Originally Posted by saugen48
Just a single core. Cant say the reliability thing is true. I have Toshiba laptops and I currently have two Acers and really havent had any problems with any of them.
As for build quality, I would have to say they are both about the same
The Toshiba the OP was talking about was a dual-core, so not really fair to compare price between the 2. But still a good deal on the Acer. Heck, I paid $299US for my Asus EeePC 900HA, and you got double the RAM, double the HDD space, an optical drive, Windows 7, and a much larger screen for the same money (although the smallness of the EeePC was my main reason for the purchase). I'd say you did really well!!
I wasn't referring to reliabilty based on a single person's experiences with a couple Toshibas and a couple Acers. Hardly a representative sample large enough to base any conclusions on.
I've seen 2 or 3 studies in the last couple of years stating that for relatively inexpensive laptops, Toshiba is near the high end of the reliability scale, while Acer is pretty much at or near the bottom (along with HP).
My experiences with Acer build quality (not reliability) are really only my opinion based on my son's acer 5520 (I think), and my Toshiba L355. They both have identical specs (odd coincidence), down to the processor brand and speed, except my L355 has a 17" screen and his Acer has a 15.6" screen. The price would have been within $50 of each other if I had bought the L305 (15.6" version of the L355). Both lower end dual-core laptops from a couple years ago. I found the construction of the Acer to be no where near as sturdy as my Toshiba. Even the cable on the AC adaptor of the Acer was only about 2/3 the diameter of the toshiba cable, and failed within a couple months.