Recommended Products

Laptops

Acer Aspire 5 A515-55-56VK, 15.6" Full HD IPS Display, 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1, 8GB DDR4, 256GB NVMe SSD, Intel Wireless WiFi 6 AX201, Fingerprint Reader, Backlit Keyboard, Windows 10 Home

This laptop has it all. A 1920x1080 display, i5 processor, 8 GB of RAM and solid state drive at an appealing price.

Acer Aspire Vero AV15-51-75QQ Green PC - 15.6" FHD IPS 100% sRGB Display - 11th Gen Intel Core i7-1195G7 - Intel Iris Xe Graphics - 16GB DDR4 - 512GB SSD - Wi-Fi 6 - PCR Materials - Windows 11 Home

This Acer laptop is similar to the one above but includes a faster i7 processor and has double the memory and SSD. Not to mention Windows 11 is on there. An i7 procesessor is faster than an i5 but an i5 is pretty good.

This is an i7 system which has Windows Pro which allows you to join a domain. We like Acer and Lenovo laptops exclusively.

Acer 2023 Aspire 5 15.6" FHD IPS Laptop 11th Gen 4-Core Intel i7-1165G7 Iris Xe Graphics 16GB DDR4 256GB NVMe SSD WiFi AX RJ-45 BT HDMI Webcam USB-C Backlit KB Windows 11 Pro w/RE USB

This has a larger 17" screen, an i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD.

Acer Aspire 3 17.3" FHD IPS High Performance Laptop - 11th Gen Intel Core i5-1135G7 - Windows 10 Home - Silver - with Laptop Stand Bundle (Silver, 8GB RAM - 256GB SSD)

Lenovo 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop - Intel Core i7 Processor - 8GB RAM - 512GB SSD Storage - Windows 11 Home - Gray (82RK00YDUS)

Lenovo 2023 IdeaPad 5 15.6quot; FHD IPS Touchscreen Laptop 4-Core Intel Core i7-1165G7 8GB LPDDR4 512GB SSD USB-C w/DP WiFi AX BT Webcam HDMI1.4 Backlit KB Fingerprint Windows 11 Pro w/RE USB

Apple

Apple 2023 MacBook Pro Laptop M3 chip with 8‑core CPU, 10‑core GPU: 14.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR Display, 8GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage. Works with iPhone/iPad; Space Gray

Apple now solders the solid state drive (they've largely replaced hard drives) to the logic board (that's Applespeak for motherboard) so if something terrible were to happen to your logic board you'd also lose your data. It's advised that you make a continous Time Machine backup. Instructions on how to do this are linked to under external drives and the footer.

Desktops

Dell Inspiron i3891 Desktop Computer - 11th Gen Intel 6-Core i5-11400 up to 4.40 GHz Processor, 8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 630, DVD Burner, Windows 11 Home, Black

We hesitate to recommend Dell laptops (they make some good ones but they make some bad ones too) but their desktops are good. By the way desktop processors tend to run faster than those in laptops.

Slimlines are usually cheaper than towers. However you don't have to special order things with full-size towers if you need a part ASAP.

Dell OptiPlex 3000 3090 Desktop Computer - Intel Core i5 10th Gen i5-10505 Hexa-core (6 Core) 3.20 GHz - 8 GB RAM DDR4 SDRAM - 256 GB M.2 PCI Express NVMe SSD - Tower

Dell OptiPlex 790 Desktop Computer, 11th Gen Intel Core i7-11700 Processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD, Intel UHD Graphics 750, Windows 11 Pro 64-bit

Dell OptiPlex 5090 Tower Desktop Computer, Intel i9-11900K, 64GB RAM, 2TB NVMe SSD, DVD, DisplayPort, HDMI Adapter, AX Wi-Fi, Bluetooth - Windows 11 Pro

The i9 processor is faster than the i5 but the i5 is pretty good. They don't make the i9 for laptops.

Apple

Apple 2023 Mac Mini Desktop Computer M2 chip with 8‑core CPU and 10‑core GPU, 8GB Unified Memory, 512GB SSD Storage, Gigabit Ethernet. Works with iPhone/iPad

We've got two words for you: TIME MACHINE!

Monitors

Acer KA222Q Abi 21.5" Full HD 1920 x 1080 VA Zero-Frame Monitor - 75Hz Refresh Rate - 1ms VRB - AMD FreeSync - for Work or Home - VESA and Tilt Compatible 1 x HDMI Port 1.4 1 x VGA Port

This is 21.5".

Acer R240HY 23.8" Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS Zero Frame Home Office Monitor - 178° Wide View Angle - 16.7M - NTSC 72% Color Gamut - Low Blue Light - Acer Vision Care - Tilt Compatible - VGA HDMI DVI

This is 23.8".

Solid State Drives

ADATA SU635 240GB 3D-NAND SATA 2.5 Inch Internal SSD (ASU635SS-240GQ-R)

ADATA SU650 480GB 3D-NAND 2.5" SATA III High Speed Read Up to 520MB/S Internal SSD (ASU650SS-480GT-R)

SanDisk SSD PLUS 1TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm, Up to 535 MB/s - SDSSDA-1T00-G27

SanDisk SSD PLUS 2TB Internal SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, 2.5"/7mm, Up to 545 MB/s - SDSSDA-2T00-G26

If you're putting an SSD in a desktop you probably need a caddy. SSDs are physically smaller (2.5") than the drive in there (3.5") but some computers already have SSDs. This is for dual SSDs but the best price we could find on Amazon.

Corsair Dual SSD Mounting Bracket (3.5" Internal Drive Bay to 2.5", Easy Installation) Black

We also offer a cloning service if you're moving from HD to SSD or are upgrading the size of your SSD.

