Although not what it was even five years ago, and having built my own
computers for years, and repairing my laptops when needed, I don't mind
taking a chance on a Dell "Certified Refurbished" from their Outlet
store, at a considerable saving and with the same warranty as new.
I will say that most all laptop construction these days pretty much
sucks, and Dell seems to be leading the pack in that regard.
"If you want first quality oats you need to be willing to pay first
quality prices. If on the other hand you are willing to settle for
oats that have already been through the horsr, THEY do come a little
Anything but Dell's highest end laptops tend to fall into the "already
been through the horse" group, along with consumer grade HP/ Compaq
and the low end Acer and Asus models. (and yes, even the low end
I have always found the IBM thinkpads to be slower, than others, and
My company gave me new HP laptop (2 years ago), it is the pits. HP loads
it with a bunch of junk that actually kills the machine, reimage it and
it's better, but still sucks.
My home laptop is an Asus, which I consider to be the better consumer
grade right now. It has an I5 and beats out my I7 HP.
I have been looking for a new laptop for work. I haven't decided as it's
not that easy to find something really fast, and solid, without issues.
Each one seems to have a weakness. And opinions are like assholes.
Sometimes its the idiot behind the keyboard, others it's a real issue.
The "proffessional" grade Lenovo T Pad with i5 and 8 or moer Gb RAM
is a FAST and reliable machine
I'd be hard pressed to take an HP if it was free. (actually I have one
I got free, and I wopudn't want another)
Trackpoint. Stupidly only available on Thinkpad. Best. Mousing.
Experience. Ever. Ever!
Oh, and the keyboard isn't bad either. I remapped the two keys by the
arrow keys, so can use them for Page Up and Page Down or use the
originals above Backspace. Perhaps the most important keys for reading
long online documents.
The crappy HP Elitebook, some NEC and Samsung, Fujitsu, some Del
Latitude, some Toshiba and soime Acer use a "track stick" type device
in the center of the keyboard.
My first laptop - an AST had the track-stick interface as well.
Thanks, good to see they're out there. I want to evangelize these things
when I can, other than the learning curve (which is really quite short)
they're better in every way than the trackpads. Plus, my mouse cursor
doesn't go flying and randomly click on things as I type.
I was playing with Linux on an iBook and the cursor went flying as I was
Btw, has anyone got experience with Linux on the PowerPC processor? I'm
running MintPPC, based on Debian. Trouble is, I can't build anything
because of an error I can't find any information on. Yeah, I know this
is kinda like smoothing with an ax: Possible and even sometimes does
pretty good but just not very common. Oh well, just thought I'd toss it
Depends how much it is used - nbut yes, a month is a very short time.
If a user is mousing heavily 8 hours a day, not too many will last a
year. At one customer's office they run rechargweable AAA batteries in
the mice - with 2 sets on the charger circulatinf every couple of
I have Bluetooth mice for all of my computers. The little portable
mouse I have for my laptop and tablet is OK, as long as I'm working at
a desk. It doesn't work on soft surfaces (the buttons are on the
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