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Baalzamon said:
trasharmdsister12 said:

I've had an Asus laptop for 3 years and it has been on for weeks at a time (not sleep mode... but actually ON and running). I also had the screen crack in my bag and a hard drive failure at one point and ASUS's warranty and customer service was actually really good on timing and service. It was honestly the least hastle I've ever had getting a piece of tech re-worked by a major company (well.. tied with my RROD'd 360).

I'd recommend ASUS for sure and tell you to stay away from Acer, Dell, HP, MSI and Toshiba. I'd also recommend Lenovo. Although the Thinkpad brand has diluted since moving from IBM to Lenovo, they're still very well spec'd machines with excellent damage prevention measures and great design (well.. I'm a really vanilla guy so I like the design) for reasonable prices.

I don't get why everybody says there is something wrong with Toshiba, what is wrong with it?  If you read the article I linked in my previous post, you will see Toshibas are actually very reliable machines.

I think the only problems I've heard people complain about are heat issues. My friend got an ASUS notebook because his Toshiba always ran too hot when he was playing HoN.



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Soleron said:

You should probably wait for Sandy Bridge-based laptops to appear sometime this quarter.

Don't go for a current quad-core i7 because the battery life will be abysmal.

For gaming you need a discrete graphics card, preferably a Mobility 5650 (AMD) or GT 335M (Nvidia) or above, but not too good or battery life will again suffer. Fine balance there.

Office Depot in central Minnesota had in their local flyer for $900 a Toshiba with the 2630QM like a week ago...it said you may need to special order for certain locations, but still said that its available, so no you don't need to wait.



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xeroxm3 said:
Baalzamon said:
trasharmdsister12 said:

I've had an Asus laptop for 3 years and it has been on for weeks at a time (not sleep mode... but actually ON and running). I also had the screen crack in my bag and a hard drive failure at one point and ASUS's warranty and customer service was actually really good on timing and service. It was honestly the least hastle I've ever had getting a piece of tech re-worked by a major company (well.. tied with my RROD'd 360).

I'd recommend ASUS for sure and tell you to stay away from Acer, Dell, HP, MSI and Toshiba. I'd also recommend Lenovo. Although the Thinkpad brand has diluted since moving from IBM to Lenovo, they're still very well spec'd machines with excellent damage prevention measures and great design (well.. I'm a really vanilla guy so I like the design) for reasonable prices.

I don't get why everybody says there is something wrong with Toshiba, what is wrong with it?  If you read the article I linked in my previous post, you will see Toshibas are actually very reliable machines.

I think the only problems I've heard people complain about are heat issues. My friend got an ASUS notebook because his Toshiba always ran too hot when he was playing HoN.

Oh, well I've heard a little bit about that.  Overall, my computer stays relatively cool, but if you feel by the fan, there is usually a LOT of heat coming out of it, so I just make sure I don't block it at all and have had 0 problems.

Edit: And to be completely honest, my dad's older Sony Vaio gets a lot hotter than my Toshiba does.



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Baalzamon said:
pacman91 said:
PullusPardus said:

Whatever you do, avoid Toshiba and MSI laptops.

Interesting. My Toshiba has treated me well.  Fairly cheap and depending on the model can handle quite a bit of gaming.

Yea, he doesn't know what he's talking about.  Toshiba is the 2nd most reliable laptop brand there is:

http://blog.squaretrade.com/2009/11/study-finds-one-in-three-laptops-fail-within-three-years.html

Plus, for $900, you can usually get a really nice Toshiba.  In August, I got one with 1.6 GHz i7 and a 1 gb geforce 300 something graphics card which has done nothing but impress me, 4 gb ram, 500 gb hard drive for $900.  Now, the new model is out with a 2.0 GHz i7, a little better graphics card, 6 gb ram, 750 gb hard drive for $900 around here...I would suggest nothing but a Toshiba.

no i know what i am talking about, Toshiba failed me twice.....



Baalzamon said:

Oh, well I've heard a little bit about that.  Overall, my computer stays relatively cool, but if you feel by the fan, there is usually a LOT of heat coming out of it, so I just make sure I don't block it at all and have had 0 problems.

Edit: And to be completely honest, my dad's older Sony Vaio gets a lot hotter than my Toshiba does.

It wasn't a heat issue that put me off of Toshibas. My Asus runs regularly at 50-60 degrees Celsius (which is ridiculous) and goes to 90 when I'm pushing it. I do the IT stuff for all  of my friends and family and have had experience with Toshiba machines, Asus machines, Thinkpads, Sonys, Dells, Acers and HPs. My cousin had a Toshiba and they are pretty solid machines. I'd put them behind Asus, Lenovo and Sony.

They offer good value for the money and they're good when they're running fine. And I've even known people who've had them run fine for 4 years . The problem I've had with Toshiba machines is that once they start falling apart, they really just fall apart. In addition, dealing with Toshiba's customer support and getting them to actually value the warranty on the machines was quite a hassle in my experiences when compared to Asus, Sony, and even Dell.

But I can only speak from my own experiences. Others may have had a complete opposite experience to me and found Asus customer support crap while Toshibas was great. I leave it to the OP to take all the information we provide and make an informed decision.



