When it comes to desktops I think most would agree there is not a big difference, though some differences do exist. Many of the HTG users may have built their own desktop. With laptops though, it is a completely different story. Laptops must be bought pre-assembled.
The purpose of this thread is to discuss the different brands of computers, both desktops and laptops. The pros and cons of each companies products. What are the features that set the company apart and make you want to buy the computer and the features or lack thereof that make the company or their product undesirable?
Personally with desktops, there is something about building a computer yourself, but if I pre-buy one, I essentially check to see what the best "bang for the buck" is. I also check to see that the computer can be upgraded if I wish to do so, though most computers today are upgradable. I have an amount of trust in certain brands, such as eMachines or even HP, but am willing to go with almost any company. I have an eMachines for example that lasted me all the way though my time at my university and I am still using it, even as I type.
Laptops I tend to have more faith in brands. I am a big fan of the Lenovo laptops because I feel they are put together solid and are available with very handy features such as face-recognition password protection, fingerprint reader, and smaller sizes. The downfall of course is the price.
The only company I tend to stay away from is Dell, simply because I have had horrible experience with the company itself.
-- In 2005 a friend of mine had a Dell and wanted a video card to play games. I told him the card to buy online, but he insisted on calling Dell. They blatantly lied to him on the phone and sold him, what was essentially a worthless card for a huge mark-up.
-- In 2006 another friend and I took apart a Dell computer that was only a year or so old. The computer still worked, we were just changing components. We noticed the heatsink/CPU area looked a little strange, and after taking off the clamp that holds the heatsink on, we noticed the processor had been put in place AFTER the lever was lowered, so that the processor was not held in place. (How it was connecting is beyond me.)
-- The same computer we took apart had a slot for a floppy drive in the front panel of the case, yet no mount inside the case.
-- In 2006 I had called Dell Tech Support for a friend whose computer I was repairing about specific drivers to save time and essentially ended up figuring it out on my own. I had all the drivers that were specific to his model but there were a few that were specific to his customized components.
I gave these examples to show my dislike of Dell has reasons. I realize the one complaint about the case is small, but it showed a non-caring attitude.
I have heard good things about Dell, and would gladly change my mind if given the evidence, as I know all companies have slumps, though I would like this thread to stay on topic and not become a "Dell" thread.