Buying a new computer

Near the end of the 2014-2015 season, I announced I was shuttering CyberCoyote. There was no longer much reason for me to try to maintain a comprehensive computing and security website.

I still own the domain, though. I’ll be using it (and the linked mailing list) from time-to-time to post things that I think have general interest. This may be one of those times.


Maybe you’re thinking about a new computer and are hoping Santa will bring one for you. If he doesn’t, or if you want one now, you may find “The cheapskate’s guide to buying a new PC or Mac” by Ed Bott useful.

One thing Bott does is assume his audience knows the best places to look for new computers. I thought I’d augment his article with some specific suggestions along that line.

Most retail sellers have an online presence that is useful as a starting point. Best Buy, Costco, Fry’s Electronics and Office Depot/OfficeMax come to mind. Or you can just drop by the store once in a while.

I recently scored a bargain on a nice Dell notebook at the Microsoft Store. Microsoft Store offers PCs, notebooks and tablets from all the major suppliers. Computers you buy there offer a big advantage: Microsoft does not allow any crapware or trialware installed on them.

There are tons of third-party device sellers online. NewEgg and Amazon are two I use and trust.

Happy hunting.