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Discussion in 'Computer Hardware, Devices and Accessories' started by Heavenlydeath, Mar 16, 2014.
Hi there I have a budget of $650 and am lookin for a good laptop any suggestions?
What are you looking to use it for?
For general use, this ASUS is fairly nice
I would recommend staying away from Acer/HP/Dell, and stick with ASUS, Lenovo, Samsung or Toshiba.
Much nicer than the ASUS Laptops above.
Odd, I find my Dell quite nice and well built, and it's lasted me 3 years. I also have an Acer that is no gaming laptop but managed to amaze sometimes (Somehow played Portal 2 nicely with a 1.5GHz Celeron). I agree with the rest though.
Generally speaking, Dell has a notoriety for having a very high failure rate, I know this firsthand as I've worked in their tech support, so it's by no means unsubstantiated; it seems you just got very lucky lol Asus, Lenovo, Toshiba, etc have much lower failure rates.
Dell's Business laptops are quite nice, but their consumer level ones are pretty crap.
And Acer laptops are one of the poorest quality laptops out there, out of all the laptops I've fixed/attempted to fix Acer's were the most common, most of the time due to hardware malfunctions (the most common being overheating). I know they've stepped up on their Ultrabooks, but they're still out-classed by ASUS/Lenovo etc etc.
Well we don't call my Acer "Lawnmower Man" for nothing, though I luckily never had many overheats. And yeah, my Dell is one of there Business ones. The wonders you find in the Scratch And Dent department of their online store
id like a laptop for mild gaming and mostly for watching movies and such on 1080p would be nice and i like the refurb asus you showed its probably top on my list atm thanks guys for all the help
Just stay away from HP/Compaq Presario and you'll be fine
Doesn't matter much which brand you get, they all have a fairly high failure rate by the 3 year mark. It's just that HP is comparatively higher (due to poorly designed cooling in many of their laptops) than Asus, which still has a one in six chance of failure in 3 years.
Anyway, don't just blindly avoid HP, go by what the actual reviews for each laptop says. If nobody complains about the heat, you're golden. Same with Acer and the others, not ALL of their laptops are bad, just certain models that give the brand a bad name (remember that they just assemble laptops, not make them, so bad parts will bring any brand down).
...but do stay away from Compaq. They're built to be cheap, and I've yet to see a single Compaq that isn't a POS. Dell (same company that builds Compaqs) Latitude laptops are much better in quality (even if they do use cheap motherboards).
HP and Compaq are the same, not Dell
*wiki* ... You're right. My mistake.
Edit: they USED to be Dell, before HP acquired them. In 2002.
A notebook cooler and thermal paste are pretty much essential if you're going to use a gaming laptop as your main machine.