I am often asked what would make a good laptop purchase. Excluding any special deals, refurbished discounts, you won’t find much better than the following for the price.
Vision Computer – Spectrum 2700. $999.
Unless you listen to a lot of radio, you may have never heard of Vision Computer. Nonetheless, they have been a U.S. based computer manufacturer for over 15 years and provide U.S. based technical support with a 3 year warranty (standard) on all Vision branded products. I can no longer, in good faith, recommend brands like Dell or HP unless you looking solely at price — ignoring the hassles of poor quality and customer service. Vision also has desktops for under $600.
MacBook (13.3 inch) $994.
I am not the only one who claims this to be a best in class laptop. Respected publications like CNET.com agree and proclaim that the MacBook includes features that many competitors don’t. 2 gigabytes of RAM and a 160 gigabyte hard drive are now standard. There is a built in web cam and spaced out keys for a better typing experience that traditional laptops. WiFi card is standard. Order from B&H Photo Video in NYC to avoid shipping and sales taxes (outside of NY State of course). Surely you can buy from Apple.com or a local Apple Store, but there are not many reasons to do so. The MacBook only comes with a 1 year standard warranty, and I would highly recommend the Apple Care extended warranty that would give you 3 total years of protection. The cost is $249, but if you want to save on up front costs — you can wait up to a year to buy it. With either the standard warranty or Apple Care, you have the convenience of your local Apple Store (or authorized retailer) for repairs.