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Old 07-04-2019, 08:45 AM   #16
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I watch his channel too.

He hates apple but wouldn't be where he is if it wasn't for their horrible business and design practices (ie soldering storage in vs using a removable card) - there would be no market for his board level repair services.

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PCs are priced so low, it still doesn't make sense to spend $2-400 on a repair on a 2 year laptop.
The better business grade units selling for $1000+ are worth expensive repairs i think.
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Old 07-04-2019, 09:08 AM   #17
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The better business grade units selling for $1000+ are worth expensive repairs i think.
They don't break nearly as often. My surface book is over 3 years old and still kicking, no problem...... Of course, now that I've said that....

I've sold plenty of lenovo and Toshiba laptops. Some in the upper price ranges. Even the cheap ones generally last, without issue, except if someone breaks them or drops plenty of liquid on them. My Asus went through 2 batteries, 3 chargers, 2 hard drives, and I rubbed the paint off where my palms rest while typing, before I finally gave up on it. (I know, very bad for the wrists. I used wrist braces.) it lasted 5 or 6 years, through college and my programming job.


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Old 07-09-2019, 11:38 PM   #18
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Can also vouch for Toshiba laptops. The one I accidentally got wet was a Lenovo, but I think I damaged it pretty badly anyway.
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Have a friend that always recommended Toshiba. So I get a Toshiba laptop. At 6mos the display quit. The ribbon in the hinge broke. Toshiba repair said it was not warranty thing, wanted $400 to replace. They initially refused to sell me a ribbon but finally did for $20



I fidgeted the thing apart, replaced ribbon and display worked. Hah!


As I was reinstalling keyboard I noticed a connector which appeared to be sticking up and gently pushed it down. It broke off the motherboard. I called the repair place guy told him I have all kind of cards, modems, etc., that have been banging around in boxes and never had one break that easily.
He said WalMart has been pushing all computer prices down, and consequently, quality. He said you have to get one in the $2k price range and suggested Mil spec like used by heavy equip tecs in the field.
So I get a $3k Mil spec Toshiba. Keyboard had water drains, etc. Always indoors, no spills. Six months in something inside released the magic smoke.
So now I just plan replacing every few years and back up on ext drive.


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Brand name alone means nothing - lenovo makes a cheapie laptop called "ideapad".

All of them have been cheapened including business grade; many if not most don't have optical drives and easily replaceable batteries now.

Business grade is still better quality than consumer - for lenovo need to get at least the E series to get something half decent.
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Brand name alone means nothing - lenovo makes a cheapie laptop called "ideapad".

All of them have been cheapened including business grade; many if not most don't have optical drives and easily replaceable batteries now.

Business grade is still better quality than consumer - for lenovo need to get at least the E series to get something half decent.
Lenovo business grade laptops aren't bad at all. Those and Toshiba were what we sold the most. It was a liquidfier type store, and got a lot of off lease lenovos. I didn't think very highly of Toshiba when i started, but as time went on, I was surprised with their low warranty rates. Granted the store didn't provide much warranty, but Toshiba themselves would give up to 1 year on their refurbished products. (usually very new, but returned early, with no use. I think it was bratty people returning gifts because it wasn't an Apple.....) No other brand that we found, would offer any warranty.

I still use my Toshiba TVs, 6 years later, and the laptop was given away when I got the surface book. It still works, the last I heard.

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ideapad = consumer.

the user experience has gone down, not just quality -> the thinkpad keyboard looks more like what you would find in a consumer product, the some of the buttons aren't arranged like a desktop version any more and no separate volume adjustment any more, have to use function keys.

Worse yet, the removable batteries are going away, they're trying to copy apple.
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ideapad = consumer.

the user experience has gone down, not just quality -> the thinkpad keyboard looks more like what you would find in a consumer product, the some of the buttons aren't arranged like a desktop version any more and no separate volume adjustment any more, have to use function keys.

Worse yet, the removable batteries are going away, they're trying to copy apple.
Don't get me started there. I still have a Samsung s5 just because it has a removable battery and was waterproof before i broke it twice.

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