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Consumer Reports: Do you need a new computer now?

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Posted at 5:00 AM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 09:57:48-04

TUCSON, Ariz. - If you’re in the market for a new computer, it may be time to start shopping online.

“Laptops are a great option because they’re portable, more powerful, and less expensive than they used to be," says Consumer Reports Tech Editor, Nicolas De Leon.

If you like PCs, the Lenovo Flex 15 is a CR Best Buy. And CR says this convertible laptop is comfortable and convenient to use. If you prefer a Mac, one of CR’s top-rated laptops is the 16” Apple MacBook Pro. CR’s testers say its long battery life could last you beyond a full day’s work.

“Apple is at the top of our ratings when it comes to reliability and owner satisfaction," says De Leon.

As for desktops, all-in-one models, where the computer is built into the monitor, are a popular choice. They’re powerful and they save space. The 27-inch model from Lenovo is a CR Best Buy. Testers say it showed fast speeds during performance tests and said the touchscreen offered a convenient way to navigate. And for Mac-lovers, like Adam, CR recommends the 21.5 inch iMac. It has built-in speakers and CR says its dedicated graphics card allows you to run more graphics intensive tasks like video editing at top speed.

If now’s not the right time to drop a lot of cash on a new computer, CR says one free option is turning an outdated laptop into a Chromebook. It's actually not hard to do. Click here for step-by-step instructions.