You know, even though this is very commonly held wisdom, I'm going to challenge it anyways. Every so often, there is a device comes along that could be considered "golden," an unusually complete and excellent representation of a device class, relative to the market. For example, the VAIO Z Canvas is still anomalous for being a slate built around a 47W chipset that also runs stably and quietly. This capability is buttressed by its unusually durable construction (frame and glass), paired with an amazingly color-accurate screen, while still retaining a portable form-factor. These qualities you don't just find in every release cycle; it was created under the special circumstance of a newly-formed company, with an amazing engineering pedigree (VAIO Z), throwing their entire talent towards creating "the perfect slate". So no, imo there's NOT always something just around the corner, and a good tech buyer has to recognize when a perfect storm of qualities presents itself—and realize a 'perfect storm' does not mean perfect (ZC has flaws for sure), but rather a singular representation of your ideal device, which you might not see again for years. Then hit 'buy'. That's the art of being a TPCRer.