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RM2695 01-24-2004 02:19 PM

Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 
On sale at Staples 1/25 to 1/31 Compaq or HP package for $499.94. Looks
like a good deal for home computer.
Looking for comments good and bad on these brands. All my previous experience
is with Dells and clones.

Ray M.

Wizard 01-24-2004 04:03 PM

Re: Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 
X-No-Archive:Yes

Here are my personal ratings based on Performance, Quality, Tech Support
and compatibility. 10 = Best, 0 = DO NOT BUY (even if free):

Dell ................. 8.1 (Tech support gone down hill recently)
Micron ............... 7.9 (inflexible and pricey)
IBM .................. 6.8
Gateway .............. 6.0 (fails in Customer/tech support)
Compaq ............... 5.6
Acer ................. 5.3
Sony ................. 4.5
AOpen ................ 4.2
EMachines ............ 3.0
HP ................... 2.9
NEC/Packard Bell ..... 2.0
Daewoo ............... 0.2 (anything from them)

Shop/Custom built machines are impossible to give a general rating
because they are all different and vary daily, although it is here that
you find the ratings of 9's and 10's..

RM2695 wrote:
>
> On sale at Staples 1/25 to 1/31 Compaq or HP package for $499.94. Looks
> like a good deal for home computer.
> Looking for comments good and bad on these brands. All my previous experience
> is with Dells and clones.
>
> Ray M.


Thor 01-24-2004 06:05 PM

Re: Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 
IMHO, crap and crap.


...
"RM2695" <rm2695@aol.com> wrote in message
news:20040124091944.28530.00000624@mb-m01.aol.com...
> On sale at Staples 1/25 to 1/31 Compaq or HP package for $499.94.

Looks
> like a good deal for home computer.
> Looking for comments good and bad on these brands. All my previous

experience
> is with Dells and clones.
>
> Ray M.




-------> Ian 01-24-2004 07:46 PM

Re: Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 
X-No-Archive:Yes

Wizard <no@stinking.ads.com> wrote:

>X-No-Archive:Yes
>
>Here are my personal ratings based on Performance, Quality, Tech Support
>and compatibility. 10 = Best, 0 = DO NOT BUY (even if free):
>
> Dell ................. 8.1 (Tech support gone down hill recently)
> Micron ............... 7.9 (inflexible and pricey)
> IBM .................. 6.8
> Gateway .............. 6.0 (fails in Customer/tech support)
> Compaq ............... 5.6
> Acer ................. 5.3
> Sony ................. 4.5
> AOpen ................ 4.2
> EMachines ............ 3.0
> HP ................... 2.9
> NEC/Packard Bell ..... 2.0
> Daewoo ............... 0.2 (anything from them)
>
>Shop/Custom built machines are impossible to give a general rating
>because they are all different and vary daily, although it is here that
>you find the ratings of 9's and 10's..


What about Value for Money?

Thor 01-24-2004 09:32 PM

Re: Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 

"-------> Ian" <ianswebacc@nospamhotmail.com> wrote in message
news:ppi510d44lji7i1d02oc35n0quli0fj51h@4ax.com...
> X-No-Archive:Yes
>
> Wizard <no@stinking.ads.com> wrote:
>
> >X-No-Archive:Yes
> >
> >Here are my personal ratings based on Performance, Quality, Tech Support
> >and compatibility. 10 = Best, 0 = DO NOT BUY (even if free):
> >
> > Dell ................. 8.1 (Tech support gone down hill recently)
> > Micron ............... 7.9 (inflexible and pricey)
> > IBM .................. 6.8
> > Gateway .............. 6.0 (fails in Customer/tech support)
> > Compaq ............... 5.6
> > Acer ................. 5.3
> > Sony ................. 4.5
> > AOpen ................ 4.2
> > EMachines ............ 3.0
> > HP ................... 2.9
> > NEC/Packard Bell ..... 2.0
> > Daewoo ............... 0.2 (anything from them)
> >
> >Shop/Custom built machines are impossible to give a general rating
> >because they are all different and vary daily, although it is here that
> >you find the ratings of 9's and 10's..

>
> What about Value for Money?


value for money means nothing if you buy a piece of **** to begin with. Look
for something with good quality, performance, tech support and
compatibility, and then shop for the lowest price in the ones that meet the
first batch of criteria. You don't shop for lowest price first.



-------> Ian 01-24-2004 11:32 PM

Re: Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 
"Thor" <man@arms.com> wrote:

>> What about Value for Money?

>
>value for money means nothing if you buy a piece of **** to begin with. Look
>for something with good quality, performance, tech support and
>compatibility, and then shop for the lowest price in the ones that meet the
>first batch of criteria. You don't shop for lowest price first.


Yeah, but VFM doesn't mean the lowest price. It's a trade off between
price and all of the things you mentioned. If you want to be more
technical, some kind of marginal price of tech support (for instance)
needs to be minimised, and work from there. An example is: suppose
tech support of one computer is excellent, of another lousy. The
excellent tech support one is 100 more. If I only use tech support
five times over its life, that's 20 each time. Is it worth it?

Wizard 01-24-2004 11:36 PM

Re: Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 
Good ... Fast ..... Cheap; You can only get 2.

Thor wrote:
>
> "-------> Ian" <ianswebacc@nospamhotmail.com> wrote in message
> news:ppi510d44lji7i1d02oc35n0quli0fj51h@4ax.com...
> > X-No-Archive:Yes
> >
> > Wizard <no@stinking.ads.com> wrote:
> >
> > >X-No-Archive:Yes
> > >
> > >Here are my personal ratings based on Performance, Quality, Tech Support
> > >and compatibility. 10 = Best, 0 = DO NOT BUY (even if free):
> > >
> > > Dell ................. 8.1 (Tech support gone down hill recently)
> > > Micron ............... 7.9 (inflexible and pricey)
> > > IBM .................. 6.8
> > > Gateway .............. 6.0 (fails in Customer/tech support)
> > > Compaq ............... 5.6
> > > Acer ................. 5.3
> > > Sony ................. 4.5
> > > AOpen ................ 4.2
> > > EMachines ............ 3.0
> > > HP ................... 2.9
> > > NEC/Packard Bell ..... 2.0
> > > Daewoo ............... 0.2 (anything from them)
> > >
> > >Shop/Custom built machines are impossible to give a general rating
> > >because they are all different and vary daily, although it is here that
> > >you find the ratings of 9's and 10's..

> >
> > What about Value for Money?

>
> value for money means nothing if you buy a piece of **** to begin with. Look
> for something with good quality, performance, tech support and
> compatibility, and then shop for the lowest price in the ones that meet the
> first batch of criteria. You don't shop for lowest price first.


-------> Ian 01-24-2004 11:46 PM

Re: Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 
Wizard <no@stinking.ads.com> wrote:

>Good ... Fast ..... Cheap; You can only get 2.


Hmm, good & cheap.

quiet_table 01-26-2004 07:20 AM

Re: Purchase Compaq or or HP?
 
On 24 Jan 2004 14:19:44 GMT, rm2695@aol.com (RM2695) wrote:

> On sale at Staples 1/25 to 1/31 Compaq or HP package for $499.94. Looks
>like a good deal for home computer.
>Looking for comments good and bad on these brands. All my previous experience
>is with Dells and clones.
>
>Ray M.


Well, Compaq is now owned by HP, so they're essentially the same
computer. I have owned a Compaq Presario, which has been going very
strong for 4+ years, and I recently bought a new HP Pavilion which is
a very sweet machine. What are the specs for the package you
mentioned?

Chris


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