Used Laptop "Dirty Little Secrets"
overwhelmingly vast majority of laptop computers are NOT MADE
by the company you buy them from... As a matter of fact, the brands
you have come to "know and love" really don't even
want you to know this, and go to great lengths to keep this
info from you.
none of the "Name" brands manufacture their own laptops,
with the only exceptions being
Twinhead, Acer and IBM. That is why those three brands are so
darn expensive !!!
of the rest buy their laptops from what is called an Original
Design Manufacturer (ODM) and then install the Hard Drive (usually
an IBM, Hitachi, Fujitsu, or Toshiba), Processor (PIII, PIV,
Celeron, VIA or AMD) and System Memory(RAM).
then put their label on it and market it.
ODMs sell their computers to several different OEMs. OEM's are
Dell, HP, Toshiba, Compaq, Flexnote, Micron, Sager, Gateway,
For example an ODM named Compal makes many, if not most, of the Dell laptops. But they also make the FlexNote,
the ChemBOOK 3015, the PowerPro III6,
& some models of Sceptre Sound...and they are all the same
laptop, just with different names on them! Compal also makes
some of the Hewlett Packard line of laptops.
Compal also made the Toshiba 3000 and 3005, and the ChemBOOK 3020E
and yup!...you guessed it - they were the same computer!!
We consider a machine that is made by Compal
to be among the best. They almost never RMA. Besides Compal,
some of the other ODM's (actual manufacturers with links to
their site) and some of the models they make:
Quanta - Makes the "Latitude" series for Dell, and the "Viao"
series for Sony. In 2005 became the largest ODM with contracts from Dell Computer, Compaq, Gateway Computers, Apple Computer, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Sony, Sharp Corporation, Toshiba, Fujitsu and Siemens AG.
Inventec - Made the
Armada & Prosignia series for Compaq
Arima - Makes the Presario
line for Compaq.
GVC - Contracts
with Micron and others. Also owns the brand of optical drives known as LiteOn.
Clevo - Former ODM for Sager, amongst others.
These are not exactly what you would call "Name
Brand" manufacturers , and yet it is their laptops that end up with the most famous "Names" on
them. And to further complicate issues, when CES comes around,
the famous name manufacturers such as Dell, Compaq, HP, and
others, will bid out their new lines of laptops to these ODM's,
and all of the contracts could switch like changing partners
at the dance. All of these ODM companies feature their product
at CES (Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January),
and entertain the Dell, Compaq, HP and other buyers. These Buyers
weigh profitability and eye catching features as the ultimate
decision in choosing the ODM, with quality and reliability way
down the list of criteria.
Now you know why when you call Dell, Compaq
or HP Tech Support, they "distribute" the calls based
on models. As you can see from above, the Compaq Presario is
not even made by the same company as the Compaq Armada or
This also means if you paid $500 more for the
Dell than the FlexNote, you just gave Dell $500 to pay
for their "Dude" commercials, because they are absolutely
identical products. Even tho Dell, Gateway, HP and Compaq would
have you believe they are technology driven companies, they
are basically marketing companies. You are selecting them for
their "Name Brand" even tho it is not really their
"Name" on the laptop.
By and large, only us insiders
are aware of this "Dirty little secret of the Laptop Industry".
So whatever you do, DON'T pass it on...........:)