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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 Should I Get A Laptop Or A Desktop Computer? Should I Get A Laptop Or A Desktop Computer? New laptop sales have long since eclipsed those of desktop machines. But when buying a new computer, is it a foregone conclusion that you should buy a laptop? I say, definitely not. Let’s look at... Read More . 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 Can A Windows RT Tablet Replace My Laptop? Can A Windows RT Tablet Replace My Laptop? Windows RT is not anything like a regular windows install - It looks like Windows 8, but it's really very different. Most notably, you can't install regular Windows applications on it. You can only install... Read More , 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 How To Buy A Laptop Or Notebook PC In 2013 How To Buy A Laptop Or Notebook PC In 2013 This is an exciting time for the PC. Contrary to predictions of its death, the personal computer isn’t going away – but it is changing and, in some ways, becoming more personal. Touchscreens, convertible hinges... Read More . 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 Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] Why This Technology Blogger Does Not Own a Smartphone [Opinion] "Do you have a smartphone yet?" It's a question my friends ask often, and it's a reasonable one to ask. I make my entire living writing about technology, explaining how to use software and interviewing... Read More , 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, and the respect of other readers. 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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  1. scottb
    March 6, 2013 at 8:37 pm

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

  2. Paul Miller
    February 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm

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

  3. Obed Cutaran
    February 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

    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.

  4. Larry Wright
    February 13, 2013 at 10:39 am

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

  5. Samuel Almeida
    February 13, 2013 at 9:00 am

    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
      February 13, 2013 at 3:54 pm

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

  6. Tingirica Robert
    February 13, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I was thinking of a high-end lenovo when I saw that support was gone for the newer engines of Fedora 17 and ubuntu 12.10, on my Radeon card, but then I got windows 8 on my Toshiba and it works great. I use it mostly for programming, entertainment and video editing. So I will invest in a desktop PC, since mobility is not an issue. I know how to write an android app but I never got to buying a smartphone. When something new comes along I don't have the money for it so when I have it is kind of old. If I got a gift I wouldn't mind any old smartphone, like a GS1.

  7. Ole Funch
    February 13, 2013 at 7:21 am

    My Next device will be a LapTop (about 15") with Win8 and touch screen (and portable keyboard).
    Secondary a 9" tablet - Android, Win 8 ??????? - I dont know yet, but not iPad because, I allready have souch one.

  8. ScottG
    February 13, 2013 at 5:17 am

    Just acquired a Raspberry Pi series 2.

    Next will be an Xi3.

    It's all about energy savings!

  9. Jim Aspinwall
    February 13, 2013 at 4:44 am

    I have a stockpile of various laptops. Mobile is 'easy' but a rock solid, runs days/weeks w/o restart 64-bit 'desktop' is the foundation of work and content generation. You can't compile code or monitor multiple systems on a laptop alone. Can you say POWER USER?

  10. Dee Wheat
    February 13, 2013 at 4:16 am

    I got so wound up about HP that I forgot to answer the question LOL! Since my HP desktop has just bitten the dust, I ordered a new tablet Saturday. I want to keep a full sized unit because I do a lot of photography and a tablet just won't work for everything, But for convenience and versatility, there's no question that the tablets have cornered the market hands down. I have an older tablet that, honestly, is a PITA, mainly because it won't maintain a wireless connection and while I have the adapter and could hardwire it, the slot is so loose that even that is essentially impossible. Hopefully the new one will be sturdier. I would love to have a Windows tablet, but I think I'll wait a year or two and let them REALLY work the bugs out (as opposed to merely claiming to do so LOL) before investing that much in one.

  11. Márcio Guerra
    February 13, 2013 at 3:56 am

    Hi Dave! My next computer will be, most likely, a laptop. My chinese tablet is already in Portugal, in Costums, but I don't account it as a computer, since I'm a designer and it is only an accessory. Eventually it may act as a drawing pad (it is an Android tablet) and never to do all the work I need Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, etc, for...

    So, a nice laptop will do the trick. Now, if it is a Windows or Mac product, still don't know, because I'm fully able to work in both OS, and even now I do some things in Linux too...

    So, this is it!

