Recently my less than a year old $550 ACER randomly shut off and has not turned on at all, let's just say I am pretty pissed at ACER as of now. So I am still deciding if I should repair the old one or get a new laptop. Since I don't want to have another computer fizzle out in less than a year I want something durable. So I'm between buying a Dell laptop or an ASUS one, don't know if I want to spend a ridiculous amount of money (again) on the new one or buy a low end one. Point is which of these two brands is more durable? Are there others that in your experience are better?
The dirty little secret of the laptop industry is that virtually none of the laptop brands actually design or build the laptop. They're made by little-known companies called ODMs - original design manufacturers.
Quanta seems to be the best ODM from a quality standpoint. Wistron (former manufacturing arm of Acer) the worst. Unfortunately, most laptop brands use several ODMs to build their laptops. it's virtually impossible to tell which ODM made a particular model (Apple is an exception since they use only Quanta, though in the past they've used Pegatron/Asus).
You'll just have to read reviews of the individual models and try them out in stores which have display models you can poke and play around with. Generally, the more you pay, the better quality you can expect.