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      03-24-2012 01:54 PM #1
      I'm in the market for a new laptop or netbook because the Macbook I've had since '06 fell out of the truck while I was moving last week while the machine was on. It now has some physical damage, makes noises like it's trying to eject a disc, and has turned off by itself two times this week.

      I don't have a ton of cash right now so I'm looking at lower cost options. Does anyone have any experience with Acer or Asus products?

    2. 03-24-2012 02:22 PM #2
      You really aren't going to find too much of a difference between laptops in the $400-$500 price range.

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      03-24-2012 02:33 PM #3
      I didn't think there was much of a difference in the low end range but was just wondering if anyone had some real world experience with these brands.

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      03-24-2012 03:02 PM #4
      I purchased my very first Acer about 2 years ago. I am very happy with it. No issues at all. I only use it for traveling for the 3 weeks a year total I travel .

      I got it for the bluray drive mainly. At the time it was the first one in our store.

      Not sure if this was helpful.

      I have a Acer Aspire 5745 Series. This is quite the price difference then what you were looking to spend but I just came to give my input on Acer.

      I would buy another computer from them. My uncle who lives and breathes uses Acer for his Work and personal computers. I added the specs so you could see the power difference of mine and the ones your looking at. Again, I just wanted to share my experience with my Acer machine. Since I use it about 5 times a year its in perfect condition. I have thought about selling it. But bluray drive makes me keep it.
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      03-24-2012 04:22 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by Angry_Birds View Post
      You really aren't going to find too much of a difference between laptops in the $400-$500 price range.
      Pretty much the "Disposables" range.

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      03-26-2012 05:29 PM #6
      Asus, since they design and produce their own. Acer does not design and make their own.

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      03-30-2012 12:56 PM #7
      I honestly wouldn't be too picky about a brand. Define yourself a budget, and then look for the machine with the best features for that money.

      Answer these questions and I will help you out.
      What is your budget?
      WHat size are you looking? 13" 14" 15" 16" 17"?
      What are your priorities? (Screen size/resolution? Ram? HD size? SSD? etc)

      Great place to look is www.dell.com/outlet scratch & dent with warranty for good deals. For $550 you can get a pretty decent 17" machine, if that's what you want.
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      04-01-2012 05:28 PM #8
      Wifey needed a small / light laptop / netbook for college. We looked around and I was initially considering a Netbook, however, after using some in the local stores. we just ended up getting a Samsung QX410, right after all the Christmas sales; it was on clearance, so got a pretty good deal, however, we spent about double our budget. Specs-wise, it's a Core i5, 4 Gb of RAM, 640 Gb HDD and a 14" LED screen.

      Advantages:
      - Really light and about an inch thick
      - Great battery life
      - Decent performance / specs

      Disadvantages:
      - Keyboard layout takes getting used to
      - Keypad is funky to say the least. The left and right keys are part of the track-pad; this is problematic

      For myself, I had bought an HP dv9260 back in 2007, whose video card finally decided to give up the ghost last year. I initially wanted to replace it with the Asus N53SV, but eventually decided on another Samsung, the Chronos Series 7. Got this on sale as well.

      Very happy with both Samsung's. Good luck.

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      04-02-2012 05:17 AM #9
      Either would be just fine. I have a 500 Dollar HP that is approaching two years old and it has been great (despite the fact that this forum seem to hate on HP). I did take it apart (For giggles) about three or four months ago and put new thermal paste on the CPU. I will say it has been running a bit cooler, but not like it was too bad before.

      In reality, it all depends on what you do, but a Core i3 will be more than sufficient for most daily activities.

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      04-03-2012 10:17 AM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by Vision33r View Post
      Asus, since they design and produce their own. Acer does not design and make their own.
      I've had a tendency to lean towards the Asus camp, but I might be biased because I have one of their 23in LED monitors, and I thoroughly enjoy it. Never had a problem with Acer in my experience though, my advice, go Asus.

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      04-03-2012 01:20 PM #11
      Thanks for the input everyone.

      I think for now I'm just going to continue what I've been doing lately which is just using the account I set up on the girlfriends Toshiba. It's a 17" which is bigger than I'm used to but it gets the job done. Between this and my Touch Pad I've been doing okay.

      I'll just keep an eye out on clearance deals and hopefully find something in my budget.

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      04-14-2012 12:32 PM #12
      They are both good brands. I've owned and worked with both.