    Cheers

    Márcio Guerra

  12. Aleksandra Huey
    February 13, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Kindle Fire HD and new laptop, anything but HP

  13. Mohammad Nizar
    February 13, 2013 at 3:43 am

    I'd say i would like to buy a desktop. combined with everything that my laptop has, a desktop will be so much cheaper. I can even built a high-end one, with the same price as Sony Vaio or macbook air plus their accessories.

    and my biggest aim on my desktop is a hi-fi soundcard like Xonar Essence STX, or better! This time i won't buy what i don't really use, for real.

    • Aman Ahuja
      February 13, 2013 at 5:42 am

      I am sure a top of the chart tablet would be my next geeky purchase. I am eyeing Nexus 7, Asus Transformer or as an apple bee would say - an iPad in the bag will complete my Apple kitty. I use an iPhone and a MacBook Pro. I had an iPod long ago. I am not sure how easy the decision would be considering the fact that I like Apple products. I might drool over an iPad over a Google Tab. I had a look at a friend's Nexus 7 and didn't find it faster (the hype of QuadCore processor). iPad's screen and easily syncing with my other Apple purchases would be the two reasons to go for that. I have to check about the battery. iPad mini is also on the list. Let me know what MUO thinks of Mini vs Nexus 7. Cheers!

  14. Anonymous
    February 13, 2013 at 3:39 am

    Hopefully getting a new MacBook and iPad before the end of the year.

  15. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    February 11, 2013 at 7:28 am

    None, because I can do everything I want to do with my current devices.

  16. EdmarJohn SanDiego
    February 11, 2013 at 2:36 am

    i would get a an alienware aurora . i would be good for gaming and programming.

  17. Rajaa Chowdhury
    February 11, 2013 at 2:02 am

    If in near future, MS Office Mobile for Android with editing features do become reality, going by the rumors, I may probably then opt for a 10" Android tablet with a physical keyboard, as probably that is only about it, a new device that I may be able to afford within my budget. Why? Because my 99.99 of work consist of MS Office and internet browsing, which the mentioned configuration, should be capable of, if it meets the rumor I have already mentioned about. Ideally though, I would certainly like to opt for Windows 8 Pro Convertible with Intel Core i7 quads with IPS display technolgy and terabytes of data storage. :)

  18. Daniel Escasa
    February 10, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    I'm waffling between a Chromebook and a tablet. My use of MessagEase has shown me that I don't really need a keyboard, but still nothing like it. On the other hand, a tablet is much lighter and thinner than a Chromebook, and while I do most of my work at home, I do intend to work outside now and then &mdash and I mean at some coffee shop.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 12, 2013 at 12:50 pm

      I was thinking of buying a Chromebook for a while but in the end it would have meant making too many sacrifices. What tablet are you eyeing up?

    • Daniel Escasa
      February 13, 2013 at 2:46 am

      Likely an Android tablet — maybe the Nexus 7? Not entirely discounting the iPad Mini though.

  19. Aska Nag
    February 9, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    Hi!
    Immediate purchase I plan to do, it is a good desktop computer, with the highest possible specification, which I plan to replace my laptop. As an alternative I can buy a laptop, but I think it will cost twice as expensive desktop. Oh, and for my son, I want to buy a tablet, has not yet decided the brand and the operating system will read the reviews and testimonials on this theme for the optimal choice.
    Best regards!

  20. Alan Wade
    February 9, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    Well its going to be an iPad.
    Why? because my wife wants one, and she's worth it.
    Me, I'm not an apple fan boy at all but I do respect my wife and her wishes.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Is this a Valentine's Day gift? Your wife is extremely lucky... an iPad is a generous gift :)

    • Alan Wade
      February 12, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Yes, it usually chocolates and a card, this year she will get a real suprise especially as I said I would buy her an iPad for her birthday and that's not until late September!

  21. ??????? ????????
    February 9, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    My next device will be Samsung Galaxy Note 2. I'm going to buy it in 10 days. It has everything I need big screen, big battery, S Pen, great camera etc. Can't wait.

  22. Alberto Lerma
    February 9, 2013 at 5:11 am

    Why my comment doesn't appear??

    • Saikat Basu
      February 9, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Alberto, comments are moderated. So, there is a time lag from the time you submit it to the time one of us editors has a look at it.

    • Alberto Lerma
      February 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

      So why my answers and my question appeared instantly?

      Never mind, I hope the moderator post just one of my answers and not the 1000 I sent.

