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7th-Jan-2010 10:09 pm
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Poll #1508715 Laptops

In your opinion, which company makes the best laptops?

Dell
5(5.4%)
HP
6(6.5%)
Compaq
0(0.0%)
Acer
1(1.1%)
Toshiba
3(3.2%)
Sony
5(5.4%)
Samsung
1(1.1%)
Apple
24(25.8%)
Gateway
0(0.0%)
Emachines
1(1.1%)
MSI
0(0.0%)
Eurocom
0(0.0%)
Fujitsu
0(0.0%)
Some other company (which one?)
3(3.2%)
Hell if I know
44(47.3%)
Comments 
8th-Jan-2010 08:37 am (UTC)
I've only ever owned Apple laptops. As gamer, I know they're shit for gaming, hence why I never game on them. (I've got an uber desktop for that!)

I would say I think Apple makes the best OS, but they are far from making the best hardware.
8th-Jan-2010 12:32 pm (UTC)
About two years ago, I made the switch from Windows to Mac. I'll never go back.
8th-Jan-2010 01:07 pm (UTC)
I love my IBM/Lenovo.
8th-Jan-2010 03:46 pm (UTC)
I have it on report that Digital Media School, where the students presumably reach for the best, it's either Mac or Alienware.

IBM/Lenovo isn't "the best," but it often tends to produce laptops where price, utility, and function meet in a comfortable place.
8th-Jan-2010 09:14 pm (UTC)
Alienware can make cool stuff... if you know what to ask for. However, they're disgustingly overpriced.
8th-Jan-2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
I answered "hell if I know," but, while I've read many times "never buy a Dell," we had a Dell laptop that we bought in around 2000 or 2001 or so, and it still works just fine, though obviously is old and won't run all the coolest stuff now. *g* We upgraded it several times--bigger hard drive, more memory, whatever else we could over the years. It's traveled all over the country and to Hawaii and has been used and abused by our children and by us and it's still a workhorse, IMHO. We still have it set up in the den upstairs.

When I bought a new computer last spring (not a laptop), I bought one from a random company online, and the computer sucked. It was a complete lemon and their customer service sucked, too. And then they wanted me to send it back to them to allow them to fix it, taking weeks, months, however long. They just didn't care. So I returned it and bought a Dell, which I have not regretted. This computer runs smoothly, and their customer service is excellent. When I had a problem with graphics in one of my games, they just sent me a new graphics card and I had it within 2 days, installed it, and haven't had a problem since.

When I decided to buy a new laptop a few months ago, I looked at other ones, but decided on a Dell for the above reason, and again, they have been great (once I finally got it, but that's another story). I've even had tech guys online with me for hours trying to help me figure out how to get Sims 3 running smoothly, and, really, I wouldn't think that's their job, but they've never questioned it. They've helped me with anything I've asked for help with. (And we did get Sims 3 working on the laptop. Yay!)

The computer itself runs great, and I haven't had any hardware or any major technical problems at all. I don't regret it other than that now that I know a little more about how these things work, I wish I'd upgraded the processor to the faster processor, just because think it probably would run my game a little faster. Everything else runs fine, though. I'm very happy with it. I bought one of those Studio XPS machines with the core i7 processor.

Whether it's the best in the world? I couldn't tell you. heh I'm happy with it, and I love it so far. I've had it for about two months now, and it does everything that I want it to do. It plays video great, too.

Both of my kids also bought Dells when they went away to college. My daughter has had hers for 5 1/2 years and not had really major problems with it, although she broke the screen last year sometime. For a reasonable price, they fixed it very quickly, even though her warranty had long since run out. It's getting older now, and I know she'd like to get a new one eventually, but this one does everything she needs except run Sims 3. My son has had his laptop for about 2 1/2 years. He broke the keyboard (he tried to take it apart for some reason unknown to me), and again, they replaced it very quickly for a reasonable price, so he wasn't without a laptop for school.

IMHO, the customer service after you buy is important. I don't know how they are with laptops, but the worst customer service I've ever seen is related to iTunes and iPods, so I'd be a bit leery of purchasing a computer from them. If I could afford a MacBook Air, I'd probably buy one because they are so pretty, but only as a fun secondary computer (probably only if I won the lottery or something, which isn't likely to happen since I don't buy tickets *g*). Also, I was a DOS person from way back, and I liked DOS. *g* I'm used to Windows now, so I'm not eager to switch unless I had a really good reason.
8th-Jan-2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I have absolutely no idea because I've only owned one laptop. It's a Dell and I've had it for four years and it still works just fine.
8th-Jan-2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
I've owned a lot of laptops, and the only two I've never hated were both HPs.
9th-Jan-2010 04:00 am (UTC)
For some reason I have this intense hatred of PC laptops. I'll happily buy a Dell desktop over an iMac if I'm short on cash, but I'll never get near a laptop... Something about the design of the computer and the OS drives me insane.

I love Apple's laptops but I'm not a big fan of the new super huge trackpad/clicker. I like my clicker separate, thanks.
9th-Jan-2010 09:20 am (UTC)
Both of the laptops I've owned were built by a local computer store. I love them. Mine's dying now, but it's old and has survived a drowning so I can't complain. I would love to buy another from the same place I got this one, but it's 3-5 times as expensive as just going to Best Buy or somewhere like that and buying one already made. I'm too poor!
15th-Jan-2010 11:12 am (UTC)
Looks like most people are in our boat. Simply from our experience with HP laptops... I'd say they aren't the best.
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