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Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mark Holtz, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. SeaBeagle

    SeaBeagle Legend

    May 7, 2006
    I have both a Dell and a Asus. I am happy with both.
  2. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    (Mild chuckle) This tech support person assembled my own PCs over 15 years. In fact, I intentionally put in removable hard drive bays so that I can easily swap between operating systems. My tower case is a monster.

    However, it is very hard to custom build a laptop at a component level like you can with a regular PC. I have to ask the very stupid questions as to which manufacturers are good and which ones to avoid.
  3. ke3ju

    ke3ju Legend

    Aug 18, 2006
    I work for a company that performs warranty repair service on laptops. Dell is not bad at all. HP is what needs to be stayed away from. I'll only buy Dell. Lenovos are good too, but much more pricey...
  4. Herdfan

    Herdfan Well-Known Member

    Mar 18, 2006
    MacBook Pro.

    Don't like Mac OS? Not a problem, just load WIN7 on it and it will be the best Windows machine you have ever had.

    But not cheap.
  5. The Merg

    The Merg 1*

    Jun 24, 2007
    Northern VA
    For laptop repairs, I have found Dell to be the easiest to work on. They have detailed technical service manuals, parts are easy to find, and you can get in and out of them fairly quickly. HP's are not too bad either, but finding the technical service manuals is a little more difficult. Toshiba's are very hard to find any kind of technical service manual.

    I usually recommend Dell to people since they have a fairly simplistic order process and their laptops just generally work without issue. Most of the times, I find that I am working on older Dell laptops, while with other manufacturers, they are newer models.

    - Merg
  6. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    The Lenovo Ideapad Y570 08623TU has been added to my watch list for both Amazon and NewEgg. I need to check for a manual to see how easy it is to upgrade the hard drive and to add memory.
  7. trdrjeff

    trdrjeff Icon

    Dec 3, 2007
    Best Buy has an impressive Toshiba 17" for $380, maybe not robust enough for what you need, but I was real impressed with my last Toshiba
  8. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    I've been keeping an eye on the laptop deals at http://dealzon.com/computers/laptops . The biggest frustration that I have encountered is that so many laptops have Intel graphics chipsets, which I really don't want to use.
  9. pfp

    pfp Whatever

    Apr 28, 2009
    I'm very happy with Dell too. They are what I use personally (laptops) as well as what I buy for our offices (both servers and desktops).

    Like any brand/product there will be both lovers and haters.
  10. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

    Mar 18, 2008
    Laptops with a seperate GPU are not ones that go on sale often. Newegg had an ACER recently with an NVIDIA for like $699 and then an ASUS I think with a Radeon for like $899.

    So far I've had a couple Gaming laptops and really they don't hold a candle to a desktop. Even with dedicated GPU's it's still not the same, if you want a laptop for work then buy one with an i5 or i7 and call it good. Gaming laptops are over priced and become outdated too quickly. Overall it's worth dealing with lesser graphics in a game which is probably a small % of the time you're using that laptop. If you want to use this as your primary gaming machine then expect to drop $1200-$1500 for one that will last a year or so.
  11. dpeters11

    dpeters11 Hall Of Fame

    May 30, 2007
    Plus at least with the Dell laptop I had with an AMD/ATI card, you couldn't use standard drivers, only what Dell offered on ther site, which they did not update often. I did find a hack to allow the normal drivers to install, but was a hassle.

    Plus it added heat, reduced battery life and still wasn't great for gaming.
  12. Red Orc

    Red Orc Legend

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'm pretty happy with my Asus laptop. One of these days I'll get around to swapping out the factory drive with an SSD so it doesn't take so long to boot.
  13. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    So, here I am resurrecting an old thread to get advice....

    So far, I'm leaning towards either a Lenovo Y580 laptop or a HP dv7t laptop. Now, if I order from Lenovo, there is customization, I have my selection of whats there, and the WiFi chipset from that I have been told isn't all that great. With the HP Laptop, I would upgrade both the wireless and the graphics from the 630M to the 650M.

    ARGH! This is to replace a 7 year old HP Laptop, and I think I would be better off with Windows 7 instead of Windows TETRIS. I would also swap the hard drive out in a few months with a SSD and get an additional battery and power supply through Amazon.

  14. phrelin

    phrelin Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jan 18, 2007
    In March 2010 we bought a HP Pavilion DV6 to replace an old one. I was amazed how happy we are with it since it had only an i3 - 350M, but then again we only use it while traveling. We use HP desktops at home.

    I don't know why, but we have had really good luck with HP over the years since I stopped building my own.
  15. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    I have completed my order for a HP dv7t Quad Ed. The specs are:
    • Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    • 3rd generation Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-3610QM Processor (2.3 GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
    • NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 650M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 memory [HDMI, VGA]
    • FREE UPGRADE to 8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
    • FREE Upgrade to 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
    • NO mSSD Hard Drive Acceleration Cache
    • Microsoft(R) Office Starter: reduced-functionality Word/Excel(R) only, No PowerPoint(R)/Outlook(R)
      I am ordering a copy of Office through college
    • No additional security software
      Microsoft Security Package, anyone?
    • 6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery - Up to 5.75 hours of battery life
      I can get an additional battery and charger through Amazon cheaper
    • 17.3-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900)
    • FREE Upgrade to Blu-ray player & SuperMulti DVD burner
    • HP TrueVision HD Webcam
    • Intel 802.11b/g/n WLAN and Bluetooth(R)
    • Standard Keyboard with numeric keypad
    • Included 2 Year Warranty
    This will be a NICE laptop that will last me for a few years. It cost a bit though. I have to get a new laptop bag as well as backup drive. Eventually, the internal drive will be replaced with a SSD.
  16. fluffybear

    fluffybear Hall Of Fame DBSTalk Club

    Jun 19, 2004
    Sounds like a nice system, congratulations!
  17. heathramos

    heathramos Legend

    Dec 19, 2005
    personally I like laptops with 13" screens because I hate lugging around heavy laptops.

    I bought my boss a Sony VAIO 13.3" S Series Premium Custom Laptop with a docking station just so I can play with it. Expect to get it this week.

    I normally buy Dell Latitude laptops for work but hate the look of their latest model
  18. Mark Holtz

    Mark Holtz Day Sleeper

    Mar 23, 2002
    Sacramento, CA
    I just discovered that the dv7t has the space for a second drive bay. This kit includes both the tray and the cable needed. Which means that, down the road, I'll swap out the included hard drive for a SSD for OS & Programs, and a 1TB physical drive for data (movies).

    Another interesting thing is that an additional 120W power supply costs $90 through HP, but the same supply goes for Amazon for $19.
  19. RasputinAXP

    RasputinAXP Kwisatz Haderach of Cordcuttery

    Jan 23, 2008
    Wow, that's handy. And awesome.
  20. dennisj00

    dennisj00 Hall Of Fame

    Sep 27, 2007
    Lake Norman, NC
    That second drive bay would be really nice if you could power it up/down on the fly. That could really extend battery life with the SSD.

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