What we think about the major brands, why we recommned them, or suggest that you avoid them.

Summary in order of preference:

Notebooks/Laptops: Lenovo, MSI, Toshiba, Dell

Desktops: Panther Computer/local build with MSI, Lenovo, Dell

Hard Drives: Seagate or Hitachi

MSI

MSI - Microstar Insternational MSI is panther computers preferred brand motherboard when building a Panther PC.  We have also found that their video cards ae the best price, performance, and…

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Lenovo

Yes!  Lenovo is our recommended brand for all notebook computers.  They are the former IBM Thinkpad computers and still maintain the quality while having become more cost competitve with other…

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Gateway

No.  One of the three worst names in computing history for reliability IOO (in our opinion) I wouldnt recomend a Gateway to my worst enemy.

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Packard Bell

You\'re joking right? NO!  The absolute worst name in computing history for reliability IOO (in our opinion) I wouldnt recomend a Packard Bell to my worst enemy.  They were cheap…

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Emachines

No.  One of the three worst names in computing history for reliability IOO (in our opinion) I wouldn\'t recomend an Emachines to my worst enemy.

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Dell

Maybe.  Dell isn\'t as plagued as some of the other brands with quality and engineering problems.  Theirs is more a matter of overall cost and support.  It can be frustrating…

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HP Compaq

Our previous recommendation excluded HP, however in the last several years, the major incidence of motherboard issues seem to have waned.  The HP can now be considered, IOO one of…

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Sony

No.  Sony is expensive period.  Even if you get a great "deal" most Sony laptops can be expensive in repairs and upgrades.  I\'ve seen some laptops require special memory at…

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Acer

No.  As a former Acer dealer we have some business complaints about Acer, but they are also the proud owners of the three worst names in computing history for reliability…

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