Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 
15357 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4063

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 456687 8-Apr-2011 11:13
Send private message

Home Premium preinstalled is the only indication you should require to understand it's not a business laptop.

1985 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 19

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 462114 25-Apr-2011 12:07
Send private message

mobile business or desktop replacement? i.e. is weight and size a priority?

 
 
 
 


2557 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 571

Trusted

  Reply # 462131 25-Apr-2011 13:10
Send private message

zaptor: New Dell Inspiron N15R for $1399? (i7-2630QM, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD). Extra $225 for 3 year warranty. Only available with Win 7 Home Premium though.


I'd be wary of purchasing a laptop from a consumer range, for business use. I made that mistake with my last Dell. I'd been a happy Latitude user for years, but these were all work supplied laptops. When I became an independent contractor, I had to purchase my own laptop. Trying to get the best bang for my buck, I purchased a Dell Studio (1535), which saved me about $1000 on a similarly specced Latitude.

Out of the box, the build quality was poor, and the keyboard quickly developed an annoying squeak. But that paled in comparison to the daily (and this is no exaggeration) BSODs I experienced. Long story short (as the long one involves over 6 months of frustration with Dell support), the laptop didn't take kindly to having a secondary monitor attached... until I disabled Aero in Vista.

In addition to that ongoing problem, I had the keyboard & trackpad replaced 3 times in a two year period due to a trackpad that kept failing, and the HDD replaced within the first 6 months (which got me a free upgrade from 250GB to 320GB :-)). There were also design issues with the laptop which indicated that it wasn't really intended to be used as I was using it. The most glaring was that the VGA cable for my external monitor couldn't be screwed into place, so I'd lose monitor connectivity a few times a day.

15357 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 4063

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 462144 25-Apr-2011 13:51
Send private message

Seconded, avoid anything in general from retail chains like HN, DSE etc, as they are almost entirely consumer platform and designed with price and specification in mind, and this generally requires a drop in build quality and warranty to match.

Infrastructure Geek
4043 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 193

Trusted
Microsoft NZ
Subscriber

  Reply # 462172 25-Apr-2011 15:14
Send private message

i've had acer, toshiba, HP and now Lenovo - all 'business' models. Mostly been OK. So far i'd have to say I've had best experience with the Lenovo (T510) as it has been really solid and seems to have good software/support etc.

Whatever you get, make sure you get a 3yr warranty. If you're actually using it as a mobile laptop then something will probably go wrong. Many 'business' models already come with 3yr (good indication that its a business model) but if not its usually $100-$200 for the manufacturers warranty extension and well worth it (NOT DSE/HN ext warr!). Remember if its for the business then the CGA does not apply.




Technical Evangelist
Microsoft NZ
about.me/nzregs
Twitter: @nzregs


1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

New Zealand's IT industry in 2018 and beyond
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:50


Introducing your new workplace headache: Gen Z
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:45


Jucy set to introduce electric campervan fleet
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:41


Hawaiki cable system will be ready for service in June 2018
Posted 22-Jan-2018 12:32


New Zealand hits peak broadband data
Posted 18-Jan-2018 12:21


Amazon Echo devices coming to New Zealand early February 2018
Posted 18-Jan-2018 10:53


$3.74 million for new electric vehicles in New Zealand
Posted 17-Jan-2018 11:27


Nova 2i: Value, not excitement from Huawei
Posted 17-Jan-2018 09:02


Less news in Facebook News Feed revamp
Posted 15-Jan-2018 13:15


Australian Government contract awarded to Datacom Connect
Posted 11-Jan-2018 08:37


Why New Zealand needs a chief technology officer
Posted 6-Jan-2018 13:59


Amazon release Silk Browser and Firefox for Fire TV
Posted 21-Dec-2017 13:42


New Chief Technology Officer role created
Posted 19-Dec-2017 22:18


All I want for Christmas is a new EV
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:54


How clever is this: AI will create 2.3 million jobs by 2020
Posted 19-Dec-2017 19:52



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.