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what are they like HP or Packard Bell PC's?


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dan7brit

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Hi

I am in the process of buying a new PC. I am thinking of buying one of three PC's that suit my specifications. They are: aHP xw4400 / a HP dc5700 / or a Packard Bell 2389?

Anybody had any personal experience of these PC's? What are they like? Any good? Reliable?

Thanks
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HP makes great printers.

I didn't know Packard Bell was still in business. Honestly.
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I have a Packard Bell one and I haven't had any problems with it touch wood and I use it nearly all the time. My daughter and son both have Packard Bell ones too which are used quite frequently and the only trouble my daughter had was her fan went but it only cost £2.00 to mend so that was okay. I think they are okay.
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I'd have to agree with ScHwErV, and after reading this I now why. They backed out of the American market in 2000. After reading this I wouldn't recommend anyone buy from them due to extremly poor reputation.
http://en.wikipedia....ki/Packard_Bell
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Edited by james_8970, 26 May 2007 - 08:12 PM.

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Thanks for your replies. My fear about buying a Hewlett -Packard PC is that they seem to share many components and features with Compaq - a manufacturer that many have told me has a poor reputation for reliability.

I did think about buying an Advent PC with teh smae specifications as the HP's..

ummm it seems I will need to consider carefully what to buy now.. Any more recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.

I'm in the UK. My budget for just a base unit si between £300-600.
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Just to let you know HP bought Compaq a while back. Stick with HP and acer and you should be fine, but there is never a guarantee, there are always lemons.
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First off, the machines that most of the majors make for business are much better than the ones made for home use and they have better support. The old Compaq Deskpros were real work horses and many are still running. Same for the HP and Dell lines.

The stories of HP and Packard Bell are pretty interesting. Packard Bell made TV sets and bought many of their computers from NEC, the early ones were poorly made and unreliable. The later ones were better, used better quality motherboards, but by this time their reputation had declined so they went out of business in the US.

Hewlett Packard on the other hand made high quality electronic test equipment. As part of their design and manufacturing process they started using computers and wrote very good software for their own use and began selling the software. In time they began selling computers with the software and eventually went entirely into the computer business.
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The old Compaq Deskpros were real work horses and many are still running.


Mine still is. Got it in 1999, and have left it running almost constantly as a webserver ever since, with no problems. Compaq may now be less reliable as it is the e-machines of hp. But if you go with an HP, you should be fine. I have one of those too (from 2004-2005? maybe.) that works great.
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