Not really. Anything with a Core 2 Duo or better, 4GB+ of ram, and an SSD will be perceived as fast by most people for what laptops are generally used for. The need to upgrade laptops every few years for the latest specs hasn't been a thing since around 2006 when the Core 2 Duo came out. Laptops are not gaming desktops (but even those have very long upgrade cycles now, and it's mainly the GPUs that get upgraded). I'd rather have something sturdy with a nice screen and a good keyboard than the latest CPU, which makes almost no difference in a laptop as long as it's at least an i3 or C2D. Build quality and user experience are really the most important things you should consider when buying a laptop. Specs are much less important, just so long as the laptop isn't underpowered. The high build quality and good user experience are why Macbooks hold their value, even when the specs are out of date.