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Old 12-11-2006, 10:34 PM
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Our 18 month old DELL 600M Inspiron has bit the dust. The MB is bad and will likely cost 300-400 to replace.

I'm considering another DELL but upgrading to the Latitude line.

My sister works in IT and says stay away from Sony and HP.

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Old 12-11-2006, 10:44 PM
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I wouldn't buy a Dell and I have one... I wouldn't buy a Dell and I have just finished up deploying about 6000 of them at work..

Boy I hate to say this.. I'd probably go for a Macbook Pro (and trust me when I say I used to be SO ANTI MAC!)

I am an IBM lover, but Thinkpad's aren't cheap, Dell's are.. But you do get what you pay for...

I am typing to you on my Dell Inspiron 8600 it's been ok but it's a big bulky mofo

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Old 12-11-2006, 10:52 PM
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Thanks,

My sister swears by MAC's. Might have to reconsider especially since she can support and fix if needed.

I haven't driven one long enough to have an opinion.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:54 PM
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Remember, the new Apple dual processor Intels run BOTH platforms - PC and Mac OS X. Well over 25% of new Mac sales are to PC switchers.

IF you go this way, be sure to spend the extra bux for the 3-year AppleCare plan, which gives you one-on-one telephone support on any Apple-related question for 3 years, plus 3 years on repairs, if needed. Although the Apple will come with OS X installed, you'll need your own XP to install on it, if you want to. Unless you're using some proprietary business software, MS Office is probably the only app you'ld be likely to buy.

There are a few -- a very few -- web sites that don't work properly in OS X (but would work just perfectly in XP)

Yes, like with anything else, things can go wrong. My G5 desktop Mac went into the Apple store on a Sunday afternoon. They called me Monday morning to come pick it up, with its new and improved power supply. THAT'S service.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:58 PM
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Gateways are good
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:03 PM
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company gets us new laptops every 12 months....
dell was bad - froze up daily (nothing wrong acc to them)
HP was bad (blue screen bi-daily)
Thinkpad was the best....
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:08 PM
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i'll be getting a new dell soon i think. the dell laptop im on now is 5 years old. i hope the next one lasts that long. i'd keep it longer if the last guy i had repair didnt put a really crappy refurb hard drive in it without asking me first. at this point i think ill just get a new one instead of sinking more money into this one.
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Old 12-11-2006, 11:09 PM
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In the Business world IBM is always best.. We had the fewest problems with Thinkpads, they are not "frilly" they are built like tanks and they take a beating. The Dells, while Dell is getting better, they still are no where near an IBM but they don't cost IBM prices either. We probably paid as much for 6000 Dells as we did for 1500 IBM's. But we are already having issues.. "Users" (Boy I use that term loosely...) are used to just "ripping" thier Thinkpad's off the docks, and when you do that with a Dell on the advanced port rep, you can cause all sorts of problems.... Ranging from locking up power management (and not being able to unlock it) to frying the ram....

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Old 12-11-2006, 11:28 PM
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I have a Dell XPS which I'm using right now. Great for graphics and gaming. My daughter is a graphics design major and I got her a Mac ProBook. I should've gotten one of those. Very easy to use and everything works great. My next laptop.
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Old 12-12-2006, 07:48 AM
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I have not seen Toshiba mentioned yet. We are on our third one and they have held up well. From what I understand, Lenovo (IBM) are top of the line.

One thing to mention. I bought a cheap $599 Toshiba last December. It is no where near as durable as the older ones. The case is flimsy and seems as if it could break if not treated with care. My guess is all the cheap laptops will be similar.
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Old 12-12-2006, 09:03 AM
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Take a look at Xtreme notebooks. We have two and they are the best ones we have used yet.

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Old 12-12-2006, 09:59 AM
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I don't no why people don't like hp. I'm on one right now and it's been great. We also have a couple more at work and they are fine. I think it's like most things though, if you buy a high dollar hp, it'll be good just like the higher dollar dell's have had a good record. It's the cheap dell's most people see and get and they bite.
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:23 AM
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I personally have been very happy with Gateway. Both desktop and notebook. I've had to call tech support a couple times over the years, usually because of something that I screwed up myself and I can't say enough about how good they were. I never had to wait on hold for more than a couple minutes and everyone speaks English, very clearly I might add.

