Which PC laptop?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Willy S, Dec 22, 2005.

  1. Willy S macrumors 6502

    May 8, 2005
    No I´m not trolling! My father -in-law needs a new PC laptop and I´m helping him finding a good one that will last. He does quite a lot of Delphi programming so he cannot use a Mac.

    Therefore, I´m asking what would be the most reliable PC laptop for him? He doesn´t need a very fast computer, just one that is likely to last for a long time. He has had a Sony, Toshiba and been very unlucky with all of them.

    Any suggestions are appreciated and if some of you has some statistics about failure rate, it would be great.

  2. dwd3885 macrumors 68020

    Dec 10, 2004
    i personally will always keep one pc, and i make it my laptop. i love the HP widescreen ones. Make it either 15.4 wide or 14.1. Gateway is good too. i would advise againnst dell, seems they make laptops really cheap and expensive compared to what you can get with HP.
  3. Malfoy macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2005
    Toshiba or Dell. Both have done me very well in the past. Sonys are good if you plan on viewing media, otherwise they arent worth the price of admission IMO.
  4. RealDeal macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2004
    my 2 cents worth...

    My ranking of laptops owned/allocated (best to worst, excluding Apple), is :p Toshiba, Sony, Toshiba, IBM, IBM, Compaq, IBM, IBM, with Dell:mad: at the rear.

    This same sequence, strangely:confused: , correlates to a great extent with time (oldest to most recent), except for the Sony which recently was pretty good...

    Whatever is chosen, avoid the business lease deals as they are a total rip-off, and the support is just as bad (Dell-Hell):( .
  5. SummerBreeze macrumors 6502a


    Sep 11, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I've known a bunch of people with HP laptops, and they all seem to love them. Just don't get a Dell, I had one very briefly before it blew up. Literally.
  6. mikes63737 macrumors 65816

    Jul 26, 2005
    I would reccommend an HP. They are very reliable and they are very well-built.

    Definately don't get a Dell. I had a Dell desktop that, like a previous poster's, literally blew up. You can't trust a company whose name rhymes with hell.

    Oh, yeah, and Dell's support sucks. Dell Support is an oxymoron.
  7. pknz macrumors 68020


    Mar 22, 2005
    My vote against HP laptops, keyboard scratches screen, the locking mechanism also scratches away paint, but then it is going to run Windows so the paint scratches won't be the worst of his problems.
  8. Ryan T. macrumors 6502a

    Ryan T.

    Jun 13, 2005
    Rochester, NY
    I can't believe anything has been suggested in this thread besides IBM/Lenovo. Bar none, not even close, the most reliable laptops available.

    Get a nice T-Series and never look back.
  9. Seasought macrumors 65816


    Nov 3, 2005
    I was looking at those yesterday - they look great (for Windows machines).

    I have had bad experiences with / do not like:


    I have had good experiences with / can tolerate:

    Sony Vaios
  10. TheMasin9 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 22, 2004
    Huber Heights, OH
    id go hp

    from what i have seen in friends laptops, (besides apple) i would probably go with an hp as well, my exgf had one and it got insaine battery life (centrino) and a couple other friends had the bigger thicker ones, the only problem they had with them was the occasion key getting ripped off when a chemistry book fell on em:D

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