Do business-class laptops still have higher-quality parts compared to consumer models?

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  1. kylera

    kylera Notebook Enthusiast

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    I remember hearing a long time ago that the reason why business-class laptops (ThinkPad, Dell Latitude, HP EliteBook, etc.) are so pricey compared to consumer models, but feature lower specs is because their parts tend to be of higher quality, meaning that they would last longer before something breaks down.

    Does that still hold true today? I go into Dell's online store, and I see the XPS in their business side, and here I thought the XPS was initially a consumer brand.
     
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    Mobius 1 Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    xps used to be dell's alienware until they actually bought the alienware brand, then nerfed the xps specs
     
  3. kosti

    kosti Notebook Virtuoso

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    Business class laptops are usually built with stronger materials for better durability and often offer more expansion ports and a docking port. Some also offer workstation grade graphics (Nvidia Quadro/AMD Firepro).
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Nobel Laureate

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    The underlying hardware components (CPU, HDD/SSD, etc) are generally the same between consumer- and business-class notebooks. The major differences are in the physical design. As the former continually marches toward thin and light, the latter continues to be thicker and heavier so it can better withstand daily use and abuse. Business systems are also easier to work on, with more components that are easy to replace, either by in-house IT staff or factory technicians who provide on-site support. Any downtime means a company is losing revenue. The up-front cost for a Latitude or Elitebook can be higher than an XPS or Envy, but that expense is usually made up on the back end with longer running time.
     
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    Kent T Notebook Virtuoso

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    saturnotaku here said it all. And agreed 100% solidly. When many a consumer notebook must be babied to get 3 years of good life, very often the business system's sturdier build and ease of maintenance gets twice the useful lifespan. Parts and accessories are also much easier to find, which helps extend the life of these laptops. In the long run, the business class laptop is the cheapest to own.
     
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    Starlight5 W I N T E R B O R N

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    Also, keyboards are still way better. (=
     
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    tilleroftheearth Wisdom listens quietly...

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    Yeah, buying 'cheap' is for the rich kids. Buy quality when you value your hard earned $$$. ;)
     
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    alexhawker Spent Gladiator

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    This. And better warranties.


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    hungle Notebook Enthusiast

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    Looking at only the same configuration, I found that a Mac is usually more expensive than a PC. Since I only need a laptop for 6 years maximum, a PC is good enough for me.
     
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    John Ratsey Moderately inquisitive Super Moderator

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    And is a Macbook designed for ease of repair, upgrading or replacing a tired battery?

    John
     
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    bennni Notebook Evangelist

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    That last question is the equaivalent, in parenting terms, or asking:

    And is a high-powered, extremely volatile, explosive device, with nails and shards of metal taped to the outside, a good toy for your child to play with?
     
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