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PostRe: Laptop Advice - Brands
by Karl » Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:03 pm

Asus / Samsung for netbooks.

Laptops it doesn't really matter. /shrug

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by Green Gecko » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:07 am

(1) Asus - better build quality than Samsung, use good quality parts, better value than really any other manufacturer
(2) Toshiba - about as good as Asus but much more expensive, very solid build
(3) Samsung - good value, good graphics chipsets at lower price than others, nice designs, build quality not as good as above (glossy models are a bit plasticy), screen on some models has low colour depth
(4) Sony - better design and screen than any of above, but very expensive and can be fragile in particular places (due to their curvy and lightweight designs)

I have had no experience with customer service from any of these companies because I have not not heard of having to deal with any of them.

My close friends/parents/myself own at least one of these machines which I have used for at least a few hours and I haven't heard of any hardware issues whatsoever. I own an Asus Eee PC 901 which has been droppped 1.5m onto concrete and dropped on another occasion with no issues, I regularly chuck it into a bag with no issues, I have swapped out parts with no issues, I have let it run hot on textile surfaces for hours with no issues, I have used it in the rain with no issues and I built three PCs with Asus motherboards and never had a hardware failure.

Avoid:

(1) Acer, poor build quality, poor screens, bulky, choose cheap parts, budget machines
(2) Packard Bell - horrible build quality, poor ventillation, overheating death
(3) HP - build quality seems okay but I have a dead one that came from my mum's office where half the screen is dead.
(4) Dell - every Dell I have ever seen and heard about has had some kind of problem e.g. bloatware bogging down the machine, nasty proprietary parts making repair unnecessarily difficult, hard disk failure, mouse failure followed by speaker failure after being "repaired", terrible reliability and after-market support.

I've used/owned all of above.

I've also heard that Compaq suck.

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PostRe: Laptop Advice - Brands
by Schrodinger's Postman » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:15 am

Going with everyone else here on the "Acer are gooseberry fool" front. Surprised at the lack of love for IBM though, their machines are so solid they use them in space ffs.

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by Green Gecko » Fri Dec 04, 2009 1:18 am

Well, the only problem with IBM is that they're expensive, nowhere seems to sell them anymore, and they look gooseberry fool. I only ever see really old ones these days. A search for IBM returns loads of Lenovo machines though - is this a rebrand? I never realised. I've heard good things about Lenovo.

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PostRe: Laptop Advice - Brands
by Fizheuer Zieheuer » Fri Dec 04, 2009 2:13 am

Buy a M

Jonathan86 wrote:No recommendations of ... Macbooks please


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PostRe: Laptop Advice - Brands
by mokeyjoe » Fri Dec 04, 2009 4:07 pm

Green Gecko wrote:Well, the only problem with IBM is that they're expensive, nowhere seems to sell them anymore, and they look gooseberry fool. I only ever see really old ones these days. A search for IBM returns loads of Lenovo machines though - is this a rebrand? I never realised. I've heard good things about Lenovo.


I think IBM sold the Thinkpad range to Lenovo. Lenovo are supposed to be good anyway.

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PostRe: Laptop Advice - Brands
by Karl » Fri Dec 04, 2009 5:06 pm

I have to say my dad has a Lenovo netbook and it's quite good.

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PostRe: Laptop Advice - Brands
by franklk » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:46 am

mokeyjoe wrote:
Green Gecko wrote:Well, the only problem with IBM is that they're expensive, nowhere seems to sell them anymore, and they look gooseberry fool. I only ever see really old ones these days. A search for IBM returns loads of Lenovo machines though - is this a rebrand? I never realised. I've heard good things about Lenovo.


I think IBM sold the Thinkpad range to Lenovo. Lenovo are supposed to be good anyway.


IBM pulled out of the home computer/laptop market a few years ago and sold it to Lenovo a Chinese computer company.


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