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Asus and Dell, Asus really that good?

Discussion in 'Asus' started by doogieduff, Jul 27, 2006.

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  1. doogieduff

    doogieduff Newbie

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    Well, I ordered a Dell XPS m1210 a week ago and actually called to cancel the order today. I did for a few reasons, one that 12" may be too small, but a big reason because lots of people (at least on this site) seem to love Asus notebooks and I've never even heard of the company. Can anyone please give me a little on Asus and why you guys think they may be better than a solid company like Dell? I'm still in dire need of a notebook and may end up repurchasing the m1210, but definitely want to check out all my options. Thanks. -Will
     
  2. alvin545

    alvin545 Notebook Enthusiast

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    ASUS makes more then jsut laptops. They have been making computer components for a long time (such as motherboards).

    Also, ASUS makes many laptops for other companies. I believe they have orders from Apple to make the 13" macbooks. I believe they make some Sony notebooks and Dell notebooks as well, or at least have orders to make them in the future.

    Check the ASUS FAQ thread. I think their contract details may be mentioned there.
     
  3. Underpantman

    Underpantman Notebook Virtuoso

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    Yes take a quick read thru the faq's and also have a look at a few posts/reviews of notebooks...I suggest the W3 and W7 series might be a good place to start, they are the 2 most popular light and portable notebooks at the moment.
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  4. Sirius

    Sirius Notebook Consultant

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    well the reason you haven't heard the brand Asus was that they were not really making their own for some time. They were working under larger corporations manufacuring major components whether it be the motherboards, HD or screens. They recently decided to manufacture their own lineup of laptops which have a very sold build and great performance. Visit their main site or read the faq to learn more.
     
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    michdude Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yes - Asus is THAT good!
    Dell is THAT bad!

    I'm done with Dell's forever and I'm in love with my Asus' computers.
     
  6. doogieduff

    doogieduff Newbie

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    From what I've read, it seems that purchasing and maintaining an Asus may be a bit more complicated as you must go through a reseller for purchase and/or repair. I don't know the percentages of sales to problems, but I read way more posts about Asus users having problems than Dell users. I know problems are inevitable but convenience and speedy downtime are important to me (as I know practically nothing about computers) and from what I've read, Dell is tops at customer service. I'm pretty much sold on an Asus or Dell, (would consider Sony, but don't they seem way more expensive than everyone else?) but also want to make sure I'm making the right decision.

    michdude, why is Dell THAT bad? Objective opinions scream much louder than subjective ones.
     
  7. SRD

    SRD Notebook Virtuoso

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    actually its easier. the reseller support is far above dells. You can get real answers any time. and the ensembles series are handled by asus. overall better support than from dell by far.
     
  8. duepeace

    duepeace Notebook Guru NBR Reviewer

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    Just pick up any PC related magazine and you'll see "ASUS" mentioned many times.

    It's good that you decided to give ASUS a chance. Dell is pretty good value I guess, but ASUS is simply just good stuff. Do yourself a favour and hop down to an ASUS retailer near you to take a look and see if their laptops are to your liking.
     
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    doc_who Notebook Geek

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    "I don't know the percentages of sales to problems, but I read way more posts about Asus users having problems than Dell users."

    Keep in mind that you will get a skewed view of the problems if you rely on the forums because not many people will say that their ASUS has no problems; people will tend to only post if they have problems. I guess a way you could think about it is compare the number of people that have problems with the number of people who absolutely love their ASUS :) I, for one, am a extremely satisfied ASUS owner and my old Dell doesn't compare to the build quality of the ASUS. My dad just bought a E1505 and my W3J is built better inch per inch...a completely plastic case found in the Dells just doesn't cut it with my brushed anodized metal and carbon fiber casing on the W3J.

    In the end, you'll have to make up your own mind about it. Just because you've never heard of ASUS before doesn't mean that it's not an excellent brand. I too never heard of ASUS before until I did my research on laptops and I decided to take the W3J over the Lenovo T60 and have never looked back since (though you couldn't go too far wrong with the T60 as well ;)).
     
  10. doogieduff

    doogieduff Newbie

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    Thanks for the input, please keep it coming.

    How would I find an Asus retailer? (I'm in Colorado)

    What do Asus lovers think of Dell's new m1210?
     
  11. SRD

    SRD Notebook Virtuoso

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    if you want to read problems. go to reseller ratings.com and read dells stuff. which has a rating of 3.84
    http://www.resellerratings.com/seller1867.html

    now do a search for proportable.com and geared2play.com they have almost 10s. if you have issues these guys are the best hands down. and remember most people who buy dell arent on the forums. people who buy dells a large majorty dont know much about pcs. asus buyers tend to be people who know about asus from their motherboards and other products.
     
