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User currently offlineMdsh00 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 4130 posts, RR: 8
Posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2048 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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User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2032 times:

Buy a mac...ok I had to be the first to get that out there =)

I have always liked IBM. They tend to be very rugged and stable with long battery life.

I have owned a few Sony's and still do. I probably will never buy one again. they tend to suck too much power and nothing is Sony inside a Sony computer.

my 1.2 cents.


User currently offlineTZ757300 From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 2876 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 2022 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.


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User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2009 times:

Quoting RichPhitzwell (Reply 1):
Buy a mac...ok I had to be the first to get that out there =)

You forgot the "Signed, Klaus" part.

Quoting TZ757300 (Reply 2):
Never go with Dell.

I've never had any trouble with Dells, laptop or desktop. The Dell laptop I bought in 2000 still runs great. Slow, but great.

[Edited 2006-11-24 21:50:31]

User currently offlineKlaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21521 posts, RR: 53
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2004 times:

You owe it to yourself to at least have a closer look at a MacBook before you make the decision. It's not too unlikely that you'd discover later that you missed an excellent opportunity otherwise!

If you have any questions, just ask!


User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2083 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2004 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.


User currently offlineTrav110 From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 536 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1997 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.


User currently offlineBagpiper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1990 times:

I third the dell stuff.

Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop, bought in septemeber of '01, still runs fine! Yeah, its slow, but not too bad with XP on it for normal day-to-day stuff. I can even run a few games on it still.


User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1988 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.



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User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1986 times:

I just got a brand new Dell XPS M1210 and I absolutely LOVE it! I has never given me any problems! Its a very nice, cute laptop!


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User currently offlinePhoenixflyer From United States of America, joined Aug 2006, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1941 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.

User currently offlineRichPhitzwell From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 1933 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.


User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1916 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.



Where are all of my respected members going?
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1909 times:

I sent an email to Noel asking him to bring me this December 25th this little toy

http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPL...dE4uTibC6VZ32V3JBwQ1Os8Bl7s/2.?p=0

He already bought it !  Wink


User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1906 times:

Quoting Mdsh00 (Thread starter):
I want it to at least have a bright screen (needs the glossy scren

As far as I'm aware Dell doens't offer this type of screen, so unless I'm mistaken you can scratch them off your list


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9545 posts, RR: 42
Reply 15, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1904 times:

Quoting Bagpiper (Reply 7):
I third the dell stuff.

Dell Inspiron 8100 laptop

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.


User currently offlineTexasaggie From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 28 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

Quoting Corey07850 (Reply 14):
As far as I'm aware Dell doens't offer this type of screen, so unless I'm mistaken you can scratch them off your list

Dell does offer glossy screens; my brother just got one.


User currently offlineAirframeAS From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 14150 posts, RR: 24
Reply 17, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1870 times:

Quoting David L (Reply 15):
He's about to buy another Dell once Vista comes out.

My Dell XPS M1210 has the Windows Vista Capability already.



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User currently offlineAC773 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 1730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 1867 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!  bigthumbsup 

Or if you want to go the MacBook route, your desired machine would be about $1300



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User currently offlineRoadrunner165 From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 878 posts, RR: 9
Reply 19, posted (8 years 3 weeks 5 days ago) and read 1841 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.


Adam


User currently offlineVaporlock From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 1816 times:

I have used Dell for many many years and have never had a problem.

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 17):
My Dell XPS M1210 has the Windows Vista Capability already.

I just bought a new Dell Desktop..E520 and upgraded it...it is also V//V ready.

Phyllis  bouncy 


User currently offlineBA767s From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1801 times:

http://www.microanvika.com/products/zoom/SON14905.jpg

My New Sony Vaio AR11M, She is beautiful!


User currently offlineDavid L From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 9545 posts, RR: 42
Reply 22, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1796 times:

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 17):
My Dell XPS M1210 has the Windows Vista Capability already.

But he's not in enough of a hurry to buy it right now. He'd rather wait till he can get one that actually comes with Vista.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1790 times:

Quoting Vaporlock (Reply 20):
it is also V//V ready.

???

Quoting BA767s (Reply 21):
She is beautiful!

Is she or he in English ?
Just pure curiosity.


User currently offlineCorey07850 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2528 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (8 years 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1785 times:

Quoting Texasaggie (Reply 16):

Dell does offer glossy screens; my brother just got one.

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 Post contains links and images 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.
35 Post contains images AirframeAS : Thanks man, it is appreciated
36 JAL : Try the Sony one some newer models have the Blu Ray disc drive.
37 Post contains links Klaus : You shouldn't just go for a conventional PC without taking a good look at the corresponding Macintosh models. Any new Mac can do everything a conventi
38 BHMBAGLOCK : All the major manufacturers are doing this. You basically have to give MS $10 for shipping and they'll send you the update. This is retroactive to ab
39 RichPhitzwell : I admit Mac is a Superior product overall (Unless low end Imac compared to a higher end PC) and has always had that reputation.... but they have alwa
40 Klaus : Macs aren't really that much more expensive - Apple just doesn't compete in the bargain bin, If you absolutely need to go with the cheapest system ar
41 Post contains images AC773 : So does this mean that you've finally put some money down for an Intel Mac? On the note of price, I'm in the market for a new desktop machine myself,
42 Post contains images Klaus : Not for this one; It's a test/demo machine of a customer. My MacBook Pro 17" is being shipped right now...! Completely different products there. But
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