Posted 01 May 2007 - 02:23 PM
We sell laptops where I work - most repairs have to do with damage rather than faulty components. So, get a service plan with accidental coverage if possible.
I've got a Toshiba M45 laptop and I love it! The only problem I've had was a broken power adaptor cord. It even runs Vista quite nicely with a bit more RAM
My wife has an HP laptop that she loves. We bought a cheap Compaq shortly after Vista came out. It died about 3 weeks ago (power adaptor plug inside the case broke) - the service plan with accidental damage got me a new one that day (we went with an Acer because it was cheap also).
IMO there's no problem with Dells if you're content with what you get. They are pretty reliable (we fix a few of 'em even though we don't sell them). The biggest issue is with their desktops - you may be facing problems in the future if you try and upgrade them without Dell parts. Laptops are a bit different since they aren't designed to be upgraded.
Dell used to have a good service department - but I haven't heard much recently about them. Interestingly, they are the only company that I know of that has techs hanging around forums like these to offer assistance.
You'll be in abit of a quandry with viewing movies/videos and traveling - a big screen is needed for them, but a big screen is inconvenient when traveling.
Finally, in general the cheaper laptops aren't as "fixable" as the more expensive ones. With an accidental damage service plan you'll usually end up with a new laptop rather than sending the old one out to be repaired. Then you've gotta start thinking about backup solutions.....
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