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August 17, 2005 4:33:15 PM

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I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to suggest
Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the ratings
I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about durability, owner
satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking for Pentium M with
Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for. Not into gaming or
video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases, basic office programs
and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this thing around on a daily
basis, but want decent battery life when I do. Probably don't need much
horsepower but want something that will last a while (hung on to last
desktop for 7 years).

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Anonymous
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August 17, 2005 6:33:25 PM

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>From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:


Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP, 6.Dell,
7.Compaq, 8.Gateway

Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony
Anonymous
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August 17, 2005 10:20:12 PM

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The very nature of laptops, regardless of their point of origin, precludes
longevity. A Dell is just as good a choice as any other. Be very careful
about purchasing warranties. Sure, they are handy if something does happen
to your laptop after the usual factory warranty expires, but the chances of
something costly happening to your laptop by the time you buy a new one are
small. Extended warranties are one of the biggest scams in consumer
electronics, audio/video gear and computers.


"Erehwon" <Dont@spam.me> wrote in message
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> I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
> laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
> that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to suggest
> Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the ratings
> I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about durability,
> owner satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking for Pentium M
> with Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for. Not into gaming
> or video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases, basic office
> programs and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this thing around on a
> daily basis, but want decent battery life when I do. Probably don't need
> much horsepower but want something that will last a while (hung on to last
> desktop for 7 years).
>
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Anonymous
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August 17, 2005 11:59:46 PM

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Be careful with the low-end models from any company (such as the
Inspiron 1200 and 2200 and similar Latitudes), and get a 3-year warranty
with whatever you buy.



Erehwon wrote:
> I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
> laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
> that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to suggest
> Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the ratings
> I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about durability, owner
> satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking for Pentium M with
> Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for. Not into gaming or
> video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases, basic office programs
> and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this thing around on a daily
> basis, but want decent battery life when I do. Probably don't need much
> horsepower but want something that will last a while (hung on to last
> desktop for 7 years).
>
>
Anonymous
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August 17, 2005 11:59:47 PM

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"Edward J. Neth" wrote:
>
> Be careful with the low-end models from any company (such as the
> Inspiron 1200 and 2200 and similar Latitudes), and get a 3-year warranty
> with whatever you buy.
>
> <snip>

Not just a long warranty, but also the most comprehensive (e.g., Dell's
Gold Tech Support). If you can, order from Dell's Small Business Division,
as this will give you more support options than from their Home Division.

Yes, Administrator, this is a typical Dellbot Response!

Notan
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 1:40:02 AM

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<phoephus@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> >From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:
>
>
> Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP, 6.Dell,
> 7.Compaq, 8.Gateway
>
> Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
> 5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony
>

Sony in number 3 shocks me. Their rep is terrible. HP makes me laugh.

Love to know their source.

Tom
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 1:43:38 AM

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"Erehwon" <Dont@spam.me> wrote in message
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> I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
> laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
> that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to suggest
> Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the ratings
> I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about durability,
> owner satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking for Pentium M
> with Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for. Not into gaming
> or video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases, basic office
> programs and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this thing around on a
> daily basis, but want decent battery life when I do. Probably don't need
> much horsepower but want something that will last a while (hung on to last
> desktop for 7 years).
>


From what I've read, if you want the best of all offerings, then IBM is the
way to go.

In the Dell line, I'm very please with the Latitude (durability, warranty
options, build quality, etc....)

Bump the warranty up to 3 years onsite.


Stew
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 1:47:05 AM

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"Kevin" <webman6@hotmail.com> wrote in message
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> The very nature of laptops, regardless of their point of origin, precludes
> longevity. A Dell is just as good a choice as any other. Be very careful
> about purchasing warranties. Sure, they are handy if something does
> happen to your laptop after the usual factory warranty expires, but the
> chances of something costly happening to your laptop by the time you buy a
> new one are small. Extended warranties are one of the biggest scams in
> consumer electronics, audio/video gear and computers.
>
>


I said this until I had to use Dell's onsite/Gold two years in on two
separate machines.

Hard drive failure, and a system board/palm rest/keyboard replacement. The
latter being fully worth the warranty.

People do stupid things. LCD screens die.

Cha ching.


