what is the most durable brand of laptops?

@jlamela (4912)
Philippines
December 8, 2008 6:20pm CST
I am planning to buy a laptop next year around february but I am quite confused what brand to choose. my friends say Acer is the most ideal, some of them neo, I don't know what's true with this. Of course, Apple and toshiba are very expensive so I won't dream owning any of them.lol!my choices limited in neo and acer but other than these two brands are there any nice brands?with the exemption of course of apple and toshiba.
5 responses
• Philippines
11 Dec 08
hi, From a brand perspective, I've had experience with Toshiba (2 Satellites already, they are very sturdy notebooks, and quite good). Thinkpads (TP 240, TP 560 and the last one was a TP Z60m, they feel like tanks, and the keyboards are quite good, they don't flex when typing), Twinheads (2 Twinheads, I can't remember the make), Acer 5570, MSI s262, Dell 1420 Inpiron, Asus eee, MSI Wind, and Mac Book -- they don't all belong to me, some of them I bought for my wife and daughter. I had a negative experience with Acer, after a little over a year of moderate use, it just stopped working, when I took it to Acer Center, the motherboard was shot. The twinheads actually lasted a bit longer, but I won't recommend them either. I would suggest to put some more factors into your selection, you can get a reasonably priced Toshiba, Thinkpad, Dell or Asus if the configuration is quite frugal (meaning not the top of the line Core 2 Duos, 1GB RAM). If you don't intend to run CPU or memory intensive applications, but instead just lightweight duties like word processing, surfing the net etc, you might get better value with a known brand, but with entry level configuration. hope this helps.
@jlamela (4912)
• Philippines
12 Dec 08
Thanks for your response, yes this can be very helpful in my plan to buy a laptop next year. Most of the responses I got recommended either dell or asus and snoy viao, I am wondering if they are cheap or expensive.
• United States
14 Dec 08
acer flat out sucks i have 1 now and i have taken it to the repair shop 2 times to have the whole system redone and even now it still has problems (its only a few years old and was like 1200 bucks) but id say it depends on what kind of durability u want. physically durabook is the best . some have some water proof features and most can withstand hitting the ground hard and possibly even rocky surfaces they have a very durable shell and are highly shock resistant. they were made solely for physical resistance but have a sorta high price tag to them but you possibly wouldnt have to replace them due to physical damage. but if its performance you want alienware is da best but they are like payin for 3 to 6 toshibas and a dell. but they would outclass the next few generations of most brands and are fully customizable (i custimized 1 with 5 gb ram, multiple dual core processors, a terabyte hard drive or i think it was it may have been a 500 gb, it also came with top of the line graphics and sound cards they arent as well known as dell and all those companies but by far out class them possibly for a few more generations of computers although alienware will have by that time improved as well.
@amitavroy (4826)
• India
9 Dec 08
i have used a dell and a compaq and i can tell without any doubt in my mind that dell is the best so far i have used. it is durable because it is very rough and tough and so that is one factor which is with dell. the quality is good and the heating is not much so that also increases the life of the laptop parts. and then the factor of realiable parts although they are a bit costly but then when you compare it with others you will notice that the perforamnce is also better. compaq on the other hand is worst i every used. it was my first laptop and also when it gave problems, they never stopped. i had te motherboard repalced thrice and still no solution to it.
@UK_Shree (3605)
9 Dec 08
I think Acer is pretty good - your friends are right. HP also make good quality laptops. In addition, I think you might be suprised at the cost of Toshiba laptops as they are not that high. You can go for a Toshiba laptop model that has been around for about a year or so (i.e not a brand new model, but a brand new laptop) and get it for a decent price. Good luck, and remember you don't need to pay that much - the price of laptops has gone down considerable in the last two years or so
@baileycows (3671)
• United States
9 Dec 08
I work as a central office tech and acer is what we laugh about at work all the time. Go ahead and spend you some money and get a good laptop. You could go with alienware, but your going to spend as much as you would on a Mac. I have a Toshiba with first Vista package on it and have not had any problems with it at all.