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Which is the best LAPTOP brand to use for home use

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Which is the best LAPTOP brand to use for home use

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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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Ravi2504

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

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    Before selecting home laptops, first understand your needs, for example:
    • how will you most often use the computer--email, Web only, or will you use other programs/applications like Quicken, spreadsheets, documents and presentations?
    • do you need a keyboard for the applications that you will use?
    • do you need to run business apps occasionally, and/or use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access your work computer?
    • how much computer speed do you need--will you run multiple applications that take a lot of resources?
    • would Cloud applications like Google Apps or Office 360 meet your needs?
    • is computer weight important?
    • how tech-savvy are you--is a relatively maintenance-free device important?

    I could go on and on with the questions... but here are your main choices:
    1. a tablet without a keyboard if your primary use is Web browsing and email.
    2. a ChromeBook if you will always have WiFi available and can do all your work in the Cloud.
    3. a small Mac with a solid state hard drive, pricey but relatively maintenance-free.
    4. a Windows PC/tablet hybrid like the Lenovo.
    5. a Windows PC-based NetBook.

    Hope this helps.

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    mssdata

    I have found them to be extremely reliable, cost efficient, good features, and easily expandable for the average user. The brand is available in Bestbuy they usually offer several models and they facilitate the shipping process if something does go wrong, which expedites the process.

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    a.portman

    You said home, but would you ever be taking the laptop to work? If you will be joining a domain, like at work you may need a professional OS version. If this is an issue, ask your IT department if you need this.

    I have been very happy with my HP, but it did ship with quite a bit of preloaded crap to clean out.

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    LeonBA

    When my wife's (ick) Dell dropped dead one day, I went to Toshiba's clearance site and got her a refurbished model. Sure I wasn't able to customize it bcse I got what someone had purchased there once, but I was able to get about $100 off what I wanted. We've had the machine now for years and no problems. Before that I used an old old Toshiba business laptop from ca. 2000 which still runs--those things are workhorses!

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    gechurch

    I agree for older Toshiba's. In recent years they've noticeably gone downhill in my experience. They used to be one of the top 3 or 4 brands I recommended, now I don't recommend them at all.

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    gechurch

    If you'd have asked me 10 years ago I would have reeled off some good and bad brands. The landscape has changed now though. Pretty much all the brands now have models that compete on price, and many brands also have better quality machines that compete on other considerations.

    If you can possibly do it, avoid buying something that is built to a price, regardless of brand. I always recommend corporate-grade laptops to anyone that asks, even if they will only be using it at home. I used to do laptop repair work and I just saw too much junk come in a matter of months after it was purchased. A lot of the time it wasn't worth fixing. A $400 bargain isn't such a bargain when you have to pay that much again in 6 months time.

    There are ways to tell which are corporate machines and which are cheapies. Price is an obvious one. Here in Australia I find that most models under around $900 are probably home ones. Once you get over the $900-$1000 price mark you are probably looking at a business-grade machine. The version of the OS is another give-away - anything with Windows Pro/Business is aiming at the business market. A better way to tell is to research models on the Internet and read reviews.

    I will mention a few of the main brands. Everyone's experience will be different, but here is mine:
    * Every Acer I've seen in the past 7+ years has been crap, or at least partially so. I find their wireless cards to be the least compatible, the keyboards are normally very springy and cheap feeling, so too with their housing. In my time fixing laptops I also found their hard drives would fail more often than others (this is just anecdotal of course - they use the same brands as other laptops). They use cheap RAM too.
    * I really like HP. We sell their corporate computers exclusively. Out of maybe 500 HP computers our clients use, we might see 2-3 issues per year. The process for warranties on their consumer gear is apparently crap, but their business support has been excellent in my experience.
    * Dell I've found to be hit and miss in the past. I don't know their gear well and they have a good reputation though so I suspect their corporate models are good and their consumer models are not so much. Keep an eye out for their specials if you do buy a Dell - they often have some real bargains.
    * Asus - I haven't had a huge amount to do with them, but they have an excellent reputation. We used to sell them and with the exception of a 17" model that had issues, we never had any come back.
    * Toshiba I used to rate highly. Again I don't have a lot to do with them since we sell exclusively HP, but I've been finding that even their corporate models feel a bit cheaper and more plasticy than they used to. The only new one I've sold in the past two years I had to warranty.
    * Sony - you may end up looking here since they do some small models. I've only had one experience which was several years ago with a laptop I owned personally. It was very heavy but I liked it a lot until it dies when I dropped a remote control on it from around 30cm high. I wasn't impressed - it shouldn't have died from that. To my mind the build quality didn't warrant the extra expense.
    * Compaq - now owned by HP. Anything labelled Compaq is a consumer model. Again I've had limited contact with them, but the one I sold two years ago hasn't come back to me. Still - I'd recommend getting a corporate machine.
    * Lenovo - They sell their own (cheaper) models, and also make (or at least used to make) ThinkPads when IBM stopped manufacturing hardware. We used to sell the Lenovo Thinkpads where I worked and would talk up their quality but to be honest we had far more than I would have liked to have seen come back. I'm not convinced they were that good. (This experience was about three years ago).

