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  1. yo

    yo Guest

    What is in your opinion today's top laptop with the following three
    criteria, all other things being equal (with the following
    choices:pc,mac,windows,os x,linux,ie,firefix,opera):
    1.Best value
    2.Best stability and reliability
    3.Best performance
     
  2. Meat Plow

    Meat Plow Guest

    What's better an apple or an orange?

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  3. yo

    yo Guest

    Orange
     
  4. Charles

    Charles Guest

    Numbers 1 and 3 produce a conflict (one can't have both). The best
    performance units are at that point on the curve called "diminishing
    returns."

    You should decide based on your applications and budget.
     
  5. Jeroni Paul

    Jeroni Paul Guest

    Well, comparing a pc or mac to an OS or an internet browser is not
    possible at all. It's like comparing a voltage with a current.

    BTW this is off-topic here.
     
  6. Dan

    Dan Guest

    I can tell you my wife's Intel Macbook is about 1 year old, has been
    replaced once, repaired twice and STILL isn't right.

    POS, IMHO.

    Dan
     
  7. yo

    yo Guest

    I wasn't comparing a pc or mac to an os or a browser. I was comparing a pc
    to a mac, an os to an os, and a browser to a browser.

    Btw, this is not off topic since computers and electronics are related.
     
  8. me

    me Guest

    It just has to do what I want it to as fast as I want it to for what I am
    willing to pay to accomplish the first two. Admittedly subjective
    criteria, but what it comes down to. It may be that only the
    latest/fastest gee whiz laptop will do and no price is too high for you...
     

  9. It isn't repair related, and there are more appropriate groups to ask
    about NEW stuff. If you wanted to know about lowest failures, or ease
    of repair you would be in the right group.

    I don't really care, but I don't personally know ANYONE with a new
    laptop. Hell, I just started using XP about a year ago, and was given a
    bad Dell XP laptop a few days ago to replace the Win 98 laptop that I've
    had for a few years. Do you go to a used car lot to look for a new car?


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  10. Meat Plow

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    You're off topic.
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  11. yo

    yo Guest

    In that case what is the best repairable laptop (used)?
     

  12. Look on Ebay and find models that you can buy several of, cheap. The
    best choice changes fairly often. Find one with a busted screen, and
    another that's dead, of the same model and if you are careful you can
    build a working laptop with a usable battery and charger for little
    money. Last week there were over a dozen Dell Inspiron of the same
    model that went cheap. 1.8 Ghz CPU, 256 MB RAm and a 15.1 inch screen
    with XP. Even with shipping I could have bought enough parts to build a
    working laptop for about 4125.00 US.

    You have to decide how much computer you need, and your skill level
    in repairing computers. they don't bother me, I started repairing Vic
    20 and Commodore 64 computers 20 some years ago.


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  13. GregS

    GregS Guest

    I was wondering what the best car is?

    greg
     

  14. One that runs well enough, and you can pay for in cash.


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  15. Dave

    Dave Guest

    Yes and while we're at it, I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for the
    tastiest dish? Best color? Best movie? Best style of architecture?
     
  16. Charles

    Charles Guest

    I agree, but not for the same reason.

    When one seeks quality, to avoid repair (a prudent activity), one should be
    welcome here. Flame away!
     
  17. James Sweet

    James Sweet Guest

    What's wrong with it? The MacBook is the first Apple computer I've
    considered purchasing in a LONG time. The one-button trackpad has held me
    away though. From what I've heard, I got the impression they were pretty
    solid machines.
     
  18. yo

    yo Guest

     

  19. Go to Google groups and look it it up for yourself.


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  20. Hi!
    I've been pretty happy with mine. First, the bad:

    1. The onboard Ethernet port broke away from the logic board. I don't know
    how it happened...I hardly ever use it.
    2. A key came off the keyboard.
    3. The hard drive was making an occasional "clicking" sound during certain
    disk reads, like it was starting to have functional problems.

    and while not related to the MacBook, I found Apple's technical support to
    be from mildly irritating to truly bad when trying to get a new set of
    replacement software restoration disks for my Mac mini.

    The good:

    1. The independent semi-local Apple dealer that I bought it from has given
    me first rate service. All the repairs above--including the hard drive,
    which still worked but made funny noises--were completed quickly and without
    question under the Apple warranty. I wouldn't bother purchasing from
    Apple--find a Macintosh dealer you trust and get it there.
    2. I set my MacBook on top of a set of soft lunch boxes in the kitchen. A
    few minutes later it fell five feet to the floor and landed screen first. It
    was closed at the time. It shrugged this off with no problems. (The hard
    drive had already been replaced at this point.) I heard the crash and feared
    the worst. Nothing has ever come of it.
    3. I made a serious mistake and left it on top of my truck cab overnight.
    Yes, my truck sits outdoors. Thankfully (!!) crime and theft are nearly
    nonexistant in this area. It was still there in the morning, but the weather
    had turned to rain with the computer in standby on a fully charged battery.
    Simply put "not good"...especially after I found it was no longer in standby
    and water poured out of it.

    Amazingly enough, it seemed to suffer no lasting damage from the rainwater.
    I set it front of a fan for a several hours with the battery out and
    memory/HD doors open. Then I rode around with it on the dash of my truck in
    the sun. Once dry, it came right up and has continued to work just fine.

    As for the Mac mini, I let the Apple dealer burn me a set of replacement
    disks. No hassle, no fuss and no charge. Apple eventually did come through,
    though.
    Enable tapping on the pad to click and do it with two fingers. Instant
    right-click. Works great. Or if you want to push the button, use the control
    key at the same time for the right click. You can also scroll with two
    fingers if you turn the setting on to do that. I love that idea!

    So there you go...the good and bad of my MacBook, at least so far.

    William
     
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