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#1 thefonz

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 20:14

I'm currently torn between the Asus N61JV laptop and Toshiba's Qorismo offerings.
Basically (and realising ive started many threads on this laptop debate), I'm after a laptop that has at least a 15.6inch screen and I can play games (not on high settings!). The Asus above hits every nail I need it to and I'm not buying an Alienware.

Just wondering what you guys would pick though, I'm after no more than £800 for this and ideally 4gigs ram, at least i3 processor with graphics card able to play the likes of Assassins Creed2/Modern Warfare 2, but like I say - not too bothered about the super high detail.

Cheers.


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Posted 10 May 2010 - 23:45

I like ASUS because they have 1 year accidental damage warranty and generally I think their build quality is better than that of Toshiba.

#3 SkinAddict

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 23:53

I like ASUS because they have 1 year accidental damage warranty and generally I think their build quality is better than that of Toshiba.


I believe the accidental damage warranty depends on where you buy it and what model it is, so might want to double check on that detail.

As for Toshiba vs Asus in general, it's a COMPLETE no brainer. Toshiba is the bottom of the barrel as far as quality, while Asus is the cream of the crop. I've worked on every manufacturer out there for years, and Asus is my top pick, followed by a decent HP and even some Acers.

You'll definitely get more bang for your buck with an Asus.

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 23:55

Toshiba has some of the worst build quality I've ever seen. My laptop broke 2 days within warranty period, and they refused to fix it. Sign of a poor company.

#5 GreenInspiration

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Posted 10 May 2010 - 23:55

I believe the accidental damage warranty depends on where you buy it and what model it is, so might want to double check on that detail.

As for Toshiba vs Asus in general, it's a COMPLETE no brainer. Toshiba is the bottom of the barrel as far as quality, while Asus is the cream of the crop. I've worked on every manufacturer out there for years, and Asus is my top pick, followed by a decent HP and even some Acers.

You'll definitely get more bang for your buck with an Asus.


Maybe Asus is better than Toshiba. But, HP as a second option, you sure ?

#6 SkinAddict

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:03

Maybe Asus is better than Toshiba. But, HP as a second option, you sure ?


Yep, they make good solid machines for a great price and have pretty decent customer service if you need a warranty replacement or part. I've had a few HP & Compaq laptops over the years and I've never once had an issue.

#7 tsupersonic

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:14

Yep, they make good solid machines for a great price and have pretty decent customer service if you need a warranty replacement or part. I've had a few HP & Compaq laptops over the years and I've never once had an issue.

I'll agree to this, my 5 year old Compaq is built strong, no flex, and I've accidentally dropped it once. HP is stepping up their game in terms of design and build quality.

#8 dezzo

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:27

I have an HP DV5-1007CA, and Im very very impressed with the build quality.

One thing you may not be thinking about, is the laptop speakers.
Many of the HP systems use Altec Lansing speakers, and some of the larger HP's also have a built in subwoofer.

The Altec Lansing speakers are verrrry nice, in my opinion. I can watch TV and movies on the laptop, and hear it clearly from across the room.
They don't sound tinny, and there is no rattle or distortion at higher levels. Voice and music comes through crystal clear, and while there is no subwoofer on mine, you can adjust the bass through software and it provides sufficient depth of sound to be pleasant and not sound "sharp" on the higher pitched sounds.

I've read some reviews on other brands of laptops, such as Dell, Toshiba, Asus, etc. And while not all reviews mention the speaker quality, the ones that did agreed that the speakers were very poor, and in some cases downright terrible, and often the worst part of an otherwise nice laptop. Audio quality was poor, and so was the level of volume which meant they had to huddle around the laptop to be able to watch a movie on it.
Meanwhile, the HP's with the Altec Lansing speakers got rave reviews.

Just something to consider when you are looking for yours.

Also, as for HP warranty services, I'm located in Canada and I've had nothing but good experiences with them. (The knowledge of their tech support is another matter though).
In one case, I had a minor optical drive issue and they had a replacement to me within 3 days.
In another case I was talking to tech support about a feature of the machine, and I just happened to mention that the AC adapter seemed quite warm compared to my old laptop. The agent immediately offered to send me a replacement through express courier, and I didn't even have to return the old one.

HP also has a policy (here at least) that if your machine requires more than three repairs for ANY issue, you will often qualify for a whole new laptop, usually a newer more current model. Generally this is done if you request your case to be taken over by a Case Manager.

