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Don't buy a Dell! (And I need help)


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Why not get an Asus Laptop then? They're high quality for the price! I own one and am pleased with it, works very well and has never given me any troubles or errors (I'm on Vista).

I totally forgot about Asus, and I have been pleased with their products and support in the past. I'll give them a look, thanks!
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ASUS is awesome, I almost got a laptop by them if it wasn't for the deal I got on my Gateway FX (which has been great to me so far, but it's only been a few weeks :P)

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Meh. Ordered my new dell before I read this thread, it will arrive in 2 days. Hope there's nothing wrong with mine :ohnoes:
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Meh. Ordered my new dell before I read this thread, it will arrive in 2 days. Hope there's nothing wrong with mine :ohnoes:


Don't worry, there's a reason they're the highest rated PC manufacture ;)



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Don't worry, there's a reason they're the highest rated PC manufacture ;)


No they're not.

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Seeing as you care about customer support/quality... thought I'd throw in my opinions as a longtime Mac user.

Apart from the rare flub (mighty mouse), all the Mac products that have gone through my household in the past 15 years have worked great. Customer service relations have been great in the few times we've called.

It sucks that the only time most people get to use Macs are in schools, because the ones in there are HORRIBLE. Once the schools get around to loading up their crap on there and hooking up the server, the computer just can't take much more. And then you get the kids who carelessly use the computer... it really gives Apple a bad image.



Take care of the computer, and it will take care of you. :D
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Don't worry, there's a reason they're the highest rated PC manufacture ;)


No they're not.


*ahem http://www.theacsi.o...157&c=Dell Inc.



Seeing as you care about customer support/quality... thought I'd throw in my opinions as a longtime Mac user.

Apart from the rare flub (mighty mouse), all the Mac products that have gone through my household in the past 15 years have worked great. Customer service relations have been great in the few times we've called.

It sucks that the only time most people get to use Macs are in schools, because the ones in there are HORRIBLE. Once the schools get around to loading up their crap on there and hooking up the server, the computer just can't take much more. And then you get the kids who carelessly use the computer... it really gives Apple a bad image.



Take care of the computer, and it will take care of you. :D\


That is true. Mac is considerably higher then any of the PC mangers. However, it comes at a price - your paying almost double for the same components in a prettier case with a blah OS.
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Don't worry, there's a reason they're the highest rated PC manufacture ;)


No they're not.


*ahem http://www.theacsi.o...157&c=Dell Inc.



Seeing as you care about customer support/quality... thought I'd throw in my opinions as a longtime Mac user.

Apart from the rare flub (mighty mouse), all the Mac products that have gone through my household in the past 15 years have worked great. Customer service relations have been great in the few times we've called.

It sucks that the only time most people get to use Macs are in schools, because the ones in there are HORRIBLE. Once the schools get around to loading up their crap on there and hooking up the server, the computer just can't take much more. And then you get the kids who carelessly use the computer... it really gives Apple a bad image.



Take care of the computer, and it will take care of you. :D\


That is true. Mac is considerably higher then any of the PC mangers. However, it comes at a price - your paying almost double for the same components in a prettier case with a blah OS.




And their best GPU is an 8800GT :o


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Nope, Nvidia Quadro FX 5600 is their best one.



Things can be said about the price of Mac's, but you end up knowing you are getting a quality product with quality support.

Laura: Buy which ever one you feel suits you best. Be it a product from Apple, Asus, HP or Sony.

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If I am going to go with a Mac, I think I'll wait until Snow Leopard. The $999 MacBook is looking pretty good since they updated it to a faster FSB, more RAM, and an Nvidia 9400M. Thank you every one.
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Don't worry, there's a reason they're the highest rated PC manufacture ;)


No they're not.


*ahem http://www.theacsi.o...157&c=Dell Inc.


I can say that HP might not have good customer service but they are killing dell in the market.

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Don't worry, there's a reason they're the highest rated PC manufacture ;)


No they're not.


*ahem http://www.theacsi.o...157&c=Dell Inc.


I can say that HP might not have good customer service but they are killing dell in the market.


Ehh, 3% isn't a total "kiling":

http://media.arstech...1q08world-1.png

Still, dell is ranked higher. HP is (sometimes) better for people who want to buy a square box that sits in a corner, not pick every component that goes into it.
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Since I can't afford the aluminum unibody Macs, I was looking at the polycarbonate one priced at $999. However, they also have the old MacBook Airs prices at $999. I'm kind of split between the two, because I've never really liked the plastic in notebooks, but it also has a better IGP and a faster processor.

