This Cheap Laptop Won't Last!

I don’t have a problem with cheap laptops. But I do have a problem with mangled marketing messages. An email from from Tiger Direct just landed in my inbox with the title, “Hurry… $399 Laptop w/ Vista…They Won’t Last”… uhhh, okay… is that a promise or a threat? Now I don’t want to imply that this is a cheap laptop when it comes to quality, but with a headline like that…

The unit in question is a refurbed Everex, equipped with an 1.46GHz Intel Celeron M, 512MB of DDR2, 60GB hard drive, dual layer RW DVD, 15.4 WXGA screen, and Windows Vista Home Basic.

“HURRY! Before We Sellout,” screams the advertisement.

Is $399.97 an “Unbelievable LOW PRICE” for a cheap laptop that won’t last?

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  • Dan

    I believe Tiger is trying to say their stock won’t last. It is simply an issue of selling out, not an issue of poor reliability.

  • John Howard Oxley

    Well, TigerDirect is quite funny — I subscribe to their e-mail bombardment for two reasons: 1) Amusement; and 2) Because from time to time they do have a really good deal.

    Of course this laptop is, to put it mildly, crap, and not worth hurrying for — but TD has had deals in the same price range which would have tempted me, did I not already have a cheap laptop [my memory tells me it is a Chinese knockoff called a "Great Computer" -- I do not have it to hand as I write]. Interestingly enough, my cheapo laptop, which cost me %450 over a year ago, has done exactly what I want it to do, and has never caused me any problems [naturally, with this boast, when I go home, I will probably find it has self-destructed and set my place on fire].

    TigerDirect has received some bad press, but I have to say I have done a fair bit of business with them, and found their prices competitive, their site easy to use, ordering to be quick and convenient, and they deliver stuff in a flash.

    But there is no doubt, they hucksterize a lot, and you do have to be careful with their “deals” — some of which are good, and some of which are for the suckers born every minute.

  • Chris Elrod

    Yes they are cheap. On the other hand, they actually do quite well. I buy through Tiger’s Distributor company and get low end as well as high end systems from them as I have customers that are willing to pay more and those that want the cheapest possible. The Everex laptops run surprisingly well. I sold some well over a year ago and still get good comments from the buyers on them. I have yet to have one returned. I DO NOT ever get any with Vista on them though. We don’t sell any name brand computers other than laptops and we reinstall all that we get. Any brand you buy these days including Dell, HP, Compaq, etc. come out with very cheap components that never last. We custom build desktops and refurbish name brands. First thing on any name brand is to replace the power supply. That is where they get you. I have seen brand new Compaq desktops with dual core processors, dvd burners two hard drives, and many other extras all with a huge 160W power supply? They know they will fail and customers will have to send them in for repair. The warranties won’t cover it. They will blame it on power surges, or failure to use properly protected surge protectors. They then charge the customer over a 100.00 for another power supply, 100.00+ labor, and shipping to and from and then will simply install another cheap PS so they end up doing it again in a few months. The whole industry makes all of us smaller honest stores look bad as well. Major dealers like WalMart, Office Depot, Circuit City, etc. in our area sends customers to us on a regular basis when they start questioning support, performance, etc. If they can take a customers money, they do. If they feel they have a smart customer they send them to us so we can sell them a truly good system that we stand behind 100%. Bottom line is Microsoft with their under hand dealings with major computer companies are dropping prices to get rid of these Vista systems to recoup as much as they can before relesing their next version based on XP.

  • leftystrat

    Ok, we have a $399 laptop.
    With Vista.
    Running on a 1.46 Celery chip w/512 RAM

    One of the many reasons for not using Vista is that it’s bloated eye candy. Looking at the laptop I let my wife use, it’s a 1.7g Celery that XP made run too slowly.

    So if 1.7g is not enough for XP, what kind of math did they use to prove that 1.46g is ok for Vista? Microsoft Math, obviously. I believe it’s used for federal budgeting too.

    If you purchase Vista, you deserve to use it.