  23. Alberto Lerma
    February 9, 2013 at 4:57 am

    The Update for 2013 will be:
    -Lenovo Notebook G780.- Intel Core i7 (2.2GHz), 17.3", 8GB Memory DDR3, 1TB HDD, NVIDIA GeForce GT 635M 2GB for $899.

    -MacBook Pro (second-hand).- Intel Core 2 Duo (2.4GHz), 15", 6GB Memory DDR3, 320 GB HDD for $650.

    -Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE XT897.- Dual Core (1.5 GHz), 4", 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and micro SD up to 32GB for ????.

    -3 Raspberry Pi's.- BCM2835 (700MHz), 512MB RAM for $105

    I'm a developer but right now my start-up is focusing on mobile apps for local business so the Lenovo fulfill all my needs and also comes with a very good price.

    Sometimes my team needs a little extra help with iOS (since it's the most demanding playground) so in order to help'em I'll buy the second hand MacBook, note that I "hate" OSX but that's my the clients want.

    The Motorola Photon feels good in my hands I'm doing some research on the battery life but I could sacrifice some power performance for QWERTY I really "need it" I love GBA retro games and text it's a lot easier (I have thick fingers).

    I love DIY projects so RP's seems the way to go (Yes, I've tried Arduino and I like it but I think that it's in a whole different league, I think that Arduino is for more complex projects) I've read some guides (including MUO's manual) and I'm reading some code to give me an idea of how things works in Raspbian.

    So a little advice here: Never buy tech without trying it first, do a little research, see if the product fills all your needs, see if all the bells and whistles worth your buck. I'm not saying that all of you should turn to Linux and burn your Macs, all that I'm saying is if you want a mac to look cool and edgy buy a past model, no one will tell the difference, if you want a gaming computer, skip Alienware, you can build something better with much less. New is always better but check Craigslist before you buy you may have a great surprise.

    Also, love you MUO!!

    • Dave Parrack
      February 12, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      "Never buy tech without trying it first, do a little research, see if the product fills all your needs, see if all the bells and whistles worth your buck." You make a very good point here. too many people buy blindly into a brand of product without exploring the alternatives.

  24. Kaue Lima
    February 9, 2013 at 2:33 am

    My next buy will probably be a Galaxy Note II. At first i was keen to buy a nexus 4 because of the vanilla android in it but since i'm kinda disapointed with my galaxy ace battery i'll be heading to the monster 3100 battery of the galaxy note II

  25. Frank Bales
    February 8, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Easy. Windows 8 Pro tablet. Whether that will be a MS Surface or another OEM remains to be seen. I'm kinda partial to Lenovo.

  26. Bruno Pavão
    February 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Thinking on buying either an iPad or a MacBook Air.

    About a year ago I was gifted with a first-generation, 17" MacBook Pro (MacBook Pro 2,1) which opened my possibilities of video editing. It had about 5 1/2 years of use back then. Though considerably slow for today's standards (4GB 667 DDR2 RAM), it impressed me in quite a few factors.

    I was a windows user until then. I thought Apple's products were overpriced (especially in the brazillian store), that I could get the same hardware for half the price and so on. Every argument that all windows fans (not fanatics, don't mistake this for an attack to you, windows fans) use to justify their choice.
    What surprised me was how smooth a nearly-six-years-old computer could run. And six years is, in technology standards, an era.

    That and the details found in Apple's software and hardware (iTunes' simplicity, connectivity with other Apple devices, Mission Control, Magic Mouse, beautiful displays, quick-access corners - it's amazing how useful and intuitive it gets - , GarageBand and so on) completely amazed me. So I decided that my next computer (not computing device, mind you) would be a Mac.

    Bought an iMac right before the new generation came out, been serving me pretty well. Occasional gaming and heavy (1080p) video editing and 3D rendering run pretty smooth.
    A few weeks ago, though, came the need for a portable device with a screen bigger than the iPhone's (3.5" just won't do for college notes and so on). Yes, I still have the MacBook Pro, but there are a few problems. 1, it's TOO big. 2, it's heavy. 3, it's battery is mostly for show (hey, it has to power old hardware AND a 17" high-res screen).
    In quite a dillema TBH. Both the iPad and the Air are extremely expensive in Brazil's store.
    US Store: 2nd-gen iPad + 3G: 529 USD.
    13" base model Air: 1199 USD.

