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Where to find real non biased lap top reviews?

By PockyClipsNow follow PockyClipsNow   2015 Aug 13, 11:12am 5,273 views   12 comments   watch   nsfw   quote   share    


Is there anywhere nowadays to find non paid, non shill, non company sponsored reviews of products?
I know amazon reviews are probably hugely gamed by paid reviewers, shills, bots and sockpuppet armies.

Before the internet, a few times I would buy like THREE items , try them all out myself, then return the two crappy ones.
I suppose this is still the only legit method?

Has consumer reports finally become a pay-for-postiive review company? (One of the worst is JD powers.... they invent categories to give GM cars such as 'best in initial quality' haha wtf does that even mean, runs greats for first 10 miles?)

#technology

1   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostakovitch   ignore (52)   2015 Aug 13, 11:13am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Most Flame Retardant Exploding Automobile of 2015!

2   PockyClipsNow   ignore (0)   2015 Aug 13, 11:17am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Here is what I'm talking about: THE BEST CAR is the 'chevy spark'??? HAHAHA, Its the modern pinto. Probably get more chicks riding the bus.

http://autos.jdpower.com/ratings/quality/cars.htm

3   HydroCabron   ignore (1)   2015 Aug 13, 11:22am     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I have no idea, but keep us posted.

The only truth I know at this point? Don't buy Lenovo ever again: http://www.geek.com/apps/lenovo-caught-using-rootkit-like-technique-to-reload-bloatware-on-clean-windows-installs-1630930/

It seems even clean Windows re-installations now get unwanted bloatware, thanks to Lenovo sneakiness.

They were using vanilla Windows media, yet somehow Lenovo software was sneaking back on to their systems after the installation had completed — and with no active connection to the Internet.
How is that possible? Because Lenovo was utilizing a rootkit-like mechanism to put it back. First Superfish, now this. It hasn’t been a great PR year for Lenovo.
What Lenovo is using isn’t actually a rootkit. It’s a Windows feature called the Platform Binary Table (WPBT). Through it, manufacturers are able to load trusted software that’s required by a system to run properly. That software is stored on a physical medium inside the machine — say, in a hidden partition on an SSD or HDD — and Windows is instructed to install it automatically.
Only one piece of software can be pushed this way. Lenovo opted to deliver an executable that would nag users about installing the other bloatware they were missing. Clever. Also very irritating.

4   FNWGMOBDVZXDNW   ignore (3)   2015 Aug 13, 12:41pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

If you go with windows, beware of an HD screen if you like to plug into multiple monitors at home. Regardless of brand, this is likely to present some issues.

I'd focus less on brand, and more on technologies that are good for what you are doing, i.e. hard drive versus solid state, fast processor versus power efficient, etc.

That said, my recent experience with Dell pretty much sucked. I've liked them in the past, even though their tech support was bad. This time, they shipped a bad computer, shipped it back to Dell, and they shipped it back broken. It took about a month after receiving the first laptop to get a working machine.

5   PockyClipsNow   ignore (0)   2015 Aug 13, 1:12pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Thanks,
I would like SSD hard drive and the ability to plugin to a dual monitor setup at home - I guess I need a docking bay for that?

Of course all these brands buy the same cheap parts from china, but there is a big difference in quality.
I subcribed to consumerreports.org and the recommend Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba, and HP in that order for 'value'.

Currentlly I have a cheapo HP from costco and the platter style hard drive is going bad and its slow as hell for certain programming tasks escpecially running linux inside a VM running win 8 (impossible to develop its that slow).

6   FNWGMOBDVZXDNW   ignore (3)   2015 Aug 13, 1:32pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

They have USB (SS USB) docking ports now. This allows you to quickly add multiple monitors, mouse, internet, etc., but it doesn't provide power. You have to plug in with your power cord as well. I bought one of these, and was happy enough with it, but there is a big problem with scaling when you have a 4K laptop screen and an HD monitor. Bottom line, it's wasn't worth using the monitors. That's what meant in the previous post. Another issue is that my port replicator had 2 hdmi outputs. One of my HD monitors had a VGA and the other a DVI. You can get adapters for hdmi to DVI, but not to VGA, so be mindful of that.

As far as touchscreens go, I do find it useful, although, I thought it was a gimmick before trying it.

If I had to do it over, I'd consider the extra cash (or lower specs) of a lattitude from Dell, running 7.

7   Strategist   ignore (2)   2015 Aug 13, 2:26pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

PockyClipsNow says

Is there anywhere nowadays to find non paid, non shill, non company sponsored reviews of products?

Just buy an Apple. No thinking, analyzing or price hunting required.