  • http://none axe

    I bought a really kick-a** laptop from compusa 2 years ago. I paid over 1200 for it. at the time it was rated as one of the best (a toshiba a75), it was so good it didn’t even come with a big hard drive or a lot of memory for that price. I upgraded the memory immediately, bringing the price up to almost 1300 before the tax. My wife hated it and barely used it for the first year. It had about 40 hours on it when it went in for its first warranty repair. Toshiba wouldn’t honor the warranty at first because it had it listed as sold 9 months earlier. After fighting with them, they had me fax my reciept to them and accepted it for warranty repair. They regreased the cpu. I bought my wife a new laptop (a super cheapie acer).
    I used the toshiba after the 6 weeks to repair it. Her acer is still going strong and has a year of constant use on it. Its about 4 pounds lighter so she loves it. The toshiba is dead again. This time it’s got another year of minimal use ( I use my desktop most of the time.), and its a burnt out motherboard. I am now shopping for a cheapie acer for myself. Her acer has easily triple the use that the toshiba has, and I assumed that the best rating and higher price meant it was a good laptop !!! Damn was I wrong !! I’m just venting right now because I have a 1300 dollar paperweight here, but I won’t make that mistake again. The super cheap acer that my wife is using is a workhorse. (Its the acer Aspire 5610). Just my $0.02
    Axe
    (experience – computer tech working in the repair field for 9 years)
    currently I own 3 laptops, and 4 self-built desktops)

  • CliffordPowell

    The top time travel movies shared in the above post are really nice. I watched all of these movies and like them. For the question of time travel no one can finds its answer :)
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  • http://twitter.com/KodeSource Doug McFarlane

    One of my recent favorites is ‘Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel’.
    IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910554/

    It stars Chris O’Dowd from ‘The IT Crowd’. It somewhat of a comedy but they really explore the ‘butterfly effect’ concept!

    Ha, then there’s always ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ for a laugh:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231587/

    • http://robertglenfogarty.com/ Robert Glen Fogarty

      Cool, Doug! I’m going to have to check that one out. Surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. Thanks!

      A few of my favorites not on the list:

      Planet of the Apes (original) & Escape from the Planet of the Apes
      Army of Darkness
      Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
      Donnie Darko
      Peggy Sue Got Married

      Ah, heck. There are too many more. Love the genre!

  • http://twitter.com/KodeSource Doug McFarlane

    One of my recent favorites is ‘Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel’.
    IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910554/

    It stars Chris O’Dowd from ‘The IT Crowd’. It somewhat of a comedy but they really explore the ‘butterfly effect’ concept!

    Ha, then there’s always ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ for a laugh:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231587/

    • http://robertglenfogarty.com/ Robert Glen Fogarty

      Cool, Doug! I’m going to have to check that one out. Surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. Thanks!

      A few of my favorites not on the list:

      Planet of the Apes (original) & Escape from the Planet of the Apes
      Army of Darkness
      Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
      Donnie Darko
      Peggy Sue Got Married

      Ah, heck. There are too many more. Love the genre!

    • http://robertglenfogarty.com/ Robert Glen Fogarty

      Cool, Doug! I’m going to have to check that one out. Surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. Thanks!

      A few of my favorites not on the list:

      Planet of the Apes (original) & Escape from the Planet of the Apes
      Army of Darkness
      Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
      Donnie Darko
      Peggy Sue Got Married

      Ah, heck. There are too many more. Love the genre!

    • http://robertglenfogarty.com/ Robert Glen Fogarty

      Cool, Doug! I’m going to have to check that one out. Surprised I hadn’t heard of it before. Thanks!

      A few of my favorites not on the list:

      Planet of the Apes (original) & Escape from the Planet of the Apes
      Army of Darkness
      Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
      Donnie Darko
      Peggy Sue Got Married

      Ah, heck. There are too many more. Love the genre!

  • http://twitter.com/KodeSource Doug McFarlane

    One of my recent favorites is ‘Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel’.
    IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910554/

    It stars Chris O’Dowd from ‘The IT Crowd’. It somewhat of a comedy but they really explore the ‘butterfly effect’ concept!

    Ha, then there’s always ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ for a laugh:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231587/

  • http://twitter.com/KodeSource Doug McFarlane

    One of my recent favorites is ‘Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel’.
    IMDb link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0910554/

    It stars Chris O’Dowd from ‘The IT Crowd’. It somewhat of a comedy but they really explore the ‘butterfly effect’ concept!

    Ha, then there’s always ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’ for a laugh:
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231587/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Skorseth/100000550093530 Dan Skorseth

    “Somewhere in Time” – with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour (1980). Great movie that explores the idea of time travel through hypnosis. Christopher Reeve travels back to the turn of the century to woo what he thinks is a lost love from the past, but something pulls him back to the present. What is it? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Skorseth/100000550093530 Dan Skorseth

    “Somewhere in Time” – with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour (1980). Great movie that explores the idea of time travel through hypnosis. Christopher Reeve travels back to the turn of the century to woo what he thinks is a lost love from the past, but something pulls him back to the present. What is it? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Skorseth/100000550093530 Dan Skorseth

    “Somewhere in Time” – with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour (1980). Great movie that explores the idea of time travel through hypnosis. Christopher Reeve travels back to the turn of the century to woo what he thinks is a lost love from the past, but something pulls him back to the present. What is it? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dan-Skorseth/100000550093530 Dan Skorseth

    “Somewhere in Time” – with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour (1980). Great movie that explores the idea of time travel through hypnosis. Christopher Reeve travels back to the turn of the century to woo what he thinks is a lost love from the past, but something pulls him back to the present. What is it? You’ll have to watch it to find out.

