What is the best laptop you've ever seen?

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  1. AnonymousUser

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    Hi,

    Most of the time when I see laptops they just don't impress me. It's like I want a newer laptop that's not even out yet or something. I'm mainly talking about looks here assuming it packs the newer hardware already too. They all look like the same laptops from the early 2000's. Where's innovation?


    So if you had no price range, what laptop would you buy?
    Also, is there a consensus on the top three best laptop manufacturers?
     
  2. shoota

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    The one I own. Unibody MBP.
     
  3. AnonymousUser

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    Does anyone custom paint them? lol. I also still wish they came in black if no paint option is available.

    I feel like laptops are made as cheaply as possible these days. It saddens me no one seems to be making anything to shake up the market anymore.
     
  4. AQ_OC

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    Lookswise, Apple, some Samsungs, some Asus models, and some Sony models.

    I do think a lot of vendors are starting to adopt the Apple model of paying lots of attention to form, as well as function. No-one really likes ugly. But I will take ugly over giving up too much function. There is a point....
     
  5. W.Feather

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    Looks wise? On the PC Side - Sony Viao's hands down

    What would I actually buy? - HP Elite book 2760p, or pretty much any other high end Elitebook with Slice battery option (nice to have on campus ;) ), i like the look of the Elite books tbh, and Buisness level machine = win.
     
  6. shoota

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    I've never that done but I bet it would be cool. I really liked the old black macbooks too
     
  7. rysher

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    sager...............no logo, no name, plain, simple, unknown.
     
  8. UnknownSeeker

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    Fixed.
     
  9. AnonymousUser

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    So we have.

    1. MBP (Unibody)
    2. Sony Viao/HP Elite book 2760p
    3. Sager



    I left out Samsung and Asus models because I never seen one of them I actually liked.
    I hear Asus makes some very well constructed laptops but they just look so weird to me.
    I'm just not familiar with Samsung to be honest.

    Anymore? Or is that about it?
    Also, Thanks!
     
  10. Wild Weasel

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    Ibm built thinkpad t42. I didnt game that much with it but the little fucker is still goong strong at a friends house nearly a decade later.

    It was beaten, dropped, abused, keyboard broken, wireless was nuked, and travelled halfway around the world.


    So far the unibody mbp i have is also shaping up to that reputation as wel
     
  11. jeremyshaw

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    Sony Vaio Z.

    Smallest, highest resolution (we're talking 13.1" 1600x900... or 1920x1080), most overpowered systems ever allowed to roam this earth.

    Today's Z2 is a bit of a compromise, being slimmer than the MBA13's hump, but also having dual SSDs, and a full speed (35W) dual core. Since it ditched the internal GPU, it's now in an external docking unit :p.


    But that. and the previous Z1, were the most stunning laptops I have ever seen.
     
  12. MrSneis

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    I've owned my unibody i5 17" MBP for over 2 years now and still love it. I've never owned a laptop this long before and I've owned several. Never had a Vaio Z before but they always intrigued me -- was never impressed with Vaio buid quaility of other ones I've had to work on though.
     
  13. jeremyshaw

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    Vaio quality has always been good.

    Well, as good as it's always been :p

    Meaning the palmrest is still coated with a material that has similar properties to rubber cement, the metal is so exceedingly thin it's a suprise the laptop has managed to stay in a roughtly laptop shape all the way to the store, and the support is *just* as good as you'd expect from Sony Support. A high price to pay for what's argueably the best small laptop(s) in the business. I bought my SA because nothing else like it exists anymore. But I wouldn't buy it again.
     
  14. AnonymousUser

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    What would you buy now knowing what you know now?
     
  15. jeremyshaw

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    I'm waiting on the next MBA 13.
     
  16. Mr. Wolf

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    Best laptops I've ever owned or used: MacBook Pro.

    I'm really hoping for a 15" Air, later this year.
     
  17. /rant/

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    The best laptop? VAIO Z.

    The best laptop that is affordable and doesn't look like ass? 15" MBP, like I own one now.

    The best laptop that is affordable? I don't know.

    I feel like 5 years ago, there were countless good laptops. Now most of them just suck. Either it's the build quality, or some software issue. Call me crazy, but it is easier to install the latest AMD GPU driver for Windows 7 x64 on a freaking MBP than it is on most notebooks (in fact, this includes the mentioned 2011 VAIO Z!). Download, install, done. Memory upgrade on an HP notebook? Don't do this, don't do that, warranty void - blablabla! And when you open the damn thing, the one slot is soldered to the board and you can't upgrade. It must be cheaper to build that way...

    It's the limitations that annoyed me with most laptops I've seen lately. With the gimped stuff other manufacturers release, you always need custom drivers, which of course won't be updated. If you want better performance than with the 8 month old driver, you better be prepared to go through one hell of a clusterfuck of modding and support calls.

    So far, I've never had a similar problem with my MBP. It does what I want, when I want. I can play games, browse the web, watch porn, work and of course everything at the same time. I upgraded disk and memory, no questions asked.
     