    Brazil Store: 2nd-gen iPad + 3G: 1649 BRL (800 USD)
    13" base model Air: 4999 BRL (2350 USD, I can buy two of them over there!)

    Consider the fact you're reading something a 16-year old guy wrote. I work weekends and have to pay my dad 200 BRL/month from the iMac (he paid it and now I'm slowly paying him back), but my monthly earning is about 500 BRL and it also pays for filming equipment every now and then.
    So that makes something like 200BRL/month, which gives me nearly a year to buy an outdated iPad and over 3 years to buy an Air. I really want both, but it's gonna take a rather long time...

    • Alberto Lerma
      February 9, 2013 at 3:26 am

      You know you can achieve all than on Linux right?? RIGHT??

      haha I'm just sayin´.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 12, 2013 at 12:47 pm

      It looks like you suffer on pricing the same way we do in the UK. The conversion rates just don't seem to apply, so we pay almost as much in British pounds as Americans do in dollars.

      I'm not a fan of the Air, but I do covet an iPad. Thanks for responding :)

    • dsfisd jdsf
      February 25, 2013 at 1:36 am

      I would like to mention that I am writing this on a 4 year old Dell laptop. It still runs great, even after all of these years and all the crap I've put it through. Apple is not the only company that produces great products. Personally, I'd go with Dell, or build a PC myself. Apple is too overpriced to justify many (but not all) of their products. Better to buy 3 $700 laptops (1 new one every year - so you get new hardware), instead of 1 MacBook that cost >$2000 and will become obsolete as fast as any other PC (and of course, if you pack it with more hardware, it will cost far more, so same thing).

  27. Rama moorthy
    February 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    I think Raspberry Pi

  28. Steven White
    February 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

    An inexpensive as possible, large screen Laptop that meets my needs (gaming, web surfing,social sites, a little word processing,photo editing) with a simple operating system like XP, or Win 7, with allot of memory and storage,and good battery life. Size and weight is not as important to me, I carry my electronics around in a breifcase size bag anyway that any laptop would fit in.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

      Any reason why you're avoiding Windows 8?

  29. Austin Halsell
    February 8, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    I'll probably get a Mac Mini this year and a nice 27in. monitor to go with it. I'm planning to write a ton this year (also, using Scrivener; air high five infmom!) but using my 2008 13" Macbook is agonizing when you need anything else open, even if it's just FInder! Oh and also, my wife could use it for school or whatever. Yay for excuses to buy new tech!

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      A 27-inch monitor? That's epic. A sign of a true geek is working out what you want to buy and then concocting the excuse to go out and buy it ;)

  30. Dr Jeffrey Lybarger
    February 8, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    My soon to be next purchase will be the iPad Retina Display (4th Gen). I really have no personal preference in OS, since it is mixed within my household (1 iPhone 4S, 2 Samsung galaxy S2’s, 1 Samsung galaxy S3, 2 iPod Touch’s 4th Gen, 3 laptops running Windows 7, 1 Mac Book Air, 2 Desktops, one with Win7 one with Linux, and finally my office computer, an HP DX9000 Touch Smart running Win7 Pro.
    But I really like the iPad health care apps and patient education apps. Being a Chiropractor, they come in handy in my office. I have found them to be very easy to navigate and vibrant in detail (on my iPhone 4S) to be able to use when explaining concepts to patients, except the screen is too small, therefore, here comes the iPad Retina Display.
    I can’t wait to start playing (out of the office of course) with a new toy.
    Dr. Jeffrey Lybarger

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:34 pm

      You definitely have a use lined up for the latest iPad. I still haven't treated myself to one, mainly because I cannot justify the purchase!

  31. salvador hernandez
    February 8, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    hoping for a S3 or S4,

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      What do you want to see on the S4 when it's unveiled in a few months time?

  32. Paul Hays
    February 8, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    Like Tai Gee, I am looking to build, not buy (off the shelf). Two things stand tied for first right now. First is a mid-level gamer, for which I am buying parts right now. The second, I don't know if it will ever happen. I am looking at the possibility of scratch-building a laptop using a nano-ITX board as a base. I am striving to create some kind of base kit from existing laptops and it's not going smoothly...I will persevere.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:33 pm

      Building a laptop from scratch has to be tough. Good luck.

