It's a fact that when it comes to hi-tech toys you will eventually be behind the curve. Sometimes it can take a year to fall behind. Other times it can be weeks.
I was reminded of this when I read Gizmodo this morning. I found out a new version of Drobo came out. I only bought mine three weeks ago. Should I send back the old one (if I can) and get the new improved one? Actually it would be too much of a pain to do so. I would need to offload the tons of data I already stored on the hard drives, then box up the unit, go to UPS and pay the shipping. I would then be without a unit for some time.
It's like when I bought the iPhone, or the iMac, or the Powerbook - I knew something better was going to come along. But you can't wait on your purchase. If you need that hi-tech device, buy it after doing the research. It just needs to do what you want it to do. Waiting isn't going to stop a newer and better version from coming out after your purchase. Just do it.
Other notable behind the curve moments for me:
- iPhone - Purchased September 2007. New version July 2008
- 24" White iMac - Purchased late 2006. New aluminum version mid-2007
- 12" PowerBook G4 - Purchased October 2005. New Intel MacBook Pros release February 2006.
All I can say is keep up with the read the reviews and keep up with the news before buying.
The reasons haven't changed why I bought the Drobo in the first place. I was tired of buying external hard drives and wanted a simple and secure solution that Drobo offers. So what if it's only USB 2.0. I did my research and knew this fact going in.