WOF: When buying a laptop, what do you value most?

By Jos
Aug 3, 2012
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  1. When buying a laptop, I most value my credit rating.
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  2. fteumer

    fteumer Newcomer, in training Posts: 16

    I tend to not compromise, which is why I pony'd up for the new MBP with Retina Display. It has all those things, performance, graphics, portability, a killer trackpad/keyboard, and HDMI+USB3.0 (as well as 2x Thunderbolt. Can't wait for more devices with Thunderbolt!).

    Dual booting with Windows7 + SSD makes it a desktop replacement easily.
  3. tonylukac

    tonylukac TechSpot Maniac Posts: 822   +19

    I agree with the guest above. As long as your settling for an (inferior) laptop, low price is most important, not to make it a netbook.
  4. soldier1969

    soldier1969 TechSpot Booster Posts: 244   +43

    Display first, 1080p is a must then graphics then cpu speed,core i7 is a must. Its why I have a Asus G75 and thinking about a Alienware M17x R4 next with a SSD.
  5. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,044   +37

    I like how Brand is the lowest. People shouldn't look at brand necessarily. Having worked on hundreds of laptops, I have realized the plain and simple fact, you get what you pay for.

    Toshiba's popularly known for their power plug connector becoming loose, this disables your laptop completely.

    HP had a bad line of laptops that had MAJOR problems with their GPUs.

    Each manufacturer has these problems, some more than others... When you buy a laptop, Type up the model numbers in Google, such as "HP Pavilion dv7 problems" and if you get A LOT OF RESULTS with problems all relating to the same issue, this is probably a line of laptops you should stay away from! lol
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT TechSpot Guru Posts: 1,585   +489

    I'm a great fan of the PLE factor :) - Performance, Longevity, Ergonomics.
  7. gobbybobby

    gobbybobby TechSpot Maniac Posts: 541

    While I have never bought a laptop.

    For me (being a gamer) I want a laptop thats gonna last me 3+ years, I can upgrade my desktop as new hardware is released, Laptops are expensive especially if you have to replace em every few years, so if I was to buy one, I would go all out on a top spec machine, that should last at least 3+ years. Still, Id rather not shell out on a laptop, and just stick to my desktop. if I did want a portable device for video/ web browsing, id get a Tablet, laptops are sooooo yesterday :p
  8. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TechSpot Booster Posts: 309   +43

    My only laptop I have ever owned and still own and use today is my first generation Dell Inspiron XPS, I got the nicer one with the 3.4ghz Prescott and the Mobility Radeon 9800, 1gb of RAM, DVD-RW and CR-RW drive and a 60gb 7200rpm hard drive, since then I have added another 320gb hard drive to the dvd drives bay and the DVD drive I use dells d-port external device which uses a special usb port on the back. About 3 years ago I put a 2.8ghz northword in here which uses a lot less power and keeps the fans quite (since I don't game on it anymore). Still running today 7 years later, just ordered a new keyboard and LCD inverter and CMOS battery for it, and its on its 2nd battery prob gonna need a new one soon.
  9. RajeGera

    RajeGera Newcomer, in training Posts: 50

    I dont get the purpose of puting up this artice in techno forums..Waste.
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TechSpot Paladin Posts: 5,773   +1,429

    The point is not the content within the original posting but the content within the comments. And no it's not a waste when a tech topic is being discussed within a tech community. I for one enjoy reading what others think of tech, I may not always agree but I do enjoy reading their comments no matter the topic.

    I noticed you only have 15 post but yet you are negatively critiquing someone with well over 1000. Waste.
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  11. Zen

    Zen TechSpot Paladin Posts: 938   +43

    I voted for my key area of importance when it comes to laptop computer, as that is "build quality"! For me, when I was shopping around for my one and only laptop computer little over 4 years ago, I looked for superior build quality. So after looking at various options at Fry's Electronics and taking notice of stylish build quality, performance build quality and how powerful it was due to build quality, I decided on a nice Toshiba X-205 Dual SLi that weights in close to 14 pounds. The sucker is built like a tank, but has a certain level of elegance to it. It came stock in 2008 with 2 Gig's of RAM, but in 2010 I upgraded to 4 Gig's, then here in 2012 I upgraded it to it's max at 6 Gig's of RAM. It came stock with two matching Nvidia GeForce 8600 GT's, giving me tons of video power and clarity and reliability. I also like the build quality when it came to it's custom Harman/Kardon sound system, which was designed only for my laptop series. They put a lot of build quality towards the beautiful 17 inch monitor, pure, crystal and sharp as a razor blade. The only thing I wish I could change and it's no fault at all towards the build quality, back in 2008 they did the best with what they had at the time, but the CPU could be upgraded to something like 3.0 Gig's or above. Currently I have an older Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T2800 @ 2.8 Gigs. And perhaps my final issue in regards to my Toshiba X-205, the gosh darn battery life, this sucker only last for 45 minutes on battery power, before it shut's itself off. And no, the battery isn't in need of replacement! The battery was just purchased off of Amazon as new approx. 7-8 months back. It's normal, the original battery that came with my laptop only could last for about 45 minutes as well. It's just an ultra power eating hog!
     
