I was carrying a bunch of things, and my laptop (which was open)
Started losing it's balance, and went soaring.. Crashed, totalled.
Now on my wife's computer.
So here's my track record.
Makita LS1013 trashed garbage
Asus K55 I5 trashed garbage. Hopefully the disk is good because it
won't recognize it right now.
Last one I destroyed I had taken it into the kitchen to charge and was
bringing it back with the charger in my left hand and holding the
computer with both hands. The charger cord hooked on a drawer knob
jerking that hand and I dropped the computer. Didn't hurt the charger.
Sorry for your loss.
That's how I lost my Sliding compound miter saw.... the cord hooked
something and I started to fall down the stairs, and the thing went, and
I grabbed the handrail... That was about 2 years ago.
Now I have a freaking history... :-(
Question is, why was it open. Let me guess... You did not want to have to
wake it up or reboot once you got to where you were going with it.
Do yourself a favor and set it up so that closing the lid does not put it to
sleep or turn off the display for 3 minutes or 5 minutes, or something like
that. It might have survived a drop if it had been closed.
*Never* move a laptop without closing the lid. With the lid closed,
they're remarkably resistant to damage. Not so much, with it open.
I have mine set to never go to sleep on it's own, when on AC power
(after a half-hour or so on battery and "hibernate" on low battery).
It does lock after five or ten minutes of inactivity. It's no big
deal to press Fn-F4 to put it to sleep, even with it locked.
When you replace it, look for a Panasonic Toughbook. Some versions
are made for the military and if you can find an equivalent commercial
version you'll have an *almost* unbreakable computer.
Not cheap, even used, but less total investment than buying multiples
of some other brand.
I put a solid state drive (SSD) in my older Dell laptop and bought an
equivalent unit with power problems on ebay for $35. That's pretty
cheap if I ever need a new screen...
SFWIW, was talking to a guy who runs his business from a laptop.
A rebuild of the IBM unit from the Chinese and lots of AAA
bateries for the mice and keyboards.
IBM doesn't make laptops anymore.
They sold to Lenovo. My son has one and has had to replace the drive 3
times and had another issue... don't know what it was.
Lenovo is not what IBM was. Not as good QC as IBM had.
Also $$$ for very little power.
I'll do another ASUS, used to hate their motherboards as I had problems
with them when I built systems. They had a bug that they never fixed
with a bios upgrade... Someone eventually did a class action lawsuit...
by the time I got fed up enough and built a new unit.
But now ASUS is the standard.
And their laptops are very good. My only wish was a lighted keyboard or
light from the screen. Sometimes I can't find the keys in the dark...
but I just deal with it.
Their headquarters is in Beijing, China. That about says it all. I
worked technical support for Thinkpad/IBM 1997-1999. Quality control
was pretty substantial then. Thinkpads were built pretty tough. One
reason why I think QC was better then was because of the amount of
metal that went into their construction. They cost more to build.
These days, everything is plastic and the quality control has slipped
along with the build quality.
On 5/18/2014 8:35 PM, email@example.com wrote:
You have to remmeber that the weight has substantially dropped too.
So it's a good thing. They are also quieter and cooler, thanks to new
cooling and chip design.
I think QC is where the Chineese are seriously lacking. Build it get it
out the door, when they catch up on that it will be hard to compete
I have had IBM, now Lenovo, Thinkpads for years. I prefer them for
several reasons, including a fairly significant retiree discount
(though I get a Dell discount through my current employer). I had
problems with the disk on one but it was always at my brother's place,
so it may have been the 12h trip in the car that did it in. Note that
none of the computer manufacturers make their own disk drives. They're
all coming from the same two or three manufacturers.
Disagree. Again, they all use the same parts.
My current laptop is a "convertible" tablet PC but its screen is too
small (and low res) for some uses (CAD) and it's much too heavy to use
as a tablet (3lbs.). It is nice to read when used as a *lap* top,
though. The touch screen is really nice. Not sure I'd do it again.
The M$ Surface looks promising, though. Light, both a laptop and
tablet, and really good on trips.
My laptop has lighted keys. After having it on this computer, it's a
I have an ASUS netbook. Pure junk, though I understand that ASUS has
much better. I used to use nothing other than ASUS motherboards on
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