There is no "best brand." Price point and model description play more of a factor than anything else. For example, HP's have a reputation for being crappy, but that's just because most people buying $250-$400 laptops seem to go with HP. Their Elitebooks are monsters. And Lenovos are known for being amazing, but get one of their N series laptops instead of a Thinkpad, and you'll see quality just as bad as those budget HP's. Dell is a good choice if you get their upper level lineups, such as XPS or Alienware. If you get their Inspirons, you'll be as disappointed as you are with your current Toshiba.
Jeff's computers, as he mentions, are business class machines, and while solidly built, trade away performance and features for stability, as mentioned in that nightmare story above. All 3 that he mentions come factory with Windows 7, unless you pay to upgrade to Windows 8 (by the way, I'm typing this on my own T430 with Windows 8 Pro, so I partially agree with you, but that is what's best for me, not most people).
Asus and Vaio are awesome computers. With any brand, at the $1,000 price point you're going to get a great machine, especially if you go with something that's on sale, so you're getting a $1,400-$1,600 machine for that. You're going to love the Y series laptops. The 15" screen really is the best price/performance ratio, and your computer has a great set of upgrades.
Well, 18 months later and the Y500 has been to the shop twice in a month for hard drive failures. They replaced the motherboard and hard drive the first time, same issues happened - replaced the hard drive the second time, and now same issues happened again. At this point they are not offering a refund of the $269 I paid for them to fix it or a replacement machine.
Time to start looking at another brand. Lenovo only wants me to send it in again and I am not insane enough to think they will fix it properly this time.
Any suggestions of what to buy out there? Again, need to run Adobe Creative Suite - video editing, etc. Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance!
You got a $269 machine - 18 - 24 months is about what I would expect from that. You're trying to drive across the country with a bicycle and you need a car.
If you want something reliable & long lasting for CS video editing, you should probably triple that budget at a minimum. Given an open budget, what you really need is a portable workstation - the Lenovo Thinkpad W series or a Dell Precision. But those guys are around the $2k mark.
What's your budget for a replacement? If it's still < $300, you should expect the same results no matter who the manufacturer is.
So.. you ignored the general advice given in this thread (business class machine, etc.) and went with a cheap consumer class machine - it performed as to be expected, and now you want the same thing - the general consensus remains the same as well - whether or not history repeats itself is your choice now.
If you're going for a grand, I recommend a mac. You can even install windows on it for all your windows applications. You can save on tax by buying it through a retailer that doesn't charge tax in your state. Heck, Black Friday is coming up next month so you'll see some decent price cuts there too ($100 - $200 maybe).
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Thanks all. Pulled the trigger on the Thinkpad W540 since I wanted NVIDIA graphics as well as an i7 processor...and the configs in the depot didn't quite hit what I thought I needed based on other research. Ended up spending about $1200. Lenovo assures me that this configuration will make Adobe Creative Suite fly. We shall see. Really appreciate the guidance.
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