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PostPoints tip: Sites I like: MacRumors' Buyer's Guide

When Apple invited reporters to an event scheduled for last Wednesday, describing its topic simply as "Back to the Mac," computer-industry reporters knew the company was almost certain to introduce new laptops. But so would anybody who had recently visited the MacRumors Buyer's Guide (buyersguide.macrumors.com). This project of the widely-read Apple-news site offers its editors' assessments of the risk involved in buying a new Apple computer, mobile device or monitor, based on how long it's been since the model in question was last updated and any relevant news or forecasts of changes to the product. For example, last Monday the guide waved off would-be buyers of Apple's MacBook Air ultralight laptop with a "Don't Buy - Updates soon" recommendation; below that, it noted that the current model has gone nearly 500 days without an update, against an average wait of 255 days for earlier updates.

Today, it advises that Apple's MacBook Pro laptops are "Approaching the end of a cycle," so you'd best avoid picking up one; the iMac gets a "Buy" rating, thanks to its July update, while the Mac mini only receives a "Neutral" recommendation. Unfortunately, one of the Apple products I'm asked about most often--the iPad--has yet to be added to the site, so you'll still have to roll the dice on timing a purchase of that model. (My own guess: Since we didn't see a new iPad at last week's event, we're not going to see one before next year.)

(What's this "PostPoints tip" business about? Since July, I've been archiving each tip-of-the-week e-mail we send to PostPoints members under this blog's "Tips" category--in some cases with slight revisions, as you see above. Today's item went out on Oct. 19.)

By Rob Pegoraro  | October 25, 2010; 6:30 AM ET
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