Durable laptops ?

February 23, 2011 at 12:23:24
Specs: Windows 7
Having been burned very recently and expensively (HP Pavillion/nvidia problems) I need a new laptop for business. Who leads the pack these days with the best durability ?


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#1
February 23, 2011 at 12:31:49
Nobody. They all break fast and are expensive to fix. I think Toshiba is a better brand than HP but it is like picking politicians. The lesser of evils.

Use a desktop unless you absolutely need the portability. Then consider a netbook for travel and a desktop for home. The reason I say that is because you spend less on the netbook.


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#2
February 23, 2011 at 12:56:05
You may need a ruggedized or military/police model. Many companies make them and they tend to be stable and durable.

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#3
February 23, 2011 at 13:27:42
The nVidia GPU incident probably affected military laptops too.

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#4
February 23, 2011 at 13:50:15
The Panasonic Toughbook is probably the strongest..

http://www.panasonic.com/business/t...


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#5
February 23, 2011 at 13:56:47
I think Toshiba is a better brand

I tend to disagree in that one. I have fixed 75% more toshiba laptops than any other brand.

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#6
February 23, 2011 at 16:35:23
In my experience for service life - Fujitsu and Dell are on top IBM, Sony and Toshiba are on the bottom.

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#7
February 23, 2011 at 16:41:25
I agree with THX 1138, but be prepared to pay more.

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#8
February 23, 2011 at 17:06:39
I have a few of these and until it was hit directly on the screen it hasn't failed.
http://www.motioncomputing.com/

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#9
February 24, 2011 at 18:21:35
Synopsis:
SquareTrade analyzed failure rates for over 30,000 new laptop computers covered by SquareTrade Laptop Warranty plans and found that one-third of all laptops will fail within 3 years. SquareTrade also found that netbooks are 20% more unreliable than other laptops, and that Asus and Toshiba are the most reliable laptop brands.
http://www.squaretrade.com/htm/pdf/...

HP looks bad in this report (See Graph on Pg 6 of the pdf).

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#10
February 24, 2011 at 18:50:07
Did SquareTrade take into account what we frequently see on this site - that many laptops are actually damaged by the user ?

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#11
February 24, 2011 at 19:00:39
Did you read the report Tubes? (There is some description of that in the report).

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#12
February 24, 2011 at 19:01:58
In the recent past I saw multiple threads here concerning Dell laptop batteries dying shortly after the one year warranty. Users may abuse their laptops but laptops are too easily broken.

IMO there has been a concerted effort by the entire industry, both manufacturers and retailers, to supplant laptops over desktops. Most times folks would have been better off purchasing a desktop computer but are convinced by the aforementioned folks that a laptop is better. Nothing could be further from the truth.

I could go on but you see where I come from in this debate.


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#13
February 24, 2011 at 20:08:51
"In the recent past I saw multiple threads here concerning Dell laptop batteries dying shortly after the one year warranty. "

A one year warranty seems to be the standard warranty.

Dell doesn't make the batteries. I very much doubt it's a Dell only problem.

"....that a laptop is better. Nothing could be further from the truth."

I agree.
Going by the increasing number of Topics about laptops we've been getting since laptops have gotten a lot cheaper, I'd say the the quality and durability of them on average has diminished from what it used to be.


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#14
February 25, 2011 at 04:21:50
Tubes

Dell doesn't make the batteries but they do spell out the specs they need. The battery should last longer than one year.


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