Originally Posted by Kerith
Stick with what you know. Good thing the settlers didn't believe in that theory when they left Britain. I think ten minutes of browsing on Acer's website should make you feel secure. I'm not saying to rush into the purchase of anything. Do a little bit of research, if anything but on pure principle because it is your money - whether a dime or ten grand.
I think what you're missing is my point that with research I am, in fact, ready to make the leap. But it is not based upon what's on someone's website. That I just don't buy. I am more impressed with the users' comments and PC Mag's review. The problem with laptops in particular is the ergonomics. With a desktop, under the worst case scenario, I can replace the keyboard and mouse. I could even upgrade the video card and monitor. With a laptop, it's take it or leave it other than memory. If I could, I would upgrade my Sony Vaio F560 (PIII 600) with a new motherboard because I love everything else about it, or I would upgrade my Dell D600 with a new keyboard that has the delete key in the right spot and wasn't mushy (Dell says you can't remap the key).
I'm also not sure that money is the real issue. No matter what our backgrounds are, most of us don't want to throw out $2,000. And we certainly don't want to be miserable each time we use the laptop cursing at the heat, the misplaced keys, the bad customer service. So us Americans (an oxymoron), us humans, like to stick with what we know and maybe take some
chances on significant purchases. It is just hard to believe that Acer has not penetrated the American market. For more than a 1/2 a decade they have had major announcements of their intent to do so w/o success. After all it's not as if Asian companies have had difficulties in placing their products in this country before. So their No. 1 in Europe and No. 4 in the U.S. I can see the reason why car sales are different - local brand loyalty in both geographical areas, different needs for European roads and cities, etc. but why with Asian laptops?
As to any American bashing, I can only sit back and smile with confidence and pride knowing that we may not be perfect but, damn, we are good. And with all the Bad American comments you never hear Americans bashing our friends overseas on these forumns. It's just not part of our background. It's not a need. We have positive, productive things to concentrate on.