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How long should a high end laptop computer last?

by countrymanto / August 6, 2011 11:56 AM PDT

My daughters dual core Hp laptop overheated and friend the motherboard.It was about 4 years old but a top of the line HP, about $2000Thanks for your input.Wayne...a frustrated computer user.

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Depends on the model.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2011 12:01 PM PDT

But without diligent care such as 6 six cleaning with the canned air on the vents you see the battery fail from 18 to 36 months (depends on use) and heat issues pop up from months to years.

4 years might be just about right with GAMING LAPTOPS about 1/2 that.

Tell more about your 6 month maintenance routines.

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Her laptop was an HP Pavilion dv9260nr
by countrymanto / August 6, 2011 3:34 PM PDT
In reply to: Depends on the model.

Not sure about her cleaning...probably not what it should be. She did not use a cooler under it as I suggested and this might have helped.

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That model had a problem.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 6, 2011 11:58 PM PDT

You can find out more by heading to google and typing DV9000 RECALL. If it got 4 years, it was one of the longer lasting units.

But why are folk looking at such big laptops? You find those bigger units to have shorter life spans as well probably due to more flex in the package to power and heat. Nice units but figure 4 years less if a gamer is on the machine.

-> Be sure to do the 6 month home maintenance.

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You're answer to my question was more than adequate..
by countrymanto / August 7, 2011 8:58 PM PDT

Thanks so much Proffitt for answering my question and offering advice...I really do appreciate it so much...I sent your reply to my daughter so she would not feel too badly.

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I own the Acer As 8950G which is an
by orlbuckeye / August 8, 2011 11:23 PM PDT

upgrade to the 8943G. The 8943 had some wireless issues at first but I think they have been fixed. Now if you can afford the Acer 8951G. It has the backlit keyboard and a 750 GB hard drive and the removable touchpad that acts as a remote.

In comparing the 8943 and the Qosmio. I would say your getting more for the money with the toshiba. The only area that Acer model has the advantage is internal memory. (8 gb to 4 gb). The Toshiba has a 7200 RPM Hard drive compared to a 5400 for the Acer. The graphics card on the Toshiba is better fro gaming as it has DDR5. ( 1 gb of DDR5 is better then 2 gb DDR3 and the Acer only has 1 gb of DDR3). Battery life is better on the Toshiba. They both are > 10 pounds. (my Acer 8950 is around 8 pounds in almost the same case.)

I think you are getting more for the dollar is purchasing the toshiba over the Acer.

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FWIW . . .
by Coryphaeus / August 8, 2011 12:30 AM PDT

and if you're still here.

I own IBM ThinkPads exclusively. Reason being is they don't break. Fact: I finally tossed my little 385ED. Built in 1999. Was working perfectly running W98SE. Absolutely no failures. But just too slow, it had a 4 MHz processor, maxed RAM at 84 Meg, and a whopping 2 Gig HD.

Point being is that I own three newer ThinkPads and have owned at least six. No failures. Check these forums for ThinkPad problems. Compared to all the others, probably one in ten posts.

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My Compaq Portable is gone now.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 8, 2011 1:37 AM PDT
In reply to: FWIW . . .

It was all of 4.77MHz so I know the feeling. But it didn't fail.

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at least 5-6 yrs
by jasonbru / December 26, 2012 3:59 PM PST

i work for a silicon valley tech company. one of the largest in the world. every employee is issued with a PC (meaning notebook). according to our IT, since the recession, the PC replacement rate has increased from 4 yrs to 6 yrs. an average employee is using a 5 yrs old pc and still going strong. clearly, the constant bombardment of "your PC is obsolete" is a marketing ploy of PC marketers. just like Y2K, Mayan end of the world, all hoax. ignore the urge to buy unless your PC is older than 6 yrs.

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