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tuiruru
08-05-2008, 10:34 AM
My Toshiba M 30 Notebook is on its last legs (Integrated "video card" stuffed). I've looked at HP, Compaq, Toshiba and Dell for a possible replacement, but can anyone give me a "heads up" on the reliability/comparative specs/support/other stuff for ASUS notebooks?

If you want to expand your comments to cover the other brands that would be good as well ( is this where I run foul of the moderator?). At the moment, 'cos i'm on a limited budget, I'm looking at an HP Pavillion dv6822TX (Thrive Special Edition) Notebook. see:
http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/nz/en/ho/WF06b/1090709-1116637-1116665-1116665-1116665-81721168-82064530.html?jumpid=reg_R1002_NZEN

I need to take "other things" into account eg the new Dells have a "slot" type optical drive bay which apparently can cause problems with mini DVD discs, the Toshibas have gone very "chunky" with the case, a lot of notebook keyboards seem to put the "delete" key in the top right hand corner near the backspace key whereas I'm used to it being down on the right so I can do "CTRL > ALT > DELETE" quickly, does the keyboard and touch pad feel good etc, etc

Thanks in advance
Tui

Bantu
08-05-2008, 12:31 PM
ASUS make great Motherboards.

As far as a Laptop goes I would only go IBM or Toshiba, or maybe Mac

kersonan
08-05-2008, 12:36 PM
I've owned a couple of Asus laptops, while the first one was ok, the second one (A4 series) managed to burn out its wifi module, no biggie just use a pcmcia type, and develop a rather nasty screen rolling issues.

Asus New zealands technical support and after sales care did not meet my expectations and i would recommend doing anything you can to avoid them.

Video cards, motherboards etc, Asus all the way, Laptops never ever again.

Dell laptops i find to be rather good, if you buy via the webpage you can get a nice price, their after sales care is great, and they offer an awesome warranty. (no i dont work for dell)

SolMiester
08-05-2008, 12:48 PM
I have always liked Toshiba laptops, in fact I still have my Jun 02 purchase ticking up nicely, although the battery now only last 30min.....

I buy HP laptops for work, much of a muchness really, the plus side in the support here in NZ for them.

nofam
08-05-2008, 12:49 PM
I've owned and recommended ASUS lappies for a few years now, and never had any problems with them.

Check out Dick Smith for really good deals on them too! :thumbs:

wratterus
08-05-2008, 12:52 PM
I like Asus everything. Especially laptops.

As nofam said, some of the bigger chain stores (DSE Included) do have really good deals on them.

pctek
08-05-2008, 12:55 PM
I like ASUS.
I like the 3yr warranty model Toshibas too.


"Not only is ASUS ranked in the top 5 ODM companies in the world, their reputation in quality is second to none. Quality and Quality Control is the main reason. They have small and slim 12.1" laptops, to sexy, portable and light 14.1" laptops, Affordable yet slick gaming 15.4" laptops, to full media center 17" laptops. With unbeatable quality, customization and unheard of customer service.

Clevo makes the Sager NP9262, the Alienware Area 51, the Voodoo Envy, the Hypersonic Aero ...they are all the same computer.

Compal makes some of the the DELL, Hewlett Packard and Compaqs.

Quanta makes many of the Dell Latitude and Lenovo (IBM laptops.

Asustek currently has notebook orders from Apple computer, Sony, Samsung Electronics and JVC. They also make their own."

notechyet
08-05-2008, 01:17 PM
I like Asus everything. Especially laptops.

As nofam said, some of the bigger chain stores (DSE Included) do have really good deals on them.
wratterus
How do the Asus compare with MacBookPro?
Price and otherwise?
NT

wratterus
08-05-2008, 01:25 PM
Umm.. you can't really compare them. Try half the price...probably similar/better quality, I honestly don't know. You gotta compare apples to apples, not apples to squashes.

notechyet
08-05-2008, 01:29 PM
Umm.. you can't really compare them. Try half the price...probably similar/better quality, I honestly don't know. You gotta compare apples to apples, not apples to squashes.

wratterus
apples=asus and squashes=MBP??
probably similar/better quality= which one makes the better?
I'm just thinking I might go MBP?
NT

jwil1
08-05-2008, 01:44 PM
wratterus
apples=asus and squashes=MBP??
probably similar/better quality= which one makes the better?
I'm just thinking I might go MBP?
NT

Maybe apples = MBP?? Apple does make them anyway ;)
I don't think we could call Asus a squash though...

wratterus
08-05-2008, 02:04 PM
Yes, the apple is Asus...

I should have used a different example. The MBP is definitely a squash.

I'm not quite with it today.

Maybe a rock melon. Destructible. :p

kersonan
08-05-2008, 02:46 PM
I'm curious

How many of you have dealt with Asus NZ? for repairs etc?

pcuser42
08-05-2008, 03:19 PM
We have an ASUS tablet (similar to a lappy though) and only had one problem - the latch to keep the screen down is broken.

