Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Mar 2012 22:17 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems For years and years now (since the first G4 iBooks), whenever someone asked me for advice about what laptop to buy, my standard answer was simple: get an Apple laptop. Doesn't matter which one. Apple was so far ahead of the competition it just wasn't funny anymore. This past weekend, though, marked the end of an era for me: for the first time, I advised someone to get an Asus ZenBook instead.
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RE[3]: ThinkPad?
by Doc Pain on Wed 28th Mar 2012 02:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: ThinkPad?"
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

They're very durable. Period.


They are not what they once were. We bought 10 x220 for our company. Guess how many were flawless only one week after delivery? None. [/q]

Compare that to the IBM Thinkpad 755C which I still have here. It must be from ca. 1996 and still has its original battery pack. This battery pack provides 5 hours without AC. The device itself is very durable. Even though it has been in heavy use over more than 10 years (imagine that for a "modern" laptop!), it doesn't have any mechanical or electrical problems. Plus it has a very good keyboard and of course a TrackPoint (the little red nub in the middle of the keyboard). Opening the device and replacing components doesn't involve any screwdriver or other tool. "You want it - you pull on it" is the concept to access floppy disk drive, accu, or hard disk.

From backlight bleeding to body cracking and jumpy touchpad whitout forgetting ghosting (yay, ghosting in 2012), this thing is flimsy.


You're describing a typical home-use commodity laptop which is designed to be in use for one year, and then to be thrown away. :-)

Next time we'll try apple.


Well, I was always lucky with their older devices (such as the iBook G4), also quite durable, except I needed to replace an external PSU once. Another issue I experienced myself were fading captions on the keys (due to keyboard use), and a backlight died (after the laptop jumped off the table). But I think that's common today among all available hardware...

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