We use Dells at work and it's been a nightmare. But I won't blame that one completely on Dell. It's a big network and we have many different users, need I say more..

I have a couple friends that swear by their Apples too. (Powerbooks?) Never had any personal experience with them but from what I understand they are extremely reliable. $$$$$$ But they say you get what you pay for.
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:33 AM
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My work laptop is an IBM thinkpad (actually made my Lenovo). You know, one of those witht the "eraser" head in the middle of the keyboard. I thought I'd hate that thing, but I actually love it now. I don't think any other laptop manufacturers use that thingy.
It's a pentium dual core with 2 gigs of ram. I'm running Microsoft visual studio .NET and SQL Server 2005, Source Gear Vault, multiple remote desktop's and all kinds of other crap.
When I'm at my desk here at home, it's on a docking station and running a dual monitor setup. Primary monitor is a 21" samsung, and the laptop's screen is the secondary monitor. External keyboard and mouse.

A couple guys in this thread have it right though, this IS NOT a cheap laptop. I think the company paid a little over 3k for it! Ouch.

All that said, I DO recommend them though. I like mine a lot, and I've never before been a fan of laptops.

I've built my own desktops for the last 8+- years.

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Old 12-12-2006, 11:43 AM
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We have recently deployed a couple of Lenovo's (successor to IBM Thinkpad) at work, due to some serious price reductions. So far they appear to be very robust machines and good value for the money. I would no longer recommend Dell - too much cost cutting on the supply side has seriously impacted the quality of the product. Toshiba also seems to have lost some of its mystique. I had a Toshiba that I carred around the world several times, and it never failed me - it was built like a tank. Can't say the same about the newer models.
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Old 12-12-2006, 11:54 AM
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Guys,
Thanks for the input. I was considering another $6-800 computer and now I'll likely have to step up a little for a more robust unit.



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Old 12-12-2006, 02:24 PM
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Dell quality has down, their support is still pretty good.. That alone would influence my decision... Make sure to get 3 year extended warranty, well worth it.
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Old 12-12-2006, 02:38 PM
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I am an IBM lover, but Thinkpad's aren't cheap, Dell's are.. But you do get what you pay for...
Shhhhh. Don’t tell anyone but some models of Dell laptops are actually made by Lenovo, the same folks that make all of the IBM ThinkPad laptops. Lenovo also makes laptops for other manfrs, too. Lenovo is one of, if not the largest manfr of computers.

I agree, if you can afford it, ThinkPad is the way to go. Next to a ThinkPad everything else seems cheaply made.

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Old 12-12-2006, 03:37 PM
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My company has a fleet of Toshiba (Tecra Series) laptops that are routinely dragged all over the Gulf of Mexico to offshore rigs, then operated by guys whose computer literacy is less than impressive.

Very, very few problems with these units in any way.
I would buy one for myself in a minute.
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Old 12-12-2006, 10:33 PM
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Yeah but the fact that Lenovo is making componentry for IBM and Dell is still not indicative of the quality of the Dell.

In our company we have from series T20 through T41 Thinkpads, the hinges are fantastic they rarely ever let loose, the keyboards hold up to some users who can actually type! ( I took an EOL T22 back that a lady had worn clean through the text on the keys, she can hammer out text at 500+ WPM and the keyboard has never been replaced).

On the flip side we have some older Dell Laptops that were purchased rather than leased, for a certain group, and every single one of them has loose lids.

My 8600 wasn't cheap, I paid $400 just for the video upgrade, but it's nothing like a thinkpad, its huge, chunky, heavy and not robust. But it's been a good machine even in light of that fact that it's no where near as well designed as the thinkpad

Speaking of IBM's Track Pointers (eraser heads) anyone need some? I have about 400 of em new in bags.. $4.00 shipped

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