The new Apple laptops sure are gorgeous. I can't justify a new laptop right now, but they're sweet enough that I may finally make the jump over to the Mac world with my next computer. Of all the computers I've owned, I've never had a Mac, although my first computer was an Apple IIc.
In general, I don't think of myself as an early adopter. I can (and do) ooh and ah over the iPhone, but my actual cell phone is about 4 years old, and running on pre-paid minutes from t-mobile -- $100 buys you 1000 minutes, which lasts me for about a year.
But we did get a Wii the first day it went on sale. And we were early adopters of TiVo -- although we got it because a friend had bought it, and was then moving to Ireland, so he sold the machine to us.
I think the distinction for me is whether a new gadget does something fundamentally new and different, or if it's an improvement over something I already have. If it's the later, and what I have is working, I find it hard to justify forking over the money for the latest and greatest...
That said, our big family holiday gift this year was that we upgraded our tivo to HD. TiVo successfully hooked us by allowing people to transfer their lifetime plans to a new machine -- but only for a limited period. I feel manipulated, or something.
So, are you an earlier adopter? Or do you never pay attention to the hot new thing? For everything, or only some things? And if you're selective, how do you decide?