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post #51 of 71
why do you NEED a 17incher? why not just a 15.4"?

and if you need lots of battery life. buy an extra battery
    
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I work in my University IT department. Most of the laptop I fix are HP.
post #53 of 71
Go for a 15.4". 17" in the 500$ range are just crap.

Having worked in a large electronic store, this is what I saw:

Acer: stay away from them. at all costs. Build quality might have improved a little in the last two years, but at least for us italians their support leaks water everywere :| If you buy one, you want to bet you'll never have to send it for an rma.

HP: Consumer series, Pavillon DV6... has seen literally pallets of them going out sold, with really little return with issues in the last year. This doesn't apply to hp computers made in 2007 and 2008, those are having a lot more mainboard / vga problems. In the actual production line those issues seem to be solved. Customer support is good.

Dell: Another excellent one. Good quality, excellent service. If you can find some deal on their site, call them too, you might get some better rebate or discount.

Asus: Nearly no problems with them too. Good quality, excellent displays. Customer service here is really good too.

Sony: Very well built machines, superior screens. Another reccomended one. Probably the best screens until you reach apple.

Toshiba: another no-no. Computer boxes were coming all the time damaged, and overall quality was rather low, with prices not in line with the competition. Rumors I heard of them leaving the computer market too... might leave them where they are.
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post #54 of 71
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Okay.. first of all, Acer makes great laptops and this misconception that they don't is pretty annoying.
"Misconception?" Color it any way you want to. I'm not just making things up when I say that Acer is garbage. I gave them two shots with high-end laptops, both of them ended up being trash and having issues. It wouldn't be such a big deal if their customer service wasn't horrendous as well, because then I might have had the issues fixed.

Acer continually gets bashed for build quality and service. Look around. This is no "misconception." If you were lucky enough to get a product that worked on the first try, then you were just that, lucky. I've moved to completely avoiding their products all together now, not just their laptops. I won't even consider an Acer monitor, even though their monitors are usually alright. Even the possibility of having to ever deal with them makes it not worth it for me.
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That's funny because I've had Acer monitors, laptops, and now netbooks. Not a single one has had a problem other than something minor like a noisy HDD. I don't consider myself that "lucky." As far as customer support goes, how many years ago was this that you dealt with them? Take a stroll over to notebookreview and check out the Acer threads. Most people have good things to say about dealing with their warranties.
post #56 of 71
I stay away from these brands and I will share my experience with all of them.

Sony (crap quality on anything less than $1800)
Dell (cheap, ugly, plastic, bad quality)
Toshiba (recalls like crazy and horrible quality)
HP (HOT ! 104c hot)
Alien ware (cheap plastic, ugly looking)
    
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post #57 of 71
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That's funny because I've had Acer monitors, laptops, and now netbooks. Not a single one has had a problem other than something minor like a noisy HDD. I don't consider myself that "lucky." As far as customer support goes, how many years ago was this that you dealt with them? Take a stroll over to notebookreview and check out the Acer threads. Most people have good things to say about dealing with their warranties.
This. Acer gets recommended all the time.
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post #58 of 71
Try stay away from HP, I work at an IT repair company and most of the laptops I fix are HP's , normally sound or mainboard related problems, for every 4 faulty HP's sent in for repairs 100 are fine, compared to Toshibas 4 to 4000.
Llenovo, Gigabyte, ASUS are all good. Stay the hell away from Fujitsu Siemens - utter cr@p.
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post #59 of 71
I've been using an Asus for awhile and I'm pleased with it. Plus it was only around 500 bucks brand new.
post #60 of 71
a[cer has come a lon way in terms of product and support, theyve stepped it up a notch. if you want a decent/budget laptop get an acer.

this is coming from an acer timelinex owner
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