White Polycarbonate $999

MBA

I'm not bias at this point, as in, I'm not making this post with my mind made up (if I'm even buying Mac). But, which of the two would you choose if you:

Spent most time on campus, taking notes.

Needed large mobility.

Wanted something sturdy, something that's going to last 3-4 years.

Wanted to hook up a 1080p monitor (or 1200 x 1050 if required, but I also have a 17 and a 19")

Didn't need much in gaming, perhaps RSHD at very most?

I've never taken a large HDD footprint. For example, my laptop at the moment (I've had it for 3 years) has 50GB/105GB free with Vista.

Never used many USB ports, especially with a bluetooth mouse. I have a WiFi printer as well.

Liked the multi gestures on the MBA.



To give you slight things to go by, my current laptop:

T5200 @ 1.60GHz each

2GB RAM

Mobile Intel 945 Express Chipset Family



The IGP was my biggest concern when choosing the MBA, as it doesn't have the 9400M that the polycarbonate one has. How will my IGP compare to that of the Air? The polycarbonate?
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The Polycarbonate is probably your best bet if you want a mac. The air's are crazy overpriced and the lack of hard drive space sucks.

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The MacBook for 999 then.

I wonder if you should put another 50$ in for a 160gb harddrive? Your choice, but since you said 3-4 years.

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Or wait till Windows 7 gets out and get an Asus notebook? Those macs are expensive for the parts lol imo.



I don't know though, your choice.

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Oh my, don't go with the MBA. I've had a white polycarbonate MacBook for 2.5 years now, and apart from the horrific graphics card (64mb) and low HD space (60gb) it's been amazing. It's held up great, Light and portable, big trackpad and nice keyboard.



Oh yeah, I'll go through your list real quick...

Spent most time on campus, taking notes. MBA

Needed large mobility. MBA

Wanted something sturdy, something that's going to last 3-4 years. MB

Wanted to hook up a 1080p monitor (or 1200 x 1050 if required, but I also have a 17 and a 19") Both

Didn't need much in gaming, perhaps RSHD at very most? MB

I've never taken a large HDD footprint. For example, my laptop at the moment (I've had it for 3 years) has 50GB/105GB free with Vista. MB

Never used many USB ports, especially with a bluetooth mouse. I have a WiFi printer as well. MB

Liked the multi gestures on the MBA. MBA


Yes it's close, but I'd still go with the MacBook. :thumbup:
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I personaly don't like Macs and think they are overpriced for what you get but I would go with the Macbook over the Air.



The Air is horrible, no cd/dvd drive, no wired ethernet, one usb port, but look, it can fit in this envelope. That must make it good, right? I would go with a normal Mac over the Air anyday for portability, I like having the option to make cds or use a flash drive and a mouse at the same time.
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Oh my, don't go with the MBA. I've had a white polycarbonate MacBook for 2.5 years now, and apart from the horrific graphics card (64mb) and low HD space (60gb) it's been amazing. It's held up great, Light and portable, big trackpad and nice keyboard.



Oh yeah, I'll go through your list real quick...

Spent most time on campus, taking notes. MBA

Needed large mobility. MBA

Wanted something sturdy, something that's going to last 3-4 years. MB

Wanted to hook up a 1080p monitor (or 1200 x 1050 if required, but I also have a 17 and a 19") Both

Didn't need much in gaming, perhaps RSHD at very most? MB

I've never taken a large HDD footprint. For example, my laptop at the moment (I've had it for 3 years) has 50GB/105GB free with Vista. MB

Never used many USB ports, especially with a bluetooth mouse. I have a WiFi printer as well. MB

Liked the multi gestures on the MBA. MBA


Yes it's close, but I'd still go with the MacBook. :thumbup:


Well, that's good to know. :<img src=:' /> I think the polycarbonate MacBook is the one I'm going with. But, I'm going to try both of them out in person before I buy.



And, how would both integrated graphic cards compare to the one I have at the moment, which shares 128mb with the main memory?
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Just got sent another Dell computer, the same model and such. I checked my credit card, and there were no payments to them, almost as if it were a free computer. :-k I called and they said there was no mistake, but that they didn't know why it was sent. But, I tried it out, downloaded all the updates and upon restart I got the fan noise again. Mountain Dew came out my noise at that point.
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