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        03-15-2011, 08:04 PM
      #41
    Trained
    No, the computer just has to be purchased from Best Buy. I would get another Toshiba, but I dislike all of their new designs and they've stopped making mine. My Toshiba was abused..the poor little thing. It had taken quite a few tumbles from my couch, but that time it landed wrong and took a hit.

    I think the only thing I like about HPs are their aesthetic appeal. They look pretty, but I haven't really ever heard good things about them.

    Hey! I joined the Apply vortex when I got my 3rd gen iPod nano. It's about 4 years old and it's still going strong!

    And the warranty I'm talking about is a warranty provided by Best Buy that, as I was told by the Geek Squad guy when I took my laptop in, covers everything you could possibly do to destroy it. As long as they don't see tire treads, anyway. Then they just replace it.
         
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        03-15-2011, 08:06 PM
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    I'm just going by what the BF has told me. Just don't get an Acer/eMachines. I bought one a few summers ago and it bummed out on me after only a few months.
         
        03-15-2011, 08:40 PM
      #43
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Carleen    
    I'm just going by what the BF has told me. Just don't get an Acer/eMachines. I bought one a few summers ago and it bummed out on me after only a few months.
    I agree! Acer and especially the eMachine brand are horrible quality. I have an Acer laptop right now and it's already been sent away two times, and I baby everything of mine. Sigh. What garbage, last time I ever try to save a few bucks and go for the cheaper brand...
         
        03-15-2011, 08:46 PM
      #44
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    I think we have an Acer desktop at home. Or at least the monitor. I rarely use it because of my laptop, but I don't think we've ever had a problem with it.

    But good thing Best Buy only has a small selection of Acers that I passed over because they were mostly little netbooks.
         
        03-15-2011, 10:42 PM
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    Their monitors are fine, it's the actual hard drives that are not worth a penny. Absolute junk!
         
        03-15-2011, 10:47 PM
      #46
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    Their monitors are fine, it's the actual hard drives that are not worth a penny. Absolute junk!
    DItto!!!! My friend has an acer laptop... ouffff, there's a reason why they are the cheapest laptops on the market.
         
        03-16-2011, 01:00 AM
      #47
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    Hahaha. Good thing I never considered them. They look a bit sketchy from the outside. When snooping at Best Buy, I skipped over the ones that looked cheap and sketchy. They were mostly Acers. A couple of the HPs looked really sketchy. I'm not much of an HP fan anyway, so those got passed.
         
        03-17-2011, 05:51 PM
      #48
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    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Poseidon    
    I should get $500 back from my laptop. Maybe a wee bit more.

    They basically put it on a giftcard if I want to choose my own laptop (rather than them going "This is the equivalent of the one you had. Here."), so I pay the difference PLUS a new warranty so if I happen to kill it, I just repeat this process.

    I would prefer to pay as little as possible. These numbers are WITH the money back from my Toshiba's warranty.

    I would only have to pay $150 for the Asus, plus a $250 warranty. $400 total. Maybe a bit less.

    I would pay almost $300 for the Vaio, plus a $270 warranty. $570 total, which is pushing it.
    Asus is a very reliable company. They have been establishing themselves as a all around business/gaming/leisure computer company for a few years now. I have an Asus desktop, and I don't regret buying it at all. Same for Asus notebooks. Well worth the value, and also very very reliable.
    In comparison to a VAIO, Asus has as much reliability, just for a lower price. Maybe not as much power, but to me, VAIO's are a bit overrated unless you need extreme power to just type a Word doc.
    If you're looking at a notebook for leisure and school work, stick to a Dual Core, with about 2-4GB DDR2(or 3) RAM, and about 250-500GB HD. If you are going to watch a lot of videos, or do graphic design or game, I would be looking at a Asus with an AMD graphics card(not bottom of the barrel).
         
        03-17-2011, 07:27 PM
      #49
    Trained
    Thanks.

    I don't need a graphics card for anything at the moment. I don't game or anything. If I do happen to like Graphic Communications in school, then I might have an issue, but I have a feeling it won't be my niche either.

    The one I'm looking at has a 4GB RAM and 640GB HD, which is WAY more than I need. I take a ton of pictures and have a decent amount of music, but it only took up 50% of my 320GB HD in my old laptop.
         
        03-17-2011, 08:20 PM
      #50
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Poseidon    
    Thanks.

    I don't need a graphics card for anything at the moment. I don't game or anything. If I do happen to like Graphic Communications in school, then I might have an issue, but I have a feeling it won't be my niche either.

    The one I'm looking at has a 4GB RAM and 640GB HD, which is WAY more than I need. I take a ton of pictures and have a decent amount of music, but it only took up 50% of my 320GB HD in my old laptop.
    You are welcome.
    You can never go wrong with more RAM or a large HD, especially if you take photos. =) I'm that way myself- running a Dual Core Asus Desktop with 4GB DDR3 RAM and a 1TB HD. More isn't a bad thing!

    Sounds like you've picked out a good one, Asus is really good about their quality.
         

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