Stew
August 18, 2005 2:32:38 AM

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"Tom Scales" <tomtoo@softhome.net> wrote in message
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>
> <phoephus@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1124314405.627349.81070@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
>> >From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:
>>
>>
>> Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP, 6.Dell,
>> 7.Compaq, 8.Gateway
>>
>> Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
>> 5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony
>>
>
> Sony in number 3 shocks me. Their rep is terrible. HP makes me laugh.
>
> Love to know their source.
>
> Tom
I believe I saw the same Consumer Reports. The surveys were based on 2000 -
2004 data. That's why asked the question in this group. Was looking for a
bit more recent experience. Everyone seems to have been going down hill
over the past few years, especially support. I imagine some have went down
faster than others.
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 3:28:24 AM

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I'm going to have to go with Tom on this one.

I won't dispute the Apple claim, but Toshiba, hmmm, me thinks that they're
probably tied with IBM. Sony is definitely not a reliable laptop... HP,
yeah, ummm, is this laptops? desktops? iPaqs? servers?

-gg-

>> From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:
>>
> Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP,
> 6.Dell, 7.Compaq, 8.Gateway
>
> Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
> 5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony
>
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 3:28:25 AM

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Ok, seriously, I've been shopping for laptops. What is the deal with HP? Are
they really bad? I bought an Inspiron (Dell) about 2.5 years back and the
display went bad recently. I friend of mine who services computers told me
that this was common with Inspirons. Is this true?

Thanks

"Gray Ghost" <grayghost@binarybrewery.comm> wrote in message
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> I'm going to have to go with Tom on this one.
>
> I won't dispute the Apple claim, but Toshiba, hmmm, me thinks that they're
> probably tied with IBM. Sony is definitely not a reliable laptop... HP,
> yeah, ummm, is this laptops? desktops? iPaqs? servers?
>
> -gg-
>
>>> From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:
>>>
>> Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP,
>> 6.Dell, 7.Compaq, 8.Gateway
>>
>> Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
>> 5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony
>>
>
>
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 5:16:49 AM

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In article <1124314405.627349.81070@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com>,
phoephus@hotmail.com says...
> >From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:
>
>
> Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP, 6.Dell,
> 7.Compaq, 8.Gateway
>
> Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
> 5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony

I have a few clients with Sony laptops, the ones with the 12" LCD screen
and they have had no faults with the units in more than 2 years. At this
age, they are slow.

I've also installed about 80 Dell laptops of all varieties and only had
one that was returned and one that had a bad CD that was replaced.

I also personally own a Toshiba P4/3.2/80/1.5GB RAM/DVD+/-RW with a 17"
wide screen display - it took 3 units to get one without a dead pixel
(thank god for a no-questions-asked return policy at CircuitCity). I
bought a full P4/3.2/hyper threaded machine because I run Windows XP and
development tools and on a second drive I run Windows 2003 Advanced
server on it (with SQL server and Exchange Server).

I also bought laptops from www.powernotebooks.com and always found their
products and support to be better than any other vendors.


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Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 5:58:35 AM

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<phoephus@hotmail.com> wrote in message
news:1124314405.627349.81070@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
> >From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:
>
>
> Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP, 6.Dell,
> 7.Compaq, 8.Gateway
>
> Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
> 5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony
>
Toshiba should be about #27; they used to make nearly bulletproof notebooks,
but over the last 18 months or so, their quality has gone down dramatically;
The Qosimo boxes, while attractive, are all prone to hardware problems.

Sony should be rated last just for their horrendous Customer (non)Service.
HP/Compaq make very good, stable machines, and they are support AMD Turion64
processors, which put anything that Intel has to offer to shame.

Dell is a 50/50 proposition; if you happen to have a problem and get them
on a good day, you'll be taken care of; get them on a bad day (which they
have often), and hell will freeze over before you get any help.

Bobby
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 6:00:03 AM

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Kevin,

Seriously, I would check out either the Toshiba Libretto (nice and small
with a punch), the Dell Latitude series, or my top pick, the IBM Thinkpad's
(T42, or an X-series if you like them to be tiny).

