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Unread 01-03-2008, 04:52 PM   #16
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Cant go wrong with sony!

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Unread 01-03-2008, 05:05 PM   #17
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Sony is nice, but not worth the extra cost. You pay a lot for that name.
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Unread 01-03-2008, 05:05 PM   #18
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I spent over $2 Million on desktops and laptops last year for my company. I'm an IT manager and I oversee our purchasing. We buy both Dell and HP. Personally, it's HP hands down for me - when comparing the two apples to apples. HP boast quality, Dell boast quantity. I've been to their factory and all they care about is how many they can build a day. They are made cheap. They source parts from whomever has them on sale. HP keeps the same parts thoughout the life cycle of the computer model.

Can't speak for Sony, Toshiba, Acer, etc. All consumer products.
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Unread 01-03-2008, 05:38 PM   #19
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if you're set on buying a Sony Vaio, go to their website and browse through their refurbished section. They've occasionally got Great deals! Friend bought a FZ series laptop for ~$600 less than he would have paid for if he built it new. The computer was also flawless when it came..
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Unread 01-03-2008, 06:06 PM   #20
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I spent over $2 Million on desktops and laptops last year for my company. I'm an IT manager and I oversee our purchasing

Where do you work? I'm graduating soon, and have three years experience in the IT field
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Unread 01-04-2008, 07:57 AM   #21
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HP. Circuit Citys Firedog techs can do all the HP mfg warranty work. So bring it to them (me) and make it my problem.
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Check out Tigerdirect.com. I get all my gear there. I have been doing networking for the military for 14 years and can easily tell you that if it wasn't for Dell machines and the older HP's that I wouldn't have a job. 12 months is a really long life span for a Dell and HP (we call them Hard Pressed to make it a week) do good for about 6 months. If you or looking for a high end performance machine and don't have the know how to buide your own machine, then go with a Toshiba or Gateway. For a tower set-up don't settle for less than a 300gb hard drive and 2 gb ram, a DVD burner, SATA and USB 2.0 ports with mulitiple card reader (like SD cards) and at least a 1.8 processor speed. Here's an ideal for under $500 http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...106&CatId=2632

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It's a telecom company in Calabasas, CA. We have about 30+ locations in about 12 different contries around the world. We do about $500 Million in annual sales. I've been here for almost 6 years now. Been in IT for about 13 years.
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Hey you in the corner, SHUT UP and SET YER *** DOWN! Some of us can't afford the awesomeness that would be a Macbook Pro. (The fully spec'd out one I want is in excess of 4 grand! A Mini as a multimedia center would be great too, but it gets to wait as well.)
haha you can save some money and still get an apple....get the macbook instead of the macbook pro
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It's a telecom company in Calabasas, CA. We have about 30+ locations in about 12 different contries around the world. We do about $500 Million in annual sales. I've been here for almost 6 years now. Been in IT for about 13 years.

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haha you can save some money and still get an apple....get the macbook instead of the macbook pro

NO WAI?!? He's saying he'd need one with features limited to the macbook pro.
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My two Dells have been good, over 5 years of good service, and I put them through hell on our aicraft on a daily basis.
The 5160 had a power port problem at the motherboard, and I got it fixed inexpensively. Has worked fine for my son for two years now.
My current 1505 has been great, and troublefree for almost two years.
I wish they still made the Toshiba Librettos with newer processors and hard drives. That tiny laptop was great for travel.
I still use one of them for my onboard GPS in long drives.
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haha you can save some money and still get an apple....get the macbook instead of the macbook pro

i gotta admit the macbooks are nice, but they are pricey, and they dont support alot of the cad programs that i'll need to be useing for my major.
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HP is definet between those too but after being in college and seeing the best...id have to say apple's are worth dishing out probably.
for the time being atleast, they are super strong and durable with awesome programs
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i gotta admit the macbooks are nice, but they are pricey, and they dont support alot of the cad programs that i'll need to be useing for my major.

autoCAD or what? I use Maya on Mac and PC, and like it better on a Mac. I understand it's not "CAD", but definitely still an autodesk program in the family.
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