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Hi, My hubby needs to get a new computer for his work. He is an engineering consultant and carries his computer with him everywhere. He needs one that is sturdy and reliable but also economical. Does anyone have experience with laptop computers that you can share? Thanks. Blessings, Naomi

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  1. #1
    Naomi Knudsen
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    Hi,
    My hubby needs to get a new computer for his work. He is an engineering consultant and carries his computer with him everywhere. He needs one that is sturdy and reliable but also economical. Does anyone have experience with laptop computers that you can share? Thanks.
    Blessings,
    Naomi




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    Rachel L
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    we have a dell laptop - we are very very happy with

    it, the hotline help has been fantastic, and it came

    with what we needed. I'd recommend it





    --- Naomi Knudsen <healthyeagle@hotmail.com> wrote:



    > Hi,

    > My hubby needs to get a new computer for his work.

    > He is an engineering consultant and carries his

    > computer with him everywhere. He needs one that is

    > sturdy and reliable but also economical. Does

    > anyone have experience with laptop computers that

    > you can share? Thanks.

    > Blessings,

    > Naomi









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    Colleen McDonald
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    <font face="Times New Roman, Times">I have a Dell laptop, have had
    nothing but problems with it (and, although I paid for on-site tech
    support, they refuse to provide it). It is far and away the worst
    computer I've ever owned (and is the only Dell). I would NEVER buy
    another Dell.


    (NY's attorney general is collecting complaints from Dell customers who
    purchased on-site tech support but never got it, so I am not
    alone!)


    <blockquote type="cite" class="cite" cite>--- Naomi Knudsen
    <healthyeagle@hotmail.com> wrote:

    > My hubby needs to get a new computer for his work.

    > He is an engineering consultant and carries his

    > computer with him everywhere. He needs one that is

    > sturdy and reliable but also economical. Does

    > anyone have experience with laptop computers that

    > you can share? Thanks.[/quote]



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    Liss
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    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Naomi Knudsen" <healthyeagle@...>

    wrote:

    >

    > > Does anyone have experience with laptop computers that you can

    share? Thanks.<<



    Okay, over the years I have had Several different laptops from

    several companies and this has been my experience:



    Dell: by far, the absolute WORST company to get a laptop from if you

    have Any experience with computers or programming. Their tech support

    is a joke. As a real estate broker our entire office purchased dells

    for the 50 some-odd agents, most of them went back, they were

    complete CRAP. They overheated, the battery packs got so hot you

    couldn't touch them without a pot-holder, they come so preloaded with

    so much crap that it takes HOURS (more like days) to clean them out.

    If your hubby knows anything about computers or programming- RUN from

    dell. Otherwise, it's a good Newbie computer if you don't plan on

    doing anything but sending email, looking at photos, etc.



    Toshiba: another piece of crap. I've had 3 toshiba laptops- all

    within 2 weeks. the Screen literally went black and never ran again

    on all 3 brand new laptops within a couple days. As a matter of fact,

    my m.i.l bought one last winter and her screen did the same thing

    after 9 days. Just long enough for her to get all her info

    transferred to the hard drive in her computer from her old one.



    Oddly enough, the best laptop that could withstand my traveling more

    than 12,000 miles in 2 1/5 months has been a cheapy ACER ASPIRE. I

    bought it, of all places, at Walmart. All my other laptops I

    purchased directly from Dell or at Circuit City. This laptop is by

    far the best, it wasnt preloaded with any advertising crap. Took less

    than 2 hours to install all my own software (that I did want) works

    fast, the wireless connects great, the on-board cam works great. I

    love it.



    The screen is easily washable, unlike the dell screen I had when I

    had to have special lens cloth and cleaner, etc.




    So, I've had $4,000 laptops (Dell Crap), I've had $2500 laptops

    (Toshiba) and I've had $750 laptop (Acer) and by far, I LOVE the

    acer. She's fast, accurate, handles multiple business tasks at once

    and doesn't slow.



    Good Luck to you,



    Liss

    listmom

    www.budget101.com








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    Tracy Harris
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    I have a dell desktop and that's all my work uses, abnout 50 of them, and have only had the power supply go out, and that's because of pet hair not the computer. NO problems whatsoever. And I know my tech guy at work wouldn't use the dell's if they were not reliable he doesn't have time to be working on them.

    Can't comment on the onsite tech since I don't have that.

    Tracy K Harris
    S&W Healthcare
    National Accounts Manager
    800-843-1201 ext 410
    tharris@swhealthcare.com
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Colleen McDonald
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Friday, July 13, 2007 4:33 AM
    Subject: Re: Budget101.com : Advice on Laptop Computers

    <FONT face="Times New Roman, Times">I have a Dell laptop, have had nothing but problems with it (and, although I paid for on-site tech support, they refuse to provide it). It is far and away the worst computer I've ever owned (and is the only Dell). I would NEVER buy another Dell.

    (NY's attorney general is collecting complaints from Dell customers who purchased on-site tech support but never got it, so I am not alone!)


