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laptop computerWhat's the best way to shop smart for computer bargains?

Whether you're in the market for a desktop computers, portable laptops, or notebooks's all about timing.

Although usually making a splashy debut during the annual CES electronics show in January, new model computers usually don't hit the shelves until May or June, when marketers introduced their new models to consumers.

And May is the season when computers make great gifts for graduates heading off to college. Dad's are also in line for a gift with Father's Day just around the corner.

Next, it's time for this year's back to school sales when PC's and laptops are off-loaded by major retailers to make room for next year's models. The following month, don't wait for them to fly off the shelves before grabbing a great deal with drastic markdowns during Black Friday sales.

If you can wait it out, you'll discover the best deals of the year during Christmas sales, with the dirt cheap prices offered after Christmas. Meanwhile, in between the major buying periods, be sure to keep tabs on comparison shopping sites to see what else is on offer during seasonal and clearance sales throughout the year.

Computer & laptop deals & clearance sales

Best Buy Computer Deals Costco Wholesale Laptops
Office Depot Laptop Deals Lenovo Clearance Laptops
Staples Electronics Clearance HP Clearance Laptops
Amazon Warehouse Laptops Acer Laptop & Desktop Deals

What type of personal computer?

Before you buy a PC or laptop, the most important factor to consider is how and where you are going to use it. Obviously, if you're planning on detailed video or photo editing, or intend to load it up with memory-sucking video games, then a higher-powered desktop PC (that you can upgrade in future) is likely your best best.

If you already own a desktop. then a laptop might what you're looking for -- to take on vacation excursions or business trips. If you're already a laptop owner you might want to consider something even smaller and more lightweight, such as a compact notebook.

More about buying a computer around the Web:

Around the Web, find out more about saving money on your next computer purchase with the help of top sites offering price comparisons on home computers, laptop and notebooks, including consumer info on easing the confusion and saving you time and money - on everything from simple laptop setups to desktop-ready multimedia studios...


Laptop Computers - Bizrate - Compare prices, options, online stores and user reviews of the most popular laptops.

Laptop & Notebook Reviews - Find the cheap laptop or notebook you need with PC Magazine's top picks of bargain choices searchable by name, processor speed, graphics system and several other options... - Start saving right from the homepage featuring the latest bargains for computers, laptops, software, hardware and electronics found on the Web, along with links to sites offering the most recent discount coupons and rebates.

CNet Reviews - Rated and reviewed systems by price and performance with categorized lists by price and manufacturer, consumer guide, editors' picks.

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