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Old July 16th, 2008, 10:19 PM   #21
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Absolutely love my Acer, no issues other then running hot the last few weeks and I tore it apart last night and blew it out (LOTS of dust)... runs like new again.

I will NEVER buy another Gateway. PM me for a 2 page list of problems if you are looking at that brand.

Edit: The battery life on my Acer has kinda sucked since it was new... 45 mins tops. My other buddies Acer runs the normal 2.5-3 hours.

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Old July 16th, 2008, 10:24 PM   #22
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Absolutely love my Acer, no issues other then running hot the last few weeks and I tore it apart last night and blew it out (LOTS of dust)... runs like new again.

I will NEVER buy another Gateway. PM me for a 2 page list of problems if you are looking at that brand.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 10:25 PM   #23
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I like my Toshiba, it was only 500 bucks too.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 08:17 AM   #24
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I drink the Kool-Aid a few years back and bought a Mac and have had no complaints.

Mine hasn't had any problems with the overheating that some have had but I have used the warranty for an unrelated issue and I can say that Apple's customer service has been great to me on that occassion and when I had some other questions/concerns.


As far as switching from a desktop to a laptop, this was also my first laptop and I was wondering how if I would ever really be able to get used to it... now I cannot imagine buying another desktop (building one of my own though... that would be a different story). My one piece of advice with buying a laptop: if you do a lot of traveling, and are not using it to watch movies or high-resolution video or something like that, don't waste your money on a 17" or 18" screen; stick to a small screen 12" - 15" (I have found the lower end of that size range to be plenty).
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Old July 17th, 2008, 04:59 PM   #25
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great info so far. thanks everybody.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 05:09 PM   #26
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i rock my gateway. have about 2200 into it and its about a year old witha 17 inch screen. love it. will get another one in the future.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 05:34 PM   #27
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I love my MacBook Pro
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Old July 17th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #28
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I use an IBM thinkpad wide screen (4th thinkpad). Works awesome, don't care how much it cost or warranty. Company buys and IT fixes, life is good. Best part, I get to upgrade about every 18 months whether I need to or not (usually do as I use the living shit out of it) and if it dies I have a new one within a day.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 05:43 PM   #29
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I guess it really depends on what you are going to do with your Laptop. Kind of like modifying a Jeep.

For me, I just wanted mobility and a basic system. I am not a gamer and do not download and burn a high volume of anything. So I went entry level.

Dell Vostro 1000

$399

It has been a good machine so far, even compared to the high end company laptops I used to use. I have no complaints

It is what it is for the price that I paid.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 07:31 PM   #30
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I have a gateway. Probably wont buy another. It hasn't given me a single problem, aside from 2 dc jack failures in 2 years. It has cost me $200 in repairs.

I'd love to buy anything that had a sturdy dc jack on it.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 02:02 AM   #31
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I have a Dell Inspiron 6000. Thing is 4 years old and still runs fine. I've added RAM but that's about it. Kid even dumped a 20 oz bottle of water on it about 4 weeks after I got it. I let it dry out and it started up without a problem.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 03:44 AM   #32
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No HPs junk

im going to get a new mac soon
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Old July 18th, 2008, 03:59 AM   #33
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My take:

Dell - Are good machines with awesome support, you pay through the nose for it though

HP - Also a good machine with somewhat mediocre support and lower price tag

Acer - A fairly cheap and relible machine as long as you are fairly self sufficient as support sucks IMHO, good thing I don't need it.

Gateway - Good if you're bored and don't have enough problems in your life.

I have an Acer with relatively few issues but with a price of < $500 I can't complain, I also have an Gateway P3 600 that's a piece of shit but it was free and serves as an MP3 machine for the garage.

I also say take a look at Tiger direct, they have quite a few decent laptop in the $500.00 range....

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...tops-Notebooks
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Old July 18th, 2008, 08:54 AM   #34
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I have a Dell Inspiron i bought from their refurb store 3 years ago and use it 40 hours a week and have not had a problem the whole time.

Gateways - junk

I owned an HP before the Dell and it was junk. Constant problems after a year
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Old July 19th, 2008, 10:46 AM   #35
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I have had my compaq r 3000 for 3 yr's and have had it mounted in a vehicle most that time and only had to send it back once for the dc jack in the first yr under warranty and they replaced it and sent it back and have had no problems since. it is on being used at least 16 hour's a day with me doing roadside assistance and not even a hiccup out of it and the first yr it was mounted in my xj then my 4x4 silverado and now my panel hhr. I am looking to upgrade soon and will be going with hp or compaq again. I have a old pentium 500 hp desktop in storage and bet when I get a house I will just have to smack it a cpl times to get the HD going and it will work fine.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 01:56 PM   #36
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IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads. They're more expensive than the rest, but they're rock solid build quality, with the absolute best customer service.

They also have a slightly lower end "Ideapad" line for consumers, that looks pretty neat. I can't personally speak to the quality of those, as I've not had my hands on one yet.

Dells (even the Latitude line) have cheapie plastic outer casings that break pretty easily. They're slowly getting better again with their newer lines though.

On the other hand, here's some real life durability stories of Thinkpads:
http://www.pc.ibm.com/ca/thinkpad/co...nds/index.html

crazy shit. unfortunately the video links don't work any more.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 02:06 PM   #37
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I was a windows guy but made the switch to mac a year and a half ago. I absolutely love my MacBook. I don't plan on ever switching back to windows. I haven't had any problems with my mac and it's pretty fast. I always suggest an external hard drive so the fact that it doesn't have as much memory as some other laptops doesn't bug me. My $.02 is to go simple with Mac.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 02:12 PM   #38
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I bought a dell inspiron back in college and I'm still using it. Its probably 6 or 7 years old, the video card died in it a few months ago. $25 online for a replacement and I'm back up and running. Its gone through a couple power adapters too, the cords would get broken wires in them.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 06:01 PM   #39
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Sadly, I'm a mac guy who switched over to HP. They had a good thing, but I'm not impressed with their current shit. Every macbook I see has a cracked case which is deemed cosmetic by apple and they won't replace it. Plus their little "overheating problem" because some dumb fukc in asia didn't understand that less is more with thermal paste. I don't know if that ever got resolved, but it sure made for an interesting burn mark if you set it in your lap for too long.

I got my HP now I'll probably get an mac mini when I get the money.
I have experienced the cracking with one of my MacBooks, and they have had absolutely NO problem replacing it while I wait, for free, even when it was out of warranty. They wrote it up as a 'yellowed top cover' (which the early macbooks had issues with. Mine was the newer c2d model, but they still wrote it up as a yellowed cover, which apple replaces for free). This was at the Novi store BTW. No questions asked, and I had the computer back within 15 minutes each time (had it replaced twice). the overheating issues are gone, and I have had absolutely no other problems with my MacBooks or other apple products.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 09:18 PM   #40
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I like my Toshiba, it was only 500 bucks too.
I like mine... and it was only $200 with a free printer!!! (but I waited in the black Friday line for it)
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