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Poll: Is the brand of the computer or other hardware you use important to you?
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Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:42
Member (2006)
German to English
Yes Sep 13, 2017

of course. I have to rely on it and I have always invested at least €1500 (or €2500 in my 15" macbook pro) in my regular 17" laptop and around about €1000 in my desktop computer. They have to lst as long as possible and I find that paying for quality once is cheaper than paying for rubbish sevral times.

 

Muriel Vasconcellos  Identity Verified
United States
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Member (2003)
Spanish to English
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Unsure Sep 13, 2017

I have an iMac that also runs Windows under Bootcamp. I'm not sure how long this arrangement will work, but I love it while it lasts. I'm spoiled by the quality of the machine.

It's almost 4 years old, so I have to start looking for something newer. My choice will depend on finding whatever meets my requirements rather than on brand loyalty. If I can still do the Bootcamp trick, that will be high on my list.


 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:42
Spanish to English
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Yes Sep 13, 2017

I don't "do" Apple. But I know someone who can.

 

neilmac  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 16:42
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Saw you coming Sep 13, 2017

Michael Harris wrote:

... I have always invested at least €1500 (or €2500 in my 15" macbook pro) in my regular 17" laptop and around about €1000 in my desktop computer....


The figures you quote are twice my usual PC/laptop budgets. But I suppose you also charge twice the rate that I do in my ES-EN pair, which sort of evens things out. I have a technical guy who builds my computers for me from my own specifications, according to my needs. And he provides a three-year guarantee and a remote help service for any issues that may arise. My friend just bought a brand-new all-in-one PC from him for around 650 euros.

[Edited at 2017-09-13 09:04 GMT]



[Edited at 2017-09-14 07:53 GMT]


 

Teresa Borges
Portugal
Local time: 15:42
Member (2007)
English to Portuguese
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Unsure Sep 13, 2017

I have been working with the same provider for years. I have bought all my hardware (computers, screens, printers, routers...) and software from them. I trust their advice and buy what they recommend. Usually, they list several options for me to choose. They also built, host and run my website and are very helpful whenever I need support.

 

Chris S  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Swedish to English
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Not in the slightest Sep 13, 2017

We're only typists. We don't need fancy kit.

I buy cheap and run it until it dies.

My off-the-shelf Dell PC is nine years old. The printer is older still. That's all I have or need.


 

Gianluca Marras  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 16:42
Member (2008)
English to Italian
YES Sep 13, 2017

I only work on a IMAC, and my laptop has always been an ACER or ASUS, next one will be a MAC Book Pro

[Edited at 2017-09-13 09:41 GMT]


 

Toni Faisal  Identity Verified
Indonesia
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Member (2017)
English to Indonesian
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better ask for spec... Sep 13, 2017

I translate the documents with 32'' LED tv but with Dual Core PC of HP. The spec has been very well even for running Trados 2017.

 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Brazil
Local time: 11:42
English to Portuguese
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My own brand??? Sep 13, 2017

For many years I have built my own computers, and done partial* hardware upgrades to them as needed. The case is left wide open, without the side covers, and there's a power screwdriver close by. In case of major trouble, I have plenty of previous "junk" available, so I can replace parts in a snap.

Of course, now and then I do a "major" upgrade, which includes a new motherboard and processor. Yet some parts become "legacy". I had one TEAC 3.5 floppy drive that lasted through 8 motherboards & processors; its first was a 386DX40! Now I don't have a floppy drive any more, 1.44 MB is nothing nowadays.

The rest of the family uses "brands". My wife has two Acers (note/netbooks), my daughter has a Dell (desktop), and my stepson has a Samsung (notebook) and an Acer (netbook).


 

Kay Denney  Identity Verified
France
Local time: 16:42
Member (Apr 2018)
French to English
my partner's brand! Sep 13, 2017

José Henrique Lamensdorf wrote:

For many years I have built my own computers, and done partial* hardware upgrades to them as needed. The case is left wide open, without the side covers, and there's a power screwdriver close by. In case of major trouble, I have plenty of previous "junk" available, so I can replace parts in a snap.

Of course, now and then I do a "major" upgrade, which includes a new motherboard and processor. Yet some parts become "legacy". I had one TEAC 3.5 floppy drive that lasted through 8 motherboards & processors; its first was a 386DX40! Now I don't have a floppy drive any more, 1.44 MB is nothing nowadays.

The rest of the family uses "brands". My wife has two Acers (note/netbooks), my daughter has a Dell (desktop), and my stepson has a Samsung (notebook) and an Acer (netbook).


My partner used to do that for me. At one point it started making a lot of noise and he stuck a screwdriver in the side to stop it.

At one point I decided that I wanted a pro setup and he bought me a decent laptop for Christmas (with my "auto-entrepreneur" status I can't claim expenses). I think it's a Dell but I don't really pay much attention to brands. More importantly, it works.


 

Anton Konashenok  Identity Verified
Czech Republic
Local time: 16:42
English to Russian
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Not the brand itself Sep 13, 2017

It's not the brand itself, it's the specifications and reliability of the hardware that are important. However, I only use laptops with a trackpoint (pointing stick), which already limits the range of available brands to a mere handful, and among these, Lenovo (more specifically, the Thinkpad series) is currently a clear leader in terms of reliability and resistance to all kinds of abuse that inevitably happens when you travel a lot.

 

DZiW
Ukraine
English to Russian
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Custom hardware Sep 13, 2017

DeLL, HP, Alienware, Apple, Samsung, OKI...

Usually I have an idea about the main purpose of PC, so for me there're only two brands:
1) "Useful"-- can do what I want timely and properly and
2) "Useless"--useful for something else)

Cheers


 

Michael Harris  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 16:42
Member (2006)
German to English
Tax savings Sep 13, 2017

neilmac wrote:

Michael Harris wrote:

... I have always invested at least €1500 (or €2500 in my 15" macbook pro) in my regular 17" laptop and around about €1000 in my desktop computer....


The figures you quote are twice my usual PC/laptop budgets. But I suppose you also charge twice the rate that I do in my ES-EN pair, which sort of evens things out. I have a technical guy who builds my computers for me from my own specifications, according to my needs. And he provides a three-year guarantee and a remote help service for any issues that may arise. My friend just bought a brand-new all-in-one PC from him for around 650 euros.

[Edited at 2017-09-13 09:04 GMT]


I mostly do this to save tax, the same as a company car, etc.

I do not charge more than anyone else, but things are "different" here

I have had off the shelf stuff in the past (HP / Dell) that were not "premium" equipment and the hassel I had whenit went wrong cost me more.
I recon if I had someone in the cellar building computers then that would be different, but I have to rely on what I have.


 

Ricki Farn
Germany
Local time: 16:42
Member (2005)
English to German
Yes, out of habit Sep 13, 2017

Not trying to do TVP (thinly veiled promotion) here, but I got my first Fujitsu PC because a neighbour, who works as a systems administrator for a big organization, recommended it. Then after a few years I replaced it with another Fujitsu because I liked the first one. The same neighbour added an SSD, and an external HDD for the real-time backup (I asked for external because in spite of my own Computing degree I just hate fumbling with hardware, so now in any emergency it's just pull the SATA plug, stick the SATA plug in the backup machine). I'll just stick with Fujitsu now because why invest energy in shopping around when I know what has done well so far.

 
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