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Which reputable companies have the best deals for laptops?

by Richard Hole / August 5, 2010 1:52 PM PDT


Do you know what reputable companies have the best deals on laptop computers and can ship to Australia?
I saw a site at that could help answer the question. However, I cannot see the date that the questions were answered which is important because the technology changes rapidly.

I received an email that came from my friends email address that stated the below. However, he said that he did not send it. I did a search on the Internet and found someone else on a forum at stating that someone sent the same email out from their email address and it appeared that there email account was compromised. That does not mean that the company on the below link is responsible for the emails. Does anyone know about and if they are a good company to deal with and if their prices are among the best available? The email that I received is below.

"I find a good Chinese website which is It sells electronic products. All of them are brand new and original and they all have cheap price and high quality. The company also deal with the tariff for us. One of my friends orders an Apple laptop. It only takes a week to get it. Let us enjoy the happiness of shopping. w--4"

Also, do you know of any specific laptops that would serve my below purpose well?

I want to play videos that I recorded on the hard drive through a TV tuner card. I use VLC media player to play the videos that are sometimes about 4GB per hour of recording. Sometimes I also play back the videos at double normal speed to save time. I also plan to connect a tuner card to the laptop to record TV programs.

I posted a question about this on the forum at and someone referred me to that suggested which brands are more reliable.

Some other people agree with the website and suggested Toshiba and Asus are good brands. I saw some laptops that could be good below on the Ebay site in Australia. Do you know of any better deals?

TOSHIBA Satellite Core2 DUO, 2.2GHz,. 4G RAM, 320G hard drive, 15" screen for $650
Microsoft Windows Vista Business Preload, Also XP Professional Disc is included.

The listing on the below system has ended. However, you can still scroll down the page to see the details about the system. The seller often re-lists the same system again at the same price.
ASUS CORE 2 DUO with 2.2GHz, 4Gb RAM, 320Gb BLU-RAY hard drive, 15.6" screen and ATi GAMING for $700.
Genuine Windows Vista? Business, with XP Pro Downgrade.
Windows 7 Professional upgrade disc & license add $29
This is the only one listed with a 2 year warranty.
Item number: 170517664020

I thought that it may be better if my laptop had Windows XP because it may run better and may be easier to adjust to because I have XP on my other computers I am not sure if regularly switching between computers with Win XP and Win 7 could take time to adjust to. Could this be a problem?

Your help would be appreciated
Regards Richard.

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Bad advice is plentiful.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2010 9:52 PM PDT

Ebay laptops are what they are. It may be a best deal but most have no warranty.

Is that important or not?

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Which reputable companies have the best deals for laptops?
by Richard Hole / August 5, 2010 10:11 PM PDT


Thanks for the letter. The computers that I saw on Ebay that I gave the links to say that they have a 1 year warranty. The Asus one said it had a 2 year warranty.

Do you know any companies that sell laptops that are good value for money?

Your help will be appreciated,
Regards Richard.

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What they say and what others report
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 5, 2010 10:32 PM PDT

Seem to conflict. I don't see any savings on those links over buying through the normal channels.

This lesson about the laptop with the lowest cost is lost on many. They'll go with the lowest cost place and only later discover why. As this has been discussed I'll leave that lesson without further comment.

Back to your quest. I suggest you look at these forums for what they are. These are member to member with no paid staff or folk that will shop for you. You'll get an occasional "Hey, this deal is at this place" but I don't see anyone trying too hard to find the lowest price for such and such here.

It looks like we have to do that on our own.

About reliable. Most laptops come with 300 cycle batteries which fail to hold a full charge in 1 to 2 years. We could argue that this makes all such laptops reliable for 1 to 2 years by design.

There's more that we could dig into for reliability. For example the Windows laptops can be whacked with some malware and render them unreliable in a day. When you ask about reliability be sure to detail what you are after. If it's hardware, almost all laptops I see make it to year 2 and after that many need a battery. Others like gaming laptops may need a new keyboard or even a main board due to packing in such power into a small space.

The most reliable machines I've seen are the Toughbooks. But many won't pay for reliable.

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Probably the best deals are for refurbed laptops.
by orlbuckeye / August 6, 2010 12:24 AM PDT

Some people won't buy them. Refurbs are supposed to be broken laptops that get fixed with a new part that had broken. They are usually priced lower because not everyone will buy a refurbed laptop.

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