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post #11 of 17
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

No offense to OP, but that question is basically asking what's better between a Chevy and a Honda. Perhaps Honda is better overall, but does that mean anything if you want a high-end convertible like a Corvette Z06? No. It's also not fair to compare a Vette to an Aveo. Same way, it's not fair to compare a $300 Acer to a $800 Acer.
If you want useful information, actually consider what you want in a laptop. As an example, business-class laptops are extremely solid, but the downside is weak graphics at a given price, and they're usually thicker/heavier. Any of these brands have their strengths once your budget goes up. If it's just a $400 laptop or whatever, get something with a good 3-year warranty and be done with it. All you'll get here is a bunch of people complaining about their 1 HP, or their 1 (insert laptop brand here) that died after 13 months and that's why they hate the whole company. And also consider that hypothetically, suppose laptop X (8% 1-year fail rate) is more reliable than laptop Y (9% 1-year fail rate). Would you really get laptop X over Y, if laptop Y fit your criteria better in terms of weight, style, etc etc. ?
One last point, reliability is all based on probabilities. You could get one of the most reliable laptops, say a Dell Precision, and have it die on you 13 months in. I don't like to gamble, so to me, it's easier to splurge the extra $70 on a 3-year warranty, than to assume that having a "reliable" laptop will mean it gives you no problems.

None taken. I'm looking to spend around $800-1000 on a laptop that is good overall. I'm leaning towards Asus right now, because that seems like one of the best choices right now with it's value.
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post #12 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrbroad77 View Post

No offense to OP, but that question is basically asking what's better between a Chevy and a Honda. Perhaps Honda is better overall, but does that mean anything if you want a high-end convertible like a Corvette Z06? No. It's also not fair to compare a Vette to an Aveo. Same way, it's not fair to compare a $300 Acer to a $800 Acer.
If you want useful information, actually consider what you want in a laptop. As an example, business-class laptops are extremely solid, but the downside is weak graphics at a given price, and they're usually thicker/heavier. Any of these brands have their strengths once your budget goes up. If it's just a $400 laptop or whatever, get something with a good 3-year warranty and be done with it. All you'll get here is a bunch of people complaining about their 1 HP, or their 1 (insert laptop brand here) that died after 13 months and that's why they hate the whole company. And also consider that hypothetically, suppose laptop X (8% 1-year fail rate) is more reliable than laptop Y (9% 1-year fail rate). Would you really get laptop X over Y, if laptop Y fit your criteria better in terms of weight, style, etc etc. ?
One last point, reliability is all based on probabilities. You could get one of the most reliable laptops, say a Dell Precision, and have it die on you 13 months in. I don't like to gamble, so to me, it's easier to splurge the extra $70 on a 3-year warranty, than to assume that having a "reliable" laptop will mean it gives you no problems.

don't forget a reliable customer service too biggrin.gif
   
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post #13 of 17
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Is HP really that bad?
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post #14 of 17
Since Lenovo isn't on here... I'll say Dell
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post #15 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by samwapp View Post

Is HP really that bad?

Ya they really are. The last 5 years they've really been going downhill. They used to be one of the better laptop brands but the motherboard failure rate just doesn't stop. Literally, everyone I know who has an HP, it's in the closet sitting because the motherboard died.
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post #16 of 17
I'd take an Asus.

Acer is still making laptops with horrible keyboards and generally unreliable fans.
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post #17 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by SpykeZ View Post

Did you not read his post? lol

Did you?
Quote:
Originally Posted by samwapp View Post

Is HP really that bad?
The HP Compaq 515's and 610's we tried at work didn't impress.
The onboard Realtek wireless left much to be desired, as did their build quality.
The Lenovo ThinkPads faired much better, we love our T410's.

My L702X (XPS) pwns them all but the nicest Toshiba and Asus laptops.
We also have a C1 Toughbook which is nifty, to say the least.

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Edited by amstech - 2/20/12 at 3:40pm
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