When it comes to evaluating the next big thing, we turn to our secret weapon: the TUAW braintrust. We put the question to you and let you have your go at it. Today's topic is buying Apple portables just as the speculation is warming up for model refreshes, new processors and all that goodness.

April, as some say, is the cruelest month. Here at TUAW, we regularly get calls and emails from friends and colleagues asking us "is this the right time to buy a MacBook?" When it comes to portables and to April, this is when we usually say, "If you can wait it out, try to wait it out."

That answer works fine if people can wait until Apple and Intel get their ducks in a row, but less well when they can't. Sometimes computers die, and they don't care a whit for your purchasing preferences.

So what advice would you give someone needing to purchase a new laptop during April or May?

You tell us. Place your vote in this poll and then join in the comments with all your analysis.

What do you tell someone with a broken MacBook in April/May?
If you need it now, buy it now. End of story.802 (45.9%)
Buy the cheapest used or refurbished system you can get away with and sell it when new models debut. You can purchase a 2010 MBA for about $700-ish.384 (22.0%)
Buy now, buy quality -- but be prepared to flip it over the summer if the new equipment is rock-your-socks-off good.202 (11.5%)
Buy that high-end set-up now but don't flip it until the refurb channels start filling this coming Autumn/Winter. Average out your losses.81 (4.6%)
iBooks Author has a publisher discount? How do I get in?126 (7.2%)
Something else. I'll tell you in the comments.154 (8.8%)

This article was originally published on Tuaw.
Daily Update for April 12, 2012