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    Question Best laptop with 2-3 year warranty?

    Hey everyone,

    I tend to be pretty hard on my laptops -- not abuse, but a high level of usage -- and I am looking for a laptop that is pretty durable *and* has a good 2-3 year warranty available.

    What are the best options?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I tend to be pretty hard on my laptops -- not abuse, but a high level of usage -- and I am looking for a laptop that is pretty durable *and* has a good 2-3 year warranty available.

    What are the best options?

    -mike
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    Go with Asus, they offer pretty nice warranties on their newer series notebooks. I really like their 1 year "accidental damage" warranty.

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    I'm personally a fan of Dell's Vostro line - the new ones are well built (got the 17" myself) and a 3 year warranty, at least in the UK, is only about the equivalent of $100.

    Asus, as mentioned already, also do some nice laptops and most come with a 2 year warranty as standard.
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    ASUS has excellent quality and their notebooks generally come standard with a 2-year warranty plus a 1-year accidental. I've been using a UL80-VT and it's been great.

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    I would definitely recommend Asus. Stay away from the "Mac".
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    ThinkPads, ThinkPads, ThinkPads..
    I'm not sure how different they are after the Levono takeover, however I have not heard any complaints. I still have my T42 and it's rocking like brand new. ThinkPads are built like little tanks.

    If you want 'pretty' get a Mac, if you want 'functional', get a ThinkPad.
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    Go with a business laptop from one of the major players. They usually come with a 3 year warranty and are supposed to have better hardware in them. It will cost you more but at least you are getting the warranty and better hardware.

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    In my opinion warranty provides just a psychological support. In the first place, there should not be any failures in the product that one buys. In my past experience ACER has not deceived me since last 5 years. No failure as yet!

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    The standard warranty on PC's, electronics, etc, is 1 year. You can extend that in most cases at the store, but it's not cheap. When I went in and had my TV replaced, they wanted like $80 for a 4 year extended warranty on a $600 TV, so you can expect to pay around that.

    One thing I will say though is that Acer puts out an extremely durable laptop. Before mine was taken without permission, it was up and running 24x7 for close to two years. No fans around it, no special case, it was simply sitting on a printer stand, the lid closed so not to distract (it was serving as an auto-surf machine ). 2 years later, it was still running like a champ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linux-tech View Post
    The standard warranty on PC's, electronics, etc, is 1 year. You can extend that in most cases at the store, but it's not cheap. When I went in and had my TV replaced, they wanted like $80 for a 4 year extended warranty on a $600 TV, so you can expect to pay around that.

    One thing I will say though is that Acer puts out an extremely durable laptop. Before mine was taken without permission, it was up and running 24x7 for close to two years. No fans around it, no special case, it was simply sitting on a printer stand, the lid closed so not to distract (it was serving as an auto-surf machine ). 2 years later, it was still running like a champ.
    Thanks, linux-tech. Thanks to everyone else for the feedback, too.

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    I have a mac book pro 13inch, and I've used it constantly threw it on my bed, in the back seat of my car, its been the most durable laptop I've ever used or owned. Heck, I've even dropped it down the stairs at my school, and it works just fine.. its been used and abused quite a bit, I've had it for almost a year now.. i think beginning of October it will be a year. I just the 13 inch stock, but ended up putting 8gigs of ram in it that i purchased from new egg.

    I use vmfusion all of the time as well. Really enjoy my mac, my next desktop is going to be a mac pro.

    You'll have to post back and tell everyone what you've decided to buy =)

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    To be honest, which laptops are awful? All must be comparable or else they won't survive in this market.

    Toshiba, Sony, Fujitsu, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer; they are all good. I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hellind2 View Post
    To be honest, which laptops are awful? All must be comparable or else they won't survive in this market.

    Toshiba, Sony, Fujitsu, HP, Dell, Lenovo, Asus, Acer; they are all good. I guess.
    I do think that different laptops target different markets.

    I compare it to vehicles. Personally, I prefer Japanese vehicles to (most) American or German vehicles. That is not to say that Chevrolets or BMWs are not right for many people, but I personally find the general reliability of a Japanese car to be what I prefer. I would take a 2009 Honda Civic over a 2009 BMW M3 overall, as I value reliability and cost of ownership in my daily life more than performance and acceleration.

    That said, I have not yet figured out the laptop brand to car brand correlations!

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    Then IBM Thinkpads has made a name among business users. Most corporates equip their executives with Thinkpads. Personally I find them expensive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
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    That said, I have not yet figured out the laptop brand to car brand correlations!

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    From personal experience, I view Asus, Apple, and the business lines of Lenovo, Dell, Sony, HP as the top tier of brands. Below that, I'd place the consumer lines of the brands mentioned before. And finally, Acer, Gateway, etc. on the bottom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Orien View Post
    From personal experience, I view Asus, Apple, and the business lines of Lenovo, Dell, Sony, HP as the top tier of brands. Below that, I'd place the consumer lines of the brands mentioned before. And finally, Acer, Gateway, etc. on the bottom.
    Interesting. You rank Asus pretty highly then?

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    Interesting so many people rank Asus, a Taiwanese company, this high.

    Taiwan reputation has changed in the last few years then.

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    I've been satisfied with HP laptops.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpmedia View Post
    I've been satisfied with HP laptops.
    Conversely, I've seen nothing but problems with HP laptops, particularly with displays. They seem to go to crap after a year or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by linux-tech View Post
    Conversely, I've seen nothing but problems with HP laptops, particularly with displays. They seem to go to crap after a year or two.
    Ditto.
    Had 2 of them, and display gone bad in two years in both of them.

    Asus looks good, but 1366x768 screen resolution won't cut it for me.

    Sony laptops has very good displays at very low prices, but from my experience, it seems they are not testing their product at extreme conditions.
    I am currently using one, also my friend bought recently. Both have GPU overheating problems when running 3D intensive software like 3D games etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I tend to be pretty hard on my laptops -- not abuse, but a high level of usage -- and I am looking for a laptop that is pretty durable *and* has a good 2-3 year warranty available.

    What are the best options?

    -mike
    HP Business Class notebooks carry a 3 year onsite warranty.

    They also use a magnesium alloy frame instead of bolting everything to a plastic casting.

    The downside is that they are a bit industrial looking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike - Limestone View Post
    Hey everyone,
    I tend to be pretty hard on my laptops -- not abuse, but a high level of usage
    I have only grilled Sony for high level of usage and they work quite well, Many times i keep it on 24/7 for more than 2 days and never had any issues. Also work with Toshiba but not heavy usage.
    However never tested their build durability.
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    Asus, Lenovo or Dell. If Lenovo or Dell, I always go with the business models (Vostro or Thinkpad)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Erik-BLM View Post
    Asus, Lenovo or Dell. If Lenovo or Dell, I always go with the business models (Vostro or Thinkpad)
    My experience with the Vostro was pretty mixed. :-/

    (Just to throw that comment in there.)

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