    So my recommendation is to first look at HP corporate machines (I don't think you'll find anything cheap in the 11" size though - you'd need to move up to 13") or an Asus. If nothing suits, maybe look at Sony.

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    info

    This is always a loaded question. You'll get responses from people that have had horror stories with good brands, or can't stop gushing about a brand that is usually garbage. I have a pretty standard response, though.

    My fall-backs are HP and Toshiba. You usually can't go wrong with either of them. If you have the extra cash, an IBM-branded laptop by Lenovo is just as good or better. If you're on a budget, Dell and Acer are viable alternatives. Their build quality is good and they have decent support, but it's like buying a Chrysler car. I won't recommend them, but I won't laugh at you for buying one, either. Although Asus is an up-and-comer, I usually won't recommend laptops by the brand-name motherboard vendors. At least not by mainstream users. Unless they have a good support program and depot in North America, you may be looking at shipping overseas to get it repaired. Never worth the hassle.

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    I recommend a middle-of the line, work-capable Windows laptop--several brands of ultralights would work fine--OR step up to a 13-inch display and get a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Each of these tops out at 3 - 3.5 lbs, so they are quite portable.

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    P.S. you can boot both Apple OSX and Windows on a Mac, if you absolutely need to run Windows software.

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    ilovesards

    you are asking this question, means you are not a tech man . then you will just use and forget, drop or spill on your laptop.

    better get an i3 fujetso siemens or any siemens made in germany laptop. other laptops are now made in china = small eyed people= missing some parts (they say=not me ) .

    my amilo 1.8 single core win xp is since 2003 and is the one i respond to you now . my acer core2 dou swivel front camera= sitting only in my house= sleeps with him my 320GB files since 2010 until end of the world.

    your data is more important than your laptop=after 5years. fixing is very expensive and data hacks are possible.

    siemens are priced same as china or thai laptops. shop on... its my help .

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    cpguru21

    -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!

    reds4ever

    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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    JPElectron

    +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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    Alec Lerg

    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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    Before selecting home laptops, first understand your needs, for example:
    • how will you most often use the computer--email, Web only, or will you use other programs/applications like Quicken, spreadsheets, documents and presentations?
    • do you need a keyboard for the applications that you will use?
    • do you need to run business apps occasionally, and/or use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to access your work computer?
    • how much computer speed do you need--will you run multiple applications that take a lot of resources?
    • would Cloud applications like Google Apps or Office 360 meet your needs?
    • is computer weight important?
    • how tech-savvy are you--is a relatively maintenance-free device important?

    I could go on and on with the questions... but here are your main choices:
    1. a tablet without a keyboard if your primary use is Web browsing and email.
    2. a ChromeBook if you will always have WiFi available and can do all your work in the Cloud.
    3. a small Mac with a solid state hard drive, pricey but relatively maintenance-free.
    4. a Windows PC/tablet hybrid like the Lenovo.
    5. a Windows PC-based NetBook.

    Hope this helps.

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    mssdata

    I have found them to be extremely reliable, cost efficient, good features, and easily expandable for the average user. The brand is available in Bestbuy they usually offer several models and they facilitate the shipping process if something does go wrong, which expedites the process.

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    a.portman

    You said home, but would you ever be taking the laptop to work? If you will be joining a domain, like at work you may need a professional OS version. If this is an issue, ask your IT department if you need this.

    I have been very happy with my HP, but it did ship with quite a bit of preloaded crap to clean out.

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    LeonBA

    When my wife's (ick) Dell dropped dead one day, I went to Toshiba's clearance site and got her a refurbished model. Sure I wasn't able to customize it bcse I got what someone had purchased there once, but I was able to get about $100 off what I wanted. We've had the machine now for years and no problems. Before that I used an old old Toshiba business laptop from ca. 2000 which still runs--those things are workhorses!

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    gechurch

    I agree for older Toshiba's. In recent years they've noticeably gone downhill in my experience. They used to be one of the top 3 or 4 brands I recommended, now I don't recommend them at all.

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    gechurch

    If you'd have asked me 10 years ago I would have reeled off some good and bad brands. The landscape has changed now though. Pretty much all the brands now have models that compete on price, and many brands also have better quality machines that compete on other considerations.

