Post # 1
What do you like/dislike about it?
I am wanting to get a new laptop sometime soon, I’ve had my HP Paviliion DV4 for two years now and it’s had it’s fair share of problems, I often wonder when it will “die” because of all the wacky stuff it does. The cooling system on it sucks, I ended up getting a fan lap bench thing from belkin for $30 to keep it cool, it’s helped, but my PC is so loud!
It has awful battery life, and poor memory/storage (which is actually OKAY because it makes me consistently back up all my stuff onto my external hard-drive), and can be a little slow at times.
I got it two years ago on Black Friday for $500. Since I had the money, I should have just gone with the Dell that I really wanted. Now I don’t really have $800-$1000 to spend on a laptop, so it will take some saving 🙂
Post # 3
I would personally save up for a Macbook for you.
I have had my Mac since 2007 and it’s still running strong.
You may pay a little more up-front for it than you would for an HP, but it’s so worth it because they don’t get viruses as easily like HPs do. Plus everyone at the Apple Store is awesome if you ever need assistance with something that may be wrong with your laptop.
Post # 4
I love my macbook. I’m on my second one.
Post # 5
If you go with the mac, get applecare, they replaced my HD fo freeeeee!
Post # 6
I have a Macbook pro laptop, and have generally been using their computer products for the last ten years. I have no real complaints , and I have never gottena virus, where as with the non -Apple prodcuts, i have gotten viruses and had to pay money and time to install software that is incredibly annoying.
If you can do it, save up. Its totally worth it, because so much private and important stuff is on our computers these days!
Post # 7
Another vote for a macbook, it’s SO much nicer than my old dell!
Post # 8
I have an emachine from last years black fridays sale. For $200 it works great for watching instant netflix and talking to you all. If I have real work to do I use a Dell that I got from my computer guy when he upgraded. It is fully loaded but looking at my receipt now I only paid $225 for it and was only a year old. It was the better deal.
Post # 9
Another vote for MacBook Pro. I had a Dell that barely limped through 3 years of college. I bought this laptop about 2.5 yrs ago and love it. They replaced my drive when it died because of a defect no questions asked, no issues, quick and easy. It still runs perfecty. The battery life is still amazing (about 6 hrs).
Post # 10
I have an HP G60 and haven’t had ANY issues with it. I’ve had it 5 years and have even dropped it… well more like threw it to the ground accidentally… and still love it!
Darling Husband has an HP (not sure what kind exactly as well) and hasn’t had any issues either.
My Best friend has a Dell and she’s had TONS of problems with it, even sent it off and continues having problems =/
My mom has a Toshiba and has ALL the problems that you described your laptop having.
I do totally agree with @brideatbeach though… next thing we want to get is DEFINITELY a Mac. Darling Husband has worked with them in media for the Student Ministry at our church and I officially fell in love!….. Plus Apple is AMAZING!!!! For us it’s just too bad that for what he wants we’re looking at about 7k after software =/
Post # 11
@brideatbeach: yeah I love apple customer service, I have an iPod that died right after I got it and they were so great about it. I would definitely love one, but I do worry that saving $1500 will take me awhile (I’m not working, just going to school, so we live off my hubby’s income) and my PC might die before then!!
@runsyellowlites: yeah, my sister has a toshiba and didn’t like it either.
Post # 12
I bought a Dell XPS 13, and I freaking adore it. It runs PC games really well (better than DH’s desktop that he bought just for gaming) and can handle several of the Creative Suite programs running at once. By the time I upgraded it, it was $1,200, but it’s been about two years and it’s running as well as it did when I first got it.
Sadly, they no longer sell it. They stopped like a month after I bought mine. I would definitely still recommend their XPS line, though!
Post # 13
I love my Dell! I just got a new computer over the summer, and while I considered a Macbook and wanted to get a Dell Latitude, both were too expensive. I ended up getting a Dell Vostro 3350, which is a midrange line in their Small Business section. I LOVE it – I think it is my favorite computer I’ve ever had. The battery is almost as good as a mac, it’s small and lightweight, performance is great, and I’ve had no issues. The best part is I got it for less than half the price of a comparable macbook – I did a quick google search before I checked out and found a coupon code for an additional $150 off, in addition the sale on their website. Came to around $650, way less than the original $900 price – yeah!! And while you may not be able to find those deals, they often have good sales on their website.
Depending on what you decide on the Mac vs. PC issue, if you want a machine that will hold up, I recommend looking into business laptops (for PCs) or Macbook Pros.
Post # 14
Well, I will be the dissenting voice and say that I will never own a Mac. Ever. I don’t really feel like explaining why, but I just don’t think the price is justified. The only one I MIGHT consider is the MacBook Air and only because it’s cool because it has no moving parts.
Darling Husband and I both own Toshiba Satellites. He owns a small one and I have a 17′ L775. I find that they are reliable and quick. I am extremely happy with mine and I know Darling Husband feels the same. He’s had his longer and this is the 3rd one he has owned. Mine is only about 2 months old. I’m a gamer and it has been able to handle every program I have thrown at it. I can surf the internet, play a game and talk to my mom on Skype at the same time with no problems.
As for desktops, we both built “custom” ones from HP. Mine is getting up there in years. I got it my sophomore year of college so it’s… 4-5 years old now. I’ve never even had a virus on it. I did upgrade it from Vista to Windows 7 and reformatted it when I did. It’s still going strong. Darling Husband built his about a year ago and his is a BEAST.
We are both gamers and need our computers to have plenty of processing and video power.
Post # 15
I currently have a Dell D630 Fiance got me in July from the dell auctions page. It’s nice, but has a known issue with overheating frying the graphics card, so it is perma-tethered to my cooling pad.
My previous two laptops were HPs, a zv6000 series and a ze5000 series. the zv still works, but I’ve had it since 2006 and it had gotten a bit sluggish, which is why Fiance got me the Dell. The ze I got in 2002, and it lasted until 2005 when Best Buy lost/broke it, marked it as “scrap”, and tried to stick my hard drive in a similarly styled laptop thinking I wouldn’t notice. It was working when I gave it to them, but the PC card slot had died, so I wanted it fixed even though I didn’t really use it. I now abhor Best Buy with the depths of my soul.
Prior to those (1999-2002), I had three Toshibas, the longest of which lasted 16 months, the shortest a week. I swore off Toshiba after I returned the third one 9 months in. Thankfully they were easy to deal with processing that return.
I’d been eyeballing and saving for an HP dv6tse (maybe even qe) before Fiance got me my Dell. I like that HP posts service manuals, and their ADP repairs aren’t bad either.
Post # 16
Love my Dell laptop!!! Bought it from the Dell website Thanksgiving week of 2009. The battery doesn’t hold it’s charge as long anymore, but other than that I’ve had NO ISSUES.