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Blue Screen of Death --> Need new Laptop, help please

by mattlorig / November 6, 2010 1:55 PM PDT

As the title suggests, I'm in the market for a new laptop. I've bought two laptops in the past, and I was not happy with either purchase. So, I would like some advice.

What I desire:
1. Screen is MOST important feature. 15.4" or 16.3" and bright (should I look at LED?).
2. I HATE it when the laptop slows down and the fan turns on. I want to avoid computers that do this.
3. Durability. I am careful with my computers. Still, my last computer just stopped working for no apparent reason. I want something that will not spontaneously stop working in less than 3 years.

What I do NOT care about.
1. Battery life. I'm always near a plug.
2. Weight. I lift weights Happy
3. Fancy Graphics or Sound cards. I don't use my laptop for gaming or watching movies really.

What I use the laptop for.
1. LaTeX (text editing)
2. Surfing the web
3. Reading PDF documents (this is why I want a nice screen).

Any suggestions you have -- general (like "look at Lenovo and avoid Acer") or specific (like "look at this computer <link>") -- would be very much appreciated.

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Oh Yeah. Forgot to mention.
by mattlorig / November 6, 2010 1:59 PM PDT

Cost: $500 - $800.

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While I suggest you loo at Sony.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 6, 2010 4:02 PM PDT

I can't say that today's machines are made to last for many years. The consumer is demanding low prices. They are delivering.

Also, laptops and most gear need repairs and maintenance. Then I read about failures of machines that never went to the shop or that the owner didn't know about the yearly cleaning.

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Why Sony?
by mattlorig / November 7, 2010 6:51 AM PST

Thanks for the advice. Any reason you suggest Sony in particular? In the early 90's, Sony was synonymous with quality. But, it seems like in the late 90's and early 2000's, Sony started to produce cheap stuff. So, I have been avoiding them for the better part of the last 10 years in favor of companies like Samsung. But, Sony is one of the few companies that seems to offer a 16.3" screen, which I think would be ideal for me.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 7, 2010 10:41 AM PST
In reply to: Why Sony?

It has nothing to do with quality. It has to do with your requirements. Sony displays are among some of the nicest I see in laptops. Not all Sony laptops so you check out the model before purchase.

Besides Apple and those Toughbooks, all the makers are answering our calls for lower prices.

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by IsabellaJ_WinTeam / November 8, 2010 4:31 AM PST
In reply to: Why Sony?

Hi there,

I also suggest you check out the Dell Studio 15. It has a 15.6" LED widescreen, and i3 processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 500 GB of hard drive space.

What do you think?

MSFT Windows Outreach Team

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