Which brand to choose?

Hi everyone!

I am intending to buy a new laptop very soon, I found some (apparent :)) good bargains, and I havesimilar offers, for almost the same price and specifications from different retailers: there is an HP, a Toshiba, and an Acer..is there a more reliable brand ( I heard people complaining about Toshibas) among all this? More generally, what are the most reliable brands?

Thanks for your answers!
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  1. Up :) No one has experiences to share?
  2. Out of three companies mentioned, Toshiba generally makes better laptops. Acer is famous for making cheap and cheerful laptops.

    What’s your budget?

    What’s the laptop main use?

    Screen size?

    Country?

    Portability ?
  3. Hi! Thanks for your answer :)

    Well, my budget is around 750-900£, (I am living in England), but I could also take it from France (my native country, which in euros give a budget of 800-1000euros). I want a 17" screen, and it would be mostly for gaming..I don't care about portability/battery autonomy. I have seen the following computers:

    -TOSHIBA - Satellite P300-275 : Core 2 Duo P7350 4096.Mo (2048x2) 1000.Go (2x500) Ecran 17.pouces ATI Radeon HD 4650 1024.Mo; price is 952eur, with a refund of 100eur from toshiba

    -HEWLETT PACKARD - Pavilion dv7-2160 Blanc :ordinateur portable Core 2 Duo P7550 4096.Mo (2x2048) 1000.Go (2x500) Ecran 17.3.pouces ATI Radeon HD4650 1024.Mo; price is 982 euros

    -PACKARD BELL - Ipower GX-DM-015FR : Core 2 Duo P7350 4096.Mo (2x2048) 500.Go Ecran 17. pouces nVidia GeForce 9800 GTS 1024Mo; a bit more expensive (1059 euros)

    -Clevo M860TU: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53 Ghz - GeForce 9800 GTX - 2 Go RAM - DD 250 Go; price is 1000 euros

    - Toshiba Qosmio X300-123 - Core 2 Duo P8400 / 2.26 GHz - Centrino 2 - RAM 4 Go - HDD 320 Go - DVD±RW (±R DL) / DVD-RAM - GF 9700M GTS TurboCache; price is 969 euros

    Well that is already a large amount of choice, huh? :p

    If you have any advice, I would take it :)
  4. obade said:
    -Clevo M860TU: Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53 Ghz - GeForce 9800 GTX - 2 Go RAM - DD 250 Go; price is 1000 euros

    Well that is already a large amount of choice, huh? :p

    If you have any advice, I would take it :)



    That Clevo is the best option on that list. It's not a 17'' system, but it will perform like one. Can't really go wrong, though I would probably add more RAM to it.
  5. Have a look at the following, I think the dell got one of the best spec for under £1200 branded laptops .


    Dell Studio XPS 16

    16" (inch) Truelife 1080p Full HD RGBLED
    Intel® Core™ 2 Duo P8600(2.40Ghz, 1066MHz, 3MB)
    1GB ATI® Radeon™ HD 4670 graphics card
    4096MB 1067MHz Dual Channel DDR3
    500GB (7,200rpm) Free Fall Sensor Hard Drive
    Internal DVD+/-RW (DVD & CD read and write)
    Windows 7 Upgrade Eligible

    £1,079 http://www1.euro.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/laptop-studio-xps-16?c=uk&l=en&s=dhs&cs=ukdhs1

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    Sony VGN-FW41M/H (Free 2 year guarantee )
    16.4 Full HD (1920x1080) X-black LCD with multiple lamp
    Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P8700
    Memory Size (GB) 4
    Hard Drive Capacity (GB) 500
    Blu-ray Disc™ Combo Drive
    ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4650

    £1,199 http://www.johnlewis.com/230626613/Product.aspx

    or £1,090.09 with 1 year guarantee at the following
    http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1335173853.1252522289@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdadeifgkgljfcflgceggdhhmdgml.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=889759&category_oid=-28735

    More details on this model here
    http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/ShowProduct.action?product=VGN-FW41M%2FH&site=voe_en_GB_cons&category=VN+FW+Series&assetid=1218032875460


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    Sony VGN-FW41E/H (Free 2 year guarantee )
    Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T6400
    16.4 X-black LCD
    Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor P8700
    Memory Size (GB) 4
    Hard Drive Capacity (GB) 500
    Blu-ray Disc™ Combo Drive
    ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4650

    £899.95 http://www.johnlewis.com/230626619/Product.aspx

    More details here on this model
    http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/ShowProduct.action?product=VGN-FW41E%2FH&site=voe_en_GB_cons&category=VN+FW+Series&assetid=1218032875460

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    The Toshibba Qosmio X300-16C is also good, mid range gaming machine. http://uk.computers.toshiba-europe.com/innovation/product/Qosmio-X300-16C/1070529/


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    Ebuyer has good deals some times.
    http://www.ebuyer.com/store/Computer/category/Laptops
  6. lostandwandering said:
    That Clevo is the best option on that list. It's not a 17'' system, but it will perform like one. Can't really go wrong, though I would probably add more RAM to it.


    Erf the Clevo might not be available anymore actually, so I think I will go for the Packard Bell Ipower GX-DM-015FR : Core 2 Duo P7350 4096.Mo (2x2048) 500.Go Ecran 17. pouces nVidia GeForce 9800 GTS 1024Mo..it seems quite powerful (9800gts) and the price is not that more expensive, compared to the others. However, if you have any remark, I am listening (reading actually :D )

    Ibnsina, thanks a lot as well for having done these researches, but I honestly find that the ones you propose are not as good as the ones I had picked at the beginning (they are usually more expensive for the same specs).

    Anyway, thanks a lot to you both!
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