Flash Drives

SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Glide USB 2.0 Flash Drive - SDCZ60-032G-B35, Red

SanDisk 64GB Cruzer Glide USB 3.0 Flash Drive SDCZ600-064G-B35

SanDisk - Cruzer Glide 128GB USB 2.0 Flash Drive SDCZ600-128G-G35

Sometimes you don't need a whole hard drive. These flash drives fill the role of smaller storage.

External Drives

WD 1TB Elements Portable HDD, External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 for PC & Mac, Plug and Play Ready - WDBUZG0010BBK-WESN, Black

Western Digital 2TB Elements Portable HDD, External Hard Drive, USB 3.0 for PC & Mac, Plug and Play Ready - WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESNext

All HDs and SSDs eventually die. Take advantage of Apple's and Window's built in backup tools so you're not caught off-guard.

We've seen men and women reduced to tears when they lost their data. Don't be them!

Apple Instructions

Windows Instructions

These are external SSDs. When speed is a factor we recommend going with one of these. Hard drives are fine for making backups.

SanDisk 250GB Extreme Portable External SSD - Up to 550MB/s - USB-C, USB 3.1 - SDSSDE60-250G-G25

SanDisk 500GB Extreme Portable SSD - Up to 1050MB/s, USB-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2, IP65 Water and Dust Resistance, Updated Firmware - External Solid State Drive - SDSSDE61-500G-G25

SanDisk 1TB Portable SSD - Up to 800MB/s, USB-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2, Updated Firmware - External Solid State Drive - SDSSDE30-1T00-G26

SanDisk 2TB Extreme Portable SSD - Up to 1050MB/s, USB-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2, IP65 Water and Dust Resistance, Updated Firmware - External Solid State Drive - SDSSDE61-2T00-G25

SanDisk 4TB Extreme Portable SSD - Up to 1050MB/s, USB-C, USB 3.2 Gen 2, IP65 Water and dust Resistance, Updated Firmware, Monterey - External Solid State Drive - SDSSDE61-4T00-G25M

All of these external SSDs are USB-C. Unless your computer has USB-C ports you'll need an adapter

Kranzhammer [2023 USB to USB C Adapter 2 Pack, USB C Female to A Male Charger Type C Converter for Apple Watch Ultra iWatch 7 8 SE, iPhone 14 Plus Pro Max Mini,AirPods,iPad Air,Samsung Galaxy S23 S22

Backup Storage

WD 4TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage - NAS - WDBVBZ0040JCH-NESN

WD 8TB My Cloud EX2 Ultra Network Attached Storage - NAS - WDBVBZ0080JCH-NESN

The information stored on these devices is available anywhere on your home or office network. You can setup in a RAID mirror configuration for redundant storage. Either can be used as a Time Machine backup location, a media server, file server and even as a DVR with compatible surveillance cameras. It's cheaper to install a mirror array but that typically can only be done only in Windows desktops. This can protect you from a drive failure but won't help you if you have a site disaster (like a fire, flood or theft) which is why we also recommend using an online backup solution. The benefit of one of these is you can usually recover that same day if a drive fails. An online backup may take days or weeks to restore. You can connect wirelessly but you do need a wired network to initially configure it.

Wireless Networking

TP-Link AC600 USB WiFi Adapter for PC (Archer T2U Plus)- Wireless Network Adapter for Desktop with 2.4GHz, 5GHz High Gain Dual Band 5dBi Antenna, Supports Win11/10/8.1/8/7/XP, Mac OS 10.9-10.14

If you wish to make your network 100% wireless you'll need one or more of these.

ASUS AX1800 WiFi 6 Router (RT-AX1800S) – Dual Band Gigabit AX Wireless Internet Router, 4 GB Ports, Easy App Setup, AiMesh Compatible, Included Lifetime Internet Security, Parental Controls, WPS

5G fast and flexible in a host of situations the Asus AX1800 also boasts one of the strongest wireless signals of any wireless router on the market.

Printers

Brother - MFC-J1010DW Wireless Color All-in-One

Brother MFC-L3720CDW Wireless Digital Color All-in-One Printer with Laser Quality Output, Copy, Scan, Fax, Duplex

HP printers are the most popular. However probably 90% of our service calls involving printers are about them and their ink is expensive. Brother is a reliable and cheaper alternative.

The first printer is suitable for home use, the second is more appropriate for the office.

At the time of this writing I couldn't find a color printer for under $300 on Amazon so I linked to one at Best Buy.

Tablets
SAMSUNG Galaxy Tab S6 Lite w/S Pen (64GB, 4GB) 10.4’’, Face Unlock, Octa-Core Exynos 9610, 7040mAh Battery Wi-Fi Tablet SM-P610 - US Model (Book Cover + 64GB SD Bundle, Oxford Gray)

Apple

Apple iPad (9th Generation): with A13 Bionic chip, 10.2-inch Retina Display, 64GB, Wi-Fi, 12MP front/8MP Back Camera, Touch ID, All-Day Battery Life – Space Gray

Phones

SAMSUNG Galaxy S23 Fan Edition(FE) 5G (SM-S711B/DS) Dual SIM,256GB + 8GB, Factory Unlocked, International Version - No Warranty - (Mint)

Apple

Apple iPhone 14 Plus, 128GB, Purple - Unlocked (Renewed)

Both of these phones are unlocked, meaning they can be used on any network. The Samsung is factory unlocked. Apple doesn't unlock their phones so we linked to a renewed one. Apple is up to the iPhone 15 but we couldn't find one on Amazon. If you look for a new one on Amazon be sure to add the name of your network to the search.

UPS

APC UPS Battery Backup and Surge Protector, 600VA Backup Battery Power Supply, BE600M1 Back-UPS with USB Charger Port

Protect your investments with a UPS/surge protector.