Why this matters: Let's face it: Buying a computer in an electronics store stinks. Not only will you be pressured into buying a service contract, but you'll need to weed out all the unwanted programs that your new PC ships with. (PCWorld's guide to blasting bloatware off your PC can help with that.) Microsoft doesn't offer very many budget PCs, and its physical stores aren't that easily found. Still, the Signature Edition laptops offer a shopping experience that's pretty darn appealing.
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