  33. Gary Volk
    February 8, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I'm looking to go the tablet route, but mainly for entertainment purposes. I'm looking at the Wikipad or the Razer Edge. The Wikipad has the benefit of being significantly cheaper and has bluetooth. The Razer looks compelling because with a Windows OS, I could run windows programs on it. When it comes down to it, I'm not looking to replace my laptop, I just want to play games maybe check email and be more portable and I don't want to do so with a smartphone-too expensive with phone plans.

  34. Muo TechGuy
    February 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I'm done with buying new computer kit for a while. My next big purchase will be a new amplifier as my 10 year old Cambridge audio blew up (with smoke) last week, and an incubator kit for rearing chicks. that's technology, right? ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:32 pm

      It squeaks in as technology, but unless your chickens are uber-intelligent I don't see it becoming a computing device ;)

  35. Dale Poole
    February 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I will be buying a laptop next and from whatever manufacturer can give me the best bang for the buck.

    I'm finding brand irrelevant these days. All the major manufacturers, Dell, Apple, Toshiba, Lenovo, HP, etc. etc. have all shit the bed when it comes to promises, support, compatibility so I don't trust any of them. Price and features rule and brand name has been discarded to the ditch.

    Unfortunately, I will likely only find a laptop with Windows 8, so that will get wiped and Windows 7 will be illegally installed, or, I will install a *nix version of some sort or another - Ubuntu seems to be leading the pack atm.

    I considered a tablet, as this laptop will get used while I am rooted to the couch, and the tablet seems well suited for that role of casual browsing. However, I have recognized that will likely also be doing some writingon whatever I buy and touchscreen keyboards are about as advanced as a chisel and stone.

    So I am currently researching what new laptops will have full driver support, should I have to install Ubuntu.

  36. Paul-G
    February 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I am waiting for my Raspberry Pi kit (Pi plus needed cables, SD card etc.) to arrive.

    It will be set up as a media centre to replace my tower unit in the lounge that is dedicated to that function. Advantages are size, power consumption and quiet due to not needing a cooling fan.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      That will be a considerable change in terms of size. Is the Raspberry Pi going to be able to handle everything you want it to?

  37. Jack Schiff
    February 8, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Zalman VE400 hdd box. I have VE200, it's very useful device. With virtual BD-ROM and floppy.

  38. Robert Owens
    February 8, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I'm getting a new desktop, probably built by myself. I don't think the desktop era is over, and I like the configurability and upgradeability of desktop systems. I'm not much of an on-the-go computing guy, so laptops, tablets, and superphones make much less sense for my lifestyle.

    If anyone wants to shower me with portable computing devices as gifts, though, I won't stop you! :-)

  39. Akhil Kumar
    February 8, 2013 at 11:06 am

    I'm definitely buying a laptop in about 6 months, though I haven't decided which one. Then I'll be just borrowing my brother's smartphone because I don't care much for a phone with the latest features(That's what I think, now :)

  40. Karsten Hormann
    February 8, 2013 at 10:40 am

    We're gonna buy an iPad from our tax returns. Also a new PC soon, since the old one broke down a while ago and all we have is a laptop.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Which iPad are you plumping for? I'm eyeing a Mini at the moment.

      I got rid of my desktop a long time ago and have been fine with laptops ever since.

    • Karsten Hormann
      February 10, 2013 at 4:20 pm

      It's gonna be the New iPad with 64 GB. While I enjoy using our laptop for surfing the web, when it comes to gaming I'm either too used to desktops or they still have an edge over laptops.

  41. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 8, 2013 at 6:58 am

    Hopefully I'll buy an S3 or S4 this year :)
    My S1 is giving me headaches.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:27 pm

      My girlfriend had an S1, and has recently upgraded to an S3... you won't regret it.

  42. Tai Gee
    February 8, 2013 at 6:29 am

    I think I will buy myself a decent gaming desktop(Self built custom specs). My laptop is too old for modern gaming and I feel it is not worth to buy a laptop when the price of laptop is far more expensive than desktop.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:26 pm

      You pay a premium for portability, but if that isn't a concern for you then desktop sounds like a good plan.

