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fastest & most reliable laptop on the market

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Hi Experts,
I just want to be a quick poll with the pros to see which laptop is the best on the market - I want something blazingly fast and reliable....  Right now I have a lenovo T400 and I'm pretty happy with it, but I'm wondering what's better?

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Mike
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Honestly, I know there's alot of hatred here, but the top of the line DELL XPS's or alienwares (dell bought them) are really good.  I know 3 people with the newer ones and they're immense.  Also, if you go in favor of any of the larger alienware laptops you can get raid drives, the best processors on the market, dual graphics (if you need that kinda thing) and it's all replacable and upgradable.  My old alienware took about 5 minutes to take apart and it was easy to buy 2 larger hard drives, a newer intel core2 processor, and even graphics card updates (though tht was lucky, I'm guessing the models are usually clashing with hardware pretty quickly).

Anyway, the fact is any top brand will give you the best parts.  I think with an AW you could upgrade it in the future so it stayed fast though if you're willing to fork out the extra cash.  I know I've owned ASUS AW, DELL, and family owned HPS and AW was my favorite for performance.
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how would you compare it to a lenovo ThinkPad?
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Comparing different computers is really an up in the air thing, its a matter of preference and need.  Lenovos look like variants of the IBM thinkpad.  Looks wise they're not too pretty, but they have good hardware, they're light, they have some decent options, you can get them with wifi cards too on deals so you can use them anywhere which is coo.

It really depends what you want.  Lenovo specs:

Lenovo ThinkPad T400 2765 - Core 2 Duo 2.53 GHz - 14.1¿ - 3 GB Ram - 320 GB HDD

Alienwares can get significantly more ram (8GB), 64bit systems, Core I5 & I7 processors, beefier hard drives, and far better video cards.   The end case either way is you buy what you need and you pay for what you get.

For the work I do, I use a Dell XPS 15 inch laptop.  It's got 4 GB ram, 2.5 core2 processor, mediocre graphics, and a fast 500gb hard drive.  It's 2 yeras old and I can still run virtual machines, win7, newest visual studio versions, and music/browsers at the same time without any delays.  So for me, why would I buy an expensive alienware or Dell XPS / ROCK gaming laptop? i don't need the perforamnce for what I use it for (mainly programming or the odd RTS game).

Chances are if you have a 2.5 core2 processor and 3GB ram, you're pretty set for anythign you need to do even if it is aged a bit.  Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is look at what you need.  If you don't need kickass gaming graphics, don't pay an extra 400$ for them.  If your programs run fast already, why fork out 300$ for the extra .3 GHZ and little i infront of your processor name?  You can always wait 6 months and buy the models coming out today for 600 bucks less, and they'll still probably do everythign you need.

Prioritize :D You can always buy better if you have the money.  Look at alienware and XPS's or ROCK if you're in the UK, but if you don't need their fancy addons and rediculous graphics and cooling technologies, stick with your laptop or buy a new business model, they'll do all the programming and internet stuff as well as any gaming laptop will for half the cost.

-w00te

I would expect that your Lenovo probably does everything you need unless you're a big gamer.  
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