-gg-

> Ok, seriously, I've been shopping for laptops. What is the deal with
> HP? Are they really bad? I bought an Inspiron (Dell) about 2.5 years
> back and the display went bad recently. I friend of mine who services
> computers told me that this was common with Inspirons. Is this true?
>
> Thanks
>
> "Gray Ghost" <grayghost@binarybrewery.comm> wrote in message
> news:a1545e692731e8c77178f7ebc222@news.verizon.net...
>
>> I'm going to have to go with Tom on this one.
>>
>> I won't dispute the Apple claim, but Toshiba, hmmm, me thinks that
>> they're probably tied with IBM. Sony is definitely not a reliable
>> laptop... HP, yeah, ummm, is this laptops? desktops? iPaqs? servers?
>>
>> -gg-
>>
>>>> From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:
>>>>
>>> Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP,
>>> 6.Dell, 7.Compaq, 8.Gateway
>>>
>>> Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
>>> 5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony
>>>
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 18, 2005 6:00:19 AM

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Whatever happened to Alienware in the mix? ;-)

> <phoephus@hotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:1124314405.627349.81070@f14g2000cwb.googlegroups.com...
>
>>> From the March 2005 Consumer Reports:
>>>
>> Most reliable laptops: 1.Apple,2. Toshiba, 3.Sony, 4.IBM,5. HP,
>> 6.Dell, 7.Compaq, 8.Gateway
>>
>> Best tech support, laptop: 1.Apple,2. IBM, 3. Toshiba,4. Dell,
>> 5.Gateway, 6.HP,7.Compaq, 8.Sony
>>
> Toshiba should be about #27; they used to make nearly bulletproof
> notebooks, but over the last 18 months or so, their quality has gone
> down dramatically; The Qosimo boxes, while attractive, are all prone
> to hardware problems.
>
> Sony should be rated last just for their horrendous Customer
> (non)Service. HP/Compaq make very good, stable machines, and they are
> support AMD Turion64 processors, which put anything that Intel has to
> offer to shame.
>
> Dell is a 50/50 proposition; if you happen to have a problem and get
> them on a good day, you'll be taken care of; get them on a bad day
> (which they have often), and hell will freeze over before you get any
> help.
>
> Bobby
>
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 6:04:53 AM

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In article <a1545e69275118c7718e3053548a@news.verizon.net>,
grayghost@binarybrewery.comm says...
> Whatever happened to Alienware in the mix? ;-)

Why pay all that money for the name? You can build a system that blows
theirs out of the water for a lot less, you just don't get the pretty
case and Name.


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Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 6:09:53 AM

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Alienware laptops though? You have to admit that it's pretty sweet that
you can get a desktop on crack in a laptop case.

-gg-

> In article <a1545e69275118c7718e3053548a@news.verizon.net>,
> grayghost@binarybrewery.comm says...
>
>> Whatever happened to Alienware in the mix? ;-)
>>
> Why pay all that money for the name? You can build a system that blows
> theirs out of the water for a lot less, you just don't get the pretty
> case and Name.
>
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 10:51:01 AM

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S.Lewis wrote:

> "Erehwon" <Dont@spam.me> wrote in message
> news:-Oqdne8ZythO6Z7eRVn-qw@netnitco.net...
>
>>I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
>>laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
>>that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to suggest
>>Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the ratings
>>I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about durability,
>>owner satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking for Pentium M
>>with Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for. Not into gaming
>>or video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases, basic office
>>programs and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this thing around on a
>>daily basis, but want decent battery life when I do. Probably don't need
>>much horsepower but want something that will last a while (hung on to last
>>desktop for 7 years).
>
> From what I've read, if you want the best of all offerings, then IBM is the
> way to go.

Not trying to instigate a flame war here in the Dell NG, but I prefer
ThinkPads myself. Have bought 2, 2000 & 2003, currently running an R40
(which I still like a lot). Can't comment on their tech support because
I've never had to call it. I like their online support for drivers -
they have a complete matrix by model no. and lately have new (to me)
online support & software installer. It checks your system and displays
a matrix of drivers, showing the version you're running and what's
available. Just check what you want to update & go.

OTOH, I wouldn't consider an IBM desktop and have bought 3 Dells since
2000 (all for personal use at home), currently running a Dim 8400 - a
very nice system IMHO.
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 11:41:18 AM

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Notan wrote:
> "Edward J. Neth" wrote:
>
>>Be careful with the low-end models from any company (such as the
>>Inspiron 1200 and 2200 and similar Latitudes), and get a 3-year warranty
>>with whatever you buy.
>>
>><snip>
>
>
> Not just a long warranty, but also the most comprehensive (e.g., Dell's
> Gold Tech Support). If you can, order from Dell's Small Business Division,
> as this will give you more support options than from their Home Division.
>
> Yes, Administrator, this is a typical Dellbot Response!
>
> Notan
At least you've taken the first step by no longer denying that your
opinion is heavily biased.
August 18, 2005 12:40:30 PM

