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Laptops

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:32 am
by Hawkeye
Hey all

Possibly looking at a new laptop purchase to replace my P3-1000 (yes thats a Pentium III running at 1000Mhz).

Thinking perhaps a Core i5 4Gb/250Gb/15"-16"

Has anyone got any recommendations? Or better yet, ones to avoid?

Hawk

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 5:35 am
by Rimstalker
if you let us know what your needs are, we can probably help better.

for instance, if you want a really nice keyboard, superduper battery life and lenovo quality, this one here should be good.

http://boingboing.net/2011/03/08/lenovo ... ims-2.html

this one here is sleek, fast and has good battery life:

http://www.samsung.com/us/news/newsRead ... _seq=19774

If you want to be able to configure almost all aspects of your laptop yourself, Dell is probably the best.

Re: Laptops

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 1:47 pm
by Shardin5
Hawkeye wrote:Hey all

Possibly looking at a new laptop purchase to replace my P3-1000 (yes thats a Pentium III running at 1000Mhz).

Thinking perhaps a Core i5 4Gb/250Gb/15"-16"

Has anyone got any recommendations? Or better yet, ones to avoid?

Hawk
We have 2 Samsung R580 JB2's in the house for the kids(17) and (20), Processor: Intel Core i5 i5-430M / 2.26 GHz ( Dual-Core ) Memory: 4 GB Hard Drive: 500 GB - Serial ATA-150 - 5400 rpm, built in Blu-Ray as well, work flawlessly. Wife has a Toshiba Satellite P505-S8002 Laptop 18” Widescreen, Intel Core i5-430M Processor, 4GB DDR3 1066MHz Memory and 500GB HDD, its more of a desktop replacement though. All were bought for under 675.00

Highly recommend the Toshiba, Samsung, and Lenovo products. I still use my t42 and t60 Lenovo's and just have no real reason to upgrade them yet. Avoid the Dell and HP lines all together. I am very anti Sony so I can't really talk about those overpriced models. Have some friends that swear by thier Asus models, and Acer isn't well known, and they aren't always speedy, they are low in price and reliable though.

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:48 pm
by Hawkeye
Rimstalker wrote:if you let us know what your needs are, we can probably help better.
Still working that out for the time being :wink:

At this stage I'm looking to see what particular makes and models are recommended / avoidable. Interesting to see Shardin doesnt go for the Sony's - I'd agree they are somewhat overpriced, but buld quality and spec seems to be fairly reasonble though.

Has anybody had a good / bad run with their laptops? Or know of any horror stories?

Re: Laptops

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 4:58 pm
by Havok
Hawkeye wrote:Hey all

Possibly looking at a new laptop purchase to replace my P3-1000 (yes thats a Pentium III running at 1000Mhz).

Thinking perhaps a Core i5 4Gb/250Gb/15"-16"

Has anyone got any recommendations? Or better yet, ones to avoid?

Hawk
I purchased a Toshiba with similar spec's a year ago and have been very happy with and it definitely meets all my current needs. Picked it up for $700 US.

Here's what I have:

Model: Satellite A505-S6015

Here's a PDF from Toshiba site.

I have virtual copies of XP and Mac OS X on here as well so I can pretty much do anything I want with this device.

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:06 pm
by Rimstalker
i mean, statistically speaking, you will have to deal with tech support for your laptop during its lifetime.

in Germany, we have a magazine that tests all kind of things, including service of laptop tech support. Their articles is the first thing I look up when checking out new laptops.

And I would NOT go for price. You will get what you pay for!

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 6:28 pm
by Shardin5
Hawkeye wrote:
Rimstalker wrote:if you let us know what your needs are, we can probably help better.
Still working that out for the time being :wink:

At this stage I'm looking to see what particular makes and models are recommended / avoidable. Interesting to see Shardin doesnt go for the Sony's - I'd agree they are somewhat overpriced, but buld quality and spec seems to be fairly reasonble though.

