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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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