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Posted: 9/15/2004 9:02:20 AM EDT
I am about to buy a new laptop and wanted to know what everyone thinks is the best built brand. I mean construction that is the best and strongest, not the fastest machine for the money.

I am leaning strongly towards IBM but does everyone at least agree that they are one of the better makers along with maybe Sony or Apple? I had a Compaq and it sucked and when I look at HP's and other brands they seem to be built pretty cheap. I realized when most people go computer shopping they get the fast processor most memory blah blah blah I just want the one made with the best parts.

Thanks

Does this smell like a poll?
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:03:31 AM EDT
HP, and yes do a poll
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:08:30 AM EDT
IBM has been consistantly reliable for me. I like a laptop that doesn't feel like a toy when you pick it up.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:10:50 AM EDT
I just got a Toshiba Satellite A75 and I love it ,definitely a great desktop replacement.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:12:04 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2004 9:12:21 AM EDT by repub18]
Whatever you do dont get a DELL or that Avertec or whatever that other brand is
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:14:42 AM EDT
I had an HP laptop. It was a POS.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:15:43 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2004 9:16:10 AM EDT by NewbHunter]
IBM is a great machine, but overpriced IMO.

One option you might want to check is Sager www.sagernotebook.com/index.html.

Their laptops are very nice and they have the best customer service and best prices around.

Although, if it is physical reliability you are talking about I think IBM is tops in this category.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:16:17 AM EDT

Originally Posted By AW-101:
IBM has been consistantly reliable for me. I like a laptop that doesn't feel like a toy when you pick it up.



Or look like a toy. IBM looks really professional.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:17:08 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2004 9:17:29 AM EDT by Ramjet]
I've owned many laptops. IBM, Toshiba, Winbook, Sony, NEC and now a HP 7000 ZD series with the 17" screen.

The HP 7000 ZD weighs a ton but is great for presentations and its wireless G is bulletproof. HP is okay, they all have their respective strenghts and weaknesses.

To me, a laptop/notebook is obsolete when I take it out of the box so I don't get too wound about speed, memory and such. I buy the fastest at the time only to have it dusted in less than a month with a new model. After 2.8 in processor speed, there's little, in my opinion worth shelling out for.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:17:45 AM EDT
I drop my HP last week and it landed right on the front right corner (Doh!!!)

After I snapped the case back together again I tentatively turned it on hoping for the best and...

It worked perfectly.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:20:56 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/15/2004 9:22:50 AM EDT by Janus]
IBM, Toshiba and Dell are the top PC brands.

What ever you choose to buy (especially if it's not one of the above 3) get a full 3 year warranty that covers accidental damage.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:36:48 AM EDT
I use an older Sony GR series. Nice graphics, modest speed. It is not something you'd want to drop. Panasonic makes a Toughbook series that is built to take some rough handing but not necessarily harsh environments. Thery're also expensive.
Link Posted: 9/15/2004 9:46:06 AM EDT
I got a Toshiba A75 as well and have been very happy with it, and more than happy with support. Zero hold time and people that speak English. Refreshing.
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