Has anybody had a good / bad run with their laptops? Or know of any horror stories?
I have worked with 2 different companies that tried using Sony laptops. Sony failed both times. Never saw so many people trading in new Sony's for older Lenovo's.
On a personal level, Sony is really very anti consumer, they want everything to work just Sony's way, they don't play well with other, tech companies, causing all sorts of compatiblity issues. Doesn't matter what product you are dealing with, Sony is a marketing machine with really average product, but with great marketing spin.

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:04 pm
by Rimstalker
if you are looking for reliability, go for lenovo. Of course they come with a hefty price tag.

I have not looked at them so much lately, but they used to be one of the very last companies to go for non-glossy displays. AND they kept windows xp for ages, instead of using vista.

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 7:23 pm
by Havok
I'm going to have to counter point the Lenovo products. I used to work on them a couple of years ago while they were still called IBM and they were extremely unfriendly proprietary systems. Maybe things have changed but somehow I doubt it. We used to call them StinkPads instead of ThinkPads.

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:11 pm
by Gavan
I have to agree with Havok on the stinkpad's no matter who makes them they are crap. (and no one should ever purchase Sony they are just as bad a Apple with the cost and "their" way of doing things)

I have used HP laptops for years without a problem (but for the price) I have also seen Dell laptops used and they seem to be great some times and total crap others. (on the up side the customer service is good) I have also seen the odd ASUS laptop which appear to be quite good.

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 9:58 pm
by Six_Of_One
maybe i'm the odd one out but i always thought the word Laptop was supposed to be followed by Dancer 8)

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:02 pm
by Hawkeye
Years ago my company laptop was a Thinkpad. Apart from eating batteries and a not-so-pretty design, the unit was quite decent. Then again, we are going back a long time ago now... :static:


I'm under the impression that Gateway doesnt make a good laptop. Can anyone second this?

Posted: Sat Mar 12, 2011 11:18 pm
by Shardin5
Six_Of_One wrote:maybe i'm the odd one out but i always thought the word Laptop was supposed to be followed by Dancer 8)
I like your way of thinking Six. :twisted:

Were I do have 2 very trusted Lenovo's(T42 and T60), I did go out and buy everybody else Samsungs, and Toshiba's in the house and will be upgrading my T42 to a Toshiba when I get home in April. Mainly do to support, features, and pricing. The Lenovo/IBM machines are really for the more tech savy, and I have grown very used to the nipple over the years vs the touchpad. Stay away from Sony, HP and Dell's would be next to the bottom. Samsungs, Toshiba's at the Top, some Panasonic's as we have lots of Toughbooks down here, but they are EXPENSIVE. If price is a real big issue, you can buy a decent Acer or even ASUS, and they are reliable, but not as fast ususally as the others, processor wise. Gateway's you get what you pay for, but would be better than a Sony or a Dell.

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:02 am
by Havok
Hawkeye wrote:Years ago my company laptop was a Thinkpad. Apart from eating batteries and a not-so-pretty design, the unit was quite decent. Then again, we are going back a long time ago now... :static:


I'm under the impression that Gateway doesnt make a good laptop. Can anyone second this?
Gateway does not make a good laptop or any other kind of computer and actually only exists as a low end brand name for Acer now. Acer's are nice when you get them but don't have much of a lifespan after. You get what you pay for. A couple of friends of mine each have an Acer laptop (same model for both) and after just 2 years the things are falling apart. The touch pads on both have had problems from day one and one of them has already had to have the hard drive replaced as well.

Laptop wise my current personal opinion is: Toshiba then (and I hate to say this) HP. After that probably ASUS.

Dell as mentioned above is real hit and miss.. Their products are not as good as they were say 6-7 years ago peaked... I've got an old Dell 5150 Laptop that's an absolutely work horse. I also own 2 Dell desktops, one is an 8 year old tower and the other is a newer mini that's a little over a year old. Never had a problem with either. However I know people, including my brother, that just have horror stories about Dell.

Posted: Sun Mar 13, 2011 2:23 pm
by BitMask
If you are going to look at Lenovo, stay with the Thinkpads. I have a Ideapad and while the specs are nice, I am less than impressed.

The HP Probook 4520s (15") and Probook 4720s (17") are very nice and affordable. Both have full keyboards and nice specs. If I can sell my Ideapad 560p then I am getting one of those. (4520 are my best seller).