EMachines Informative - Emachines, they're not Emachines any more.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA -- I used to purchase Emachine PC's about every 2 to 3 years. I ventured into buying an M6805 new laptop. With a price tag of 1699.99 I was sure I would have the best laptop they could offer. I was lucky to catch it on sale thru tiger direct for 999.99 so I jumped on it. This laptop was truly a great machine, but it had a tendency to set your legs on fire after about 20 minutes of use. I had to buy a lap cool for it. After 3 years of having it and warranty expired, the screen started to flicker. I took it apart and fixed the cable for the LCD. I inadvertently knocked a small pink part off the motherboard with a screwdriver and lost it. My fault! Not a laptop guy here! After contacting Gateway, the new owners of Emachines I was told that it would cost about 600 bucks + shipping to put in a new mobo. Was bad enough being billed 7.99 for the call. Yeah right! Not happening! The part I knocked off controls the CPU fans. They don't work anymore. Laptop heats up and shuts off unless I keep it in a cool place with the lap cool to suck in the cool air. This laptop is tough! I still use it. I own another newer model Emachines laptop too (M6810) and I have had no problems with it at all. I feel for all of you that have had bad experiences. I would not buy a new Emachines because of the negative encounters I have had with Gateway in the past. Go with an Acer product with an AMD processor from Best Buy.
Spend the extra money for the good stuff. I've had the T180 Acer for 3 years now and it is just now starting to act a bit goofy, but it needs to be cleaned up or OS reloaded.