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      04-20-2012 11:02 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by matt007 View Post
      Without a proper source for that data, it is just a graph that any Ten Y.O. can produce.

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      04-20-2012 11:02 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by matt007 View Post
      2009 stats?

      http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/17/l...-win-hp-fails/

      If that was posted recently as news on a site- than that site sucks.

      here are some 2012 stats.




      (tho not sure about the source either.. http://hotgeeksllctech.blogspot.com/...ity-chart.html.. but the family's Samsung Galaxy tablets and phones have been solid, so I don't doubt they are good)

      I am surprised by the Dell as I know a dozen people that bought Dell laptops in the last five years and none have any hardware issues that I know of...

      This may be a case just like new cars- as they industry in general gets more reliable, the difference between the best and worst reliability is not really that big.


      Samsung makes low priced laptops.. which is surprising considering they are almost tied with Apple in reliability.

      Here is a Llano A6 (great integrated graphics) Samsung with a 17.3" screen for $450.
      That's hard to beat imo.

      http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Samsung+...&skuId=4707155
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      04-21-2012 03:36 PM #16
      I know where that chart came from and it's reliable. Its from SquareTrade's numbers based on warranty claims data. You can read the whole thing here:
      http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/S...ility_1109.pdf
      I always plug in USBs right the first time.

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      04-21-2012 03:37 PM #17
      Oh yeah... and I prefer Asus over any other brand in the cheap end of the scale.
      I always plug in USBs right the first time.

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      04-21-2012 04:08 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by theevilshiftkey View Post
      I know where that chart came from and it's reliable. Its from SquareTrade's numbers based on warranty claims data. You can read the whole thing here:
      http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/S...ility_1109.pdf
      But is from 2009.
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      04-21-2012 08:47 PM #19
      Yes it's from 2009. What are you confused about?
      I always plug in USBs right the first time.

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      04-21-2012 09:03 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by theevilshiftkey View Post
      Yes it's from 2009. What are you confused about?
      (looks at calender to make sure I have not been sucked through a time portal)

      But this is 2012?
      Quality can change quite a bit in three years.
      Not that Asus isn't a good cheap laptop option- just that I would think newer stats are more relevant.

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      04-21-2012 09:42 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by theevilshiftkey View Post
      Oh yeah... and I prefer Asus over any other brand in the cheap end of the scale.
      Me too. Lenovo may be a close second. HP is the only laptop I really steer anyone away from.
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    22. 04-24-2012 06:42 PM #22
      OP: I'm of the mindset to just get the best machine for the money. In my personal experience, I have had 2 Gateway laptops and they both function fine. In fact, one laptop is going on 8 years old and is still being used by my wife's mom.

      With that said, I install/maintain computer systems for a living for small businesses. We sell strictly Dell & Lenovo machines, both from their respective business lines ONLY. I have had 7 (out of 35-40) machines go bad this year. All were bad motherboards (4 Dell Optiplex 980s, 2 Lenovo Thinkcentre M91p, & 1 Lenovo Edge 15). Doesn't seem like a very good failure rate for business machines that were less than a couple of months old.

      Sometimes I wonder if all we're getting is a better warranty, and a Professional OS in a nice tool-less designed case when we order business machines.
      Last edited by Brett92; 04-24-2012 at 06:48 PM.

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      04-24-2012 09:24 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      just that I would think newer stats are more relevant.
      I completely agree, but these are the only stats we have at this time in this thread. 2.5 year old statistic evidence is certainly better than new anecdotal evidence.
      I always plug in USBs right the first time.

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      04-24-2012 10:10 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by theevilshiftkey View Post
      I completely agree, but these are the only stats we have at this time in this thread. 2.5 year old statistic evidence is certainly better than new anecdotal evidence.
      But.. those must have been from laptop sold in 2007 (to have two year reliability stats).
      Now we are five years away.

      The only things I really got from that was don't buy a netbook, and cheaper laptop have a higher failure rate than premium laptops.
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      04-25-2012 04:35 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by BRealistic View Post
      I am surprised by the Dell as I know a dozen people that bought Dell laptops in the last five years and none have any hardware issues that I know of...
      Wish I could say the same. I have two (2) Dell XPS1530 laptops and they both had their graphics cards fail. One after 2 years, one after 3.

      I guess it's a known problem, and it was a Nvidia graphics card, but nevertheless....

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