AMD's Pet Peeve: Laptop Stickers

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jac_goudsmit

I installed a lot of computers for my job. The first thing I do after they come out of the box is take the stickers off; I usually do that while I pop the hard disk out and make an image on DVD-ROM so I can return the system to pristine state even if the hard disk goes kerploowey or someone (most likely me) decides to wipe the restore partition.

The reason is that no matter how interesting or beautiful the stickers are, the user will get tired of them sooner or later. And when they eventually pull the stickers off, the glue will have dried or the rest of the case will have changed color so there will be a permanent mark where the sticker used to be.

 

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Blues22475

Of stickers considering now there more than just a few (like a couple years ago). The only stickers I find useful is the OS stricker (the one that ususally says Windows 7, Ubuntu, Designed for Windows XP, etc), and the processor sticker (Core I7, AMD x4, etc). All the other stickers, to me, are like those annoying adds on websites that are there, and you could care less about them.

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purplemecha

With no stickers coming, what other use do I have for long fingernails.  They got so much use out of peeling stickers.  ;D

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violian

The badges don't bother me. My car has a V8 badge on it because it has a V8 engine. So why would a tiny Intel Core 2 Duo sticker bother me if my computer is indeed running on a Core 2 Duo? My Sony tv has a Bravia logo imprinted permanently on the bezel - but it doesn't bother me, because it does indeeed have a Bravia Engine inside. It only bothers me when I knowingly know that the badge doesn't reflect what's inside my computer. So when I changed my ATI card that came preconfigured with my PC for an NVidia, I took out the ATI sticker.

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Bustout

My pet peeve is that, not only am I forced to have the stickers, but I'm forced to pay for them. Whenever I configure a laptop using HP's b2b site, it forces me to select the right sticker, a process which should be more automated, but it also tacks on a buck a sticker. Sometimes more.

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weaslem32

I hate all the stickers that companies put on their products, especially the large ones. It would be nice if they packaged the stickers on a sheet like Intel & AMD does for their processors. For those who have trouble removing the sticky residue left behind, just use Goo Gone. It's safe and uses orange extract oils as the main ingredient and works very well.

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Sovereign

If the stickers are relevant (basically, CPU and GPU only), I don't care.  They're not intrusive and in fact can be useful.  More than once, I've asked someone "What does the sticker say?" 

With Windows 7's more easily-accessible system information, this might not be as much of a boon as it was in the past.  And as far as other stickers (operating system, sound card, optical drive type, etc.), GTFO!  Further, there should be some effort to apply stickers neatly.  More than once, I've seen stickers angled strangely and it just looks unprofessional.

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nmanguy

I actually like those stickers since they let me get a good idea of the specs on someone's laptop in a glance.

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Signal2Noise

A hairdryer on low heat easily rids the notebook surface of gaudy stickers.

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thesmilies

Its good AMD is making a push to get rid of stickers (in their current form anyway). They are a waste of space.

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Vladislav_Draculva

personally as a person that can't stand laptops...I prefer desktops...so it makes little difference to me...but I do know this much...I am a sucker for case badges...I love em...I think I like em because of the Modder in me...There is nothing more gratifying than bragging to your collegues about your latest build...And case badges can be awe-inspiring...

So if I just bought a brand new humdinger of a laptop I would love to have case badges included in the paperwork so that I could place them wherever I chose...

but at the same time why would I want to brag about mediocre hardware that I didn't even get the satisfaction of putting together...who knows...

Also let the record show that I HATE big huge gaudy system spec stickers...they could leave them off...

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scoop6274

I'm not really a fan of the palm rest stickers either. The tech inside a laptop is not really a status symbol. C'mon its a laptop. If you want real power build a desktop. Those little branding stickers collect dirt, get scratched/worn, and eventually peel leaving goo on the rest.

However, the large palmrest stickers that give you system specs and stuff (like a display model) are designed to be taken off when you purchase it. In all the laptops I have purchased, that sticker comes off easily and right away with no left behind residue. The only reason that sticker is on the laptop is for the display model. I mean, they're not gonna ship a seperate display model to all retailers. So, its easier to just ship all the computers identical and let the retailer pull out one of them as a display.

My suggestion, and I know its hard cause its new equipment and we want to play, is spend a little time after opening it up and making sure it works and remove as many of the stickers that easily come off as you can.

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Eoraptor

The last one I purchased, not so. It took six months to come off, and even then, it was through Delamination, the component layers of that rotten sticker peeling apart. of course, I have since covered the faded, scratched, janky silver paint of the palm rest with wood-grain contact paper any way.

 

That's something I really hate, paint on a laptop, because it will just get scratched to hell anyway.

