What Computing Device Will You Buy Next? And Why? [We Ask You]

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computing devices When the personal computer first became a feasible purchase for mainstream consumers there was little choice in terms of form factor; you could either have bulky gray box number one or bulky gray box number two. And that was it. Then along came the laptop, which gave consumers a viable alternative. The last few years have seen two new alternatives enter stage right: the tablet and the smartphone.

While it can be argued whether or not a tablet or smartphone is capable of replacing a desktop or laptop computer, both form factors are evolving at a lightning fast pace. As they grow more capable, so the lure of the traditional PC dwindles. This leaves consumers with a quandary over which device they should spend their hard-earned cash on. A quandary that forms the basis for this week’s We Ask You column.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Computing Device Will You Buy Next? And Why?Computing device” is slightly strange terminology but it’s really the only way to describe all of the various products now on the market that could, conceivably, be used to accomplish the various tasks that were once the sole domain of a workhorse PC.

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Which form factor are you planning on buying next? Which manufacturer do you prefer? Which operating system powers the device you have your eye on? The options include (but aren’t limited to) a gaming desktop PC, a Mac, an Ultrabook, a netbook, a Chromebook, an iPad, an Android tablet, a Windows 8 tablet, an iPhone, and a Windows Phone handset.

Beyond that we want to know your reasons for choosing that particular device. Is it mainly because of the manufacturer, or more because of the operating system? Also, how do you foresee using the device? Is it going to be your primary computer or merely a secondary/mobile option?

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The ultimate aim of this debate is to get a feel for which direction the hardware industry is headed over the next 12 months. And you can help us discover the answer by scrolling down and adding your comment at the end of this article. Even if you, like non-smartphone-owning Justin, don’t always succumb to the lure of the latest gadgets.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, the respect of other readers, and 150 MakeUseOf points to use for MakeUseOf Rewards. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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Comments (80)
  • scottb

    I will be buying a tablet because I don’t have one.

  • Paul Miller

    MacPro Desktop, need the horse power the MacBookPro can’t deliver.

  • Obed Cutaran

    Since September I’ve been saving for the new BlackBerry Z10, since it’s not yet available here in the Philippines I am planning to buy it on eBay. Thought it is still expensive that’s why I am just waiting for it’s US release so it will go down from $1,000 to probably $700? (Hopefully).

    The reason why I want to buy the BlackBerry Z10 is because it’s what fits my lifestyle, I need something that can handle my email and not just do it but let me do it fast. I am not saying that it’s the best platform but I am saying it the best for what I need.

    As for computer device, my Acer Aspire 4755G is still working as it should be and had help me with many of my freelancing project. Though I am planning to buy either Mac Mini or MacBook Pro because I want to learn how to develop on mobile device, you know just expanding my skills and portfolio.

    The reason why I am choosing Mac Mini is because of the price, it’s the cheapest Mac that I can buy, though I still prefer to buy laptops for portability sake as I always want to travel and hang out in different place.

  • Larry Wright

    A desktop PC, windows 7 with 8 gb ram and a 2 tb hd.

  • Samuel Almeida

    After almost 20 years of being a Windows user, I’m seriously considering a move to the Mac Book. I’ve been putting it off for a while now. I have my PhD thesis to finish and I think changing to a different OS right now would take me off course. Maybe 2014 will be the year.

    The question is: MB Air or MB Pro? The retina displays are something that impresses me, as does the overall system integration (hardware built for an OS, and not the other way around). I think that combination is also a plus when it comes to overall performance. The final price will always have a say in my choice, but I’d like to aim for an 8 Ram, 256 SSD and a solid processor. Whether that fits into an Air or Pro will be the price changer and the decision maker.

    So why the change? It’s hard to say. There are a lot of reasons to stay with Windows: familiarity, experience, compatibility, gaming… but I’ve got this bug inside of me that just wants to try something new. I don’t know if it’s because ‘everyone else is doin’ it’, because it’s prettier or something else. Sure we’ve seen lots of people claiming for the same kind of move, and that probably has its effects on me. I admit the weakness. I’m still open to other suggestions and some other PC that has the wow factor.

    Any suggestions? Anyone else hear have a similar dilema?

    • Samuel Almeida

      … just a follow-up: apparently Apple will be reducing prices on their computer line. How about that for a coincidence? :)

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