The company is Lenova(china), and they still make the thinkpad line ($$$). They also are now making a budget laptop line with many of the thinkpad features that looks promising.Rob Williams said:IBM passed the Thinkpad over to some other company, but they are still as solid as ever. That rocks about the promotion ^_^
I don't think Acer is all bad, but DarkSynergy's experince shows the value of a full service warranty with professional service centers in many cities, and fast turn around if it must be shipped in for repair.
This is where Dell has excelled, with up to 4 year full replacement warranties and a high enough volume for factory authorized service centers eveywhere. But you do pay a high price for it, and it's really needed for a notebook, which combines all the high risks (fragile, mobile (rougher treatment than seating under a desk) high cost, limited parts availablity, and less user servicable)
Laptop generally have a 4-5 fold TCO than a similar powered desktop. Luckily we are starting to see some "ruggidized" models(designed based on military and remote industrial service experience)
one of the new ones from Toshiba has a 3D accelerometer three-axis monitoring system detects free falls in all directions and rapidly moves the HDD head from between the HDD platters in preparation for impact.
even if the laptop doesn't survive the HD and your data might and can be plugged in to a replacement unit to quickly get you going again.