  • http://twitter.com/Bill_A_Nator Bill Glendening

    The two movies I can remember I remember as a kid where Back to the Future and The Time Machine (1960) (I’m 28 and this was during the early to mid 90s). I also grew up watching Terminator, and T2. I also loved the Star Trek movies about the crew saving the whales, but I first watched it in the mid to late 90s.

  • http://twitter.com/Bill_A_Nator Bill Glendening

    The two movies I can remember I remember as a kid where Back to the Future and The Time Machine (1960) (I’m 28 and this was during the early to mid 90s). I also grew up watching Terminator, and T2. I also loved the Star Trek movies about the crew saving the whales, but I first watched it in the mid to late 90s.

  • http://twitter.com/Bill_A_Nator Bill Glendening

    The two movies I can remember I remember as a kid where Back to the Future and The Time Machine (1960) (I’m 28 and this was during the early to mid 90s). I also grew up watching Terminator, and T2. I also loved the Star Trek movies about the crew saving the whales, but I first watched it in the mid to late 90s.

  • http://twitter.com/Bill_A_Nator Bill Glendening

    The two movies I can remember I remember as a kid where Back to the Future and The Time Machine (1960) (I’m 28 and this was during the early to mid 90s). I also grew up watching Terminator, and T2. I also loved the Star Trek movies about the crew saving the whales, but I first watched it in the mid to late 90s.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E4D67AAJCCXPRL4A3SZ3DCMOCU DouglasW

    Two of my favorites are “Time after Time”: HG Wells and Jack the Ripper travel to present day San Francisco.

    And “Final Countdown”; Present day US air craft carrier thrown back in time to Hawaii just before the Japanese strike Pearl Harbour in pre WWII

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E4D67AAJCCXPRL4A3SZ3DCMOCU DouglasW

    Two of my favorites are “Time after Time”: HG Wells and Jack the Ripper travel to present day San Francisco.

    And “Final Countdown”; Present day US air craft carrier thrown back in time to Hawaii just before the Japanese strike Pearl Harbour in pre WWII

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E4D67AAJCCXPRL4A3SZ3DCMOCU DouglasW

    Two of my favorites are “Time after Time”: HG Wells and Jack the Ripper travel to present day San Francisco.

    And “Final Countdown”; Present day US air craft carrier thrown back in time to Hawaii just before the Japanese strike Pearl Harbour in pre WWII

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E4D67AAJCCXPRL4A3SZ3DCMOCU DouglasW

    Two of my favorites are “Time after Time”: HG Wells and Jack the Ripper travel to present day San Francisco.

    And “Final Countdown”; Present day US air craft carrier thrown back in time to Hawaii just before the Japanese strike Pearl Harbour in pre WWII

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  • Hans Enders

    Besides the typical scifi ideas, there are many personal tales of time travel: “Slaughterhouse-Five “, “Abre Tus Ojos” (remade as “Open Your Eyes”), “The Butterfly Effect”, “Memento”, “Big Fish” (a little), “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (a little of a stretch)……

  • Hans Enders

    Besides the typical scifi ideas, there are many personal tales of time travel: “Slaughterhouse-Five “, “Abre Tus Ojos” (remade as “Open Your Eyes”), “The Butterfly Effect”, “Memento”, “Big Fish” (a little), “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (a little of a stretch)……

  • Hans Enders

    Besides the typical scifi ideas, there are many personal tales of time travel: “Slaughterhouse-Five “, “Abre Tus Ojos” (remade as “Open Your Eyes”), “The Butterfly Effect”, “Memento”, “Big Fish” (a little), “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (a little of a stretch)……

  • Hans Enders

    Besides the typical scifi ideas, there are many personal tales of time travel: “Slaughterhouse-Five “, “Abre Tus Ojos” (remade as “Open Your Eyes”), “The Butterfly Effect”, “Memento”, “Big Fish” (a little), “Curious Case of Benjamin Button”, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” (a little of a stretch)……

  • http://twitter.com/jmussuto Jorge A. Mussuto

    http://www.amctv.com/movie-event/amc-mob-week
    The Godfather Trilogy- Scarface- GoodFellas- Pulp Fiction- Donnie Brasco- Carlito’s Way :))))

  • http://twitter.com/jmussuto Jorge A. Mussuto

    http://www.amctv.com/movie-event/amc-mob-week
    The Godfather Trilogy- Scarface- GoodFellas- Pulp Fiction- Donnie Brasco- Carlito’s Way :))))