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Topic # 17365 23-Nov-2007 11:36
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How would you rate ... apple, vaio, acer, toshiba, dell, and hp(and any other brand you can think of)??? Which is the best to own....ignoring prices...??

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  Reply # 96921 26-Nov-2007 09:58
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I know very little about Apple so I can not comment on that brand, but for me I would rate the Sony Vaio the best out of all the brands you mention.


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  Reply # 96932 26-Nov-2007 11:07
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Perhaps you could tell us what you mean by "best to own".  Reliability?  Quality?  End-user support?

Anyway, overall, I would rate Toshiba notebooks as #1, followed by HP then Sony.  The rest are all even (not an Apple user so cannot comment).

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 96936 26-Nov-2007 11:24
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Currently Dell Inspiron 640m, pretty well rounded thing as expected from Dell, nothing incredible, but a solid performer.

Had an NEC 8 years ago, great screwless system for swapping drives (hard, CD, floppy!), batteries and RAM.

Not so impressed with the Sony proprietry stuff ... is it easy to get rid off?  Vaios are cosmetically nice.

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  Reply # 96942 26-Nov-2007 12:11
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Yeah, Sonys look nice but their high price cannot be justified.  They are reliable though.

NEC - eek... I had very bad experiences with NEC laptops.  They are noisy and their user-support is lacking.  I remember going into some dingy Albany office to get my NEC repaired.  Not impressed.



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  Reply # 97068 27-Nov-2007 08:13
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heavenly_wild: Perhaps you could tell us what you mean by "best to own".  Reliability?  Quality?  End-user support?


Reliability is important as is quality. Endurance (Battery Life). Portable. Used for both entertainment and assignments. Speed. Preferably upgradeable. Problemless.........is it possible?? Undecided

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  Reply # 97071 27-Nov-2007 08:27
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I would say Toshiba is #1 for all of the above, especially when it comes to multimedia.  They install good quality speakers on their laptops.

I recently bought a Toshiba X200 N00 with SLI graphics setup.  It works flawlessly!  The design is user-friendly (e.g. no plugs or switches at the back, everything on the sides and on the front) and what I love most is the wifi switch is manually turned on and off.  I know some brands require you to control your wifi using an application.

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  Reply # 97076 27-Nov-2007 08:44
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paulchinnz: Currently Dell Inspiron 640m, pretty well rounded thing as expected from Dell, nothing incredible, but a solid performer.


Ditto. Have had three Dells over the last 10 years, which I use both as my main work PC and home PC. Never had any problems with any of them. Little experience of the others though.




 

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Reply # 97084 27-Nov-2007 09:28
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I have always have HP/compaq laptops (I am also qualified to service them so quicker to get fixed) have not hand any trouble I can think of with them soo far.
Currently an HP TX1250ea, have doubled the ram and looking to upgrade the HD as I have run out of space already.

Have tryed IBM thinkpads and Toshibas have not had too much problems with them, getting the cdrom drive on the tohiba was a debarkle but there was not too many supplier of parts then.

In my last NZ job one of my jobs was replacing parts in Dell machines had a few laptop's come through with issues, dead screen, broken keboards etc, but we owned heaps of them so I just put it down to the ammount that we got is why we had soo many issues.
I loved the small ones even though they did not have a cdrom drive in them they would be good for traveling with.
Main thing I did not like with Dell was twice in 6 months I was waiting for two months for parts, 1 a monther board and 2 a screen.

Vios are nice but way out of my budget.

Not a fan of Fujitsu siemens as my friend had one and it kept over heating but I looked at getting parts for another travelers laptop and they were soo easy to order.
Emailed off what I needed and the next day had a quote for parts and shipping.

Two flatmates I have had believe in acer's, have not tryed them myself.
One of them uses theres as their gaming machine they replaced their pc with it.

Thats my 2pennys worth

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  Reply # 97094 27-Nov-2007 10:06
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TinyTim: Ditto. Have had three Dells over the last 10 years, which I use both as my main work PC and home PC. Never had any problems with any of them. Little experience of the others though.


A lot of people love to slag off Dell, but I honestly think that they offer a pretty decent product at a very decent price. My desktop at work and my personal laptop have been excellent with my only complaint being that a couple of the USB ports on the laptop are a bit stiff, but that's a pretty minor thing really.

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Reply # 97098 27-Nov-2007 10:36
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Don't get an acer laptop.. just don't go there

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  Reply # 97131 27-Nov-2007 13:17
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Consumer NZ did their annual survey of reliability of laptop brands a few months ago.  There were about 3000 respondents, with Sony, NEC, Dell, Apple, HP/C, Acer and Toshiba all within about 5% of each other (in that order of highest to lowest, although given the miniscule difference of 5% I'm guessing all six would've been within margin of error i.e. little difference).  Probably comes down to the specific model (not just brand).

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  Reply # 97209 27-Nov-2007 19:11
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Apple is number One but much more expensive than other brands..

Sony second... just the name SONY you know their quality

Dell, Hp, Compaq, Toshiba are all same quality and performance at all althought Compaq Computers slightly going down...

Asus, Acer others good quality but not as good as others.

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  Reply # 97219 27-Nov-2007 19:43
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Can you reference your information Jhunnnie?

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  Reply # 97245 27-Nov-2007 20:53
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My post is for the topic starter. I just say these brands are in general criteria. ofcourse all brands has high end products.

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Reply # 97317 28-Nov-2007 11:43
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Fair 'nuff Jhunnnie ... had forgotten what the original question was!

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