  18. MGDMN

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    Everyones Idea of best is not going to be the same. My personal best laptop is my sager NP8170. Beautiful and powerful machine, especially with the 90% NTSC color gamut display with the spyder 3 elite calibration.
     
  19. pwrusr

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    Don't get a consumer grade laptop most of them suck. Sager being one of the very few that don't suck and is also powerful in a way that gamers care about :)

    If you're just looking for a well built laptop it's really hard to fault Lenovo. Something like the x220 for smaller laptops, t420 and t520 for low to midrange web surfin get stuff done kinda notebooks and the w520 for a all out workstation class notebook.

    Fit and finish might not be as shiny as a MBP but the lenovos have a really good track record of being some of the toughest overall notebooks out there.
     
  20. jeremyshaw

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    well, there are pannys, though those are a very different approach to durability.
     
  21. Pylon

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    Almost anything business-class is going to work out pretty well. E-series Dell Latitudes, Dell Precisions, T/W/X200-series Thinkpads , and HP Elitebooks are all really well built and have excellent ergonomics.
     
  22. AQ_OC

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    Lots of folks have mentioned sager...I've heard about them here in other threads, too. But I've never seen one or even seen an ad for one...and I'm a technocrat.
     
  23. harmattan

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    As for looks, I alway though VAIOs and the pre-unibody C2D MBPs were the nicest. Also the Asus w90vp was a beautiful-looking, albeit gargantuan, maching.

    Wouldn't say Sagers are the best-looking laptops around, but their simple, no flash design is a nice change of pace.
     
  24. jeremyshaw

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    Technically, it's Clevo, the actual ODM&OEM for the notebooks. Sager is just the most well known customizer/reseller of Clevo bodies.
     
  25. Maximos

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    Dell E6410. Great machine.
     
  26. MGDMN

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    Ditto. I'm typing on one. IMO the best design Dell has ever done on a laptop.
     
  28. zchen

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    thinkpads man......thinkpads.
     
  29. pwrusr

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    I have the previous generation to that laptop. E6500 here with a 1920x1200 screen, it's a tad heavy, but it's a TANK. The guy I bought it from on ebay packed it in a box just barely bigger then the laptop itself with no extra packing material. I wasn't happy to see it packed so poorly, however it did survive the trip with just a few minor marks on the lid of the laptop :cool:
     
  30. tangoseal

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    Sager NP8150. You can get one hell of a beastly machine. Quad RAM slots, Core I7 Extreme Sandy processors, 95% Gamut NTSC Display, Radeon 6990m, the list goes on all in a little 15.6" Laptop.
     
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    Not to rain on your parade but I have repaired over 250 units from the same government office in the last 6 months. Just sayin'
     
  32. Oldie

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    I've got an NP6150, it's light, has a 1080p screen, more than powerful enough, and has about a 3 hour battery life too. I've had a couple of Sagers, loved them all.
     
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    If price was no object I'd configure my own from Widow PC.
     
  34. MGDMN

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    Why? Those are stupidly overpriced.
     
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    I've supported a govvie group which used a ton of the E6410s and E6420s as well. I have to say... I find them to be fantastic machines, but the users will find hilarious ways to break ANYTHING. Really, I've seen a laptop come in with the keyboard bashed in after the user claimed he dropped his soup bowl on it (then why does it smell like beer?), I've seen push updates from NMCI break hundreds of computers at one shot, I've seen laptops come back after people's kids have been allowed to play on them. My verdict on those latitudes? Great laptops marred by terrible users.
     
  36. dmfg

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    I like the angular design of the Vaio SA/SB series - not a fan of curves on laptops. And as someone else says, it seems to be the last of a dying breed of actually powerful subnotebooks.

    The engineer in me is amazed that they manage to dissipate the heat in a 13" chassis, but the price you pay for that is some pretty loud fan speeds under full load.

    On a similar note, I liked the Dell Latitudes - 6410 in particular, which struck a nice balance across pretty much all areas while maintaining a clean efficient look.
     
  37. arr4ws

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    my asus g51J has been a great laptop since i bought it 2 years ago. I still play the latest game easily on it.
     
  38. skeeder

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    I agree, consumer based laptops suck the big one. I will only buy business laptops. I like the latitude series, had good luck with those, even the HP NC books, completely love IBM/Lenovo.
     
  39. Nanan

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    My MSI GT780DXR looks really slick, mat black plastic and black brushed aluminum. The fact that it stomps all games out right now at max settings while running cool and quiet just owns.
     
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    Honestly I think the Thinkpads have the best look -- I have always loved the plain and simple black cases.

    If I could get any laptop with no price range whatsoever? Maybe a fully decked out x220? Or a T420 I guess, since those can have discrete graphics, but it's a tad large.

    Or I'd buy the most expensive Thinkpad I could find, then trade it in for cash... use the cash to buy a cheaper one... and have some leftover... :p