[QUOTE=SeÃ¡n;2556389]Hmm, here I tell people to avoid Dell. I have seen a few cases where someone’s laptop failed within warranty. When I had a quick check, sure enough it was the hard disk at fault, so I would tell the person to call Dell. About a week later, the person would call me back saying the Dell person would absolutely not believe that the HDD was faulty, saying it was just a corrupt OS and got him to go through the recovery CD procedure. Of course a few days later, the laptop would fail again and all Dell support would do is put the person through yet another recovery CD procedure saying they didn’t do the recovery procedure right the first time.
I have also seen two cases where a Dell computer completely failed just outside of warranty (i.e. PC would switch on, but no activity, no beeps, etc.) For Dell’s quoted repair cost, it was much more worth while just buying a new computer or building your own and reusing the HDD, RAM, CPU, DVD Drives, etc. (where possible)[/QUOTE]
Yeah, I had HDD problems with older Dell’s, but I would always upgrade them to Hitachi Travelstar’s most of the time 40-60GB range.
But the reason I recommend Dell, is because I still have a Dell Latitude CPx from 2000 and it still works after being dropped, yanked off a table, battery being fried and it still works though it needs a new battery still.
I know a few people with newer Dell’s who like them and haven’t had many problems, but I’m always being told how bad customer service is.
But I also owned a few older Toshiba Satellites, one from about 2000 and the other from 2002 I still have both of them but they have there fair share of problems such as the backlight switch on the older one was bad, but the newer one got too hot cause of a Pentium 4 CPU and the internal wireless stopped working right after the warranty was up.
But a brand I won’t knock, is IBM, still have my IBM ThinkPad from 1999 with a 700MHz CPU and 1GB of DDR ram, with a 60GB Hitachi Travelstar and an 8MB ATi RAGE Mobility M1.
My sister cracked the screen, but it still works up to this day with no other problems. Same with with my IBM ServerPC, so one brand that I will always stick to, is IBM.