    <BLOCKQUOTE class="cite" cite type="cite">--- Naomi Knudsen <healthyeagle@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > My hubby needs to get a new computer for his work.
    > He is an engineering consultant and carries his
    > computer with him everywhere. He needs one that is
    > sturdy and reliable but also economical. Does
    > anyone have experience with laptop computers that
    > you can share? Thanks.

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    armstrca
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    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="234240413-13072007">If there is a Fry's (or other electronic parts store that also sells PCs) near you, they have refurbished laptops. He can get one of those and extended warranty for any breakages or malfunctions.
    <DIV dir="ltr" align="left"><SPAN class="234240413-13072007">A HP is good. I don't know if you can get a refurb Dell from their website, but that may be an option, also. Make sure it has a dual processor, bluetooth, firewire, is wireless and can read memory cards (without an additional device).







    From: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Budget101_@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Naomi Knudsen
    Sent: Thursday, July 12, 2007 2:54 PM
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Subject: Budget101.com : Advice on Laptop Computers<SPAN class="234240413-13072007">
    <SPAN class="234240413-13072007">
    My hubby needs to get a new computer for his work. He is an engineering consultant and carries his computer with him everywhere. He needs one that is sturdy and reliable but also economical. Does anyone have experience with laptop computers that you can share? Thanks.
    Naomi



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    Randal
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    Toshiba is usually ranked highest for reliability, but they're a little pricey. If your husband uses his computer in adverse conditions (which, with computers, means nearly anything NOT on top of a desk in an air conditioned office) he might want to consider a Panasonic Toughbook. I can't tell you much about the tech side of them, but they're designed to take a lot of abuse, spills and bumps and temperature extremes.

    Whichever brand you buy, I would recommend getting a support policy on it. Computers are very complex and much can go wrong. I am VERY grateful for the policy I have with the Geek Squad on mine.

    Hope this helps
    Randal


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    Rhonda Bates
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    I bought by Dell Laptop and have been completely unhappy with it. The customer service has been horrible and I have vowed to never buy another one from them again. I guess it is different strokes for different folks.


    Rhonda in TX


    On 7/13/07, Rachel L[/b] <the_lighthouse_academy@yahoo.com> wrote:







    we have a dell laptop - we are very very happy with
    it, the hotline help has been fantastic, and it came
    with what we needed. I&#39;d recommend it

    --- Naomi Knudsen <<a href="/group/Budget101_/post?postID=rZ4TJv2xid9tzZt1baLjuaONO5GeNJ_tv-ehTxJp2iZiz_mZ2MepkhguBvpCPBfRIVRC851oFbr0yBFupcBk 9w" target="_blank">
    healthyeagle@hotmail.com</a>> wrote:

    > Hi,
    > My hubby needs to get a new computer for his work.
    > He is an engineering consultant and carries his
    > computer with him everywhere. He needs one that is

    > sturdy and reliable but also economical. Does
    > anyone have experience with laptop computers that
    > you can share? Thanks.
    > Blessings,
    > Naomi

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    Sarah Long
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    Panasonic makes a line of laptops that has aluminum casing around them. They are used primarily by construction and utility workers outside and in their trucks. They are very durable!

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    I currently have a compaq pressario and except for the very begining when I had

    key board problems, (which was taken care of very quickly) I have not had any

    trouble with it, I use it more than I do my desk top.



    > --- Naomi Knudsen <healthyeagle@hotmail.com> wrote:

    > > My hubby needs to get a new computer for his work.

    > > He is an engineering consultant and carries his

    > > computer with him everywhere. He needs one that is

    > > sturdy and reliable but also economical. Does

    > > anyone have experience with laptop computers that

    > > you can share? Thanks.

    >



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    Carrie Faden
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    Since Acer was the recommendation I thought I would chime in that you can get Acers really reasonably at Tigerdirect.com They have major sales on them. If you want a new one and not reconditioned then just make sure you check what your getting. They do sell reconditioned things on there... Good Luck, Carrie

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    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">My husband received
    a Dell from his work and has nothing but trouble with it. We were in the
    market a year ago for a home computer and decided on a desktop instead of a
    laptop. I really, really wanted an Apple but we could not afford one so
    we heard the next best was Dell. My computer has crashed 3 times the
    first happened about 4 days after our 1 year warranty expired. They
    offered to help me by offering to sell me a 72 hour warrant for $50! Our
    in-laws bought Dell computers and they were smart enough to buy the 3 year
    extended warranty. Both of their computers have been replaced at least
    twice that I know of. Mine crashed right after a windows update and they
    said that was a problem they were having, but would not help us. We had
    to reset our computer to factory settings and I lost all my pictures that I procrastinated
    on saving to disk. Our computer still runs funny. When you start it
    up from turning it off, it tries to load a Sonic program that says it is on a removable
    disk that needs to be inserted. EVERYTHING is loaded on the computer, it
    came with no disk. Every once in awhile, it will say I need to load the
    Office disk, again, no disk, it is all on the hard drive. I will never
    get a Dell again.
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">
    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">Just my 2 cents.
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    <font size="3" color="black" face="Verdana">12.0pt;font-family:Verdana;color:windowtext;">Melissa in OK





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