What’s the better laptop to purchase: a mid-range Dell, HP or Toshiba
running Windows 8 Pro, a terabyte hard drive, 2 GB dedicated graphics card and
6 GB of memory?
In this excerpt from
Answercast #101, I talk about some of the variables involved in buying a
computer. It will be different for each person.
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You know what, I honestly don’t know. I get this kind of question all the
time. I really do. It pains me to have to answer this way but… It really
depends on you more than me. It depends on:
How you use your computer;
What programs you plan to run on that computer?
How many of them run simultaneously?
Are they graphics intensive?
Are they computation intensive or do you just read email and browse the
What other resources are available to you?
Do you have a different place to take these things when it breaks? Depending
on which manufacturer’s computer you purchase.
Are there purchasing benefits and opportunities that would be available to
you specifically in your area, or at the local stores, or for one or more of
these particular models?
The models that you list (Dell, HP, Toshiba) they all make good computers.
They really do. I have a long history with Dell – but today, I wouldn’t be
averse to having either of the other two as well.
The problem is, like I said, the devil is in the details. The details vary
from person to person. So it’s not a question that I can answer directly.
I do have an article called What computer should you
buy? and it really does talk about some of the characteristics of the
computer that you should be looking at when you are thinking about buying a new
computer. But as to specifically which one is better than the other? Not only
does that answer change over time, it changes depending on who’s buying the
(Transcript lightly edited for readability.)
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