Buying a Laptop

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Rover the Top » Tue Jul 20, 2010 12:16 pm

The Dell I bought last year has been fine. I can't add any more as I've little experience of other laptops.

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Gibbon » Tue Jul 20, 2010 3:12 pm

I can add that the two sony Vaio's have both been a bit flakey, and suffered from overheating problems. The missus' Dell that we've had since just after christmas has been great so far.

And Packard Bells were always coming out rather poorly in laptop reviews I read. Not sure if that's changed or not.

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Dan » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:25 pm

mrblackbat wrote:Ah, EBCAK.
Hehe
The old ID:Ten-T error
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID-Ten-T_Error)

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Post by Savory » Wed Jul 21, 2010 10:24 pm

Dan wrote:
mrblackbat wrote:Ah, EBCAK.
Hehe
The old ID:Ten-T error
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ID-Ten-T_Error)
hehe?

are you 12?

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by SheepShagginRover » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:21 pm

We've gone for the Dell, thanks all :)

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Post by Savory » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:29 pm

SheepShagginRover wrote:We've gone for the Dell, thanks all :)
who's we? you have to share it with someone? thought it was for you?

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Post by SheepShagginRover » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:47 pm

Savory wrote:
SheepShagginRover wrote:We've gone for the Dell, thanks all :)
who's we? you have to share it with someone? thought it was for you?
Oh, its the family laptop. Forgot to mention that.

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Savory » Wed Jul 21, 2010 11:51 pm

gutter :(

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Savory » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:19 pm

whats the difference or better between:

Processor : AMD Athlon 64 X2 Dual Core 5600+(2.9GHz,1MB)
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Processor:Intel i3-370M(2.4GHz) Mobile CPU

isnt 2.9 better than 2.4?

looking at buying a Dell laptop from the outlet.

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Post by mrblackbat » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:33 pm

CPU cores have moved on quite rapidly recently; the "speed" of the core doesn't mean everything, instead you need to look at a whole bunch of stuff like the various cache sizes and speeds. Best thing really is to just look for some comparison benchmark tests between the cpus you're considering.

If you have a look at http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu_lookup. ... re+5600%2B you'll see that the whilst they don't have a benchmark for the i3-370, the lower spec i3-350 completely destroys the AMD x2 5600+ in temrs of cpu mark.

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Dan » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:54 pm

My general rule, backed up by experience, is that Intel processors are generally faster and more reliable than similarly prined/similar spec'd AMD ones. Not always, but I've found in most cases.

Unless the intel one is in an Acer. Never buy an Acer.

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Savory » Tue Apr 05, 2011 10:58 pm

how come?

my mate and other mate both have them and recommended acers... well they would...

but im goin for a dell anyway 8)

cheers for that info blackbat. :cheers:

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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Dan » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:07 pm

I've never known an Acer that hasn't had problems, and soon after being bought too. They're just not built well at all. Badly designed and flimsy. Add to that the fact that their customer service is appalling and repair charges are ridiculous, and it's as good a reason as any.

We bought a batch of 80 of their desktop PCs at work, which proved to be as bad as some of the laptops we'd had.

They overheat. Components melt. Acer know this.

See the difference between these two? The mesh grill at the front? That's their answer to the problem, and it makes bugger all difference. Of the 80 that were bought, at least 30 have gone back under warranty with fried circuits/capacitors on the motherboards. Then the warranties ran out, and acer acknowledged the problem and past history, but refused to repair the next 15 that died for anything less that £200 each.
Add to that the fact that we fitted them in custom built cages under desks that only these tiny PCs will fit in, and hey presto...massive waste of money. This was before I worked there, I would never have recommended it. Cages are now on a scrapheap after I got angry and ripped them all out one day.
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Re: Buying a Laptop

Post by Savory » Tue Apr 05, 2011 11:11 pm

no wonder you hate them :lol:

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