I want you to have the best when it comes to technology. The best doesn’t always mean spending more but it means you being treated with respect when you need to deal with the manufacturer. I’ve been extremely conservative with the models and makers I’ve suggested over the years and I will continue to be very deliberate before I make additions.
Apple: Let me get the easy part out of the way first. Apple is the only company that makes Macs. The only choice is where to buy yours from. I advise my clients to buy from either B&H Photo Video of NYC www.bhphotovideo.com (an Apple authorized reseller) or the online Apple Store http://store.apple.com
Windows: I’ll stick to laptops here because these are what most of you are buying.
– Lenovo.com: Thinkpad T series, Thinkpad X1 Carbon, Thinkpad X200 series, Thinkpad Edge
– Microsoft Signature PC’s (various manufacturers) from http://store.microsoft.com or Staples.com (most computers from Staples ARE NOT part of the Signature program, check and verify)
– Dell ** I’m still asking you to hold off on considering Dell until their corporate reorganization is complete. There is a chance that warranties many not be honored when the “new Dell” emerges. I hope to be able to faithfully recommend them in the near future.
*** Manufacturer extended warranties with an onsite support (or local drop off – Apple only) option are usually a good bet. Stay away from aftermarket / 3rd party warranties. The only good one I know in the world of electronics is Square Trade, which is offered on most Amazon and eBay purchases.
– If you would like a Desktop recommendation, please ask!
Lenovo ThinkCentre desktops would be a good choice. Check out Lenovo.com