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  • Laptop

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  • Tablet

    5 13.51%
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    I ran across an interesting graph the other day about computer ownership. More people own laptop computers now than desktop computers, and the ownership levels of desktop computers have been sliding for seven years. Meanwhile, there's been a sharp increase in the number of people buying tablets, and a modest increase in the number of people buying laptops. (You can see the graph here:http://www.zdnet.com/with-windows-8-...es-7000016704/. The data in the graph is from the U.S., but I've seen other sources that indicate this is a global trend)

    After reading the story, I started to wonder about how GPWA members approach buying a new device. I'm in the market for a new computer, and the thought of buying a desktop computer never entered my mind. I am looking at laptops, tablets that convert into laptops (hello Windows 8 and netbooks. What type of computer are you looking to purchase next? And please tell us why you're interested in that type of machine.
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    I was initially really interested in the laptop-tablet hybrids. But after doing some research, I discovered the common complaint was they're not very good at being a laptop or a tablet, so I've decided to get a laptop.

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    Being the Microsoft kinda guy I am, I am sure to get a Windows 8 laptop as my most likely next purchase, although I did recently purchase parts to repair my current system....but that decision was clearly econimically driven, and the fact that I knew I could get the parts I needed, plug my hard drive in and I would be back up immediately without having to worry about migrating settings etc...

    I thought about migrating a portion of my mobility to a tablet, but with everything I need available to me for server management, computer and network diagnostics etc, a tablet doesn't even really come close to serving my neeeds.

    With the recent developments in virus developement for the android operating systems, and the fact that it appears some of them will be able to be controlled from sms messages, trying to do too much on my phone is not attractive to me in any way....(plus I hate trying to do anything on a tiny screen)

    To me a phone should be just that, a phone....playing a game to kill time is fine, or maybe even placing that bet on a game you forgot to this morning makes sense (again my opinion) but only at a book you already know and trust and likely have an account at.

    To me a tablet is just a laptop wannabe and I feel it will be another year or longer before security on an android offers me enough to make me feel comfortable to work it into a decent fit, although as an additional tool I do see the need to get at least a cheap one for an additional tool for network testing and diagostics to see how an android performs in live network settings in the field at customer locations.

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    A big arse desktop.

    Tablets, laptops, netbooks all lack basic screen real estate for me.
    Probably Windows - once they come up with an alternative to Windows 8

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    Sorry Gooner, Windows 8 is here to stay....

    Personally I don't see any reall isues with 8, but it does take some getting used to....the next update will put the start button back. The biggest complaint I would come up with, and what seems to be the stickler with most users I have talked to is the difficulty in getting back to the standard desktop view, and putting the start button back will help with that. (I have found this to be a little problematic with a mouse but works better on a tablet)

    Have to agree with Gooner on the lack of screen real estate, and if it wasn't for my personal need of needing a mobile upgrade ahead of home office upgrade due to my needs in the field, I would have coted the same way.

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    I've just upgraded my desktop PC to another one and will be sticking with it. The reason is, as Gooner says, screen estate - I run two big screens on my PC and couldn't stand looking at a laptop screen for long periods of time. I find I sit properly at a desktop making it more comfortable too.

    When I'm away, I use my Wife's laptop for browsing/quick email checking but think I might invest in my own tablet to check emails, etc. I'm thinking about an iPad but not sure yet. Actually like the iPad Mini.

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    Im probably still sticking to macbook pro for the time being, it gives me everything I need so Im happy with it!

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    I want to pick up the windows 8 surface. I like the idea of having the option to use it as a tablet. I'm not a big fan of touch screens but I have the windows 8 phone and so far so good.

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    Everyone in the house has an ipad except me. So that'll be the next one I buy

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    Not sure. I am very happy with the windows 7 laptop I currently have.

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    Definitely a laptop - I tend to get a new one every 2 years or so. More down to me wearing them out (my keyboard is already starting to fail) rather than wanting new stuff - actually moving all my stuff over is a pain in the butt.

    We have a tablet, but you can't really do anything useful on it. Just watch shows or quickly check something online when I'm off the clock.

    I also have a desktop with a big ass screen that I used to use a lot in the beginning, but I don't think I've touched it in the past year or two.
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    What kind of computer are you going to buy next?

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    I've looked into Windows 8, and while I might end up with a Windows 8 computer, I'm hoping not too. The reason why is Windows 8 is really built to be used with a touch screen. But good touch screen computers are pretty pricey right now. If I'm going to get a computer that doesn't have a touch screen, I'd rather not have Windows 8.

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    I think tablets are really handy for basic functions while multi-screening. So let's say you're watching TV and you want to check the score of a game or do some Facebooking or check and respond to e-mail, tablets are pretty good at that. They're also very good media consumption devices. I don't look at them as productivity devices, but I can see them helping be productive. And I think they have the potential to be productivity devices. I've seen bloggers at coffee shops tapping out posts, working on presentations and sifting through work-related info. The netbook I've been using has 10.1 inch screen. And the lack of screen real estate has been frustrating at times, but I've been incredibly productive with it. It helps that have a two-screen desktop computer at work. And one of the reason I think I'm going to end up with a laptop is a larger screen will come in handy with some of the work I want to do with it. But I do get the appeal of tablets. They're incredibly easy to use. They turn on instantly. And they handle many of the basic computing needs -- surfing the web, checking e-mail and consuming information so well and so easily that it's handy device to have. And the form factor is fantastic.

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    I think Microsoft recognizes that there are a few things that need improved with the Windows 8 interface.

    An example is switching between desktop views is one place, when using a touch screen it is much easier, but with a mouse the icon that needs clicked "when mousing into the left corners" seems to go away too quickly, but with a touch screen they stay longer allowing the user to click to get to their destination easier. Until you get the hang of it, this is an annoyance.

    I do think Windows 8 will gain market share, the development track will help push this since developing for the PC and the tablet is very closely related and is something that Android does not have. Apple has this to a degree as well, but it is a much more closed system and they may lose some market share over this as Microsoft gains, and there is no doubt that Android will continue to grow since they have a lower entry level price point.

    I am extremely interested in how the poll will look as more votes come in over time, and actually expected the voting to be split about as it is currently.

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    I find my macbook to be really good - I got one about a year ago and haven't looked back since, it's just way easier to use and the sound and picture quality is better

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    My next PC will be high-end desktop with Hackintosh and windows 7

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gabriel_LCP View Post
    Im probably still sticking to macbook pro for the time being, it gives me everything I need so Im happy with it!
    I'm with you on that. I picked up Macbook Pro Retina last year, and its the only machine I have ever bought which has never given me problems.
    Its light, fast, screen real estate is omg, switching it on and wanting to sit infront of it to work is always a joy.
    I think I'll get 3 years all up out of it.. maybe 4!

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    I'm going to stick with my current laptop for awhile, because I can't afford the one I want yet. I'm investing all my hard earned money into my site, but my next laptop will be an Asus Laptop. Hopefully the Asus Lamborghini.
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    Probably going to get an apple laptop of some description.

    Haven't entirely decided yet but it seems to be the most convenient option for developing software, especially considering iOS and xcode restrictions. The only minor annoyance being that I'd need to switch back to using the mac style keyboard.
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