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Is there a laptop on this planet that will last 10 years?

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by kf711, Sep 20, 2010.

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  1. Rodster

    Rodster Merica

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    I remember Grid (Tandy Co.) laptops as being the most rugged laptops I had ever seen back in the early 90's. I used to service them and I remember the sales reps would brag about how part of the demo to the customer they WOULD THROW their laptops in their trunk or drop it on top of the desk. Those things were tanks but so were the first gen ThinkPads.
     
  2. dougnewman

    dougnewman Notebook Enthusiast

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    It doesn't matter whether it physically lasts -- whatever you want to do in 2019, a computer from 2010 probably won't do it too well. A computer from 2013 might not even do it well, but 2019 software is definitely not going to be designed to run on a 2010 computer.

    My dad has a 10-year-old Dell Inspiron 5000 that still runs (or at least did the last time we tried), though it's got a crack in the plastic casing. I don't remember the original price but it was certainly north of $3,000. A $300 netbook in 2010 is vastly more powerful. Specs here. It's got a 450 MHz PIII, 192MB RAM ... I don't remember the HDD size but I guess it must have been between 6 and 18 GB. A 4200rpm drive, mind you. And 4 or 8 MB of VRAM. Oh and his has the optional modem and NIC! About the only thing about it that isn't totally hopeless by today's standards is the SXGA+ display.
     
  3. Gloomy

    Gloomy Notebook Evangelist

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    You should like. Take a colorimeter and measure that display's specs. I've been wondering how they used to make them. I've had a ton of old computers but for some reason I can't remember colors as vividly as other things. I bet the displays were terrible
     
  4. dougnewman

    dougnewman Notebook Enthusiast

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    Yeah, I should have been clearer. The resolution is pretty good by today's standards. I doubt it's too great in any other respect, and while I doubt it was that bright in 2000, I'm sure the backlighting has dimmed since then ... though it hasn't been used for a very long time.

    I wouldn't have thought my colorimeter would work with Windows 2000, but it allegedly does ... hmm, maybe an interesting exercise sometime!

    The oldest computer I know of that is still running is also my dad's, an IBM Aptiva from 1997. IIRC it's a 166MHz Pentium Classic, 16 MB RAM, 2 GB HDD ... still useful for running legacy DOS software (!), but at long last, should be rendered totally unnecessary by the end of the year. Of course, it is not a notebook, though it is amazing the 13-year-old HDD still works.
     
  5. lead_org

    lead_org Purveyor of Truth

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    i have a T40 from 2003 that is still ticking along right now. So i guess 10 years is feasible, but you would definitely upgrade to something else within say 6 years, as by then the applications you want to run would need a faster hardware.

    Hardware may last 10 years, but whether you are going to use it for 10 years full time, is another question. If you are intending to keep your hardware for 10 years, you probably should look at the fully rugged Panasonic Toughbook.
     
  6. damian5000

    damian5000 Notebook Evangelist

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    Umm...Because it's nice to have something portable. Especially nowadays. Sounds like he's at least thinking about it. So why wait. There's no answer you can give that makes sense unless of course he's penniless and living on the street.
     
  7. jadedpony

    jadedpony Notebook Enthusiast

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    I agree. I have had desktops all of my life and just convinced myself I needed to purchase a laptop. Until he leaves for school, he does not need a laptop. Hell I've been out of college for four years and like I said just this year justified buying a laptop.

    I agree with others who have said that five years is a reasonable amount of time to want to use a laptop for day to day tasks. Beyond that, it's quickly becoming obsolete with supporting current software...
     
  8. damian5000

    damian5000 Notebook Evangelist

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    Who says he needed one. You don't need to shower every day, make love, or eat ice cream once in a while, yet it can be quite pleasant, yes? Obviously the guy is semi-interested in one at this point or he wouldn't of posted. And nowadays you can have a 2nd hand decent notebook for <$300 that'll run circles around most any software excepting games and hi end apps. There's no reason to wait and deprive yourself of portability for 3 years when they're that cheap. This is 2010, not 1980.

    Get yourself a notebook. 3 years from now you'll look back and be glad you did.
     
  9. jadedpony

    jadedpony Notebook Enthusiast

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    If he can find exactly what he wants, I agree with you buy it now. But if his desktop can hold him over, he can wait and save up until he can buy exactly what he wants.

    I'm assuming from his first post that he's on a limited budget since he wants it to last for 10 years so yeah, if he waited, he would be that much closer to making it all of the way out of school...

    Funny part is, that's his only post and the rest of us have been chatting it up not knowing any of his other thoughts...
     
  10. Partizan

    Partizan Notebook Deity

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    Maybe if you buy a fully maxed out Mac desktop for 24 000 euros it will last you for 10 years. Even for a desktop thats quite unrealistic, let alone notebooks. Lets face the facts: once you're above the 1000 euro price tag you pay exponentially higher prices for marginal performance increases.

    It would be more cost efficient to buy a new laptop for +-800&#8364; every 2-3 years than buying a 2000&#8364; laptop today which would be outdated in a few years anyway. Don't forget if you will use your laptop in school everyday, opening and closing it multiple times a day, carrying it around which will unavoidably give schocks to it, and so on, it will wear down no matter what.

    So if you want to have a decent laptop over a timespan of 10 years, imo it would be better to spread your budget over several notebooks instead of investing all that money in 1 system.
     
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    tktk Notebook Evangelist

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    I use 2 computers at home that are old and still work well:

    T40 (6+ yrs) (PM, 512MB Ram, ATI 7500)
    Acer C102 tablet (9+ years) (P3, 256 MB ram)

    Both work great for basic internet and slingbox. I run XP SP2 with services trimmed down. I also use a program called Process Lasso to prevent freezes.

    Honestly, the T40 has a similar powered CPU and graphics to a netbook. If I throw in a GB of RAM it will run even better. I mostly use it to hook up to my old 32" CRT TV by S-Video for streaming movies/slingbox.

    Of course you all are using new fangled tech like flat screens and HDMI... but I'm getting by :)
     
  12. zCee

    zCee Notebook Enthusiast

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    I just recently gave away my Gateway Solo laptop because I didn't wan't to replace the hard drive for the third time. It was a 1990's model and except for a hard drive, it was still going strong and I had updated to a small version of XP.

    Try a Toughbook?
     
  13. kf711

    kf711 Newbie

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    YES...Thank you. That would be my main reason. Portability. Money wouldn't be an issue; it would have been a gift. And no, I'm not homeless lol. Putting it all into perspective now though it's kind of a stupid question. I was thinking on the grounds of how my parents don't like me to spend my money too much, but by 2019 I'll be 24 and (hopefully) with a job. So, expecting a laptop to work about 6 years, that would give me until 2016, 3 years before I graduate college. And at 21 I could easily get a job and buy myself a new one if necessary. Everyone's right, just because a laptop CAN run for 9 years, doesn't mean it should. I already went with the decision to not go for one right now though. I can wait a couple years.
     
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