Laptops forum

General discussion

Can you actually move a laptop?

by MicahW / August 13, 2005 3:55 AM PDT

Every few years I convince myself to try another laptop. I?m feeling the itch again but I need some advice on their durability. I?m not rough on them, I don?t use them outside, I don?t even move them that much - but I do seem to kill them. My last purchase was four years ago. I bought a Compact Presario from Best Buy. I took it out of the box and carefully place it on a desk. It never moved from that spot - 17 days later it was dead. Apparently the power supply thing failed. I took it back to Best Buy and found out I was past their 15 day return policy on laptops. Thankfully they took pity on me and did the exchange. I got a desktop.

I go out of town on business about once a month and I always travel in my own car, so the laptop would not be subjugated to any rough handling. I always use a carrying case but I will carry it in a hardened titanium steamer trunk if I have to. I would like to take a laptop with me.

Is there any model that you can actually move?

Ok, I?m being a little facetious, I know you can move them, I see people doing it all the time. It?s just that I?ve owned 3 and the longest any of them lasted was 9 months. All of them had very light travel duties (except the Compact that didn?t move) and were never dropped - in fact they didn?t even have any scratches on them. Do I just suffer from bad luck or is about 9 months all you get out of a $1500-2,000 investment?

Of course I am also thinking of switching to Apple, but their laptops look like toys. I?m afraid to touch them in the stores for fear they will crack into pieces.

I looked into the Toughbook series but they cost twice as much.

Can anyone tell me which, if any, laptop model is durable. Also, are the Apple laptops as fragile as they look? Thanks.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Can you actually move a laptop?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Can you actually move a laptop?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
by damasta55r / August 13, 2005 4:07 AM PDT

Bad luck dude... Apples are pretty durable. You should definitely get more than 9 months on a notebook. Maybe you should get the extended warranty just in case b/c of your luck... Just get any notebook and get the extended warranty. Goes up to 3 years. Believe they also come with 1year limited warranty,no accident though standard. SO if it died in 9 months, they should've still repaired it, unless you were the cause of the problem.


Collapse -
Are you kidding...
by MicahW / August 13, 2005 4:34 AM PDT
In reply to: RE:

You can bet I ALWAYS buy the extended warranty on EVERYTHING! And yes, they did fix them every time, then I would sell them. I just didn?t think they should have broken in the first place. I?m glad to hear it?s my bad karma and not the laptops? except it might be harder to fix the karma thing. Do you know of a kitten in a tree somewhere that I might rescue? I am also extremely relieved to hear that Apples are durable. Thanks for your help.

Popular Forums
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Help, my PC with Windows 10 won't shut down properly

Since upgrading to Windows 10 my computer won't shut down properly. I use the menu button shutdown and the screen goes blank, but the system does not fully shut down. The only way to get it to shut down is to hold the physical power button down till it shuts down. Any suggestions?