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# Averatec Laptops

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Averatec Laptops [#permalink]  09 Jul 2007, 11:05
Does anyone know anything about these? I was all set to buy a Lenovo, when one of our IT guys offered to sell me his laptop. It's only 3 months old, but he's decided to sell it and buy a bike.

It's got way more power and brains than the laptop I was considering, so it seems to have all the guts. But I don't know anything about the brand. Apparently, it's something that Staples or Circuit City sells.

I guess I'm nervous about it, 'cause it ain't a fancy name brand. I'm so into that, apparently.

thanks
AAu

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Re: Averatec Laptops [#permalink]  09 Jul 2007, 11:12
http://reviews.cnet.com/laptops/averate ... 94095.html

The bottom line is that if you are going to subject the laptop to frequent abuse then go with a lenovo and an onsite warranty. Else, pocket the savings, donate part of it to charity and pray that good karma wards off any incidents.
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Thanks. The savings aren't even all the impressive -- I don't know what model he has, exactly, but it cost him over $1000, and he's not going to cut me much of a deal. SVP Joined: 31 Jul 2006 Posts: 2304 Schools: Darden Followers: 40 Kudos [?]: 446 [0], given: 0 [#permalink] 09 Jul 2007, 13:11 Don't do it. Avaratec laptops are often severely discounted at the big retailers - the kind of thing that you can find for discounted price + instant rebate + mail in rebate. I believe you'll find the difference in durability and reliability is not worth the cost savings. You can get a very capable Lenovo for about$1200; I couldn't imagine how much you'd need to save to make the Avaratec a reasonable alternative - maybe 1/2 off.

That said, I want to give a warning about current Lenovo notebooks. I ordered, one, but sent it back last Friday. The new models (T61, X61, R61) are having issues. I've been frequenting the notebookreview.com web page, and we've more or less narrowed it down to problems with turbo memory, Windows Vista, Lenovo loaded drivers & protection software and running on the battery. Check out the forum there if you want more details, but the bottom line is that the new models lock up and blue-screen, and Lenovo doesn't really have a solution right now.

If you do go with a Lenovo, get Windows XP Pro and do not select turbo memory. You shouldn't have any problems with that.
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I agree, but I can't believe the crap about the Lenovos! Glad to know that XP Pro (which I am getting) isn't the culprit. But I think I was planning on doing the turbo memory, but I won't now. I really don't do anything very demanding with my machines, so it's not worth it.

thanks again
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I got the T61 with XP pro. I am very happy with it so far. The turbo memory won't be an option with XP pro. I believe only the vista kernel (ooops..operating system) can take advantage it.
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I am going with one of the X models. I want skinny.
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There won't be a tracking pad or an optical drive. You will need to use a mouse or a thumbstick...just a heads up.

aaudetat wrote:
I am going with one of the X models. I want skinny.
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lhotseface wrote:
There won't be a tracking pad or an optical drive. You will need to use a mouse or a thumbstick...just a heads up.

aaudetat wrote:
I am going with one of the X models. I want skinny.

I like the nubby. Prefer it, in fact. All hale the nubby!

I'm not sure about the lack of optical, though. I guess an external wouldn't be the end of the world, but I dunno. I hate this.
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aaudetat wrote:
lhotseface wrote:
There won't be a tracking pad or an optical drive. You will need to use a mouse or a thumbstick...just a heads up.

aaudetat wrote:
I am going with one of the X models. I want skinny.

I like the nubby. Prefer it, in fact. All hale the nubby!

I'm not sure about the lack of optical, though. I guess an external wouldn't be the end of the world, but I dunno. I hate this.

I got the X60 a while back and have warmed up to the nubby. *hale to the nubby*

I did get the docking station with an optical drive just in case though.
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Xeo -

Did you consider getting the other optical drive? Slimline something or another....I wasn't sure from the specs if it was an internal or external drive. It's cheaper than the docking station, but of course, it's not a docking station!
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aaudetat wrote:
Xeo -

Did you consider getting the other optical drive? Slimline something or another....I wasn't sure from the specs if it was an internal or external drive. It's cheaper than the docking station, but of course, it's not a docking station!

I didn't. The docking station was a good solution because it is.. well, a docking station. I wanted that so that I could hook it up to a bigger monitor when at home. Plus it wasn't that pricey when I got it.
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How much did you pay for the docking station? Does it come with a multi-burner?
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How much did you pay for the docking station? Does it come with a multi-burner?

Honestly don't remember, but it was in the range of $2-300 and yes it came with a multi-burner. You have a choice on what kind of optical drive you want in there though. SVP Joined: 01 Nov 2006 Posts: 1855 Schools: The Duke MBA, Class of 2009 Followers: 16 Kudos [?]: 187 [0], given: 2 [#permalink] 12 Jul 2007, 06:22 Xeo78 wrote: tkkoh wrote: How much did you pay for the docking station? Does it come with a multi-burner? Honestly don't remember, but it was in the range of$2-300 and yes it came with a multi-burner. You have a choice on what kind of optical drive you want in there though.

When I looked, it was closer to $200. It actually wasn't much of a savings over the slimline optical drive - that was about$170.
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Update - my IT guy found a motorcycle he had to have and really wanted to unload the laptop, so he sold it to me for \$725. Included cooler and carrying case, plus the upgrades he'd done and Office 2003 & XP Pro CDs.

So far, so good. It's not quite as light as the X60 would have been, but it doesn't get at all hot and runs very quietly.

Now we'll just have to wait and see if it craps out on me.
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