I'd definitely get the extended warranty with Accidental Damage Protection, if you can.
I believe that you have until the end of the first years manufacturers warranty to purchase the extended warranty, so if you don't have the cash for it at the time of purchase, save up and get it later. But verify with HP that you CAN buy it anytime within the first years warranty, just to be sure they have the same policy where you are. Just remember though, if you plan on getting the warranty upgrade and extension later, you likely won't have Accidental Damage Protection in your first year.

The HP Pavilion line of laptops seems to be their good quality consumer line. Models like DV4, DV5, DV6, DV7. I can't speak for the G Series laptops, but they are decidedly more entry level based on appearance, and features.

HP also just announced new Pavillion laptop models here in Canada/USA which will be out near the end of May. Perhaps new models will be available in your location soon too, so if you do decide to go with HP, you might want to wait a month, if that's possible. On the other hand, if you buy a model from the current lineup, you will very likely get a fair discount on it as they work to sell them off and make room for the new models. :)

And just so everyone reading this knows, I am *NOT* brand loyal by any means.
I just happen to be really impressed with the style and quality of my HP laptop, and the speakers in particular really impressed me. I use my laptop as an entertainment center, so that's kind of important. :)


Whatever you decide to get, good luck!

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:37

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#10 Farstrider

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:38

I must say I am surprised at the comments regarding the Toshiba Laptops, I have sold many of them over the last few years and have never had any real issues with them. The local Toshiba agents here have always been fantastic and have been great with any issues that myself or my customers may have had.

That said, I would definitely recommend the Asus above the Toshiba!
Good luck with your choice!

#11 primexx

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:45

Asus is an ODM.

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:49

I'll agree to this, my 5 year old Compaq is built strong, no flex, and I've accidentally dropped it once. HP is stepping up their game in terms of design and build quality.


Yep, I've had my current Compaq for about 2 years, dropped it a handful of times, and other than killing the hard drive this last time (which is pretty normal), it is still running strong.


One thing you may not be thinking about, is the laptop speakers.
Many of the HP systems use Altec Lansing speakers, and some of the larger HP's also have a built in subwoofer.


All very good input, Dezzo! I would agree, speakers are often overlooked on laptops. One of the downsides to Compaq vs HP is that they generally have lower quality speakers, although mine have good quality, they just don't get very loud. This is the one thing I would warn to watch out with on the Asus laptops as well... some are fantastic, others not so much.


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1. HP sells more laptops than any other manufacturer, so it's logical that they would have a higher "Malfunction Rate".
2. HP has better customer service than most, so their "Failure Rate" numbers are likely more accurate than others, who are generally repaired by a 3rd party rather than the OEM.
3. This came from a MAC News website, so it holds no credibility whatsoever in my book.
4. Next time AT LEAST link the article, not just some unexplained graph that doesn't give any details around what the numbers mean or where they came from.
5. You fail.

I must say I am surprised at the comments regarding the Toshiba Laptops, I have sold many of them over the last few years and have never had any real issues with them. The local Toshiba agents here have always been fantastic and have been great with any issues that myself or my customers may have had.

That said, I would definitely recommend the Asus above the Toshiba!
Good luck with your choice!


You obviously don't live in the Pacific Northwest... Toshiba repair centers here are absolutely the worst I've ever encountered.

Asus is an ODM.



That's a really helpful response to this discussion... or not?

Why don't you provide some input around that statement, rather than just throwing it out there with no explanation?

On a side note, I'm quite certain you're clueless about the topic at hand, which is why you haven't provided additional input...

#13 DreadBoat89

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:50

coming from a guy who owns both an asus laptop and a toshiba laptop... i would recommend the asus...

#14 omganinja

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 00:57

4. Next time AT LEAST link the article, not just some unexplained graph that doesn't give any details around what the numbers mean or where they came from.
5. You fail.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=laptop+failure+rate

#15 SkinAddict

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Posted 11 May 2010 - 01:01

http://lmgtfy.com/?q...op+failure+rate


haha, I didn't notice the SquareTrade reference before... being that they're trying to sell laptop warranties, and more HP laptops are sold than any other brand, particularly through third party channels that SquareTrade would support, I still don't think it's a very valid assessment. I know for a fact that both Toshiba and Dell suffer more catastrophic failures (like motherboards going dead) than HP, so I'd certainly be interested to see what is counted as a failure, and some numbers from a non-sales-based organization. :)