One Thing That is Good to Procrastinate on Right Now: Getting a New Laptop

Walt Mossberg has a super helpful article in the Wall Street Journal on what is coming for laptops later this year — both Windows and likely Macs — and why you should hold off on buying one now so you can take advantage of these improvements in the late summer or fall:

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.

That makes this annual spring buyer’s guide a bit different. People always worry that buying tech products today carries a risk of obsolescence. Most of the time, that fear is overblown. But this spring really is a bad time to buy a new laptop, because genuinely big changes are due in the coming months.

Here’s a quick summary of what’s coming.

For Windows Users (if you must!…)

For Mac Users

If you do need to get a new laptop this spring, at the end of the article Mossberg gives some helpful guidelines on choosing.

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April 19, 2012 | Filed Under Technology | 1 Comment 


  • Chris R

    My question is what is the difference between an iPad Mini and an iPhone. I agree with you, Matt. If you’re going to get an iPad don’t fool around and do it right.