Remove the antivirus as soon as you get it though, it's Norton. :yuck:

vitalstatistix
08-05-2008, 05:46 PM
wratterus
How do the Asus compare with MacBookPro?
Price and otherwise?
NT

Not sure about the price of the Asus but the MBP 15" starts at $3,198 and will run Windows via Bootcamp, VMware (new beta out:thumbs:) or Parallels if needed.
Specs are
* 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
* 2GB memory
* 200GB hard drive1
* Double-layer SuperDrive
* NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT with 256MB
# One FireWire 400 port at up to 400 Mbps
# One FireWire 800 port at up to 800 Mbps
# 15-inch MacBook Pro: Two 480-Mbps USB 2.0 ports
http://www.apple.com/au/macbookpro/specs.html

Comes with Leopard OS and includes iLife08 and a demo version of iWork08

beeswax34
08-05-2008, 06:14 PM
If you want a decent laptop, Lenovo or HP are your best choices.

Don't buy a Mac, the new ThinkPad is far better and cheaper if you get one with a HDD in it.

notechyet
08-05-2008, 06:47 PM
If you want a decent laptop, Lenovo or HP are your best choices.

Don't buy a Mac, the new ThinkPad is far better and cheaper if you get one with a HDD in it.

beeswax
Would you be able to elaborate the reasons?
What is negative on MBP(except $$) and what is so good on ThinkPad?
NT

beeswax34
08-05-2008, 11:43 PM
Wait, are we talking about a MBP or the Macbook Air?

Even if we are comparing a MBP, the specs that Vitalstatistix gave you START at $3198. For the same price (most of them are cheaper), I could get:

http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?pName=hp-8510w-core-2-duo-t7700-240ghz-2gb-120gb-154vb

Awesome: http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?pName=toshiba-x200-t7800-26ghz-2gb-400gb-17

http://www.computerdirect.co.nz/products/product.asp?KEY=12136

http://www.sigmapconline.co.nz/product_info.php?products_id=4307

http://www.softwareshop.co.nz/Master_Display.cfm?productid=1273436

http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=NBKHNB8519

http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=NBKANB0062

AND, you aren't stuck with crappy OSX. Can't even maximize windows: WTH?

notechyet
09-05-2008, 06:50 AM
Wait, are we talking about a MBP or the Macbook Air?

Even if we are comparing a MBP, the specs that Vitalstatistix gave you START at $3198. For the same price (most of them are cheaper), I could get:
http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?pName=hp-8510w-core-2-duo-t7700-240ghz-2gb-120gb-154vb
Awesome: http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?pName=toshiba-x200-t7800-26ghz-2gb-400gb-17
http://www.computerdirect.co.nz/products/product.asp?KEY=12136
http://www.sigmapconline.co.nz/product_info.php?products_id=4307
http://www.softwareshop.co.nz/Master_Display.cfm?productid=1273436
http://pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=NBKHNB8519
http://www.pbtech.co.nz/index.php?item=NBKANB0062

AND, you aren't stuck with crappy OSX. Can't even maximize windows: WTH?
Beeswax

I clicked on all the links! That must've taken you some time to find?
Some of those look like decent machines and it gets harder for me to decide what I want to do in the next month or so .
I have a Mac friend and he is a 200% Mac fan(and user for at least 4years) and he tries to convince me that MBP is the best of them!
NT

pctek
09-05-2008, 12:16 PM
How many of you have dealt with Asus NZ? for repairs etc?

Notebook Service Center
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday - Friday
Freephone: 0800 278 778

Not sure who ASUS NZ is, but all ASUS laptops I sell get this number, warranty or non-warranty.


And they're great.

beeswax34
09-05-2008, 08:18 PM
Beeswax

I clicked on all the links! That must've taken you some time to find?
Some of those look like decent machines and it gets harder for me to decide what I want to do in the next month or so .
I have a Mac friend and he is a 200% Mac fan(and user for at least 4years) and he tries to convince me that MBP is the best of them!
NT

No, Pricespy helps quite a lot :D

But no, seriously, don't buy a Mac. You get tied into their whole ''ecosystem' of products and services. Whatever a Mac can do, a PC can do cheaper and far easier to maintain and upgrade in the long run as well.

Your Mac friends behaviour surprises no one :lol:

notechyet
09-05-2008, 08:27 PM
No, Pricespy helps quite a lot :D
But no, seriously, don't buy a Mac. You get tied into their whole ''ecosystem' of products and services. Whatever a Mac can do, a PC can do cheaper and far easier to maintain and upgrade in the long run as well.
Your Mac friends behaviour surprises no one :lol:
Beeswax
Thanks for that.:thumbs:
I'm also quite surprised that there are not many people writing and asking things about Mac here:dogeye:
NT

Metla
09-05-2008, 09:19 PM
I'm also quite surprised that there are not many people writing and asking things about Mac here:dogeye:



Would you also be quite surprised by the lack of people asking things about PC's at Macworld?

As already noted they are all manufactured in the same factories, They all do the same functions, You just get far more value (read POWER) for money when you by a non-mac laptop, But some people are more interested in the brand name itself then the product.