IBM, Sony, Toshiba – the top end of the laptop market?
There are basically three kinds of laptop makers. The first make laptops that are expensive, luxurious, lightweight, well-built and hard-wearing. These are durable, rugged machines that won’t get damaged by everyday wear and tear.
In the next category down, there are normal laptops – mid-range, mid-price, middle of the road. You get what you pay for, no more, no less, but they’re well-made and do the job perfectly fine.
Then, at the bottom of the market, you have cheap laptops that are, to be frank, completely crappy. They’re heavy, unwieldy, and fall apart at the least provocation.
Which category you choose to shop in is up to you, although I’d strongly recommend against the last one! To make your decision, though, you need to know which brand belongs where.
At the top, in the luxury sector, you’ll find Toshiba, Samsung, Sony (Vaio) and Apple, as well as the IBM Thinkpads that are now sold by Lenovo. These machines can all be outrageously expensive, but at the same time, worth it if you’ve got the money.
In the mid-range, you’ll find Fujitsu, Acer, and HP/Compaq – HP and Compaq still brand their computers separately, but they are basically the same machines. A few of the cheapest Apple machines also belong in this category, such as the iBook.
Finally, at the bottom, you’ll find Dell, as well as a bunch of off-brand clone machines (some argue that Gateway also belong in this category, but it’s borderline). If you know what’s good for you, avoid them. Unfortunately, the fact that Dell makes the cheapest laptops means that huge numbers of people have them. If you’re not convinced that a cheap laptop could ever be bad, ask a few people that you see around using them – I’m sure they’ll tell you that they wish they’d bought something else.
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