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On Wed, 17 Aug 2005 23:28:24 GMT, Gray Ghost
<grayghost@binarybrewery.comm> wrote:

>I'm going to have to go with Tom on this one.
>
>I won't dispute the Apple claim, but Toshiba, hmmm, me thinks that they're
>probably tied with IBM. Sony is definitely not a reliable laptop... HP,
>yeah, ummm, is this laptops? desktops? iPaqs? servers?
>
>-gg-
>

I believe that FedEx handles repairs for Toshiba. Don't know about
the phone support.
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 4:43:48 PM

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"administrator" <quemandd@msn.com> wrote in message
news:kt_Me.36924$_41.32335@fe02.lga...
> Notan wrote:
>> "Edward J. Neth" wrote:
>>
>>>Be careful with the low-end models from any company (such as the
>>>Inspiron 1200 and 2200 and similar Latitudes), and get a 3-year warranty
>>>with whatever you buy.
>>>
>>><snip>
>>
>>
>> Not just a long warranty, but also the most comprehensive (e.g., Dell's
>> Gold Tech Support). If you can, order from Dell's Small Business
>> Division,
>> as this will give you more support options than from their Home Division.
>>
>> Yes, Administrator, this is a typical Dellbot Response!
>>
>> Notan
> At least you've taken the first step by no longer denying that your
> opinion is heavily biased.

Actually, his statement was factual. Therefore, it cannot be biases.
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 4:43:49 PM

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Tom Scales wrote:
> "administrator" <quemandd@msn.com> wrote in message
> news:kt_Me.36924$_41.32335@fe02.lga...
>
>>Notan wrote:
>>
>>>"Edward J. Neth" wrote:
>>>
>>>
>>>>Be careful with the low-end models from any company (such as the
>>>>Inspiron 1200 and 2200 and similar Latitudes), and get a 3-year warranty
>>>>with whatever you buy.
>>>>
>>>><snip>
>>>
>>>
>>>Not just a long warranty, but also the most comprehensive (e.g., Dell's
>>>Gold Tech Support). If you can, order from Dell's Small Business
>>>Division,
>>>as this will give you more support options than from their Home Division.
>>>
>>>Yes, Administrator, this is a typical Dellbot Response!
>>>
>>>Notan
>>
>>At least you've taken the first step by no longer denying that your
>>opinion is heavily biased.
>
>
> Actually, his statement was factual. Therefore, it cannot be biases.
>
>
Tom,
You afe SO predictable!
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 4:43:50 PM

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administrator wrote:
>
> <snip>
>
> Tom,
> You afe SO predictable!

Yeah, Tom. You..., you..., DELLBOT! <g>

Notan
Anonymous
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August 18, 2005 9:46:45 PM

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I always recommend IBM as far as the best quality laptop, however, the IBM's
are expensive. Dell would be my second choice, but I would recommend the
Latitude over the Inspiron. The Latitude is a much better built then the
Inspiron as far as build quality.

IMO

"Sparky Spartacus" <Sparky@universalexports.org> wrote in message
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> S.Lewis wrote:
>
>> "Erehwon" <Dont@spam.me> wrote in message
>> news:-Oqdne8ZythO6Z7eRVn-qw@netnitco.net...
>>
>>>I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
>>>laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
>>>that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to
>>>suggest Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the
>>>ratings I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about
>>>durability, owner satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking
>>>for Pentium M with Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for.
>>>Not into gaming or video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases,
>>>basic office programs and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this
>>>thing around on a daily basis, but want decent battery life when I do.
>>>Probably don't need much horsepower but want something that will last a
>>>while (hung on to last desktop for 7 years).
>>
>> From what I've read, if you want the best of all offerings, then IBM is
>> the way to go.
>
> Not trying to instigate a flame war here in the Dell NG, but I prefer
> ThinkPads myself. Have bought 2, 2000 & 2003, currently running an R40
> (which I still like a lot). Can't comment on their tech support because
> I've never had to call it. I like their online support for drivers - they
> have a complete matrix by model no. and lately have new (to me) online
> support & software installer. It checks your system and displays a matrix
> of drivers, showing the version you're running and what's available. Just
> check what you want to update & go.
>
> OTOH, I wouldn't consider an IBM desktop and have bought 3 Dells since
> 2000 (all for personal use at home), currently running a Dim 8400 - a very
> nice system IMHO.
Anonymous
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August 19, 2005 8:53:03 AM

