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Old 04-18-2010, 08:26 PM
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If you were going to get a new PC laptop in the next few weeks what brand and model would you get?
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Old 04-18-2010, 08:33 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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If you were going to get a new PC laptop in the next few weeks what brand and model would you get?
I have had many different brands of laptops in my day. Gateway, Compaq, HP, Dell and Acer.

Of those, I liked the HP best of all. However, the next one I am going to try is a Sony Vaio.

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Old 04-19-2010, 06:30 AM
 
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Asus or Lenovo, a good mid-range model, and take the option to max out the memory.
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Old 04-19-2010, 07:21 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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The next one I'm getting is an HP. I like Dell computers too, and don't like Lenovo. I've never had an Asus computer, but would be willing to consider one.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:17 AM
 
Location: Planet Eaarth
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While not a PC the little 13" Macbook is one of the best laptops out there. Tough, very able, ,virus free, and a great rock solid operating system.
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:27 AM
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Location: Tyler, TX
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Just bought this about a week ago:

Fry's Toshiba 15.6" Laptop / AMD Athlon II Dual Core Processor M300

Pretty good deal, but the audio sucks - if you need to use the laptop speakers with any regularity, pick something else. My last laptop was a Compaq (HP), which was a great machine.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I typically use the Dell outlet (refurb, scratch and dent), often free shipping, easy support, and what I really like is the filters (drop down boxes) on the interface so I can filter on amount of memory, screen size, etc. I don't do a lot of high performance computing other than AVCHD video editing (in which case I just let it process in the background or overnight) so basically just looking for (memory, battery life, screen size) divided by price.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Probably Lenovo from their outlet. They've got some great deals and I've also been pleased with the performance of the IBM machines. Very reliable, not a lot of junk programs installed and useful utilities.
I'm also fond of Fujitsu.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:10 PM
 
Location: USA
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If you were going to get a new PC laptop in the next few weeks what brand and model would you get?
Funny you should ask. I'm in the same boat right now.

My answer would be: it depends if you "need" Windows or not.

I was just using my wife's office-issued Dell Vostro and .... I would try to get a Mac if it fits the budget.

My son is asking for his own laptop now. I was initially thinking of getting him a cheap Dell or HP (say, $500 to 700 range). But I've seen my fellow dads waste their time cleaning and rebuilding their kids laptops from all the malware and virus their kids laptops get. Sometimes, they've had to do it twice a year.

So I've had to rethink my choice.

I'm thinking of treating myself to a new laptop and giving him my old and trusty Mac Powerbook G4-15 (since he's always borrowing it anyway). It's already loaded with all the software he needs.

First choice: a 13-inch Macbook Pro. Standard configuration. No bells and whistles. No upgrades. For about $1200 bucks. Refurb, if I can find it. I don't need a larger screen. And I don't need the power of a better CPU or larger hard drive or better video card.

Or go cheap with:

Second choice: A bare laptop from MSI which I'll then load OSX Snow Leopard have a Hackintosh. (Don't forget to stick the original Apple-issued sticker on the laptop to satisfy the Apple EULA "This License allows you to install and use one copy of the Apple Software on a single Apple-labeled computer at a time.")

Third choice: a Dell or HP refurb, with nothing preloaded. I'll load it myself with Ubuntu 9.10 and Win 7. I hate the crap that comes pre-loaded with some laptops.

Last choice: A new Dell or HP preloaded with Windows 7 and other software.

I still have my Mac Powerbook G4 15-inch that I bought in late 2005 and it works flawlessly. Ownership experience has been excellent! Not a single problem with it. I use it daily, at home and when I travel. I must have rebooted it maybe 4 or 5 times since 2005, if that. I can't put a price on that.

My wife's office gave her a Dell Vostro recently (I forget the model). I can't stand it. No back-lit keyboard. No 2-finger scrolling. Okay, I updated the driver and the one-finger-on-the-right-edge scrolling works, but it's not smooth. It's an ALPS touchpad, not Synaptics, so there's no 2-finger scrolling solution yet.

Of course, I understand that I can get a much better model if I pay $1200 bucks. But I don't need Windows. I'm happy with Ubuntu.

I guess it depends on what you get used to.
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Old 04-19-2010, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Small Town USA Population about 15,000
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Since the OP is in the market and I am trying to relate this question to the post, of which I am not doing very well so here it goes-----what is the reason behind the Mac being so expensive over the others?
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