just like somebody to tell me the honest truth about my kit.

Keep up with your vlogs; I will continue to like, share, and follow you on every social networking site possible. Many thanks!

Do you think I need to update my MacBook Pro?
Do you think I need to update my MacBook Pro?

I think you’ve answered your own question a little bit here, Louis. I’ve gone over this subject a few times in the past. You’re not using your MacBook for anything intensive like video production or photographic work; sure, it isn’t going to have the same specifications as the latest in the MacBook Pro lineup, but unless it isn’t doing what you want or need it to do, then you have no practical reason to replace it.

You’ve already said that you love new toys and gadgets, but you really do have to look at things in perspective. Have you ever bought the latest version of a computer or a phone only to find that your new device isn’t such a radical departure from the last generation? There is a feeling of disappointment that comes with that in the sense of “oh, I thought this was going to be better than that was.” You probably won’t notice the speed difference between your current MacBook Pro and the latest MacBook Pro line.

I mean, sure, there is a big difference between the MacBook Pro and the Retina display MacBook Pro, but is it worth spending the money on a Retina display MacBook Pro when all you’re doing is downloading movies, music, and surfing the Web?

I hope that’s helped.

Image: 13-inch MacBook Pro by Yutaka Tsutano via Flickr