Thinking of Getting a New Computer

United States
January 13, 2007 10:34pm CST
So, as the subject line says I am considering getting a new computer. Actually, a laptop. I know nothing about them. Is there one brand that is a lot better than the rest? What is the most important thing to look for when I make this purchase?
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• United States
17 Jan 07
I bought a new Macbook and I love it. It was definately worth the price. I'm running both Parallels and Cross-Over so I can run most Windows applications without a problem. (well.. technically, I could run everything using Parallels to run Windows XP). Anyhow, everything I've tried has worked.
@koedoe (100)
• South Africa
17 Jan 07
Yea those Macs do look awesome !! But alas I'm still at the budget spectrum where I have to sit and scrape togher parts for my new pc. I would love to have a Core 2 duo chip and some SATAII drivers in RAID, but it' will probably be still a few month before I can afford that.
@shywolf (4520)
• United States
14 Jan 07
Personally, my family has stuck with HP brand computers (Hewlett-Packard) although we also own an E-Machine that I don't know much about. I think that one thing to research into is good customer service. You don't need a bunch of hassle if something is going wrong with your computer or you need a computer issue solved quickly. I haven't been unsatisfied or dissapointed with HP's service so far!^_^
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@darkblade (124)
• Philippines
17 Jan 07
I suppose it depends on how you use your computer, there are a lot of choices out there, there are heavy ones and light ones? There are top of the line and the everyday use only...what would be your preference?
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• Philippines
17 Jan 07
HP, Asus, MSI are good brands
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• Philippines
2 Nov 07
MSI? Are you sure? Coz they aren't really considered "mainstream".. But what's the track record of MSI, anyway?
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
26 Jan 07
The new MacBooks are good laptops, and a study recently found that they're not really any more expensive than PC laptops, when you weigh the cost of buying antivirus and antispyware programs for the PC, etc. Macs are easy to use, don't get viruses or spyware, etc.
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@ratburn (939)
• Philippines
2 Mar 07
I was also faced with the same dilemma two years ago. I was looking around for a laptop and didn't know what to buy. Since i also had an ipod, it made me look into macs. I didn't have any idea about what it was. after looking around for other brands like Sony and Hp, I realized that getting a mac was actually cheaper considering the stability of the operating system. i got a powerbook at that time. at first i kinda got frustrated that everything was new to me. but it was also fun exploring it. there are a lot of mac user groups you can join and can help you with any queries. now im on my second mac, a macbook. you get iLife with the macbook which includes itunes, imovie, iphoto, idvd, garangeband. there's just so much you can do with macbooks right out of the box. and yeah... no viruses! do need to restart every now and then. best of all.. eye candy :) i love my macbook!
• United States
14 Jan 07
I personally disagree with other people about buying the top of the line. The top of the line products are priced too high for the benefit of buying the latest and greatest laptop. I suggest going with something in the middle of the road specs, unless you are thinking of buying something that would act as a desktop replacement, then you might want a little more power. As far as brands go, I've found Acer is reliable and sometimes slightly less expensive then some of the more well known brands such as Dell.
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• United States
17 Jan 07
Acer and Sager used to supply the hardware for Alienware. So its like getting a more expensive machine for less money.
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@mavijayne (429)
• Philippines
14 Jan 07
if your thinking of purchasing a computer, go for the latest model
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@jnr1234 (129)
• Malaysia
14 Jan 07
New computer brands comes up very often these days with new models. I am also considering to get a new one. I would recommend you to get a high-end laptop named "Ferrari Acer Notebook". It's one of the best. If you need a cheap one just for surfing purpose, you should get a cheaper one. Have you bought any yet?
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• United States
28 Nov 07
There are so many brands to choose from when picking a computer, but you first have to decide if you are going for a Mac or a PC. PC is the most popular, by far. Mac's are really good. I just got my first one today (a laptop) and it is really cool. It is a easy to learn, but you might get frustrated in the beginning because the interfaces are different. Mac's run really well though, so far. Startup is REALLY FAST! I don't have to wait forever for it to load, once I see my desktop --- I can start using it. This could be because I haven't loaded all of my programs and files on here yet, but it is still running great so far. Try Mac. They cost more, but they are so innovative. I can't stop playing with the built-in webcam.
• Philippines
2 Nov 07
For me, Apple Laptops are a cut above the rest. It's because their laptops have a reputation for staying alive even through decades. Yes, prudence and going for what is affordable is good. But it also has to be balanced with looking at the computer's durability. What for is buying a $300 laptop when it would break down on you within a month? Weigh your options before you go buy. Go for the reputedly durable types: Apple, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo, Asus, Acer, Sony Vaio.
• Philippines
2 Nov 07
i like Apple computers best: durable, and their laptops have been known to last for YEARS. most important thing: durability. i think the speed, the specs, they are all the same across the brands, but you can never have a great laptop if you get the unknown ones and the ones with a cheap chassis. take for example, kick-butt specs on a Blue laptop. breaks down in months. so-so specs on a Mac, extreme performance, lasts you years, even decades. so which should you buy then?
• India
31 Jul 07
i would say that for OS - windows vista hardware- some intel processor PC this combination is the best..... i use this combination only
• India
31 Jul 07
now days laptop prefer best to use it anywhere u can take and go will easy to share applications images videos etc. desktop to store high gb datas.
• Janesville, Wisconsin
25 Apr 07
The best computer we ever had was a windows 95 hewlette packard we got brand new in 1995... That last until year 2001, when lightning .. took it out. We were on the net daily, and it was used by over 33 people constantly.. the poor thing was hardly ever turned off... That was the best I had. I would go with Hewlett and try to get the same type.. but with XP ... I heard that people who went with Vista still has all kinds of bugs and problems... Look at what item you will use the most... and what you like the most. One thing I always recommend is make sure you get a back up disk.. of all the files.. - DNatureofDTrain