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Old 01-15-2012, 09:04 PM #1
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Looking for a new laptop! Suggestions? (also looking into ultrabooks)

I've got a pretty nice gaming laptop I bought last year for way too much money. It's a quad core, 17" yada yada yada. However, this laptop will overheat on anything but a desk(and sometimes on the desk itself!) and weighs almost 10lbs. It is, in my opinion, too bulky and hot to really be used as a laptop. I have a gaming desktop so I'm not too interested in gaming on a laptop anymore.

I've been looking into smaller screened high powered laptops to replace this. I want something I can be comfortable with. Does anybody have any suggestions on ultrabooks? I'm not used to 15" screen laptops.. are those bulky as well?

I was looking into the Toshiba Portege:

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-Porteg...456177&sr=1-23

or the Asus U56E:

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/...mbrw0 khxkhhx

However the screen size of the Asus does turn me off a bit. I've tried using my other laptop on my lap or in bed, but it's just not working for me. I also own a netbook but will NOT go that route again. I am actually giving that to my nine year old niece.

Any suggestions? My price range.. I'd say I can go up to 1400 dollars. I can go UP to that but saving money would be great! I appreciate all the help you're willing to give!

PS: I'd also like something a bit more stylish than just the simple black with black, like the Zenbook:

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Old 01-15-2012, 09:05 PM #2
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[RESERVED] I'll end up posting here what I eventually buy. I'd like to note that I am unfamiliar with Macs and would prefer to keep it to just Windows based machines.
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:33 PM #3
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Old 01-15-2012, 09:40 PM #4
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Nah, not exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks though
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Old 01-15-2012, 10:26 PM #5
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well i would never recommend toshiba to anyone for anything, i love my asus laptop though and their warranty is incredible
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Old 01-16-2012, 01:42 PM #6
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well i would never recommend toshiba to anyone for anything, i love my asus laptop though and their warranty is incredible
Why no Toshiba? I've had two and they were great. Only reason the first is in retirement is due to a sticky-alcoholic drink spill that slowly ate away at the electronics.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:13 PM #7
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Why no Toshiba? I've had two and they were great. Only reason the first is in retirement is due to a sticky-alcoholic drink spill that slowly ate away at the electronics.
Anecdotal evidence should be taken with a grain of salt, but I've had pretty poor luck with Toshiba laptops as well. We've had probably 5 over the past couple years in my family and 4 of them have had mobo/PSU failure.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:14 PM #8
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OP, I really would take a strong look at buying a Macbook air and running Windows 7 on it. It may seem counterintuitive, but as of right now it's the most durable and well-made ultrabook on the market.
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Old 01-16-2012, 02:31 PM #9
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toshiba FTW. mine has survived a bottle of gatorade, my roommates has survived the same, and then half a can of coke, and a few weeks later a beer...he isnt very careful. but the 'bisha keeps kickin
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:31 PM #10
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Toshiba is the second highest-rated laptop manufacturer in reliability. They're right under Asus. I actually just got an Asus 13.3inch for class.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:46 PM #11
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Toshiba is the second highest-rated laptop manufacturer in reliability. They're right under Asus. I actually just got an Asus 13.3inch for class.
What scale is this based on? Nearly everyone I know with an Asus (6-7) has had to send their's in. Not saying they're bad, but they all had problems.

Even then, most laptop components are sourced from a few locations... so reliability has little to do with brand. Although some brands pick higher quality components. Warranty/Support should have a higher factor in your purchase decision than "reliability". All hardware will eventually fail... you want to have a good warranty/support behind the company to take care of it.
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Old 01-16-2012, 03:48 PM #12
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i have never heard anything positive about toshiba, ever, except from you two now
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:26 PM #13
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You must not know many Toshiba owners
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Old 01-16-2012, 04:39 PM #14
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I have had one Toshiba, and my family has had at least one more. Both of those were pretty reliable. The laptops I speak of are at least 3-4 years old, if quality changed for the worse then I assume it could be different now.

HP is supposed to be kind of crappy I hear. Friend had a dv9000 that had a lot of issues.
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I think as long as its name brand and not bargain priced, it'll be ok. There's too many factors that go in to computer reliability, most coming from user error (spills, drops, viruses, etc)
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Old 01-17-2012, 09:33 AM #16
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HP has gone a little downhill as of late. They were great with customer service and reliability but it has since gone to ****. I used to work for a major retailer for 2+ years selling Toshiba/HP/Asus/Acer. I probably sold more HPs than anything, but I think that's probably changed. And quite a few people wouldn't buy Asus because they haven't heard about them at all.

Toshiba/Asus on the other hand are better. I maybe had a few Toshiba returns and numerous HP returns.

Also, personal testimony: HP sucks a lot of dick. Haha. My HDD went out on my laptop I purchased on Black Friday from my old work place about 8 months in. I sent it in, since it was under the manufacturer's warranty. Took 10 days turnaround to install a new HDD, and when it was shipped back they forgot about the hard drive bracket's screws. I contacted HP and they wanted me to send it back in for another 10 days just for some ****ing screws. I asked them to send me the MAYBE $.35 screws. They declined and they would have their "Senior Technical Specialist" look at it and assure that it was okay. Uhh. *****. I shouldn't have to have your senior technical specialist look at a hard drive to conclude that the screws are missing. I can do that just fine, just like any other ****ing person whether they know about computers or not.

I know you said nothing about purchasing a HP, but I thought I'd tell you to NOT buy one, haha.
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I'm on an Asus right now, that i've had for about a year and a half. No problems, what so ever. Runs like it did new. It travels 5 days a week, and i've dropped it at least 10 times, im honestly surprised the shape it's in. I'm probably going to buy another one soon.

My previous was an HP. It was a nightmare. The thing overheated doing normal tasks. Had an average temperature of 95 degrees, and when I did anything requiring power, it hopped up to 100+ and shut off. Eventually the Hinge on it snapped, and I just did away with the piece of ****.
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Everybody and their mother has a horror story about one of the mainstream laptop manufacturers. This is why the only laptops I suggest are from Dell's business lineup or Apple. Build quality is very good, they're reliable, and if you call either company for support you speak with an AMERICAN.

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