whinestein wrote:HP is the Ford of the PC world. They make a good flagship model in each line then part it out to the lowest bidders. Then it's a crapshoot on how long the motherboard will last.
Lately, even on new laptops of different brands, I've had to replace hard drives and DVD drives within the first 6-10 months.
Eh, everyone seems to have their generalizations of a specific brand and horror stories to go along with it but my experience is they're all more or less the same. Most major brands have their reliable, top of the lines, expensive models, they have their budget models that are lower-spec'd and use cheaper parts, and they have the mid range models that fall somewhere in between. Pretty much all of them occasionally release an embarrassment that's plagued by an unusually high failure rate, usually due to a particular unreliable part (for example, any laptop model that used the 8600M or 8400M Nividia GPU). It happens.
There are some brands known exclusively for their cheap, generally low quality machines (think eMachines) but most of the major brands are fairly comparable. Short of warranty and customer service, they're mostly the same in terms of quality.