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There are a multitude of PC manufacturers hawking their wares right now, and they all have different ideas as to what represents value for money. So, seeing as we can’t trust them to be truthful in how much value for money their products offer, we’ll ask you instead. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Too Many Games, Not Enough Time

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Which Game From E3 2015 Are You Desperate to Play?

Out of a total of 156 votes, 34.6% chose Fallout 4, 10.9% chose Final Fantasy VII Remake, 10.3% chose Uncharted 4, 6.4% chose Halo 5, 3.9% chose Rise of the Tomb Raider, 3.2% chose Shenmue III, 3.2% chose Star Fox Zero, 1.9% chose The Last Guardian, 1.9% chose Super Mario Maker, 1.3% chose Gears of War 4, 17.3% chose Other, and 5.1% chose None, As I Don’t Play Video Games!

This represents a resounding victory for Fallout 4, the game chosen by over a third of those who voted in the poll. With 10 games to choose from (as well as countless others not included in the poll) this is an impressive percentage. The only real contenders were Final Fantasy VII Remake and Uncharted 4.


Comment of the Week

We received some good comments, including those from Jon W, Matthew Wong, and Matteo Bernardini. Comment Of The Week goes to Dennis Primm, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Which Game From E3 2015 Are You Desperate to Play? [MakeUseOf Poll] Which Game From E3 2015 Are You Desperate to Play? [MakeUseOf Poll] E3 2015 provided gamers with a veritable smorgasbord of video games they can look forward to playing over the coming months and years. But we need you to pick just one. Please? Read More :


Am I going crazy?

I thought I saw DOOM in the E3 2015 line up. If so, then why isn’t it on the list?

I want DOOM!!!

We chose this comment because it was the only one which said anything more than the title of a game. We can inform Dennis that he is not going crazy because Bethesda did indeed unveil a new Doom at E3 2015 Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo - Who Had the Best E3 Showing? Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo - Who Had the Best E3 Showing? It's E3 again, which is like Christmas for gamers, if Santa told you about your presents a year in advance and then spent Christmas morning selling them to you in bits and pieces. Read More . It just didn’t make the cut in terms of our poll. We apologize for making you question your mental state Depression & The Internet: Welcome To Your Temporary Support Group Depression & The Internet: Welcome To Your Temporary Support Group Talking is important, and sometimes the Internet is a good substitute when your real life friends aren't around. Here are three sites I recommend for less formal depression-focused conversations. Read More .

Getting Your Money’s Worth

With the emergence of tablets MakeUseOf Experiments: Going Tablet-Only For a Week & Staying Productive MakeUseOf Experiments: Going Tablet-Only For a Week & Staying Productive You took one look at the headline and thought "this guy is crazy", right? That's pretty much what I thought at first, but as the week progressed I found myself struggling with apps, multi-tasking and... Read More and smartphones Ditch Your Desktop! Turn Your Smartphone Into a Desktop Replacement Ditch Your Desktop! Turn Your Smartphone Into a Desktop Replacement Want to ditch the desktop and just use your smartphone? You can do that! Read More as legitimate alternatives to laptops and desktops, the importance of owning a good PC is somewhat waning. However, many of us still need a powerful machine as our daily workhorse, whether we use it for business or pleasure.

This leads to the need to make a rather important decision. There are so many companies selling computers these days, it’s hard to know which manufacturer to choose. Value for money almost always plays a part in that decision, which has led to the question we’re asking in this week’s poll.

We simply want to know, “Which PC Manufacturer Offers The Best Value For Money?

How you interpret this question is entirely up to you, because value for money means different things to different people. It might mean the cheapest, or the longest-lasting, or even the most features. Either way, we need you to vote in the poll below to help us learn about more our readers.

Once you have voted in the poll above, please explain in the comments section below why you voted that way. Or if you selected “Other (Which?)” add the name of the PC manufacturer you think offers the best value for money.

What makes the PC manufacturer you chose the best value for money? Do you rate value for money based solely on price or do quality and longevity also play a factor? Do you buy a computer with one eye on selling it in the future?

The more information you can provide with your comment, the more accurate our conclusions can be based on the results. The best comment of the week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. At least until we all meet back here again this time next week with a new question.