  43. Serge Garcia
    February 8, 2013 at 6:24 am

    To begin with, I would definetly buy HP. The quality of its products and customer service is to be honest outstanding. I have bought DELL, Toshiba, and Lenovo, but nothing can be compared to the service HP has offered me, and the time it takes for them to get in touch with me. I would personally buy a laptop, 18". Why? I like to have the best of both. It is powerful, like a desktop computer, and mobile like a laptop. I enjoy having a workstation wherever I go, and HP has provided with great solutions for heavy workers like me.

    On the other hand, if I had to buy a tablet for easy traveling, I would highly consider going for the Microsoft Surface over the iPad, Nexus 7 and Galaxy Tablet. Why? No matter how big apple gets, Microsoft works with Microsoft, and in a world dominate by them, there is little tought to be done. My office schedules all appointments with outlook, and I love that my laptop can sync with them, download all events and appointments, and that it can remind me of when and where I have to get to. Windows 8 is great to be honest, but it gets a lot of hate from people that dont give new things a chance. Internet Explorer 10 got a great upgrade, and the entire windows Kernel has been remade. I am more than willing to give Windows 8 a chance to prove me wrong, and for me, if its something powerful, HP all the way, and if its mobile, Surface its my choice by default.

    • Muo TechGuy
      February 8, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Lol. I have had the exact opposite experience with HP, and avoid them like the plague. On the other hand, every Dell or Lenovo I have ever touched has been a reliable beast for years.

    • Jim Carter
      February 8, 2013 at 3:33 pm

      I own a PC sales/repair business and advise users to avoid HP like the plague.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:25 pm

      Lenovo is widely considered to be the best laptop manufacturer. You pay a little more as a result though, no?

    • Dee Wheat
      February 13, 2013 at 4:03 am

      I was just about to say the exact same thing. In fact, my experience with HP has been so bad that I'm sitting on several cases of HP ink cartridges that I now have no printer that they can be used in, and I refuse to buy one....and I'm talking about over a hundred factory sealed HP branded cartridges! If anyone has an HP that uses 96 or 97 cartridges, I can and will make you one heck of a great deal! I bought them because I owned not one but TWO printers that used them and I was printing several hundred pics a week at that point. Both printers went toes up within a week of each other.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:24 pm

      As someone with a 17" HP laptop I'm with you. Having said that I'll be dropping to a smaller screen next time, and though HP has served me well, I don't think it pays to remain too loyal to one company.

      Have you read the reviews of the Surface? Most say wait until the second generation devices hit.

  44. Moath Akkad
    February 8, 2013 at 5:56 am

    i'm saving to buy iMac

  45. J Kingdom
    February 8, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I have to limit myself to one new device every 6 months year if i can. I made that choice after getting a windows tablet with a Atom. It was horrifyingly bad i sent it back hours after i got it. It is hard for me. Im waiting for the 4th generation i5 or the U intel chips. But i would like to change to Ubuntu phone in oct when it is released and give the GS3 to my girlfriend. This means i get ubuntu 13.04 as well.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm

      The Ubuntu Phone is an intriguing offering. Will you be taking heed of reviews before buying?

  46. HildyJ
    February 8, 2013 at 4:41 am

    My next device will be a Windows 8 tablet. I'm looking for something portable that can run full versions of Office, Acrobat Pro, and Evernote. I also want an active digitizer to take advantage of Windows handwriting recognition, Office and Acrobat annotations, and Evernote ink capture.

    In looking at the market, I'm willing to trade speed for weight and so I'll probably go with a Lenovo Thinkpad Tablet 2 rather than the Surface Pro.

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

      The first-gen Surface Pro hasn't been fondly received. So you're probably making the right choice.

  47. infmom
    February 8, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I'm saving up to buy a 13" non-Retina MacBook Pro. I have what I call my Buy A Mac Next Year Fund, into which I put whatever money I can. I used that account to buy a Mac Mini a year ago, but of course a MacBook costs a LOT more than a Mini, so it's still the Buy A Mac Next Year Fund.

    I love the Mini and it has already become my computer of choice for serious writing (with Scrivener for Mac) and I'd like a portable Mac to go with it, so I can sit and write somewhere other than at my desk.

    After I buy the MacBook it will be the Buy Components To Build A New PC Fund. :)

    • Dave Parrack
      February 8, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      If that was me my Buy A Mac Next Year Fund would keep stretching into 2020.

      I like your style; saving up rather than sticking it on a credit card is a rarity these days.

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