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In May of 2004, I decided to purchase the Averatec 3200 Laptop because of it's reasonable $700 price range and extremely positive reviews from Best Buy.
I needed a good laptop because I was working from home and the Averatec 3200 just seemed like a good choice.
I was a novice at technology and so I relied on the big wig computer company to lead me in the right direction.
But, in January of 2005, I started to notice that the Averatec Laptop was getting very hot to the touch. My first initial thought was It just needed to be cleaned with a good electronic dust cleaner because I lived in an area where dust from the roads was a bit of a problem.
So I purchased a can of duster to clear any dust that might have gotten inside of the Averatec. The solution seemed to resolve the issue or so I thought!
To my horror, a few weeks later, the laptop got so hot that it caused the internal connection plug to come loose. All of my hard-earned money wasted on a laptop that was now overheating.
Because I was working from home and the laptop was my only way of staying connected to the Internet, I was desperate for a solution. So I did some research on the Averatec 3200 and discovered I was not alone!
In fact, there were so many complaints about that particular make and model overheating that I was really surprised that Best Buy had given it a rave review, to begin with!
Once I dug a little further, I realized that other customers who had experienced the same problem with the internal connection plug had simply soldered the plug back as a solution.
I'm not one that likes to give up easily, so I purchased a solder iron kit and decided to follow suit. The solution worked at first. Fast forward to about a month later and the laptop's internal connection plug became loose once again.
Again I soldered that internal connection plug back into its place thinking I hadn't added enough solder to it. Wrong!
Not even a week later and that internal connection plug had loosened again. It would be my last attempt at repairing the Averatec 3200 laptop as I finally realized after doing some further research, the company producing it was actually at fault.
You see, back then I was such a novice I never realized that when I made that purchase, the company never designed it with a cooling fan to allow airflow and keep the laptop from overheating in the first place! $700 wasted!
Today, I'm much more knowledgeable about technology and that a built-in cooling fan is a must! I only wish that the company that built the Averatec 3200 had that same knowledge. Or perhaps they did and chose not to add a cooling fan or any real cooling vents except for the small tiny hole located at the back to save costs and make a bigger profit.
Any way you look at it, I do not recommend the Averatec 3200 to anyone looking for a decent laptop.
In 2012, the Averatec company ceased its operations and no longer sells the laptops. However, I have noticed several websites that are still attempting to sell them to unsuspecting victims looking for a reasonable laptop. Beware!
After my breakup with the Averatec brand, I upgraded to the HEWLETT PACKARD LAPTOP line and have not looked back since then.
I've had my latest HP for more than 5 years now and it's still going strong even today!
So if you are working from home through this covid pandemic and need a reasonable, yet reliable laptop, I highly recommend the Hewlett Packard series!