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What are the best laptop Brands?

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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey I have been needing a new laptop for a while now and I need some advice on what the best brand to go with is?

I am looking for something with at least 6GB RAM and 500GB HDD

Please Help? it is much appericated
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sylor41 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Check out the MSI GT60, or the Lenovo Y580.
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Kafae-Latte Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Filmographer
I would suggest what I have, an Asus if you care about graphics, art making, or gaming. It's very good for visual stuff and processing big programs like photoshop, along with other things open, and games.
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ValentineUK Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
Look at Dell's website. Some of their laptops are on the pricey side but their builds are more than solid. I personally own an Acer but that was due to lack of funds more than anything.
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CloudsdaleCompanion Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd say Lenovo T Series too. Look out for the T430 or T530.
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Bobby1999 Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2013
HP is the best brand according to my experience...

now i am using 4th of my laptops of HP...

its HP elitebook and its an awesome machine..
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'll have a gander at HP, thanks for the response
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Nearia91 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
I had an HP Pavilion a few years ago and it was awesome, so stayed with HP when I needed a new one. Bought another Pavillion about a year ago (Pavilion dv6) and it's physically rubbish. It performs beautifully, don't get me wrong, but in the year I've had it one of the speakers has blown out, the fingerprint reader stopped working, the lid switch is wonky (when it's closed it doesn't realize that it's closed and thus constantly comes on and off unless I shut it down entirely), the plastic case around the edges has cracked in a few places, and a hotspot has burned into the bottom of the screen. I doubt I will buy another consumer line HP after this one :(

I've heard good things about their business sector with the Elitebooks, though. I would just be wary of their consumer line, as it seems to have gone downhill quite a bit in my experience.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh right, that sounds really unfortunate :s and thanks for the feedback
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NecroRaevyn Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013  Student Writer
Anything's better than a Mac.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah well except maybe a chromebook
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xTernal7 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yup, Chromebook would be worse.
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NecroRaevyn Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Student Writer
Yep.
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AzuPantsu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2013
Lenovo definately. And if its out of your price range, look for coupons or sales, they ALWAYS have them. Also student discount (if you're a student)..
Though if you go with lenovo, go with the thinkpad series X, T or W only.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the feedback :)
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1Sonicsky1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
I would say ASUS if you can afford it.

Dell can take one heck of a beating, but don't think you're getting very far with customer support when you need them.

Alienware looks beautiful from the outside, but ever since their merger with Dell, their quality has taken a downfall. If you can afford them, go with an ASUS instead.

Samsungs are decent but can either be reliable beasts that never break or can be an absolute P.O.S (I personally never liked their design).

Toshiba has had a bad name in the past but are definitely seeing quality improvements.

MSI is very low budget, they are great when they work, but have a rather high failure rate when put under stress.

HP (and Compaq) are very nice as far as their business models go, but have a nasty habit of getting hotter as they age.
I personally owned a HP 635, It was real nice and rarely got warm; but now it gets hot beyond reason, even though I replaced the fan, used artic silver to replace the thermal paste and a variety of other things to attempt to make it run cooler.

If you want any more information on any specific brand or model, I can definitely tell you more.
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xTernal7 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Suprisingly, overheating isn't a problem with mine HP (3 years +)... But fans are loud as fuck.
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1Sonicsky1 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Heh, well you can try to take the fan assembly apart and oil the bearings or sleeves (depending on the model of the fan). That can bring the noise level down a bit as well as increase the life of the fan.
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xTernal7 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
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1Sonicsky1 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
Heh, That's a pretty normal scenario right there. :)
HP's are bad with doing that, but I've had Toshiba and a few Dells that were even worse.
I even had to deal with a laptop that had rivets used to hold it together (can't remember it's brand though).
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xTernal7 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That's why my favourite technique for cleaning laptop fan is compressor. At 8 bar.
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1Sonicsky1 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013
True, but you can't just spray oil into the fan :XD:
I use compressed air when I can, but I still prefer manually taking it apart, as that also allows me to check the hardware for any components that have failed or are starting to fail.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the response, its really helpful. Have you ever used Acer?
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1Sonicsky1 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013
Welcome, I always try to keep my information as unbiased as possible.