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  1. Jonen560ti
    July 1, 2015 at 10:31 am

    This Depends a lot on what you want in a pc i suppose. those who put physical build quality and design high on the priority list will inevitably say apple has the best value. business People will probably say Lenovo, HP or Dell because they are partial to those brands and value their corporate advantages. People in general would probably say whatever brand they own has the best value because of confirmation bias.

    my first gut reaction was to vote for Lenovo because i just got a great deal on a Lenovo Thinkserver, quad core xeon, 16GB RAM, 2TB of Storage for just 500$ so you also have to factor in that People might have a particularly good impression of a brand`s value because they got a good deal on their Product. still, if i had to choose, i think ASUS wins this one, they usually have decent specs and build quality for the price and i really like their art sense. ASUS Products tends to have that artistic touch that make them feel like Premium Products, kind of like Apple`s, but more daring, like they`re not trying to look invisible, they want to be seen, but they`re screaming for attention like a gaming pc stuffed with rainbow LED`s. i like that in Tech Products so asus gets my vote

  2. a duck
    June 30, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    I'm biased towards Fujitsu.
    That may be because this Fujitsu laptop of mine has been my very first laptop chosen and bought with my own money and all..

    Even so, it has faithfully served me ever since 2008 (with almost daily usage). So far it still has a decent battery life of about 2 hours (used to be 4+ hours when it was new) and it runs at a comfortable speed. Of course, this is after I reinstalled Windows 7 over the initial Windows Vista OS a couple of years back. Only hardware failures now are the DVD driver and the webcam. I never had to take the laptop back to the manufacturer for repairs.

  3. Leah C
    June 30, 2015 at 1:01 am

    I voted for Lenovo. I got this amazing deal on my last laptop which was a Wacom tablet. Doing research to my new laptop it just came down to Lenovo. They offer the best price for exactly what I want. Well, maybe not exactly since I couldn't afford the Wacom tablet. Their computers are very reliable and when I'm in the market for a laptop they have the best deals for what I'm looking for.

  4. Kenson “Kcmartz” Martz
    June 30, 2015 at 12:16 am

    You forgot MSI. The MSI Dominator series is really good for a gaming rig.

  5. Kevin Li
    June 29, 2015 at 7:04 pm

    I seriously don't know where you guys are getting your information, but your all terribly informed.

    HP and Acer especially the cheap models under $1000 are incredibly easy to break and die so definitely not worth it. The HP over $1000 models are ok but not wow and the incorporated beats offers crap sound unless your a hip hop/rap fan.

    Apple.... do I even need to say anything. Software is crap, they can't even fix some of the smallest of error and issues in the OS. Constantly freezes. Or unless you get the super overpriced models. They do however have good laptops for if you really want something super tiny that its had to type on. Also forgot to mention Apple's OS security.... lets just say if somebody wanted to bypass it, done. So many issues with that. People just don't waste their time with it because only a small percentage of people use Apple, but once that rises, those people using Apple are in a world of hurt.

    Dell's quality has being consistently dropping since for several years now. If any of you even own there high end Alienware line, little stupid extra boards installed just for the power button or what not die literally in under 2 years almost guaranteed and cost like $100 to replace it which is complete bull. Also never touch there cheap laptops.

    Lenovo after China owned majority of it shares, they are doing so well in terms of quality anymore either. I've seen many business laptops over $1000 each die on the 2 year mark. Comsumer Lenovo's have been dieing a lot in the 1-2 year marks as well. They really need a quality check.

    Asus on the other hand I have seen the least dead. Asus has been in the game the longest and has a very good track record when it comes to their products quality. Great warranty that comes with their products and as stated globally available. They offer the cheapest products for the best quality. Ive seen Asus laptops dropped from at least 1 meter several times and still functioning. The over $1000 laptops can almost all last you over 3 years. But they also score lowly in the selections and audio.

  6. Larry Eberhard
    June 29, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I feel customer support is as important as the platform. Because you wanted us to choose a PC that we feel has the most "bang for the buck", Dell wins in the "support" side and with some outstanding options available from the manufacturer, I select Dell.

  7. Andrew Brown
    June 29, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    I've become a big Lenovo fan. Particularly of their ThinkPad line. They are just solid laptops.

  8. Charles Sullivan
    June 29, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    Dell, good value for the money. Never had a problem with support.

  9. Antonio Rivero
    June 29, 2015 at 5:09 pm

    I have a good Lenovo in specs, an Y510P, but the damn thing is unusable for Skyping as the camera has glaucoma of sorts. The screen also is lackluster. For more money next time is alienware again.