    If you can possibly do it, avoid buying something that is built to a price, regardless of brand. I always recommend corporate-grade laptops to anyone that asks, even if they will only be using it at home. I used to do laptop repair work and I just saw too much junk come in a matter of months after it was purchased. A lot of the time it wasn't worth fixing. A $400 bargain isn't such a bargain when you have to pay that much again in 6 months time.

    There are ways to tell which are corporate machines and which are cheapies. Price is an obvious one. Here in Australia I find that most models under around $900 are probably home ones. Once you get over the $900-$1000 price mark you are probably looking at a business-grade machine. The version of the OS is another give-away - anything with Windows Pro/Business is aiming at the business market. A better way to tell is to research models on the Internet and read reviews.

    I will mention a few of the main brands. Everyone's experience will be different, but here is mine:
    * Every Acer I've seen in the past 7+ years has been crap, or at least partially so. I find their wireless cards to be the least compatible, the keyboards are normally very springy and cheap feeling, so too with their housing. In my time fixing laptops I also found their hard drives would fail more often than others (this is just anecdotal of course - they use the same brands as other laptops). They use cheap RAM too.
    * I really like HP. We sell their corporate computers exclusively. Out of maybe 500 HP computers our clients use, we might see 2-3 issues per year. The process for warranties on their consumer gear is apparently crap, but their business support has been excellent in my experience.
    * Dell I've found to be hit and miss in the past. I don't know their gear well and they have a good reputation though so I suspect their corporate models are good and their consumer models are not so much. Keep an eye out for their specials if you do buy a Dell - they often have some real bargains.
    * Asus - I haven't had a huge amount to do with them, but they have an excellent reputation. We used to sell them and with the exception of a 17" model that had issues, we never had any come back.
    * Toshiba I used to rate highly. Again I don't have a lot to do with them since we sell exclusively HP, but I've been finding that even their corporate models feel a bit cheaper and more plasticy than they used to. The only new one I've sold in the past two years I had to warranty.
    * Sony - you may end up looking here since they do some small models. I've only had one experience which was several years ago with a laptop I owned personally. It was very heavy but I liked it a lot until it dies when I dropped a remote control on it from around 30cm high. I wasn't impressed - it shouldn't have died from that. To my mind the build quality didn't warrant the extra expense.
    * Compaq - now owned by HP. Anything labelled Compaq is a consumer model. Again I've had limited contact with them, but the one I sold two years ago hasn't come back to me. Still - I'd recommend getting a corporate machine.
    * Lenovo - They sell their own (cheaper) models, and also make (or at least used to make) ThinkPads when IBM stopped manufacturing hardware. We used to sell the Lenovo Thinkpads where I worked and would talk up their quality but to be honest we had far more than I would have liked to have seen come back. I'm not convinced they were that good. (This experience was about three years ago).

    So my recommendation is to first look at HP corporate machines (I don't think you'll find anything cheap in the 11" size though - you'd need to move up to 13") or an Asus. If nothing suits, maybe look at Sony.

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    info

    This is always a loaded question. You'll get responses from people that have had horror stories with good brands, or can't stop gushing about a brand that is usually garbage. I have a pretty standard response, though.

    My fall-backs are HP and Toshiba. You usually can't go wrong with either of them. If you have the extra cash, an IBM-branded laptop by Lenovo is just as good or better. If you're on a budget, Dell and Acer are viable alternatives. Their build quality is good and they have decent support, but it's like buying a Chrysler car. I won't recommend them, but I won't laugh at you for buying one, either. Although Asus is an up-and-comer, I usually won't recommend laptops by the brand-name motherboard vendors. At least not by mainstream users. Unless they have a good support program and depot in North America, you may be looking at shipping overseas to get it repaired. Never worth the hassle.

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    I recommend a middle-of the line, work-capable Windows laptop--several brands of ultralights would work fine--OR step up to a 13-inch display and get a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro. Each of these tops out at 3 - 3.5 lbs, so they are quite portable.

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    P.S. you can boot both Apple OSX and Windows on a Mac, if you absolutely need to run Windows software.

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    ilovesards

    you are asking this question, means you are not a tech man . then you will just use and forget, drop or spill on your laptop.

    better get an i3 fujetso siemens or any siemens made in germany laptop. other laptops are now made in china = small eyed people= missing some parts (they say=not me ) .

    my amilo 1.8 single core win xp is since 2003 and is the one i respond to you now . my acer core2 dou swivel front camera= sitting only in my house= sleeps with him my 320GB files since 2010 until end of the world.

    your data is more important than your laptop=after 5years. fixing is very expensive and data hacks are possible.

    siemens are priced same as china or thai laptops. shop on... its my help .

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    cpguru21

    -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!

    reds4ever

    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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    JPElectron

    +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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    Alec Lerg

    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.