8   PockyClipsNow   ignore (0)   2015 Aug 13, 2:34pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

If I could run win 7 and install MS visual studio and sql server on a mac reliably - I would buy a mac.
I'm not sure dual booting a mac with 'boot camp' or whatever will work ok to be a DOT NET developer. I mean , dot net is buggy enough already....

9   APOCALYPSEFUCKisShostakovitch   ignore (52)   2015 Aug 13, 2:56pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

PockyClipsNow says

I'm not sure dual booting a mac with 'boot camp' or whatever will work ok to be a DOT NET developer. I mean , dot net is buggy enough already....

I've got Windows XP and Fedora running like a top under VMWare on an aging Mac Pro and a Macbook Pro laptop. OS X does all the heavy lifting, all day and all night and the legacy and banking apps run occasionally and very reliably and stably in XP and Fedora in separate VMs, usually running concurrently. I tried the Sun thing, Virtual Box, and didn't like the reboot requirement of Parallels so I ended up on VMWare which is just on all the time like all the other apps. The Mac Pro was plugged in in 2009 and, except for hardware upgrades, has been on since then with no outages, including VMWare VMs.

You can download VMWare on trial and grab a prefabbed Windows VM (just did this for spouse's games that required Windows 7) and play it like a record, throw your .NET environment on it and see how it feels.

10   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2015 Aug 15, 2:42pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

I think the problem with rating and reviewing laptops in 2015 is it's all subjective.
Probably within the price range and class there is very little difference in speed, performance or value.
Some are uglier and some are prettier, but none of them are going to be worth a hill of beans in 4 years.
There's not really that much difference between them and it really comes down to brand bias.
The more you spend the better class of laptop you'll get and the more features or premium features you'll get.
But as much as it pains me to admit this. The apple notebooks seem more durable and best quality build these days.

That being said I thought I was a Samsung man, but the hybrid hard drives that came in the ATIV 8 Series and CRONOS 7 that they refuse to take credit for the dismal failure they've been. Freeze at 100% utilization due to Superfetch seeking the hybrid flash drive on the Toshiba SSHD. Microsoft blames Samsung, Samsung blames Toshiba, Toshiba blames MS. Otherwise it's a fantastic computer, it just freezes up like a Walmart special. So far on Windows 10 I've been able to disable it. In Windows 8 no matter what it would re-enable its self every time. But I would never recommend a Samsung laptop again, they try to build good quality devices. But when they don't they refuse to take ownership of the crappy design.

11   Strategist   ignore (2)   2015 Aug 15, 3:21pm     ↓ dislike (0)   quote   flag        

Mr Happygoluckofus says

That being said I thought I was a Samsung man, but the hybrid hard drives that came in the ATIV 8 Series and CRONOS 7 that they refuse to take credit for the dismal failure they've been. Freeze at 100% utilization due to Superfetch seeking the hybrid flash drive on the Toshiba SSHD. Microsoft blames Samsung, Samsung blames Toshiba, Toshiba blames MS. Otherwise it's a fantastic computer, it just freezes up like a Walmart special. So far on Windows 10 I've been able to disable it. In Windows 8 no matter what it would re-enable its self every time. But I would never recommend a Samsung laptop again, they try to build good quality devices. But when they don't they refuse to take ownership of the crappy design.

Interesting. I would put the blame squarely on Microshit. When have they ever made a good product that actually worked? If it wasn't for their ability to monopolize the market they would have been out of business a long time ago.

12   Tenpoundbass   ignore (15)   2015 Aug 21, 1:57pm     ↓ dislike (1)   quote   flag        

It was Microsoft, I finally downloaded Windows 10 and upgraded. Which btw when I first booted my wireless card was disabled and could not be turned on, and the notebook was in airplane mode(first of all it's a laptop and not a phone). Finally after some researching it tuned out that my Sonicwall VPN drivers were the culprit. SO I reverted back to Winduh 8, uninstalled Sonicwall then reinstalled Windows 10, and it came up fine. Also when created the vpn connection in Windows 10, it took me straight to the appstore to download the Sonicwall drivers compatible with Windows 10, now all works fine for now.
But this time I'm very pleased to announce that I am able to disable "Superfetch" compelety, and it hasn't reenabled it's self yet. But I'm still waiting for Windows update to come along and make the computer unable to disable it like they did with Windows 8. Early on I Googled about the Superfetch on Windows 8 slowing down my pc, and found that Superfetch was the issue. I disabled the service, set the failed action to do nothing and edited the registry, and it worked fine. Then a month later or so I got a Windows update that would'nt allow it to be disabled. Let's just hope that branch of NSA at Microsoft is no longer in operation and they don't have the need to lock up your comuter disk seek while they send metadata of every action you take on your computer to the Barak Obama NSA domestic spy center.

Here's to wishful thinking,


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