Don't Buy A Laptop Right Now...

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atlheatholder PM atlheatholder
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Posted: 4/20/2012 1:36:44 AM

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2012/04/do-not-buy-laptop-computer-now.html

Mossberg at the WSJ:

If you're thinking of buying a new laptop this spring, my advice is to think again. Unless your laptop is on its last legs and you have to move quickly, there are compelling reasons to wait until at least the summer, and probably the fall, to buy a new machine, especially if you are looking for a Windows PC, but even if you are in the market for a Mac...

On the PC side, Microsoft is set to introduce Windows 8, the most radical new version of Windows in years, probably in the fall. PC makers will be introducing new laptop designs to take advantage of it. While Windows 8 will work with a mouse or tcomputersouch pad and a keyboard, it will be heavily oriented toward tablet-type touch-screen navigation. Many PC makers are planning convertible Windows 8 models for the holiday shopping season that can act as either tablets or regular clamshell laptops...

On the Mac side, Apple  also is bringing out a new operating system, this summer. Called Mountain Lion, it won't be as big a change as Windows 8, partly because Apple already has integrated a lot of touch gestures and tablet-type features into the Mac using the touch pad, and has given no indication it plans touch screens.

However, Apple is overdue for redesigned laptops, especially in its MacBook Pro line, and it is a good bet that new, possibly heavily redesigned, models will begin appearing later this year....


There is another factor that calls for waiting. Intel, INTC -1.83% whose processors are used by most Windows PC makers and by Apple, is on the verge of introducing a new family of chips, called Ivy Bridge, which the chip maker claims will offer much faster graphics performance without sacrificing battery life. While some Ivy Bridge laptops will be available very soon, the new chips won't show up in large numbers of consumer laptops until around June. So, even before Windows 8 appears, many consumer laptops you buy now will be outclassed by similar machines that will be introduced this summer.

There is a silver lining. If you watch prices carefully, you may find bargains on Windows 7 laptops running the current Intel processors—which are plenty capable—as the newer models get closer. And PC makers are likely, at some point, to offer free upgrades to Windows 8.


 

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Posted: 4/24/2012 1:00:18 AM
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Posted: 4/27/2012 2:05:00 AM
Really solid timing. I was just about to purchase a mac book pro and a mac mini...

I'll try to hold out until June, but the iPad alone won't cut it
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Posted: 5/4/2012 9:58:50 PM
You don't want Windows 8.

Windows 8 dropping the ability to play DVDs


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Posted: 6/25/2012 2:53:45 PM

WAIT?  you have to be kidding... MS always hypes up the next release.

I just bought a HP 17" running Windows 7 and it will be worth every penny I paid as I use it for 3-4 years.

I paid $350 for a great machine with all the power I could ever need.  The new ones with windows 8 will be 2-3X the price.

 

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Posted: 6/25/2012 2:54:34 PM

And if you believe in wating for the next best thing, most agree that the PC will be extinct within the next decade, wo why buy at all?

 

lol

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Posted: 6/25/2012 8:06:39 PM

If you purchase now, most models will give you a coupon to purchase Windows 8 for $15 when it comes out.

wallstreetcappers PM wallstreetcappers
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Posted: 6/27/2012 11:04:09 PM
QUOTE Originally Posted by Lippsman:

If you purchase now, most models will give you a coupon to purchase Windows 8 for $15 when it comes out.


I will wait for your seal of approval before upgrading to W8..

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Posted: 6/30/2012 4:34:41 AM
I don't like the look of Windows 8 at all.  I'll stick with 7 and be happy.
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Posted: 7/10/2012 8:04:45 PM
good information thanks
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Posted: 7/15/2012 2:58:11 PM
been with XP and never changed ever since.
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