  10. likefun butnot
    June 29, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    There are many, many people in this thread who really don't know what they're talking about and probably don't have enough experience with the relevant options to have an informed opinion.

    Apple's service offerings are unremarkable and largely geared toward driving users to its own retail centers for upselling additional services and upgrades. The services and hardware it offers are in and of themselves unremarkable when compared to other business-class offerings.

    I have chosen Lenovo Thinkpads for laptops or Microsoft specifically for the Surface Pro line for my company's portable device needs. I've found both to offer best of breed products and support. I would far rather deal with either of the above than any of the other options presented.

    • Eric Baranowski
      June 29, 2015 at 6:43 pm

      I agree with you, people will either love or hate apple. I hate apple for the crap hardware, the insane limitations, and the ridiculous prices, but I still own a MacBook because to me, nothing else can compete with being able to run any and every operating system available. If you're into playing games on your machines, by all means I would stick to something much more powerful, but as a developer, nothing can top the unlimited compatibility a Macbook offers for testing purposes, client troubleshooting, and portability.

  11. Ian Dunn
    June 29, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    I bought a PIPO T9 Phablet based purely on specs. I am really happy with this units speed and battery life. The on;y problem I had was the protective cover I bought for it had no hole punched for the mike and people said they could barely hear me until I punched a new hole. Screen resolution is great too. I'll be watching this company for new products for sure. Ian,

  12. Aibek Es
    June 29, 2015 at 11:59 am

    I have extensive experience with Siemens, Dell, Sony, Averatech and Apple notebooks.

    My vote goes to Apple. The worst performers in terms of price/quality ratio were Siemens and Sony.


  13. Jan F.
    June 29, 2015 at 9:48 am

    I got to go with Apple.

    Yes, looking purely at the hardware you can get a much better deal with other manufacturers but if you look at the full package they do deliver for the money you pay.

    The hardware looks and feels expensive, high quality.

    The first-time-run experience of OS X beats any other operating system. Any registration is optional and you can be up in running within less than 2 minutes.
    Even if you do decide to go with Windows (be it bootcamp or stand-alone) you will get all the necessary drivers via the Bootcamp Support Software.
    A lot of quality application pre-installed or available for free on the Mac App Store.

    It beats all other support channels. No recipe, no visit to the store you originally bought the device in is necessary. Any Apple Store, authorized service provider will accept the device within the 1 year limited warranty or within an extended Apple Care.

    If Apple Care is too expensive (which it is in my opinion) a lot of authorized resellers do offer their own version of extended warranty – of course only valid in their shop(s) then.

    Apple aside I would go with Lenovo. They are overpriced just like Apple but the Thinkpads are true survivors as far as the hardware goes.

  14. Ben Bezuidenhout
    June 29, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Gigabyte for sure

  15. emrecnl
    June 29, 2015 at 5:51 am

    DELL is a good product if you live in US only. ASUS is far more global company that you can buy and use what ever country you're currently living in.

  16. Ray Li
    June 29, 2015 at 2:14 am

    I voted for Apple because I feel like hurting my wallet right now :-D

  17. Victor Ong
    June 29, 2015 at 1:38 am

    I've tried many, many different manufacturers. Most of the laptops and desktops end up breaking. The only maker that I still trust to make a quality product is Lenovo. I also really like some of their new technologies, as novel as they may be, such as the "AnyPen" tech. Overall, they make solid, lasting devices and have a good bit of novel tech that I need.

  18. Andrew Kelley
    June 28, 2015 at 10:48 pm

    I feel Apple is truly in a league of their own and my like and dislikes for them are not in the same realm as the others. I have a major dislike for OEM's that insist on installing their own proprietary software for updating, backing up, etc. on a brand new system expecting that people want that crap on their computer. HP is huge for that, and Dell isn't far behind, I personally don't want them trying to decide for me what programs they think I should have. Acer has had the least of these "intrusions" on any of the computers I have bought and sold to my clients, and by far have the least amount of clean-up work to be done before I feel the build is ready to turn over to the new owner. Quite honestly, I have never had any major issues with any hardware I have purchased from Acer, I find the quality of their products on par with most of the other big names, without the extras that have to be removed.

