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Old 01-24-2012, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Griffin, Georgia
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I would be using the laptop for web surfing, games, and possibly working for West, that would mean it would have to accomodate the West at Home applications. I think as long as I have Windows Xp or higher it is acceptable. RIght now I have Windows 7.
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Old 01-25-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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Hiatus break.

Smoky, you need to know that almost all parts and pieces for computers are made by a very small number of companies and that all computer manufacturers use them. It's more important to compare features for the price than brands. Bang for the buck as it were. Consider warranty length without paying extra and check for where support is handled. There are computers you can buy that have support in the USA, but they will be business class if I recall correctly.

As you may have noticed there are a number of brands mentioned as the best, and number mentioned as the worst. You will also notice that these brands flip-flop in the opinions of posters. You will see this same behavior in any forum where you post his question. It's no different than someone getting a lemon Ford or Chevy then lambasting or praising one brand over another.

My two cents from my experience is Lenovo and HP. I have placed quite a few Lenovos at client sites with no calls for problems with the units. I personally have two HPs and a Compaq (also HP) and have had no problems with them over the years. I won't get into the "what looks good and what doesn't" because that never enters into my purchasing decision. I also will not rule out or bash any other brand because I can't speak for their quality since I have no experience with them.
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Old 01-25-2012, 12:14 PM
 
Location: Huntington Beach, CA
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Laptops & notebooks: Laptop computers, notebook computers - CNET Reviews
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:19 PM
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Location: Nevadafornia
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Apple, even though their mac book's are expensive
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Old 01-26-2012, 02:20 PM
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For example, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) does not typically come pre-installed on a PC laptop.
It does, but it's a trial version, which is pre-installed
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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Apple, even though their mac book's are expensive
Ever think about reading the OP?
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:28 PM
 
Location: United State of Texas
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I have several HP laptops. One is over 7 years old and although I have added updated ram to it and replaced a battery, I have never had any issues with it. The only real limitation it has currently is the video card is not really up to modern standards... but it's supremely reliable. The other two are much newer. One is an AMD 3 core processor machine and one is an i5 Intel running windows 7.

I think Toshiba and Asus are worth a look as well, but my experiences with Sony laptops have soured me on them.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:50 PM
 
Location: SWUS
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I don't know a whole lot about computers, but so far I've had a Toshiba Satellite that served me well for 3 years, and then after it stopped functioning correctly in December, I purchased an Asus G74. NICE computer... and I feel it will probably last longer than the Toshiba did.
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Old 01-26-2012, 05:52 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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Generally, the best ones are the ones that don't get dropped or slammed, and don't have Coca-Cola spilled into them.

I have a 5 1/2 year old Dell Inspiron Core 2 Duo that appears to be one of the good ones.
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Old 01-27-2012, 01:10 AM
 
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Generally, the best ones are the ones that don't get dropped or slammed, and don't have Coca-Cola spilled into them.
The best ones are the ones that will survive being dropped, slammed, and spilled on. The only ones discussed in this thread that meet that criteria are the Lenovo ThinkPad and Panasonic ToughBook.
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