Laptops offer the
power of a desktop
on the go.
You’re protected with
LEAVING NO CHIP unturned, Costco-purchased computers include:
Netbooks are easy to
haul around, but lack
power and storage size
for some needs.
• Two-year warranty
Extension of the standard one-year manufacturer’s warranty to two years from date
of purchase at no additional cost. Other
retailers usually tack on an extra $100 to
$200 for this option.
A third year of warranty coverage is
added if you purchase your new computer
or television using your Costco American
diary, netbooks are often purchased as the
companion to a laptop or desktop. They’re
handy computers-on-the-go when you aren’t
running intensive programs (see chart).
The average screen size of 10. 1 inches is
about two-thirds that of the typical laptop.
Netbooks weigh around 3 pounds.
ferencing), a card reader to access your trip
photos, an output for easy hookup to a monitor or large-screen television and built-in
Wi-Fi (wireless broadband) connectivity.
They come with a variety of applications;
check the packaging for exact details.
Good things in small packages
Today’s netbooks typically have 1 GB of
RAM with 160 GB to 250 GB hard drives.
Compared to laptops, their processors are
smaller and designed to consume less power,
resulting in longer battery life.
Most netbooks don’t have a built-in CD/
DVD drive (you can add one via a USB cable
if need be). Most include USB ports, a built-in webcam (great for using with Skype or
other similar programs for cheap videocon-
• Costco Concierge
Available for free technical support, setup
help and warranty service. (1-866-861-
0450). Once the manufacturer’s warranty
expires, many companies charge $30 or
more per phone call support—not Costco.
For more information
Visit Costco.com and type “concierge” in the
Netbook or laptop?
E-mail, chat, IM
Social networking (blogs, Facebook)
Surf the Web on the go, You Tube
Stream audio, SD video
Work with videos, photos
Watch HD movies
Run complex of;ce software
Use on long ;ights
Attach to printer
Hook up to monitor or TV
Leading brands and more
The warehouses and Costco.com offer a
solid selection of laptops and netbooks to
meet your needs and budget.
Buyers for Costco.com and the warehouses told me that their goal is to continually
offer the latest-generation netbooks, many
with powerful Intel Atom microprocessors,
integrated graphics and additional RAM.
From the warehouse selection, I’m particularly taken with netbooks by Acer and Hewlett-When it comes to
laptops, more choices
are at hand. The warehouses and Costco.com
offer a selection of popular factory models, but
the buyers also bring in
laptops built by leading
“Every machine and
every brand is on our
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radar … with the goal to build the best computer for its purpose and add unique value in
performance and features wherever possible,”
says Chris Day, the buyer for warehouse
Improvements to the Costco-exclusive
laptops can include an added webcam, a
beefed-up processor, a built-in wireless networking system (the latest is “N”) or a higher-capacity battery.
Warehouse laptops incorporate the latest
smart technology, focusing on revved-up
processors, extended battery life, multiple
USB ports and Windows 7 Home Premium.
Many include HDMI outlets for easy hookup
to large-screen televisions, Blu-ray for movies and a variety of the latest Intel processors.
At Costco.com, an expanded selection is
always up on the site, new models are introduced weekly and shipping can be expedited.
Costco.com’s Angela Simons says,
“Laptops are top dog on Costco.com. We of-
fer top-selling Dell, Alienware for high-per-
formance gaming and video editing, Acer,
Gateway, HP, Toshiba and more.”
One cool online option is to build your
own laptop (or desktop) to get the exact fea-
tures you want. Visit Costco.com, click on
“computers,” then on “laptops” and look for
the word “customize” in the item box. C