Purchasing tech always causes a little anxiety. Shelling out a ton of cash for a shiny thing that will soon head to the obsolescence pile is rough, particularly for tech geeks and early adopters. It takes nerves of steel to jump right in there, but you know you need the upgrade, so you summon your courage and throw caution to the wind. “Can I split this up across four credit cards?” you nervously ask the checkout clerk.

Wait, hit the stop button on that. Seriously, just rewind and pause that action. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, you don’t want to rush into anything, particularly now.

The Wall Street Journal’s Walt “The MossMan” Mossberg cautions laptop shoppers to wait before buying a new machine, and it’s good advice that’s worth spreading around. Windows 8 is right around the corner, and there’ll be new touch-enabled laptops to go with it. Buy something else right now, and you’ll wind up with a machine that may not give you the sexy, splashy experience that you deserve. “… in my view, it is always better, especially with Windows computers, to buy a new machine if you want a new version of Windows,” he says. I couldn’t agree more. While a current machine might be able to run W8 kinda okay, why not hold your horses? PCs tend to be somewhat affordable to begin with, and having hardware that’s optimized for the latest OS will serve you better in the long run.

As for Mac users, the promise of Mountain Lion alone isn’t enough to tip the scales. But the company releases new MacBook Pros every year, and we’re approaching the timeline for a refresh. Whether that will be a big change-up or an incremental release isn’t known yet, though rumors at least peg a slimmer, lighter form factor. Considering the Air was ridiculously well-received this last go around, it makes sense for the Pro to take on a bit more Air-like qualities — like a leaner form factor and lack of optical drive. Last year, the performance gap between the Air and the Pro closed in a bit, so the latter will also probably kick the processing power up a few notches.

Whether you’re a PC or Mac, however, the big exciting thing will be the Ivy Bridge processors. These chips promise much faster graphics performance without suckerpunching your battery life. This goodness alone is worth waiting for. (And in the case of the MacBook Pro, it’s worth noting that some pundits think Ivy Bridge could allow the new Pros to support a Retina Display. Not sure if I buy this, but stranger things have happened. It will be interesting to see what happens.)

If saving money is a bigger priority than performance, there’s still reason to wait: As we move closer to actual product debuts, retailers will want to clear their shelves to make room. So if you’re fine with a Windows 7 machine or previous gen Apple laptop, you might be able to get one at a steal in the days leading up to launch.

For more shopping tips courtesy of The Mosser, check out the post in the source link.

Are these arguments enough to compel you to wait? Are there any other reasons why you’re holding off, or will you plough on and snag a laptop now anyway? Let us know what your plans are in the comments.

[via WSJ/All Things D]