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post #1 of 27 Old 12-23-2010, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Which laptop?

I've been looking at getting a new laptop recently, and have it narrowed down between Dell and HP. I'm not a hardcore gamer or anything like that so I dont need any crazy video card or huge HD. Just an everyday use laptop for music, pictures etc. I tried pricing these out on each site and it looks like best buy is actually cheaper then the main sites are, if thats possible, and I would be able to pick it up that day. The 2 I have it down to are similar, with just a few things that I am unsure about as far as whats better or practical. Things like Intel or AMD, 6 cell battery vs 9 cell etc... I have a Dell right now that is 3.5 yrs old, it still works pretty good,but its getting slower and I think its time to upgrade. If some of you computer guys, even people that have personal exprience with these models would take a look at what I am considering, I would greatly appreciate any and all input. After you go into the link, just click on the highlight differences. Thats where im stuck, they both have pros and cons. If you can take a couple mins and vote on which u think is better that would be great. Thanks a lot in advance


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If you don't mind getting a deep discount for a slight cosmetic scratch.


I have preferred Dell's since I can actually get warranty parts for them, and that is pretty much what we use at work.
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HP definitely. Mine has been quite the workhorse. I even use it as a HD media center PC in my living room connected to my 55" LCD.

I've been a sys admin, and supported just about everything. We've had very few problems with HP, and I just can't say the same thing about Dells.

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Interesting that HP seems to be the industrial choice (we have them at work too). At home, we've had no issues with any of our Dell's, which is what I'm on right now. We also have 2 HP's. Haven't had any issues with any of them, either. My old Compaq, however...different story.

If I were going to be doing the "family photo" thing mainly, besides an occasional movie or serious work, then I'd choose HP over the Dell. It's mainly the software piece of it anyway for the photo gallery thing, not necessarily performance. The wife likes to print out pictures and such and once the picture paper is loaded in the printer, just a few clicks and presto. Instant picture. Just an opinion.

I'm not any sort of IT system admin, but computers usually don't get slower unless there's some major fragmentation of the hard drive, running too many tasks at once, or you have some sort of virus.

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Originally Posted by skuttduck View Post
If you don't mind getting a deep discount for a slight cosmetic scratch.


I have preferred Dell's since I can actually get warranty parts for them, and that is pretty much what we use at work.
Excellent deals to be had on the Dell "scratch and dent" merchandise.

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Dell. In my hands on experience they are built better. Go and actually get your hands on them before you buy. You most likely will find the case/LCD stiffer/stronger with less "flex" on the Dell. Their parts are more available and less "proprietary" than HP. Have been using and professionally supporting Dell's for 10 years at work. Had HP's before that and they were a nightmare... YRMV.

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I have a HP and a Dell laptop. I give my Dell and my HP gets a
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get a dell
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All my Dell's overheated. I maintained 300 at SC Johnson...HP for desktops, and Thinkpads were my choice for laptops ever since.

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My HP never misses a beat. It is a few years old and a reliable workhorse.
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