Chassis Build Quality - Acer, Dell or Lenovo to sustain heavy use?

MoemenShahawy

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Ok, I have an HP m6 that I got from Best Buy in 2012, and i've changed the screen twice on that due to cracked hinged putting pressure on the screen resulting in dead pixels. Now it's doing it again.... i'm not replacing any screens again,, so off to buy a new one

I'm between Dell, Lenovo, and Acer... I understand the specs, so no need to go into that... I just want, from your experience an advice on which you think has a better build quality, especially in the hinged department

Exact models here:
Acer E5-571G i5 5200U/4GB/1TB
Dell Inspiron 5558 i5 5200U/ 4GB/ Nvidia 2G/ 500GB
Lenovo G50-80 i5 5200U/6GB/1TB

They're all similar in specs.. maybe some ram/hdd difference, but nothing that can't be upgraded.. chassis and quality is what makes a difference to me here
 

Archaic59

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These are entry level models made primarily from plastic. It's unlikely any of them would be much better than the other as far as chassis construction, but I did find some info on the Dell. The following quote applies to the Dell addressing what you mentioned specifically about pressure on the lid-

"Case
.....
The laptop does not display any serious manufacturing flaws. The material only protrudes a bit on the lid's sides. As to stability, the base unit exhibits the usual shortcomings that we know from most laptops: The base unit can be dented lightly on the keyboard's left and right. However, it could be stiffer; it is too easy to warp for our taste. That is also true for the lid. Pressure on the lid's back leads to image distortions in some places. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position and rock slightly. Opening the lid with one hand is possible."

ref.- http://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Inspiron-15-5558-Notebook-Review.145836.0.html

I hope this helps in some small way.


 

MoemenShahawy

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Indeed a great read Archaic... makes me wanna buy one of those ultra rugged military field laptops like those shown on movies :na:

So, Thinkpads are kinda semi-rugged (spill/light bump resistant)...but when I took a look on the online stores available where I live, I only found 1 thinkpad that's $300 more expensive than those mentioned with lower specs :D ,, so, keeping that blog post in mind, which of those 3 I mentioned would have a better build? Since I don't think that lenovo is a thinkpad, right, and none of the rest mention anything about quality or testing?
 

Archaic59

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Jan 6, 2015
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These are entry level models made primarily from plastic. It's unlikely any of them would be much better than the other as far as chassis construction, but I did find some info on the Dell. The following quote applies to the Dell addressing what you mentioned specifically about pressure on the lid-

"Case
.....
The laptop does not display any serious manufacturing flaws. The material only protrudes a bit on the lid's sides. As to stability, the base unit exhibits the usual shortcomings that we know from most laptops: The base unit can be dented lightly on the keyboard's left and right. However, it could be stiffer; it is too easy to warp for our taste. That is also true for the lid. Pressure on the lid's back leads to image distortions in some places. The hinges keep the lid firmly in position and rock slightly. Opening the lid with one hand is possible."

ref.- http://www.notebookcheck.net/Dell-Inspiron-15-5558-Notebook-Review.145836.0.html

I hope this helps in some small way.


 
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