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Old 02-17-2010, 10:17 PM   #1
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Default What laptop would YOU buy?

Not just for tuning either...

I need to replace this one (Dell Inspiron 5100) with something faster, bigger HD, that doesn't overheat and that can run more than 10 minutes on a charge.

It's easy to shop on paper, but hell if I know about the little niggling problems that may exist in some comps. No statistic would have told me that my current computer would overheat, for instance.

Is there a brand to avoid? One that's generally sure-fire? Should I be wary of refurbished comps available on overstock.com and similar sites?
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:37 PM   #2
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While good for value, I would avoid any of the lesser brands. Ever one of them I have used has been ****. Poor layout, weird key feel, just overall cheap feeling. Though I HATE buying pre builts, you have no choice in laptops. I have had good experience with Dell laptops, but have limited laptop experience. My newest one was my Samsung netbook, so not really a laptop. My only full size is like 4 years old. My mom is using one of Dell's top of the line XPS and it seems to be really nice.
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nobody cares and will ever follow this advice but:

i have a fujitsu laptop/tablet that is now approaching 4 years old. it was expensive and worth every penny. it is absolutely, positively the most robust and solid laptop I've ever used. in terms of awesomeness (not necessarily speed) it rates higher than my fiancee's year old HP dv2700, my year old work IBM/Lenovo T61p, any dell I've used (inspirons, precisions, even the new one a coworker got that's had the service guy out 3+ times).

when this thing finally craps out, I will probably shell out the big bucks for its grandson.

all it's needed since new is a new battery (3 years is about it for lithium anyway).

hell, only in the last year has the paint on the trackpad buttons started wearing thin.

I think this is the current version of what I have:
FUJITSU: Fujitsu America - LifeBook T4410 Notebook

and to be honest, I'm a little jealous of the multi-touch support.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:43 PM   #4
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nobody cares and will ever follow this advice but:

i have a fujitsu laptop/tablet that is now approaching 4 years old. it was expensive and worth every penny. it is absolutely, positively the most robust and solid laptop I've ever used. in terms of awesomeness (not necessarily speed) it rates higher than my fiancee's year old HP dv2700, my year old work IBM/Lenovo T61p, any dell I've used (inspirons, precisions, even the new one a coworker got that's had the service guy out 3+ times).

when this thing finally craps out, I will probably shell out the big bucks for its grandson.

all it's needed since new is a new battery (3 years is about it for lithium anyway).

hell, only in the last year has the paint on the trackpad buttons started wearing thin.

I think this is the current version of what I have:
FUJITSU: Fujitsu America - LifeBook T4410 Notebook

and to be honest, I'm a little jealous of the multi-touch support.
I can believe it. Fujitsu makes some pretty good products, the ones I have used anyway.
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Old 02-17-2010, 10:48 PM   #5
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THINKPAD! THINKPAD THINKPAD THINKPAD THINKPAD!!

Seriously. I love them. They're ugly, heavy bricks, but for god sake it'll last forever. I had one. I dropped it down the stairs. While it was on. And it didn't even freeze. No joke, there were 23 stairs.

You can abuse it and it'll last forever.
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+1 for thinkpad. I love my oldass thinkpad 600. I use to to tune the AEM EMS. horray for built in serial ports too.

But for my subaru I had to upgrade to something with winXP. I bought one of these dell 10v netbooks for $250. Works great, holds a charge to work and back (over 2 hours) and 30-45 mins of "tuning" during lunch. Actually the charge is about 3 hours on the standard sized battery using the wireless too.
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Lenovo or Dell. I've seen a lot of hardware problems with a multitude of work computers and my Dells have been solid, stay away from gateway and Toshiba like the plague. I buy computers for work in multiples of 10 and the Dells have been solid, the Toshiba and Gateway seemed to fail in group.
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I wouldn't buy another Gateway product if you threatened to smash my ***** with a hammer. Well, maybe I would in that case, but they REALLY do suck that bad. Though my last one was WAY back when they were big in the late 90's I guess it was. If those were any indications, horse ****.
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I've got 4 identical Dell notebooks, all p4 mobile based with serial ports.. Use 2 of them on a daily basis, they're rock solid awesome. The other notebook I use is a Toshiba Satellite, which is honestly a piece of ****. If it wasn't free (broken when I got it..) I'd NEVER buy one of these...
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This is what I have



Falcon Northwest: Fragbook
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i'd sooner **** on my thinkpad than use it for computing. it really is a rickety piece of slapped-together plastic--and this is a high end machine.

plus

and most importantly

the control key is not in the lower left hand corner. you'll curse it every time you try to change or open or close tabs in firefox, I tell you what.

