The real cost of PCs is not turning out to be the hardware. It's what happens when the machine doesn't boot or have some other software issue. The cost of taking it to some local shop can be in the hundreds of bucks. This brings up a few points.
Today's users are 'users' and not 'owners' of the product. An owner would familiarize themselves with the system and perform the rudimentary backup and recover from minor gaffes. Users will have to get support for any minor issue.
Users are more profitable to a company.
There are many fine machines to choose from, but support can be the breaking issue.
-> In closing, not all machines are available to all users. You may be in the US or Aus. Supply your short list of what you are considering.
I am looking to buy a new mainstream, average size, laptop (not a huge desktop replacement, nor a super small/light ultraportable). I have had (very) bad experiences with Dell laptops in the past and so I am very hesitant to buy from them again. But, they do offer customization, and a lot of computer for the money (as does HP, I know).
I will mostly use the laptop for basic home/work use: photo editing (Adobe), email, financials, movies, word processing, etc. I will not be using it for games.
So my question is, based on the specs below, who makes a better notebook? Dell or HP? (or some other company I am not considering) I'd like to keep cost relatively low.
- 60GB HD (maybe 80?)
- 512 RAM (at least)
- Good screen - 14 or 15 inch (don't know anything about screens, except native resolution)
- 7-10 pounds
- Good graphics card preferred but not essential if I can do the photo editing with an average one (don't know anything about graphics cards).
- Good processor, at least 1.5GHz
- Standard DVD/CD-R(W) drives
Thanks so much for your help!