  12. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 957   +30

    It's hard to say. I use my laptop only rarely these days, though I use my wife's Inspiron 1720 regularly. I also use my phone for some browsing and occasional gaming, and I plan to get a Nexus 7 at some point which I think will be much better at both. That would likely drop my laptop use even further.

    So while generally I have preferences regarding a laptop (small size, basic gaming ability, trackpoint), I don't really see myself buying a new one any time soon.
  13. Graphics, CPU & Price. Currently own an Asus K43U... (y)
  14. ElShotte

    ElShotte TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 163

    Honestly, as far as my preference goes, it's a combination of the following top points that are deal makers or breakers to me:

    Graphics
    Case Design, Material and Quality
    Keyboard (Backlight is a must)
    CPU/Chipset

    I will not buy a laptop without a backlit keyboard, since my work involves typing, and most of the time I work at night with in a low light setting. Also, the reason I have not and will not buy an Alienware computer is simply because it looks like a toy. It needs to have a decent look, something more professional rather than childish. I mean, I love the MBP but the price tag is way above my budget. Also, then there's graphics. It doesn't have to run the latest games at the highest settings, but medium settings are a must.
  15. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TechSpot Booster Posts: 310   +62

    Pretty much the same for me, except portability would be up there and I dont mind their gpu's. My thought is that I usually have a desktop most of the time, I just need a highly portable, long lasting battery to play movies on trips or write a paper on campus.
  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,035   +70

    I bought my current notebook (a HP DV6 6011TX, i7 with 8 GB, HD6770, 1TB) around May-2011 to replace older DV5 which I've used for about 3+ years.

    Although performance/decent graphics are essential, but I couldn't ignore the fact that if build quality is inferior, keyboard/trackpad & display is not good enough, it will be a hassle to use any notebook. Hence, I went with these.
  17. MarkHughes

    MarkHughes TechSpot Member Posts: 42

    I have 3 Laptops with different requirements.

    1. Gamer, is mostly docked, has to have powerful cpu and graphics of course, weight, battery, display, KB not that important but game performance is and so is HD performance, Next time I change this one it will most likely be with a desktop. Currently a Dell XPS M1730 which is getting old now but still plays WoW perfectly well.

    2. Work, Im a programmer for a 3D graphics company, the work machine has to have lots of ram, powerful cpu and a strong gpu, Again, often docked but does need to travel from home to office and sometimes other countries so I prefer a small form, light weight and good build quality, Currently a Dell Precision M4500, provided by work so I don't get a big say on this one.

    3. Personal, This is just a general use machine for browsing, a bit of coding, reading, playing videos etc, It needs to be light and have good battery as I use it like a real laptop unlike the other 2, also needs good sound and image quality but doesn't have to be amazing, Currently a HP Pavilion. Will play WoW also thanks to its dual GPU system.
  18. Roy Basan

    Roy Basan Newcomer, in training

    Its hard to choose just three features; as I have my own criteria for what is a good laptop for me is.
    I consider these things
    1) Build Quality,Usually prefer made in Japan for my Vaio..
    2) General Performance
    3) Good Display -I favor hidef 1080p even with 13 inch models,
    4) Fabulous name- That is why I want Sony Vaio
    5) Good graphics- as I do a lot of video encoding, and other multimedia needs, lots of number crunching.
    6) Portability and weight - I prefer carbon fiber base
    7) Good Batttery Life..
    Things things aptly fits the third generation Vaio Z with core i7 chip,8 gigs of RAM and some gig of graphic with Blu-ray writer..
  19. DragonKnight

    DragonKnight Newcomer, in training

    Whats the use of mobile computing laptops if they are not build strong enough to take the out door punishments? I vote BUILT QUALITY.
  20. 1) An easily removable hard drive
    2) RAM
    3) Decent graphics

    I use my work laptop for personal use when I am traveling so I am constantly swapping the hard drive between my work HD and personal HD. This keeps my private stuff private whereas my work activities can be tracked via the corporate "spyware".

    This is not as cumbersome as it seems since when I am working I seldom need to take care of personal stuff.
  21. Jack Thompson

    Jack Thompson Newcomer, in training

    1) Battery life
    2) Portability
    3) Build Quality

    Anyone that does not have these three chosen needs a desktop and not a laptop.
  22. RajeGera

    RajeGera Newcomer, in training Posts: 50

    Knowledge sharing through comments is too gud.I agree with you on this part but what I meant to say is this topic should not be categorized as an "article"...n frm where does the no of posts cums up??
  23. ReederOnTheRun

    ReederOnTheRun TechSpot Booster Posts: 310   +62

    For the people who say gaming is a priority on their laptop: You're either really rich or doing laptops wrong.

    Just sayin
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