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Dell
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Sony
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Gateway
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Compaq
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Which (windows based) laptop brand do you recommend

Old 08-17-06, 03:50 PM
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Which (windows based) laptop brand do you recommend

Hey Guys,

Looking to get a laptop. Which of these do you recommend?
Old 08-17-06, 04:09 PM
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Dell, definitely. Very good build quality and support.

Don't buy a Toshiba, poor design. Last one we had had fans on the BOTTOM, so you couldn't use it as a "lap"-top. It eventually starting having intermittant fan noises and the power convertor in it went out. W had to get it serviced at Best Buy. When we got it back, we sold it on eBay. We got it back in the mail about 6 months later, the next owner had to send it in for service AGAIN, and it got shipped to our address by mistake!

Oh, as a bonus if you get a Dell: when it dies in a couple of years (yes, that's my general experience with laptops, I'm rough on hardware), it's worth most of it's value in parts on FleaBay!

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Dell or HP.

Loving my Inspiron 9300. Thing is a monster and you could actually modify hardware if you desire.
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Dell. They have great deals if you wait for a coupon, and a lot of customization options so you can pretty much configure a system to fit your needs.

Aside from having home support in India, and thus occasionally getting someone that is difficult to understand, their tech support is pretty good as well.
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Originally Posted by ShagMan
Don't buy a Toshiba, poor design.


I got co-worker who works in computer department, she said "Dell sucks. Toshiba is the best!" She mocked at me for buying Dell.
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Lenovo's are pretty nice too. My friend has one (he works for IBM) and it's solidly put together.
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
Lenovo's are pretty nice too. My friend has one (he works for IBM) and it's solidly put together.
There are at least two types of Lenovos so you need to be careful about them. One is the old IBM ThinkPad that should still be ok, the other is regular junky Lenovo which people tend to confuse with the ThinkPads.
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There are at least two types of Lenovos so you need to be careful about them. One is the old IBM ThinkPad that should still be ok, the other is regular junky Lenovo which people tend to confuse with the ThinkPads.
Good point. He has a Thinkpad. I wasn't aware they made other laptops.
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Dell. Even with the battery recall.
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Dell or Toshiba
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Dell hands down. No more Sony for me. I treat my laptops with care but it doesn't matter. Both Sony laptops start to break down after 2-3 years.
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Other: Apple w/ Boot Camp

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The new Dell Latitude 620 and 820 machines are very nice, if you're not cool enough to own an apple product
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I chose Other since IBM is not on the list.
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Dell. Even with the battery recall.
which is really a Sony problem as the batteries in question are sony batteries.
it likely won't be long until other laptop companies issue recalls too due to their use of sony batteries

I'm happy with my Dell
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formerly known as IBM ThinkPad (now levono), the best.
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dell
and for the alienware option.. didnt dell buy out alienware anyways?
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Originally Posted by Maryang Palad
I chose Other since IBM is not on the list.
There isn't any IBM notebook anymore since they sold out to the Chinese company, Lenovo. I won't touch them anymore either.
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I had a Dell and it was good. I recently got an HP and I like it so far.
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Dell or Toshiba
ditto.

haven't tried hp though.
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Wow, Dude I'm gettin a dell. I just read that starting in October, any windows based computer you buy, Microsoft will give you a coupn to receive a free copy of windows vista when it comes out. http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/windo...ber-195047.php

I was gonna wait for vista but now I just have to wait till October.

Thanks for all your input
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Very happy with my Dell.
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Originally Posted by firteen88
Wow, Dude I'm gettin a dell. I just read that starting in October, any windows based computer you buy, Microsoft will give you a coupn to receive a free copy of windows vista when it comes out. http://www.gizmodo.com/gadgets/windo...ber-195047.php

I was gonna wait for vista but now I just have to wait till October.

Thanks for all your input
They always do that when a new OS version is imminent. Otherwise no one would buy a computer.
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My last couple have been Sony and I've been very happy w/ them. Several other people at work have Sony as well and for the most part they have been happy as well. There was a minor glitch on mine w/ trying to get the finger scanner to interact properly w/ an old Win98 encryption program that I use but I found a work around. Another co-worker had a problem where the laptop actually had to be sent out for repair (something w/ the keys IIRC) but that's definately been the exception.

Dell is another brand I strongly recommend. The main reason I went w/ Sony over Dell is the Sony laptops are usually lighter/slimmer but I've been very happy w/ all the Dells I've had in the past too.

I highly recommend AGAINST Toshibas as well though. A couple of people have had them at work and I don't think I know anyone who has been happy w/ them. One in particular continually has problems that requires it to be sent out, it'll be "repaired" but then a new problem comes up and they refuse to just replace the thing

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Originally Posted by mikehunt
which is really a Sony problem as the batteries in question are sony batteries.
it likely won't be long until other laptop companies issue recalls too due to their use of sony batteries
Funny how there's no recall on Sony batteries for Sony laptops, one might think Sony was up to something hinky I guess we'll see if the recall expands though. I like how in almost every article about this recall the people from Dell are very explicit about the fact it is Sony batteries

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