[MVLUG] laptop recommendation
mvlug at shiftycow.net
Mon May 12 23:51:49 MDT 2008
I recommend Gateway and Dell. I love my Dell, my Gateway is going strong
on it's two-year anniversary and my dad's Gateway tablet is going on 4
(with a hinge replacement). My family and friends who own Toshiba
laptops have huge ones and don't move them anywhere, but they seem like
Shaun Hadfield wrote:
>> So... who is willing to stick their neck out and recommend a
>> rock-solid laptop? I expect it'll be running M$ software.
> There is a reason we sell Dell machines and also use one myself. The
> hardware is good, they're solidly built, and they're easy to work on.
> When you pick it up it feels like a solid piece of equipment. The
> web-based technical support is among the better I deal with. The live
> technical support could be better, but then again so could everybody's
> - it's mostly the off-shore tech centers that cause problems. They
> are not picky on their warranty - if you tell them such-and-such is
> broken and can back it up with some expertise they'll replace it.
> They are fairly simple to order parts for if need be. By that same
> token I don't replace parts on Dell's often (those sold within the
> last four years).
> My only complaint with my machine after 1-1/2 years of ownership is
> that my battery came to it's EOL a bit sooner that I'd have liked.
> Dell has a new program where you can buy "battery insurance"
> essentially. I'd recommend it considering the high price of importing
> batteries these days. Other than that the machine has been a champ.
> After it's one-year anniversary I upgraded the RAM and its hard drive.
> I expect the thing to keep kicking for awhile.
> HP builds a decent product but a lot of their features seem gimmicky
> and any time I pick one up I feel I could break it just by holding it.
> They've also had some problems with their motherboards in the last
> year or so. Toshiba builds a good machine but the service after the
> sale kills the deal for me. If you break it out of warranty, getting
> parts will be a headache. Another thing I don't like is they have a
> bunch of weird software that runs in the background all the time.
> Acer and Gateway/e-Machine aren't bad, but I don't really consider
> them to be good either. Just avoid Sony. Please. For the children.
> I haven't really seen Averatec around anymore. From a service
> perspective I didn't much like them. IBM / Lenovo's have been solid
> machines both in build and performance, but being Lenovo is a mainland
> China company they may or may not want to go there. There's also the
> boutique sellers like Alienware and Voodoo, but you're probably not
> going that far.
> If she does get a Dell, the option for Windows XP remains open until
> June 30. I recommend getting the machine from the Small Business side
> of the company. The Vostros don't have all the nifty colors like the
> Inspirons but internally they are the same machine and they don't come
> preloaded with a bunch of crap.
> Then again, there is always Apple...
> My two cents as a serviceman,
> Shaun @ MDC -=- syrrus at epop3.com
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