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Erehwon wrote:

> I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
> laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
> that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to suggest
> Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the ratings
> I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about durability, owner
> satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking for Pentium M with
> Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for. Not into gaming or
> video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases, basic office programs
> and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this thing around on a daily
> basis, but want decent battery life when I do. Probably don't need much
> horsepower but want something that will last a while (hung on to last
> desktop for 7 years).
>
>
My previous laptop was an IBM T21 with a 3 year warranty, and honestly
their service and support was literally amazing. I'd have gone with IBM
for my current laptop (a D610) if the T43 model had been out at the time
-- I didn't feel like paying top dollar for last year's model (T42 which
I do hear is quite good) and needed a laptop immediately. My only
experiences with Apple have been with my iPod that I bought last year,
and I'm quite disappointed in their quality and support. I was
considering a powerbook, but the lack of a trackpoint and one button
mouse would drive me nuts. Although I don't have first hand experience,
I hear excellent reviews of the Fujitsu Lifebook line; they may be worth
a look (Fry's carrys them). Lastly, the Panasonic Toughbook is suppose
to be a tank; it's pricey but suppose to be extremely rugged.

Regarding my Dell D610: I'm very happy with its build quality and
fortunately haven't had to call support yet (it has the 3 year warrany
all Lat's come with) in the 6 months I've had it. The keyboard isn't as
nice as my T-series IBM (or it's IBM 600-series predecessor) but it's
nicer than almost any other keyboard I've used (including my friend's
Powerbook). My only complaint is that every so often the trackpoint
isn't loaded at boot (but the touchpad still functions); a reboot has
fixed it every time (this problem is present in both Linux and Windows).
Actually, there is one other hardware issue; a low buzz can be heard
when using headphones. It's a feedback problem that is persistant in
both Windows and Linux, but I don't use headphones with this machine
often enough to care. The screen seems solid, and fortunately doesn't
have any dead pixels. My brother has the Inspiron equivalent model, the
600m. It's build isn't quite as solid, and the keyboard is a bit worse,
but its still seems like a quality machine. I'd recommend either model
without hesitation, but given the choice I'd go with the business class
machine over the consumer.
August 19, 2005 11:37:52 AM

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On Fri, 19 Aug 2005 04:53:03 GMT, Nicholas Andrade
<SDNick484@nospam.yahoo.com> wrote:

>Erehwon wrote:
>
>> I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
>> laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
>> that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to suggest
>> Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the ratings
>> I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about durability, owner
>> satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking for Pentium M with
>> Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for. Not into gaming or
>> video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases, basic office programs
>> and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this thing around on a daily
>> basis, but want decent battery life when I do. Probably don't need much
>> horsepower but want something that will last a while (hung on to last
>> desktop for 7 years).

I just wonder how well the "IBM" laptops will maintain its reputation
under its new ownership?
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 20, 2005 9:59:53 AM

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Bill wrote:

> On Fri, 19 Aug 2005 04:53:03 GMT, Nicholas Andrade
> <SDNick484@nospam.yahoo.com> wrote:
>
>
>>Erehwon wrote:
>>
>>
>>>I've been satisfied with my year old Dell 8300 and am now looking for a
>>>laptop. Is Dell as good a choice as any for a Laptop or are there brands
>>>that are, on average, better quality? Some of the ratings seem to suggest
>>>Toshiba & IBM at the top (and IBM probably too $$$) Most of the ratings
>>>I've seen pertain to performance but don't say much about durability, owner
>>>satisfaction, rate of failures, etc. Probably looking for Pentium M with
>>>Centrino Tech. What else should I be looking for. Not into gaming or
>>>video, just a bit of photo editing, large databases, basic office programs
>>>and internet. I'm not going to be hauling this thing around on a daily
>>>basis, but want decent battery life when I do. Probably don't need much
>>>horsepower but want something that will last a while (hung on to last
>>>desktop for 7 years).
>
>
> I just wonder how well the "IBM" laptops will maintain its reputation
> under its new ownership?

IIRC Lenovo has been building them right along, but time will tell. I
think we're all curious about a transfer this size.
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