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My reasoning is this:

All laptops WILL eventually break on you and then cost a ridiculous amount of money to repair. So, two strategies:

1) Go for something that has a 3-year warranty (Asus, etc.)

2)  Buy the cheapest laptop there is (i.e. Acer) and deal with it when it breaks

Also, desktop PCs are not very future-proof, but laptops are even less future-proof. It doesn't make much sense to buy a monster, thinking it will last you a long time. It won't.



PullusPardus said:
Baalzamon said:
pacman91 said:
PullusPardus said:

Whatever you do, avoid Toshiba and MSI laptops.

Interesting. My Toshiba has treated me well.  Fairly cheap and depending on the model can handle quite a bit of gaming.

Yea, he doesn't know what he's talking about.  Toshiba is the 2nd most reliable laptop brand there is:

http://blog.squaretrade.com/2009/11/study-finds-one-in-three-laptops-fail-within-three-years.html

Plus, for $900, you can usually get a really nice Toshiba.  In August, I got one with 1.6 GHz i7 and a 1 gb geforce 300 something graphics card which has done nothing but impress me, 4 gb ram, 500 gb hard drive for $900.  Now, the new model is out with a 2.0 GHz i7, a little better graphics card, 6 gb ram, 750 gb hard drive for $900 around here...I would suggest nothing but a Toshiba.

no i know what i am talking about, Toshiba failed me twice.....

Well thats just plain unlucky, lmao...the funny thing is that we have never had a main computer of ours fail, laptop or desktop.  The only one that did we were messing around with and we wound up wrecking it when we were unplugged it and plugged it back in.  I really wonder what people do to their stuff that it fails on them that much.



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Baalzamon said:
PullusPardus said:
Baalzamon said:
pacman91 said:
PullusPardus said:

Whatever you do, avoid Toshiba and MSI laptops.

Interesting. My Toshiba has treated me well.  Fairly cheap and depending on the model can handle quite a bit of gaming.

Yea, he doesn't know what he's talking about.  Toshiba is the 2nd most reliable laptop brand there is:

http://blog.squaretrade.com/2009/11/study-finds-one-in-three-laptops-fail-within-three-years.html

Plus, for $900, you can usually get a really nice Toshiba.  In August, I got one with 1.6 GHz i7 and a 1 gb geforce 300 something graphics card which has done nothing but impress me, 4 gb ram, 500 gb hard drive for $900.  Now, the new model is out with a 2.0 GHz i7, a little better graphics card, 6 gb ram, 750 gb hard drive for $900 around here...I would suggest nothing but a Toshiba.

no i know what i am talking about, Toshiba failed me twice.....

Well thats just plain unlucky, lmao...the funny thing is that we have never had a main computer of ours fail, laptop or desktop.  The only one that did we were messing around with and we wound up wrecking it when we were unplugged it and plugged it back in.  I really wonder what people do to their stuff that it fails on them that much.

The problem with laptops is that people carry them around, bump them on tables or against walls, use them in dusty areas, drop their coffee or wine on it, etc.

Laptops are very accident-prone and sensitive to heat, dust, liquids, etc.



Baalzamon said:
PullusPardus said:
Baalzamon said:
pacman91 said:
PullusPardus said:

Whatever you do, avoid Toshiba and MSI laptops.

Interesting. My Toshiba has treated me well.  Fairly cheap and depending on the model can handle quite a bit of gaming.

Yea, he doesn't know what he's talking about.  Toshiba is the 2nd most reliable laptop brand there is:

http://blog.squaretrade.com/2009/11/study-finds-one-in-three-laptops-fail-within-three-years.html

Plus, for $900, you can usually get a really nice Toshiba.  In August, I got one with 1.6 GHz i7 and a 1 gb geforce 300 something graphics card which has done nothing but impress me, 4 gb ram, 500 gb hard drive for $900.  Now, the new model is out with a 2.0 GHz i7, a little better graphics card, 6 gb ram, 750 gb hard drive for $900 around here...I would suggest nothing but a Toshiba.

no i know what i am talking about, Toshiba failed me twice.....

Well thats just plain unlucky, lmao...the funny thing is that we have never had a main computer of ours fail, laptop or desktop.  The only one that did we were messing around with and we wound up wrecking it when we were unplugged it and plugged it back in.  I really wonder what people do to their stuff that it fails on them that much.

Lol, well i'm a heavy Laptop user, i carry it all the time and use it on almost everything even games, i've used a lot as well, Acer was Ace (no pun intended) , Samsung, Sony, HP are great, LG was fantastic (and looks great as well!) , MAC is okay though overpriced .... what else is there?

i've used Toshiba twice, and the first one had hard time doing simple stuff , (like WMM) and kept overheating, the second one kept having it's battery fail (at first it was okay, then the battery can't last for more than an hour)

as for MSI it was dead on arrival , its noisy and its horrible at doing the simplest things....



Baalzamon said:
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Office Depot in central Minnesota had in their local flyer for $900 a Toshiba with the 2630QM like a week ago...it said you may need to special order for certain locations, but still said that its available, so no you don't need to wait.


Good find. I don't know what the battery life of SB quads is compared to the previous ones, I would only get it if it is significantly improved.