Mdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4119 posts, RR: 9 Posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1787 times:
So my Toshiba M45 that I bought in May of 2005 has been giving me trouble for the 3rd time (motherboard randomly frying).
I am looking into getting a new laptop and I am trying to decide between a Dell, HP, or Sony (I am NOT going to try my luck again with another Toshiba). My last laptop was a 15.4" widescreen. I want it to at least have a bright screen (needs the glossy scren), good sound and at least a 120GB hard drive with 1GB of RAM, which I want to keep near $1000 in price. I'm also okay with a 14" widescreen.
Has anyone recently bought a new laptop and would recommend it?
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TZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2850 posts, RR: 6 Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1761 times:
Never go with Dell. I have had so many problems with the Dell's that I've had. It seems every other week, some breaks, frys, gets corrupted, randomly shuts off, etc. Too much to hassle with for an everyday computer. Also, on top of that, the customer support SUCKS. Unless you want to PAY money to get some good service, you are shit outta luck.
QFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2059 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1743 times:
Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 2): Never go with Dell. I have had so many problems with the Dell's that I've had. It seems every other week, some breaks, frys, gets corrupted, randomly shuts off, etc. Too much to hassle with for an everyday computer. Also, on top of that, the customer support SUCKS. Unless you want to PAY money to get some good service, you are shit outta luck.
Dell's don't suck, I've had my one since 2003 and it has never broken down and always works. Although I think it costed about AU$3000.
Trav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 531 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1736 times:
Quoting QFA380 (Reply 5): Dell's don't suck, I've had my one since 2003 and it has never broken down and always works. Although I think it costed about AU$3000.
I second that, I've got one at home and it's been running quickly and relatively hassle-free for 2 years. We also have a Dell server at work, and never have had a problem save for once when a warning light started flashing. Called tech support, had it sorted out in 20 minutes; it turned out to be a non-issue.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5 Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 1727 times:
Here's a couple things to think about:
1. Whatever you buy, spend the extra 10% or so for a business class machine. Normally they're a lot more hardy and it also will typically give you a three year warranty vs. one year (some variation on warranty but this is typical). Another advantage is that you can normally get repairs done locally within 24 hours on these vs shipping them and waiting 1-3 weeks for the consumer models.
2. FWIW, the only brand on your list that didn't have battery problems recently is HP. This is a result of tight controls on their vendors and a battery pack design that includes an extra layer of insulation as a backup in case of problems.
3. Lenovo isn't doing as good a job as IBM did with laptops but they're still one of the best out there and you might want to consider them. I sell HP and they are probably the most serious competition I run into. However, they do tend to be a bit pricey.
Phoenixflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 1680 times:
I had a Dell until recently. The computing part of it never had a problem but I had a lot of hardware problems. First it was the latch. It got stuck in the open position. Then about a year later one freed up. My CD drive would open randomly and eventually stopped working unless i held the dive tight to the case. My battery life sucked but Im pretty sure thats my fault bc I would keep it plugged in almost all the time. By the time I got rid of it I could get about 30 minutes on a full charge. But besides all that it worked fine. Any other problem I had was a windows problem. Thats why I now have a Macbook Pro.
RichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
Dell does have a problem with conference room applications due to ground loop in the audio and ultra low voltage being sent through the monitor out vga causing many issues with projectors and other devices recognizing that a computer is even connected. Dell causes the most problems for corporate AV than any other brand.
That being said, unless you are planning on connecting to a board room AV system (high end system integration), what I said doesn't matter.
BHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5 Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1655 times:
Quoting Phoenixflyer (Reply 10): My battery life sucked but Im pretty sure thats my fault bc I would keep it plugged in almost all the time.
With a proper intelligent charging unit, this is not an issue at all. The new ones from HP are astonishing. They completely eliminate this issue and will charge a completely dead battery to 95% in an hour typically.
I "fourth" it. My dad has an Inspiron 8100 and an older 7000. He's about to buy another Dell once Vista comes out. He had a couple of hardware problems but the help centre was excellent. My mum also has a Dell laptop and hasn't had any problems with it.
When I bought my laptop, I would have gone for a Dell if I hadn't been going on holiday a few days later. I opted to buy from a store so I could take it with me.
AC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 3 Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1606 times:
Quoting Mdsh00 (Thread starter): My last laptop was a 15.4" widescreen. I want it to at least have a bright screen (needs the glossy scren), good sound and at least a 120GB hard drive with 1GB of RAM, which I want to keep near $1000 in price. I'm also okay with a 14" widescreen.
For all that jazz under 1000 bucks, I'd have to go with either the Dell Inspiron E1505 (15" widescreen) or E1405 (14" widescreen). They're good for the money, but be sure to get a CompleteCare warranty. That way, if anything goes wrong (even if you threw it off the roof), Dell will send someone out and have it fixed for you. Great stuff, and the warranty's not that expensive.
By the way, I just configured a nice E1505 with everything you want and a 2-year CompleteCare warranty, and the total came to $1074. With a 14" screen, you could undoubtedly cut that well below a grand. Happy shopping!
Or if you want to go the MacBook route, your desired machine would be about $1300
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Roadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 847 posts, RR: 9 Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1580 times:
I currently have a Dell but plan on replacing it early next year with an Apple.
There was nothing wrong with my Dell and it will continue to be my workhorse when it comes to work and school project, I'm just really tired of Windows and want something different. If You decide to buy a Dell never pay full price! Dell is always (and I mean always!) running deals on their computers. I would suggest you monitor www.deals2buy.com to see what kind of deals Dell is running at the moment.
Yeah I just walked past the Dell stand in the mall here and saw that nearly all the laptops have them now... I guess this is a new thing for them as in the past they never had them... Pretty sweet though
25 Mika: I second this; i just got a HP nx6310 the other month and it is sturdy like a brick! Feels like nothing could break it really. Sure the business mode
26 AC773: Actually, almost every Dell you buy these days is bundled with a free express upgrade. So in a sense, it does come with Vista.
27 BHMBAGLOCK: Funny, in the US the 6310 is the very base of the business class lineup. Not at all bad but only one year base warranty. Still very rugged and popula
28 Mika: Correct, it's a base model of HP's businness laptops. I got it for about $900 with an intel Celeron M410 /1,46ghz) and yes, it does only come with a
29 AirframeAS: I never told him to buy it. I only stated that my laptop is capable of having the Vista program when it comes out. No. I just got my Dell, while the
30 BHMBAGLOCK: Wow, that's several hundred more than here! The nx6125 is being replaced with the 6325 -basically same machine with dual core. You'll probably have a
31 David L: Fair enough, I was just clarifying that "Vista ready" doesn't appeal to him as much as "Vista already installed" would. Exactly. He can wait a couple
32 AC773: That's not what I meant. I know PCs have been wearing those Vista stickers for ages, and they're pretty much meaningless. The point I tried to get ac
33 AirframeAS: Actually, the laptop I have is a Dell XPS M1210, just letting you know... I thought these stickers just came out recently. Im no computer wiz, mind y
34 AC773: Either it's a very recent addition to Dell's lineup, or you'd have to ask for it via a custom configuration.