  19. Zhong Jiang
    June 28, 2015 at 9:46 pm

    While Dell XPS 15 of 2015 won the definitive battle of being the 'best' laptop. Its value is questioned by Asus Zenbook UX305. People need to be aware of what hobbies that contribute to their own value. For example, basic distributed tasks and mundane activities is what the Zenbook excels at. Gamers should build their PC, professionals may want to invest their money on good hardware.

    Asus has won the value award. Dell triumph on being the most balanced.

  20. prittman
    June 28, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Ive sworn off Dell. Bought a laptop and 2 desktops (all among the cheaper offerings) and they all had major hardware failures that I had to fix to get them to the point of useability. I know some say that Dells more expensive units are as good as everyone elses, but my question then would be, at what price point can I find the reliable Dells--and that is assuming that I can believe Dell if they would answer that.

    My current laptop is a Toshiba. Its entering its 5th year (I use it every day, for work and leisure) so it cant be that bad, but Ive had to reapply thermal compound b/c the CPU was overheating, and so I wont be buying from them any more either. Some things should work right, out of the box.

    My next laptop will be a Lenovo. Ive heard great things about their reliability, and they do have a model in my price range ($700) that is as good as any other brand (in terms of CPU, RAM, etc.).

  21. Mark Ward
    June 28, 2015 at 9:31 pm

    Voted Dell. My personal view is based upon parts reliability & longevity. No issues building a Debian derivative Linux rig from Dell kit either. All drivers work fine. Try theor 'outlet' site for the best deals.

  22. John Billot
    June 28, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Voted for Dell. Have bought 8 or so Dell laptops in the past both from the ordinary site and the Outlet (UK) and (US). I have never had a problem with any of them (includes those I bought for my children) and my wife and I are using a Inspiron 1545 and 1525 with Linux now installed and they are 7 years old and running! Other than the first Dell laptop (8600 I think which was over £1200) I have tended to pay around £270 for them from new.
    I also have a HP 14 Chromebook which is excellent and my wife also has a Acer CB11 Chromebook which is also very good. Both these are less than 12 months old so can't really "compete" at present in the poll.

  23. hildyblog
    June 28, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    I've built my own and I've bought. All things considered, I'd recommend buying but not at retail.

    Go to the manufacturers' outlets. You will find yesterday's models and open box deals (I'd steer clear of the scratch and dents). Dell has good stock and prices and other manufacturers have good prices but tend to have more limited stock.

  24. BIll Dauterive
    June 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I tend to build my own for a new system or purchase used Dell Gov. equipment which can be found at any local gov. county outlet store where you can get great bargains. The best part is......if you install a good WD Raptor ,some DDR3 and a half-decent video card (I'm not into gaming)'ve got yourself a top-of-the-line workhorse for very little money.

    If you want to go a step further an old used Dell ($18 ...yup) ..add two/three more NIC's , throw on a copy of IPFire or Smoothwall Express and you've got an industrial strength firewall/router for under $30. Mine has been running for four years. gotta go Dell or probably ASUS.

  25. Dave Frandin
    June 28, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    For me, Dell.. I'm a retired network admin/"Windows Janitor", and for the last 10 or so years, my job had me supporting a fleet of around 300 Dell systems, both desktops and laptops.. It was quite rare for me to need to contact Dell for support on these systems. What a lot of people who criticize Dell for shoddy systems don't realize is that there is essentially TWO "Dells"... One that builds the "home user" systems you see at BestBuy/CostCo/etc.. These are branded XPS/Inspiron and what kind of makes me sad, also Alienware... These come with fairly short warrantee periods, are LOADED with needless bloatware, have off-shore support..
    Then there is the "Dell" that builds the Optiplex/Precision/Latitude desktops/workstations/laptops that corporations buy. These have at least 3 year warrantees, the base OS/drivers ONLY, and US-based support. Of course, Dell *tried* to offshore support for the corporate systems too, but this was shown to be a bad move for them and it came back to the US fairly quickly.. You won't find these systems on QVC or at Bestbuy, they're only sold thru Dell's website/sales reps.. Of course, they do cost a bit more, but you're getting a MUCH better quality system..

  26. Matthew Unwin
    June 28, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I voted other as (for desktops) the best value is building your own. It costs less, probably lasts longer and gives you what exactly what you want. It also isn't difficult to do these days.

    If I was to buy a laptop I would either get an hp or dell as although they may not be quite as cheap as companies such as acer they are (in my experience) significantly more reliable and well built.

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