(As a little side note to start with, Acer and Gateway merged a little while back)
I haven't had too much experience with their desktop or laptop models personally but I have heard that they tend to lapse in the quality of the build as you get closer to the budget models.
Here is a link to a set of ratings for Acer [link]

However, Acer makes pretty decent LCD monitors, I have have been using their 20" model for 3 years now and so far no problems.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ah right ok, thanks for the feedback, extremely helpful
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1Sonicsky1 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2013
You're very Welcome. I'm glad to have been of help.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
:)
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healthy-addictions Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
Asus.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
alright thanks for response
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Vargson Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Lenovo X or T series. Or if you don't need much power, take the old IBM ones.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah the Lenovo seem a bit out of my price range. Thanks for the response
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Karinta Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Samsung is pretty high-quality. Don't get Toshiba. They break down.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
oh right thanks for the response :)
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JimField Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
Lenovo is pretty darn good.
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kojik1010 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013
I agree! I've had 3 ThinkPads (X1 that I still use at home, X100e and...one I can't remember from 14years ago) so far and I'm pretty happy with all 3 purchases! Simple design, good keyboard and the signature red nub ;)

ThinkPads' price range is on par with Apple products though.... It was hard to justify spending over $2k while still in uni...but it was definitely worth it! Also, I've noticed that Lenovo's more friendly-priced IdeaPad brand has a few nice models too!

P.S. JimField, your comment signature....I like.
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for the response I will have a look
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BillyBarnes Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013
I recently bought a new laptop. HP ProBook 4530s. It came with 4GB of Ram and 500 HDD. So far, it is doing a good job. Not having any issue with it.

But regarding good laptop brands, I might not be able to give you an expert opinion about that.

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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
alright thanks for the help anyways
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
It matters more which model you are buying rather than the brand. While researching for a good laptop two years ago, I read so many conflicting reports. For example, apple's macbook pro is an amazing model. Asus producs some amazing laptops. It all comes down to what is your budget and exactly what kind of work you would be doing with your laptop.
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist
I heard several people telling me that about my Asus laptop that was a POS, that normally they're very good. Like, mine had no sound, and I couldn't download ANYTHING but firefox. That's all I got. The CD drive wouldn't work, so I couldn't install Word or Sims, and the sound was fucked up. Note: Brand. New. Not refurbashed. All the praise I see for them is making me reconsider getting one when this HP desktop finally craps out.
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
What does being able to download anything have anything to do with the model?
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist
The fact that it wouldn't let me do anything......and it was an Asus.....
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't know much about computers do you?
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Jesus.
Asshole much?
All I said was that I had a horrible experience with my first Asus, and listed why.
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I understand that but from the list of problems you told me, the laptop itself had a lot of issues Think about it If that model had those problems then that would have been common knowledge right? Give me the model of the laptop

Also, being able to download has nothing to do with the machine kiddo
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist
Maybe it'd be better if I said INSTALL. They'd download, they'd be there in the downloads. But then they wouldn't install. They'd start up, start installing, and then crash when they were almost done. :saddummy: And I tried downloading bunches of stuff. Google talk, Skype, WolfQuest, Thunderbird.
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ExoticJackal Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist
I actually don't remember what the model was, I only had it for two days. :lol: Didn't stick in my head. But I had just been saying, I'd planned on never buying one again, I thought the brand itself was shit. But since I keep seeing good things about them, I might buy a new one when my HP Desktop gets too old to do anything with, or maybe buy the laptop for travel. :shrug:
And how on earth does no downloading have nothing to do with the machine? :confused:
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
ah yeah I know, just there are some Brands that are just awful I am just trying to avoid those and find out a variety of good brands then I will try and find a good model from those. Thanks for the response :)
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WizardOfUnseen Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Don't go for the hype, see what makes more sense
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WilljCreations Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeah alright thanks
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