I think we can all agree that toshiba is simply a big paperweight preloaded with bloatware that isn't worth it's weight in feces.
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Toshiba = ****.
Dell I will never buy anything from them after they eff'd me in the a so bad.


I now have a Lenova IdeaPad. Thing is amazing, although true story with the ctrl key. There is a function key there instead and I fail at ctrl+___ on just about everything the first time.

Other than that i have been using it to tune since I got it, gets dirty, banged around, takes a lot of abuse and has been holding up great.
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I have and will always buy Asus laptops. They make the best of the best.
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Dell Studio 15

Zero problems in the last 2 years.
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Old 02-18-2010, 01:31 AM   #16
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Hold on for about 6 mo until the i7 chipset laptops come down into the $700 range. Do not confuse the i7 with the i3 or i5.
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Lenovo or Dell. I've seen a lot of hardware problems with a multitude of work computers and my Dells have been solid, stay away from gateway and Toshiba like the plague. I buy computers for work in multiples of 10 and the Dells have been solid, the Toshiba and Gateway seemed to fail in group.
I'll give this a qualified +1...

1) I've heard nothing but good stuff about Lenovo.

2) My Dell Latitude D630 work laptop is ******* amazing. It's tough - I've dropped it a few times with no ill effect. It never crashes - but that's probably the clean copy of Windoze XP Pro it came with. The battery lasts forever - with the brightness turned down to a reasonable level, I can work on this thing for 4-5 hours before it dies. It's plenty fast... etc, etc, etc... In other words, I can't complain.

3) Here's my qualification: My Dell Inspiron personal laptop is a complete piece of ****. The battery is crap - it never lasted more than an hour even when brand new, and now it lasts about 37 seconds before sudden death. It gave me the Blue Screen Of Death on a regular basis until I wiped it and put my own fresh copy of XP Pro on it. The OEM hard drive crapped the bed and left me high and dry, without provocation. I shut it down on a Friday night, then tried to restart it the next morning without success. After swapping in a spare drive, I determined that the problem was with the OEM unit. All of this **** happened within the first 1.5 years. Right now, that POS is sitting under my guest bathroom sink, holding down a stack of Barely Legal mags.

To sum up...
Lenovo = Yes
Dell Business = Yes
Dell HomeGay = No
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The wife just got a new ASUS for work - slim as, light as, and looks the goods - it's what I'll be getting next.

Agree about DELL Inspiron - I ******* hate it.
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ASus is supposed to have the lowest first year failure rates out of all the major brands, hp has the highest. Can't remember the rest of the list.
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Being in the computer business I have purchased many laptops but have only had a few for my personal use. I bought a Toshiba in '95 and used it for about 7 years (was pretty slow compared to the new stuff) so I bought another Toshiba and used it for about 7 years (when it was a little slow for what I needed). About a year ago I saw a deal for another Toshiba for $350 (17" screen) on one of those "Walmart get here at 12:01 midnight only 4 per store" and bought it. I remapped the keyboard because I like my DEL key on the right side of the space bar. That and an actual volume **** on the front of the machine are the only two requirements I have. So, a Toshiba laptop (with volume ****) is the only thing I have/will use and it has been working for me for 15 years. Not one single problem ever. FWIW, I only use these things for email, web, movies, and MP3. I don't play games on them or transport them all over the place. It came with Vista (ugh) but I left it on there. It did have some bloat ware but I deleted all of it off. Runs like a champ and will last me (I hope) another 7 years. My wife's laptops (insert brand name here - she's had all of them EXCEPT a Toshiba) last about 2 years each. FWIW, the 7 year old laptop that I just replaced got reformatted and now sits in my garage. Still running (I use it about 2 days a week on average) and probably will be for years.


As I am typing this I can remember talking about the volume and keyboard remap in another thread.... .... Yep, you can see me asking about one in this thread from 2007. I guess I finally found what I was looking for (no thanks to you ****** who ignored my pleas for help <G>):
https://www.miataturbo.net/forum/t14152-2/#post187320


I've been trying to buy a replacement laptop for YEARS but I can't find one that meets my simple qualifications:

1) Must have s-video out
2) Must have a volume **** on the front
3) Must have the DEL key on the bottom of the keyboard, not the top
4) Must be a good deal

Yes, I know #3 can probably be fixed with some sort of keyboard mapping software. #2 is a must for me and it seems like it is a $300 option from what I have seen!
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