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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.

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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.

Roger

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Are you kidding...
by MicahW / August 13, 2005 4:34 AM PDT
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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.

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