Sony or HP laptop - which one to buy?

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  1. Barb04

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    OK, instead of a desktop, we're buying a laptop.

    I saw a Sony 17" screen laptop that looked really good at Best Buy. Someone suggested a HP but I kind of like the Sony.

    Does anyone have any suggestions?
     
  2. ToscasMom

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    Sony. No contest. Somebody might disagree. A friend of mine's HP just died after four months and he's having a heck of a time with them getting it to work again. I think it was the power supply this time.

    Of course, all things in configuration being equal, Sonys usually cost more.
     
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    Also for what it's worth, I always configure computers online directly at mfg site. You can often find some impressive coupons online. I always find a lot of DELL coupons. Just make sure you aren't buying from any old site.
    http://www.xpbargains.com/best_deal.php/sony_notebook_deals.htm

    Here's a google on Sony coupons
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=sony+laptop+coupons&btnG=Google+Search

    HP
    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=ISO-8859-1&q=HP+laptop+coupons&btnG=Google+Search
     
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    Ya know someone will say "MacBook" ;)
     
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    Hahah Yup.
     
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    I have a Toshiba laptop. Been good and reliable and is extremely light.

    Also their service is great. I was throwing a throwing star in my room and, of all the things it could hit, it hits my laptop (Murphy's Law) and destroyed the screen. They replaced it free of charge because it was under warranty, even though the throwing star voided the warranty technically.
     
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    Toshiba here too. I've really been pleased with it as well.

    We have an HP desktop and it's so so. I like my HP printer/scanner, though. :)

    Never had a Sony. Just know Gateways are the WORST computers ever. At least according to my experience. My friend's also had a lot of trouble with her Dell.
     
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    Refurb Dells. Same quality, same warranty, lower price. I buy ALL my personal machines from this site.

    Make sure you look only at the latitude line. They are the business class machines and thus do not come with all that insane software garbage the retail line of junk does.

    Also, I would personally stay away from any PC sold in a retail store. The software package that comes with those things is insane and causes more problems than they solve.

    Good Luck!
     
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    Boy do I have a Gateway story. After 14 months of putting up with a service department that is designed to not do anything but charge you for fifty dollar shipping boxes, I was so angry I wrote a scathing letter to the CEO. I didn't ask for a refund, but I was certainly In Your Face with him about why his stock was in the crapper. Next thing you know I got a call from his office and they offered me a refund or a free trade. I don't need to tell you I took the money and got the H away from that company as fast as I could. The WORST.

    I agree Toshibas are good laptops.

    Laurelin, HP printers are great! The problems came when they got into computers.
     
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    Or, as "HbH" sez... A Macbook. Mac's are really nice machines, but you need to be more wealthy (and some would say SMUG, LOL) to own one. They are not cheap.
     
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    I like to buy the heavier versions. They aren't that hard to carry and I find that light means easily damaged. At least that's my experience. You need SOME armor to protect the little bugger.

    I'm a laptop freak. Haven't had a desktop since 1999.
     
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    LOL I just remembered Gateway told me my AC Adaptor, which FRIED in the back of my machine, leaving bare wires, was not covered because I move the computer around. Doh, folks. It's a laptop.
     
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    Sony has this horrible, INTENTIONAL habit of making things ONLY compatible with other Sony things.

    I wouldn't support much Sony makes nowadays.
     
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    Get a MacBook.

    Well, they are awesome, but I have a Toshiba. If I had to choose between Sony and HP, I'd probably go with Sony. Dell and Gateway would be at the bottom of my list.
     
  16. ToscasMom

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    Could you be more specific?
     
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    Hahahaha. It's very portable but don't move it.
     
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    I had a Sony Vaio laptop... nice computer... but very expensive to fix when problems arise.
     
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    Well I don't think the heavy part is 'armor', more of heavy components and battery but to each their own.



    I think what she meant by the Sony comment is that Sony stuff works ONLY with Sony stuff and nothing else. Like my Toshiba power supply can be replaced with a universal adapter, a Sony laptop might not be able to (just theorizing, I've never used a Sony laptop).

    And yes, HP makes good (cheap) printers with good (cheap) ink too. Much better than Lexmark where the ink is some $40 or so. But their computers aren't that bad. This computer used to be an HP (used to be because I had to gut it when my motherboard fried 6 years after purchase. It lasted a while but it was time to replace anyways). But when it did work, it worked well. Nothing wrong with HP computers (or desktop, at least).
     
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    GO, I have to disagree, my last lightweight "slim" was so chinzy in covering materials that all you had to do was lightly tap the back of the screen cover and you could see waves. It was easily dentable, and very fragile. The computer I am currently using right now has a much more sturdy cover. Coverings are one of the reasons computers can be lighter as in "slim". The last slim computer I had convinced me to never get another one. They are ok if you aren't moving around alot with them and are a bit more diligent than maybe I am, or if your cat doesn't decide to sit on it when its closed, like happens here. The better the gauge, the tougher the laptop, IMO. Not that I want an albatross, but I do shy away from the lightest of the lights.
     

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