Which consistent laptop is worth the money?

By AnsuGisalas ·
There's been blogs about which vendors make the best and worst laptops... and sometimes they're the same.
Which leads to this question: Which specific laptops have worked well for you? Especially the high-end kinds that are likely to be relatively consistent in makeup globally (and not, say, thrown together with random-brand parts, varying by the build-month). I figure that cheap machines are often crap, so let's focus on the specific models that have worked well. Especially with the not overheating, and having parts with good drivers.

Every truthful answer will get a thumb (eventually); I have a truthometer online.
I'll then do a weighted assessment of all answers for future reference.

EDIT:Scrapped the high-end from the title, can be any kind, as long as they can be trusted to be consistent within a series, at least for a while (as in 6 months).

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We've been using the IBM/Lenovo Thinkpads

by Darryl~ Moderator In reply to Which consistent laptop i ...

the "T" series & have had good luck with them.

We seldom have any hardware issues & all the custom software we have at the Municipality seems to run on it fine.

Docking stations & other add-ons are easily obtained & service is also easily available if needed.

Here's a link to the one's we use.

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I've used

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Which consistent laptop i ...

HP and Acer with great luck. After some experience with each, I went HP for my third lappie. The first HP (Pavilion - circa 2000) is still around and performing wonderfully as a Linux test machine, sans wireless (which I don't care about anyway). I could put Win2k back on it with no probs.

My current HP was special ordered so that I could get a 17", glare proof screen and Vista Business. It was costly, but has been performing as my primary computer for well over a year now. I'd easily buy another.

(I needed Vista Business as I was scheduled to start teaching it... )

I'll come back later with recent make and model number...

Most recent purchase is a SD-MS/Pro-MMC-XD.
Intel Core2 Duo T9300 @2.5GHz with 4G RAM. Windows 'sees' only 3071 MB of it.


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by OH Smeg In reply to I've used

You should have gone with a 64 Bit OS instead of the 32 Bit one you are using. That would cure your current problem.


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Which problem?

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Davette
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I've used a variety of Bare bones NB Systems

by OH Smeg In reply to Which consistent laptop i ...

And Clevo is hands down the best. only real problem is that Dell is buying their complete production these days to sell as their High End Alienware systems.

Cost lots of money but they are very good and super reliable.

MSI had some good units back before they got strange about warranty claims as well as Benq who do make a lot of the other makers components. Today I'm using Gigabyte NB's which have so far proved to be very good.

Though while the hardware needs to be good a lot depends on the person using the NB and how they treat them.


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by AnsuGisalas In reply to I've used a variety of Ba ...

How'd you know what I do to my machines... damn, that camera has remote access, right?

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No it's not that the Web Cam has Remote Access

by OH Smeg In reply to Hey...

It's the Security Utility to find a Lost Stolen NB that allows me to remote into the Web Cam and see where the NB is being used and by who.

But the reality is that I have some users who are Earth Movers and they are anything by gentle with their NB's. I had one guy who got more than a bit peeved off with the way that something worked park a big excavator on it.

Certainly didn't fix the NB but it made him feel good. :^0


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Exavator drove on top of it

by AnsuGisalas In reply to No it's not that the Web ...

- didn't fix the NB...
Right, I'm marking that Helpful - I mean, if that's not good to know, what is?!
That'd be an expensive test to run, you know?

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Of the laptops I've used

by NexS In reply to Which consistent laptop i ...

The ol' Thinkpads have only had 'user errors', the HP Laptops don't die as often as the Small Form factor Power supplies (but seem to work fairly smoothly), Acers have never been very reliable (but that was a few years ago...), and I've not yet had any trouble with my Dell, and i've had it for 12 months.
I think it's a little unfair to judge my Toshiba (R.I.P.) as it had Vista installed on it, and that's just not a fair test! But it finally died after 3 years.
I hope I can resurrect it long enough to get some data off it

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Give me some numbers...

by AnsuGisalas In reply to Of the laptops I've used

Thinkpads I recognize as a series.
But what kind of Dell was it?
And what Toshiba?

Of course, the older series' aren't so relevant to me, in considering a new buy.

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