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Which is the best LAPTOP brand to use for home use

By c@mputer ·
I am planing to buy two 11.6" laptops, just searching all the sites and getting more and more confused to decide which one is the better brand for laptop home use.

Thanks for your support

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by Ravi2504

depends on what you are looking for? Specs, warranty, location, all of that makes a difference.

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by cpguru21 In reply to get a siemens fujitso or ...

-1 for your remark "other laptops are now made in china = small eyed people="

Really? Come on now. In today's age? You just negated your entire post. Your narrow minded comment is insulting.

Half the parts in the Fujitsu are probably made in China, as are most of the other brands.....

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HP!

by reds4ever In reply to Which is the best LAPTOP ...

I used to use Acer but I wouldn't any more. My 11" HP dm1-1010el (with W7) has been going strong for about 2 years now with very heavy daily use. Built-in diagnostics are good and for Office apps it's quite powerful enough. Driver updates are easy to download from the HP site. Pops into my briefcase. With the right protection (CCleaner, Malwarebytes and your favourite antivirus), if you don't overload it with junk programs and take care of the battery, it should last a while.

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by JPElectron In reply to HP!

+1 for HP - but just the business line of notebooks (these usually come with a 3-year warranty, whereas the home line usually only has a 1-year warranty)

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Toshiba my advice

by Alec Lerg In reply to Which is the best LAPTOP ...

I would recommend Toshiba, they are not that expensive and work great, that's my way to go. At my job we have Dells, but with the experience that I have working with Dells, I would not advice you to buy one at least laptop for home.
Now if you want a more lasting computer I would recommend a Desktop, and in that case a Dell would do great. I don't know why Dell's laptops don't work as good as theirs Desktops.

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It Depends... My Favorite

by montux In reply to Which is the best LAPTOP ...

It depends on why you need it. My favorite is Macbook because it is secure and good graphics. If you need it for gaming, Alienware is good. If you need cheaper but quality then ASUS is good. Here is a big list of best laptop brands - http://www.bloghug.com/laptop-brands/

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My favorite Toshiba & Dell

by PlanetMyHero In reply to Which is the best LAPTOP ...

Toshiba and Dell: these 2 laptop brands are great, nice hardware with good price and best support. I think you would be happy with them. If you are still confuse, i suggest to check this site for information about top 10 best laptop brands: http://thebestlaptopbrands.com/

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Dell N5110

by DesertJim In reply to Which is the best LAPTOP ...

I bought the above ... quality and performance were fine for the price, though the screen is bigger than you are looking for. No UEFI problems so I dumped Win 7 which it came with and installed Ubuntu which has everything I need for home use (and is "free") so Open Office for all my letter needs, Steam for games, Firefox/Chrome for secure browsing.

Dell machines are Linux friendly and I have had no problems.

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Look at it another way.

by paulprivate In reply to Which is the best LAPTOP ...

Lots of suggestions from others but my take on it is this.

1 Define what 'you' mean by 'best' by listing the importance of qualities like Budget, Hardware reliability, Warranty length, Support quality, screen quality, USB speed, DVD drive or not, keyboard characteristics, OS, bundled software/accessories etc. Note this list should have the things that are important to you, not someone else and don't forget to add 'not wanted' qualities as well.
2 Using your qualities list find yourself a short list of say 6 contenders.
3 Using a spread sheet list the qualities you defined in step one down the rows of the left column. Then at the top of each subsequent put the contenders from step 2 and obviously put the value for each quality under that.

Some will say that is a lot of work but at the end of the day once you start filling in the values it will become a lot clearer which laptop best meets your mix of qualities. (I have found a piece of A3 paper and a pencil is often more convenient than doing it on a PC)

As for the specifics my opinion generated from many years in both the electronics and Computer service industry is:

1 You gets what you pay for 'provided' you factor in the 'sucker' variable. ie the big flashy box mover PC World/Frys/Walmart type stores that price a product on what the bean counters think advertising and flashy numbers the market will stand. It's interesting to note that these box movers rarely have the 'Pro' models.
2 Specialist Computer stores invariably give better support than the afore mentioned 'box movers'
3 Toshiba has only ever made Laptops and of all the Toshiba's I've seen though my shop the failure rate has consistently been the lowest of any other brand. This is for both consumer and pro ranges together (Satellite, Portege and Tecra) Locally (NZ) service support is 'send it to us' so it can be a bit frustrating.
4 HP "Probooks" have a reliability similar to Toshiba's. Probook support is first class ie they treat you as an intelligent person and will run through tests with you on the phone and dispatch asap any parts you can fit yourself.
5 HP/Compaq Pavilions and Presarios on the other hand are distinctly 'average' when it comes to build quality and Customer support. HP's Consumer grade quality can be summed up by the debacle that was caused by one of the Chips unsoldering themselves from the motherboard 3-4 years ago. This was caused by chipset running to hot. HP should have recalled each and every one of those Laptops but they chose to bury the issue by replacing them till the warranty ran out and then stone walling the poor customer with a 'out of warranty' response. I don't know of one of these Laptops my customers had that is still going.
Do be aware this particular fault was not confined to HP but HP was particularly brutish in denying the poor customer any compensation for HP's poor design choices and vicious support policies.
(the same difference in quality/attitude extends to HP's desktops as well)
6 Of the rest of the brands Asus/Lenovo/Dell/Sony I would tend to bunch together, the rest tend to be also ran's. Again I would separate the consumer and pro machines. The pro machines usually being more reliable.
7 Whatever brand/model you get, how 'you' treat the Laptop has a big bearing on how well it will serve you. Drop it, load it up with 'trial' programs, trawl pawn sites and it will not be a happy experience.
8 My own current machines are a)14" HP Probook for when I'm travelling on holiday and need a mix of storage and photo editing qualities. b) Asus Netbook for lightweight PC work where longer battery life and portability are more important. c) 7" Nexus for general web consumption ie Youtube, Trademe (NZ's = eBay) and eBooks.

Have fun making your choice.

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Older Mac line - Refurbished

by scairns In reply to Which is the best LAPTOP ...

I'm running a 13", i5 MacPro Laptop right now, with a Win7 Pro OS running concurrently under Parallels Desktop. I also have an XP Pro partition to use if needed.
It's connected to a 23" monitor and wireless k/b and mouse.
I love it.
Buying a refurbished machine saved me about $200, with the same warranty and life expectancy.
The issue I have with current Mac laptops, is Apple's strategy to solder in RAM, making it too difficult to upgrade yourself.
I purchased the last of the older models, which has easily upgradeable RAM and HDD.
It's now running 16GB RAM and a 1TB HDD.
If you can get one of these, I highly recommend it.
Otherwise, pretty much any Apple laptop is a solid performer.
I have an 11" G4 Mac laptop that is still going strong.

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