Where to buy computers

Last reviewed: December 2010

Even the lowest-rated retailers pleased most customers, according to a survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center. Apple's stood out among the manufacturer websites, but the others also scored highly and are the place to go if you want to customize a particular brand of computer. Return policies vary from store to store and site to site. Restocking fees can also be different from one place to another, but you'll usually pay 15 percent on returns of nondefective computers.