First, see our Guide to Buying Computers on our Top Deals page, then choose from our list of recommendations below.

Laptop Computers

Toshiba T115-S1120 Laptop
Laptop Computers (pictured left: The Toshiba Satellite T115D-S1120) are portable computers that offer the mobility of a larger desktop system, with the mobility and size of a device that can fit into your lap. Features and functions vary, but key things to look for are memory (2 GB is good), hard drive capacity (250 GB is pretty standard in today’s multimedia age), and battery life (at least 5 hours on a full-charged battery). Laptop prices are pretty low these days, just keep in mind that most may come with trial (i.e. time-limited) software that may require additional purchases down the line. See our Software Page for recommendations on applications that can help you maximize your laptop’s capabilities.


ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BK netbook

Netbooks (pictured right: the ASUS Eee PC Seashell 1005PE-PU17-BK) are small, ultraportable laptop computers, usually with no optical (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray) drive attached, that are lightweight, inexpensive, and best for general internet surfing and using web-based applications (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Youtube, etc.).

Drives & Storage

Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1 TB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive
Portable hard drives and USB flash drives (also called jump drives and thumb drives) provide additional storage capacity that allow you to transfer data between computing devices or store additional files away from your computer. Portable hard drives (like the 1 TB Western Digital My Passport Essential SE USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive picture left (top)) offer high-capacity storage up to 2 TB and can connect to you computer via USB or Firewire ports, whereas the less-expensive USB flash drive range in size from 128 MB to 32 GB (where the most popular range is 2 - 4 GB, like the 4 GB Kingston DataTraveler I pictured left (bottom)) and plug directly into any available USB port on your machine.
4GB Kingston DataTraveler I USB Flash Drive

Memory Upgrades

For those looking to upgrade older computers with new memory, consult your computer’s manual for the specific type of memory you need and be sure that you have the space to add a memory upgrade to your system. Then, get great prices on all PC and MAC memory, at!

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