Since you’ll likely be spending the next 5-10 years or more with your next computer, please take a few minutes now to make an informed decision about what to look for in a new computer and accessories – and get the best deal.
All computers recommendations below match our recommended Windows 10 computer specifications of Intel Core i3/AMD Ryzen 5 processor or better, 8 GB RAM or more, and a 128 – 256GB Solid State Drive (SSD) or larger. For a Mac computer consider getting an Apple M1 chip rather than Intel processor. Please read New Computer Buying Guide for more detailed information.
If you come across a good deal elsewhere, remember to look for specifications that are a minimum of what’s listed above. We’ve had the best reliability with HP and Dell brands. Keep in mind that cheaper laptops and all-in-ones typically only have a vertical screen resolution of 768, whereas higher quality and clearer screens are 1080 or higher.
Costco – Dell, HP Desktops – make sure hard drive is SSD or HDD+SSD
Laptop/Notebook PCs – regular price differences are due to variances in screen size, processor (speed), screen resolution and 2-in-1 convertibility:
Apple Mac (M1 chip)