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Major Dilly

Easy to get rid of the glue. My Dad told me this and he was a world famous scientist (Michael H Fisher MSD), any glue that is not water based use the cheapest solvent that will not harm the surface of plastics, IE "Charcoal Lighter fluid" , I have used it on CD stickers , Bumper Stickers, Computer stickers  ,ETC. It works absolutely. Just get the smell off after using it, water or airing it out.

The world is full of BS solutions this I Know works.

 

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Cruzg10

Have you just tried licking off the sticker and see if that works?

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Cruzg10

Have you just tried licking off the sticker and see if that works?

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Eoraptor

Ronsonol lighter fluid works well also, and of course, comes in a bottle that's about the perfect shape for the job with a tiny little nozzel. Then a lil soap/water on a damp cloth to clean up.

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Eoraptor

Yeah, it might not be SO annoying to have these stickers if 1.) They weren't stuck in the worst possible place (right under sweaty oily hands)  and 2.) Weren't so obscenely garish.

 

I mean, the last two laptops I bought (both Acers) came with huge stickers (literally one covered the entire right side) on both sides of the wrist rest that made me feel like I was buying a display model instead of my daily user! I don't mind having a few spots to remind me and others,  what I am using and so on; so I don't thik Pogue's complaint is as severe as he paints it. After all, look around your car, the radio has a badge, the windows have a badge, hell, even the seats may be branded if your car is high market or sports grade. But a little taste and thought would be nice. Stick them on the LCD backplane or bezel or above the keyboard. After all, AC Delco doesn't smear off under my thumb after one year of ownership. And it doesn't make it look like my car was a demo model I bought on the cheap. 

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majorsuave

I would rather have the stickers on a sheet so I can stick them wherever I want. They all eventually peel off by themselves sometimes leaving an unpleasant goo behind.

 

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wk

Definitely the way to go. the stickers should come on a sheet, whether u want to use them or not.

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dentaku

I have always hated those stickers. It makes the machines look cheap.

I like how Dell decided to put that stuff on a panel on the bottom of the machine when they designed the Adamo.

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Airheadq

Its looks cheap since it probably IS cheap. :P If you have a dedicated video card or even mention gaming laptop, the cheapness goes away. I still love the sight of my nVidia sticker.

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strykyr

$1000(as of April) Asus G72GX.  4 Stickers.  EAX Advanced HD 4.0, nVIdia GeForce GTX 260M, Intel Core 2 Duo and Windows 7.  My old Gateway MX8523 had Intel and ATI and XP Media Center stickers.  The ATI got soaked with swaet or whatever and never stayed in one spot.  I finally just took em all off.  I'm not planning on taking these off the Asus untill they start shifting or somethiing like that.  I do think the Creative Labs one is kind of stupid cuz there is no Creative Labs hardware in this.  I know that i still get their software "decoder" but it doesn't help.  Even with 4 built in Altec Lansing speakers (2 channel) still doesn't sound that great.

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Jesterace

I don't mind the small badge style stickers, but I hate the big huge ones on the palmrest that state the system specs and the included software. As they're usually pretty big.

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Airheadq

My model didn't sport the huge info sticker which is a plus. I still have the orginal stickers which are all on the right side and I don't mind them at all. They don't get in the way of the left palm rest and it does give it some color as the laptop is mostly black. Hell, the Vista sticker is still there and I've moved on to 7!

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BAMT

I'd rather not have them if possible, although personally I don't mind the Intel sticker probably because of its notoriety. As for the others? I usually format the Windows partition Ext4 and mount it as /, the video and CPU stickers tell you less than you already know, and... the sound? I haven't seen that, but unless it's the best laptop sound you can get, it's probably like saying, "hey, I have Intel HD audio!"

And it doesn't help that if you leave them on and your computer is, for say, silver, by the time you want to resell your laptop, if you want to take a sticker off because of damage or something else, it shows how dirty your palm resting surface got over the years.

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strykyr

Yeah.  The Creative Labs sticker on mine.  Has a realtek soundcard that just sucks.  Ain't nothing Creative Labs about this laptop.  I have a X-fi Platinum Fatal1ty in my tower and I never thought I could tell a difference but I can.  I have a set of Gamercon 777s that came with a little grey USB sound card that actually decodes an AC-3 signal.  I use that whenever I can with the headphones it came with and that just sounds awesome.  The mic on this thing sucks balls too. 

 

On a side note:  My wife's HP laptop...It has HDMI built in.  I tried to hook it up to the TV the other day and the sound was horrible thru the HDMI.  When I hooked mine up, it sounded great.  Would a driver update or some other tweak fix this or is it an inferior hardware  issue?

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