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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
True, but you can't just spray oil into the fan 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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. And I tried downloading bunches of stuff. Google talk, Skype, WolfQuest, Thunderbird.
I actually don't remember what the model was, I only had it for two days. 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. And how on earth does no downloading have nothing to do with the machine?
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