Firstly, according to Wikipedia:
“eMachines was acquired by Gateway, Inc. in March 2004 for $262 million in cash and shares. Under the deal, Wayne Inouye, CEO of eMachines, became CEO of Gateway, replacing founder Ted Waitt. It remains a stand-alone brand that is sold through retailers, catalog and online merchandisers. Gateway itself was purchased by Acer in October 2007″
In another article, it is said that Acer owns 75% of Packard Bell. This really racks up a number of cheaper PC makers all into one company. The question of, if the quality of these products would increase or decrease.
But anyways, in theory, I believe that these companies selling lower priced PC desktops and notebooks, aswell as netbooks are only supremely cheap for one reason. This reason is because they are also made cheap, and in my own experience I heavily noticed that.
It is quite common for Acer monitors to not get a signal, even though the monitor is connected to a PC with an active signal through VGA or even DVI. Check out more on Google concerning this issue. I built a PC for a mother-in-law once and hooked it up to her Acer monitor with nothing but trouble getting the monitor to recognize the PC, while trying to change video cards in the PC just for the monitor to kick into a picture. I felt like kicking it yes. But a friend of mine with a similar monitor and the same brand of Acer had problems once when the monitor simply died on him instantly, and it was only a year old.
One time I got a friend asking me, with him knowing my skill in fixing PC’s, if I could fix his laptop keyboard. This was something that was a different experience for me that I had never done before. But I am pretty fast at learning fixing new things, how else would I know as much as I knew then?. So I noticed there were keys missing. So I found a tutorial on how to replace the keyboard on an Emachines laptop. And so I ordered the keyboard, and when it arrived I followed the tutorial and replaced the keyboard successfully, and gave the laptop back to the friend while cashing in. So he came back a week later saying “the keys are still falling out”, and I basically said “I will have to do the same thing over again then”, knowing it would just happen over and over again, he just either got it warrantied or just threw it in the garbage while blaming it on me or something. He was just an acquaintance though, not a friend, not even after that. But it really showed me how cheap Emachines laptops are. I’ve also fixed an Acer desktop before, and it was not impossible but I do notice the motherboards inside are cheap branded, and these “cheap desktops” are cheap for one reason. They are built with poor components, but maybe with better cases than the manufacturer of the computer’s components could not build themselves. But that is the tradeoff, put really cheap components into a nice cosmetic body like putting a Ford engine into a Ferrari body.
But I would say if I was to purchase a new computer for a cheap price and I did not want to build one from scratch, and I did not want to buy a Mac, buying a good branded pre-built computer would be the way to go. I have had a pretty good experience with Dell’s, as my two 17″ LCD’s for my dual monitors have been used for 3 years now, with countless PC’s I’ve fixed, and they have not died on me yet. I owned a couple Dimension’s so far, that did not fail me. The only cause to make these things fail is dust buildup, causing the components to overheat and fail. Specifically the CPU heatsink. That was the first problem with my first PC which was made by Touch Systems, another “clone” whitebox PC maker, that was sold through a local PC store locally.
I looked at this PC that was on display, noticing it had a DVD-ROM which caught my eye because it could play DVD’s!. This was about 6-7 years ago. But after that first PC failed on me, having to bring it to dealership with them saying “it’s out of warranty”, then going on the website and finding out there is a standard 5-year warranty on all desktops, I went to another dealership out of town and the sent it off to the warehouse and sent it back with only the shipment bill as what I had to pay to get it fixed. I was pretty happy about that. But what caused this PC to fail was very suprising. It wasn’t a virus, it was just a stupid build-up of dust. This is one of the major causes of PC’s to fail. Also the other cause is viruses, as Windows is a high target, and for anyone to use Windows for online banking, or for anything that you enter a password in for, it’s risky because obviously the virus can take all that information. I know a number of people who send me emails spamming some link, these are called Phishing scams. I always notify them and tell them, dude you got a virus on your computer. And no it’s not in your email, no the virus is ON-YOUR-COMPUTER, get it fixed. While I have *retired* from fixing PC’s, sure there’s alot of revenue I could be earning but that’s also alot of time on my hands that I was to use instead for blogging. I can make more blogging than fixing PC’s. But at least I have that experience behind myself.
So ok, most of this blog post was just about me fixing any kind of computer, but the importance of it all is the fact that if you buy a cheap desktop, you are basically, buying a cheap desktop. Spend a little more on a HP, Samsung, Sony or maybe a Dell then you will get better quality for your purchase. But most of all, if you want something that you will have trouble getting rid of because it’s so damn reliable, an iMac or any Mac in general is the best choice if all you do is web surf and check your mail, listen to music. I grew up with them and I swear by them. They are expensive, but you get exactly what you paid for.
The iMac my sister bought brand new in 2000 for around $2000, was later in 5 years passed onto me, then passed onto my friend, and passed onto his brother, then onto his friend who smashed it I think. It’s a shame. But you can see how reliable they are. It didn’t have a fan inside of it so dust did not build up, and so along with the operating system, Mac OS X, it didn’t really have much of a risk of obtaining a virus on it. So that’s what I recommend.
For me though, I have the experience in my background of owning Mac’s and PC’s, that I can build a PC from scratch and fix any problems that arise. I choose custom-built Windows PC’s because I can service them myself. Like someone buying piece of crap cars that don’t work and fixing them up, because he has that skill. Most people do not, have the skill to fix computers or fix cars. So stick to what will last you.