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#1 Ubiq

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 05:11 PM

I am about to buy my first laptop so I don't know what to expect as far as build quality. In my research, I found this eight second video showing someone with a Toshiba Portege r700 pushing with one finger on the keyboard and getting what seems to me a lot of flex.
Please watch and give your opinion on the video.

I am typing this on my work laptop which is the only laptop I have ever used. It's Toshiba Tecra that the company tech says is about 10 years old. It does not have flex, but it's really thick and heavy and looks really old school. I wonder if this is something I will just have to tolerate in modern laptops or if I should avoid this model.

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Posted 26 December 2010 - 05:18 PM

That seems like fairly excessive flex IMO. I have a Dell Inspiron laptop, a Dell Latitude Laptop and an Acer Aspire One netbook and none of them have anywhere near as much flex as the video shows.
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Posted 26 December 2010 - 05:46 PM

Do you think its real? As in a real laptop, not video. I'm just wondering if the guy bought a fake Toshiba the same way someone might buy a fake Rolex. Do fake computers exist? lol

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 12:02 AM

I have seen a few laptops that have flex, but very very few. As a rule, if a laptop keyboard is flexing at all-especially like that, theres something wrong with it and it needs to be sent back to the factory, unless it was special ordered.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 02:21 PM

Should I drop this laptop from my list? It was between this and the 14" Sony Vaio EA.

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Posted 27 December 2010 - 08:20 PM

If that vaio will do what you need it to ya, just find something without a flex keyboard (unless you like that for some reason?)

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 10:03 PM

UPDATE:

I finally made it by Best Buy tonight and tried that on just about every keyboard there. They all had a minor amount of flex that was nothing like the video.
The Portege seemed to flex almost as much as the Sony Vaios and Samsungs. Even the macbooks had some flex. The only one that came close to the video was ASUS.
Maybe it was an empty case or he has a really strong finger.

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Posted 28 December 2010 - 10:43 PM

Who knows. Course, the display models at the store all get a lot of abuse (people trying them for flex, kids banging on them, etc) Neither of my laptops-my DV8000 or my compaq-have any flex whatsoever, and they were both purchased refurbished.

Edited by the_patriot09, 28 December 2010 - 10:43 PM.

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