I'm buying a laptop at the end of this week. Basically I have my sights on this laptop. I've created a similar laptop via the dell website with a couple other bells and whistles (well, TV tuner is the biggest thing, but a bigger battery as well).
My question is, which is the better manufacturer? The store which I'll buy the Toshiba will provide me with a 3 year warrenty very much like Dell's, so that's not a problem.
I priced out a high end Dell 2 months ago and it came to $4675. I did the same thing at www.pro-star.com (model 5724 w/ exactly the same hardware) and it came out to $3,200....and it beat the Dell (the one listed as fastest laptop on THW site) in 3D Marks.
I have had Tosh laptops and was a IBM Stinkpad snob for many years refusing to use anything else.....but IBM abandoned the performance market well before Lenovo thing. That left Voodoo, Widow and Alienware for the performance market all of which at some time or another used Clevo as their chassis supplier.
Matching the Tosh configuration you linked to I camne up with $1,543 (same stuff / 3 yr warranty) which is still $250 cheaper than the Toshiba. My beef with Tosh is that they tend to be stingy on performance options. A 5400 rpm HD gonna be areal drag for example.
You can customize the 6624 here to your heart's content adding faster HD's, more memory and just about everything. I priced out a model 5714 which has a 17" screen and it came to only $1834 before adding the extra 2 year warranty.
With Dell's 3.32 rating at resellerratings.com, I wouldn't touch them with a 10' patch cord. We signed a deal back in May w/ Pro-Star to supply our professional society w/ laptops (2600 member organization) ... so far the experience has left us with nothing to complain about.
I Just purchased the brand new toshiba A100 SK9 Satellite notebook computer for my mom and we have both been using it for about 2 weeks.
umm. all i can say is so far its been werking very well, its quite and super fast, I do lots of audio recording and editing and have been using it over my aging desktop and it just flys threw everything i give it.
My entire company uses toshiba notebooks across the country and i know many other people that have toshiba laptops.
So far my personal experience with the two companies has me leaning towards toshiba.
P.S If anyone wants me to do a review of the toshiba A100 SK9 or has questions about it let me know.
I have 2 Toshiba laptops my self but it's an older model not like the new ones, so I can't comment on them but my old Toshiba notebook works well. And I remember about an article once, that military uses Toshiba for its durability. But my guess on certain models.
The only Dell product I own is a Desktop and my wife is using it.
Gateways aren't very reliable, they are more on the lower middle end brands. Toshibas are good, i have had an old one, that had a 5200 graphics and back in its day it played everythin nicely, but my second one overheated way too much. i even got burned once holding it, but i think Toshiba has that problem fixed. As for dell i have had really bad experience with tehm.
But i would recommend HP they have slightly cheaper laptops with pretty good specs