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Posted: 1/30/2011 10:12:48 AM EDT
http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=505767
or
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-AS5551-4200/14575795
The wife needs a new laptop for general computing duties. The Toshiba deal lasts until tomorrow so if it is a significantly better deal for the $500 price range I want to go a ahead and jump on it. If not and the Acer is fine, then I'll pass on the Toshiba.
Wife wants to spend $500 or less, so if you have a alternate suggestion, I'll take it.
ETA: Pic of wife







Thanks,


 
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:21:20 AM EDT
[#1]
lenovo at the deep today btw its IBM with a new name
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:23:10 AM EDT
[#2]
apple
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:27:48 AM EDT
[#3]
We bought 6 Acers last year and they get relitively light use and little abuse.

3 have outright failed; 2 have weird issues; 1 had its DVD drive fail in the first year.

When my LT went out, I found a Lenovo on sale and pitched it to the boss before I ended up with one of the Acer turds. Even the cheep model Lenovo has so far been been better than 2/3 of the Acers we have.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:28:30 AM EDT
[#4]
Quoted:
apple


New, for $500?

Not going to happen.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:29:46 AM EDT
[#5]
Quoted:
Quoted:
apple


New, for $500?

Not going to happen.


For a reason.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:31:45 AM EDT
[#6]



Quoted:



Quoted:


Quoted:

apple




New, for $500?



Not going to happen.





For a reason.





True, but an Apple is just not in the works right now. She needs something now, in the $500 dollar range that can handle basic computing chores for her.





I imagine when our boys get older that we might transition to Macs, but for now the Acer or the Toshiba are up for choosing.



 
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:32:30 AM EDT
[#7]



Quoted:


lenovo at the deep today btw its IBM with a new name


What's the deep?





I have looked at Lenovos before and think they are good computers.



 
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:33:15 AM EDT
[#8]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
apple


New, for $500?

Not going to happen.


For a reason.



Fine, give him another $500 for an Apple.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:33:54 AM EDT
[#9]
And thanks for the votes, I am really computer hardware illiterate. I just tell the IT team at work that I need a new laptop and what I want it to do and they order one for me. Processors and bits and bytes are not my area.



Thanks again.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:35:13 AM EDT
[#10]
Quoted:
Quoted:
Quoted:
apple


New, for $500?

Not going to happen.


For a reason.



Yeah, because they can get it from the suckers that think they need to spend that much.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:36:02 AM EDT
[#11]
They are nearly identical, except the Toshiba has just integrated graphics and the Acer has a dedicated video card and an LED screen = better quality
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:36:52 AM EDT
[#12]
Now that you posted a pic, I say get her whatever she wants!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:37:58 AM EDT
[#13]
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:40:35 AM EDT
[#14]


Acer laptops are bottom of the line, the keys fall off, hinges break, overheat, and wireless sucks.

i would go with the Toshiba and not even consider Acer.

BTW, i have been in IT support for 12 years, working on both.


Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:46:42 AM EDT
[#15]
I've owned Toshiba, Dell and HP.



Nothing but problems with the HP, lost everything.



The Toshiba (owned 2) works well, but quirky issues.



Owned two different Dells, have had almost zero issues with them.



My youngest daughter wanted a new Laptop a few weeks ago, we went in and she walked out with a brand new Dell Laptop for $500.



http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Dell+-+Inspiron+Laptop+/+Intel%26%23174%3B+Pentium%26%23174%3B+Processor+/+14%22+Display+/+4GB+Memory+/+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Tomato+Red/1179345.p?id=1218231025638&skuId=1179345&st=dell%20laptop&cp=1&lp=1





Its a nice machine and does everything she will need for a while.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 10:50:21 AM EDT
[#16]
Quoted:
We bought 6 Acers last year and they get relitively light use and little abuse.

3 have outright failed; 2 have weird issues; 1 had its DVD drive fail in the first year.

When my LT went out, I found a Lenovo on sale and pitched it to the boss before I ended up with one of the Acer turds. Even the cheep model Lenovo has so far been been better than 2/3 of the Acers we have.



Dell for the build quality & support.
Toshiba has build quality, but has poor support.
Lenovo for the what's left of the IBM brand reputation they bought and are trying to maintain.

Link Posted: 1/30/2011 11:09:29 AM EDT
[#17]
Thanks for the replies!



I appreciate the help.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 11:14:17 AM EDT
[#18]
I had a toshiba, it was really bad but that is just my experience.

(Pixels started going out, battery life went down to about 5minutes in about a years time, had one hard drive crash, ran really hot)
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 11:47:34 AM EDT
[#19]
lenovo


 
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 11:50:47 AM EDT
[#20]
I would get an Asus.  If you do get a Lenovo make sure you get something better than a G Series.  Mine is on its third display.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 11:53:12 AM EDT
[#21]
When it comes to hardware I go either Dell or Apple. I hear the new HP stuff is good as well.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:06:37 PM EDT
[#22]
Thanks for the replies!
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:37:18 PM EDT
[#23]
Quoted:


Acer laptops are bottom of the line, the keys fall off, hinges break, overheat, and wireless sucks.

i would go with the Toshiba and not even consider Acer.

BTW, i have been in IT support for 12 years, working on both.




Toshiba has made some garbage too.  Acer makes a great 'wife's' computer.  I bought one for the wife.  Wireless is great. It is her coffeetable-in-the-livingroom computer and is still working one year later.  If it fails tomorrow I would buy another one..........with HDMI>
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:46:45 PM EDT
[#24]





Wow... didn't know HP was at the bottom of the barrel. I've exclusively used only HP...



Course my first laptop from them, was irrepairably bad... They ended up getting me a whole new computer.

My desktop PC is currently getting it's motherboard replaced and upgraded, as well as the CPU, since the motherboard had gone bad.



I probably won't buy HP products again.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 3:50:30 PM EDT
[#25]
if your trying to stay in the 500 dollar category I would go with a custom ordered dell you can save money on direct from manufactureer discounts and get exactly what you can get by with for the time being.

Also if you need it now they have some descent deals out there on Dells and ASUS's. ASUS actually manufactures the components unlike were most companies just order and assemble which is why there pretty high quality.

As for Apple suggestions and nay sayers I'm now typing on a mac book pro with maxed out specs it can do everything you want it to do and more but with all of the compatibility issues trying to use pc and mac Im going back to a windows based PC.



Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:01:30 PM EDT
[#26]
Quoted:
lenovo at the deep today btw its IBM with a new name


Yeah.  I'm partial to Lenovo (well, Thinkpad, really, as seeing as how IBM SOLD OUT TO THE CHICOM (even though that's qhere they were being made anyway) I like 'em.
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:02:56 PM EDT
[#27]
slickdeals.net is your friend. it is the ARFCOM of deals
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:03:01 PM EDT
[#28]
I have a similar toshiba....happy with it so far
Link Posted: 1/30/2011 4:03:32 PM EDT
[#29]
Thanks to all for your thoughts.
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