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posted: Dec. 5, 2012 @ 2:38p
Dell knowingly sold defective computers and misled customers. The customers they screwed included large, corporate accounts so in my opinion a single retail customer has no hope of being treated honestly if there's a problem.
Personally, I only buy laptop is Lenovo Thinkpad. If you go to any kind of high tech conferences, the only laptops you see are MacBooks and Thinkpads. It says something. If you attend one of those conferences with another brand laptop, you immediately put yourself in the same level as the floor cleaning person.
posted: Dec. 5, 2012 @ 3:02p
I bought 4 dells in the last 5 years. 2 completely dead. 1 with dead display and heat problem. The last one has a problem with the screen where dead pixels are multiplying every week. I have FINALLY learnt my lessons and moved to a macbook air. don't want to sound corny but really the best computer related purchase i have ever made.
FWIW, I have a Toshiba i bought for $299 on black friday 7 years ago. Battery is dead but still going strong otherwise.
posted: Dec. 5, 2012 @ 4:31p
My experience with Dells has been the exact opposite. After some consumer-level HPs, Compaqs, Lenovos, I've been buying only business-level Dell laptops, all Latitudes, from the Dell Outlet. Have bought 10 in the last 3 years. All working without issue.
posted: Dec. 5, 2012 @ 4:43p
They all run the same components, so it doesn't matter which brand. I would go with the cheapest laptop that meet your requirements.
posted: Dec. 5, 2012 @ 5:08p
Remember the quality on Dell computers built for corporate customers is different (as they come with 3 yr warranty), so they want to make sure that those laptops last full3 yrs Retail customers really get bad quality products from Dell. After a year, things may start to break. So personally I would advice you to stay away from Dell (& HP as a matter of fact)
So if you want to choose between the two, I would suggest going with Toshiba
And if you really want extended warranty, Square Trade has 40% off running now, search FW for the thread.
posted: Dec. 5, 2012 @ 5:11p
17.3" and only 1600x900px? I'd pick neither. I've had LCD hinge issues on a Toshiba and every coworker who has an older Dell laptop (myself included) has to blow a fan across it to keep it from throttling down from heat.
I second the Lenovo Thinkpad suggestion. Any of the T series.
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They were/still are? offering an extended 1 yr. warranty for around $8.
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posted: Dec. 10, 2012 @ 9:20p
Try each company's tech support, both their website and their phone support. Dell's website is much better, while Toshiba's is so barebones that there's IrisVista.com to make up for the shortcomings (Toshiba has an "Ask Iris" online help system that's poor and is what their level 1 tech support has to use). SquareTrade to cover the deficiencies?
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