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    SRD Notebook Virtuoso

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    Mikeoo17 Notebook Deity

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    Asus is the educated decision! Dell is the lathargic decision!

    I have a friend who has had a 12" Dell for almost 4 years with no problems. I have never heard him complain and it does everything he needs it to. If you got a dell, I'm sure you'd be happy with it...

    On the other hand... Asus is at the leading edge of performance and quality. The computer I'm leaning towards, the W3J, is pound for pound, $ for $ the best 14" laptop being sold to consumers. It's an all around solid machine with very few flaws.

    BTW the M1210 has a 256MB Turbocached GPU. Of that 256MG, only 64 is on board. 80% of people who buy a Dell won't pick up on that and assume they have a stellar graphics card. That's because most of their clients don't take the time to educate themselves before they decide. It's a good thing they don't, otherwise they would be Asus customers instead;)
     
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    wearetheborg Notebook Virtuoso

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    Does Asus really make notebooks with a better build quality than the XPS/latitude/precisions ? I read a review of Z96J, it seemed better than the insprirons, but precisons - NO WAY !!!!!!!
     
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    michdude Notebook Enthusiast

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    I can't write my entire saga now but suffice it to say that their geniuses in India were walking me through a simple repair which was only needed because my MB failed for the fourth time and upon repair couldn't work right. In the process they deleted my entire HD [six years worth of important data] - They promised to settle with me and said they'd do something "serious" to replace my loss in addition to a number of other things. Suffice it to say that they didn't do squat - I never got through to them again - they never returned a call again and after a year when I got through on my thirtieth try they explained that they account was closed because it was "inactive"

    This was far from the first time their components had failed. Their service stinks and their quality is worse.

    I swear that if they gave me a free computer I wouldn't take it!
     
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    sabrewulf165 Notebook Consultant

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    I almost ordered the m1210 instead. It's too small of a screen for my taste, and yet the notebook itself is actually a bit too large (thick) for it's class. The GeForce 7400 graphics are also too weak, IMO (of course that's optional, you could use Intel GMA instead, but I do like to game a bit so I needed something better than Intel or 7400)

    m1210 probably does better batt life than my A8Jm, but 3 hours (or close to 4 with wifi off) is more than sufficient considering I am not a road warrior. Dell advertises almost 8 hours batt life on the m1210 with their larger 9-cell battery, but I'm betting that's with Intel GMA and you probably won't get nearly that much if you use the 7400 graphics.
     
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    wearetheborg Notebook Virtuoso

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    And then there are people like me. I had problem with the screen - minor light bleeding. They sent a repairman next day with a new screen.
    I'm saying, their inspirons might not be that great, but thier business line seems well built, with excellent customer service.
     
  18. CalebSchmerge

    CalebSchmerge Woof NBR Reviewer

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    You might be surprised, I have used plenty of notebooks in my day, Dell, HP, Toshiba, Gateway, IBM, Compaq, and more, but none have come close the the quality of the Asus V6j I have. Lets put it this way, without even opening the computer to turn it on, or check for quality, I can tell the Asus is better, because even brand new laptops from the others creek when you pick them up. Asus builds their computers right. Its worth the money - 100%.
     
  19. wearetheborg

    wearetheborg Notebook Virtuoso

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    Doesnt Asus make laptops for HP ??
    Soooooo if HP laptops creak, that means .............
    :D
    And no way Asus is better than the thinkpads. Even the asus resellers on this forum have indicated that IBM is better built.
    I too have had Dell(inspirons, M90), IBM(T30,T42), Sony vaio, and I gotta say, the Dell precision laptop is one solid machine - the 17" machine has less flex/creak than the 14.1" inch T42 and T30. Their customer service so far has been stellar.
     
  20. pin

    pin Notebook Consultant

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    I have so far only used Dell laptops (Inspiron 3800 which lasted me 5 years and Inspiron 6000, which I have had for about a year). Overall cannot really complain, esp in terms of value for money, you get a good bargain with them. They have both been excellent machines in terms of reliability.

    When there have been problems Dell have been very good in fixing the problems, I have to say their support is better than people make it out to be (in my own experience).

    Build quality wise the Dells have been OK. They are normally heavier than other similar models by other companies and the laptops don't feel as "solid". However as said above, you can get some great deals.

    Saying that I'm waiting for my new Asus (A8F), so will be interesting to compare my Inspiron 6000 to my new Asus.
     
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