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Old 08-29-2010, 02:18 PM
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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?

-mike

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Old 08-29-2010, 02:24 PM
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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
First off, sorry that I broke your black macbook two months back. Continuing on though, I say go apple. I've had my MBP for well over three years now, and I love it.

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Old 08-29-2010, 02:47 PM
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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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Old 08-30-2010, 06:39 AM
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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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Old 08-30-2010, 08:05 AM
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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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Old 08-30-2010, 08:12 AM
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I would definitely recommend Asus. Stay away from the "Mac".

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Old 08-30-2010, 08:15 AM
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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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Old 09-01-2010, 11:00 AM
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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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Old 09-04-2010, 01:02 PM
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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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Old 09-04-2010, 05:05 PM
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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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Old 09-04-2010, 08:16 PM
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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.
Thanks, linux-tech. Thanks to everyone else for the feedback, too.

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Old 09-04-2010, 08:31 PM
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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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Old 09-05-2010, 09:57 PM
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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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Old 09-06-2010, 02:13 PM
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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.
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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Old 09-06-2010, 11:03 PM
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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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