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Anyone using Dell Notebook

Postby hanriktan » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 10:04 am

hi,

I was wondering if anyone is using Dell notebook, there is this great promotion on the Dell Inspiron 6400 with Duo Core processor.. seems like a good buy...

please let me know your experience with dell.. before i make a wrong move

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Postby Bremen » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 10:32 am

Dude, we can read without the extra-size fonts...

Dell makes ok notebooks, but support can be an issue. I'd avoid dell desktops like the plague, but their notebook line is pretty decent.
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Dell Desktop

Postby bunty » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 10:50 am

Bemen

I just placed an order for dell desktop. why would u avoid it like a plague....

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Re: Dell Desktop

Postby Bremen » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 11:01 am

bunty wrote:Bemen

I just placed an order for dell desktop. why would u avoid it like a plague....

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Generally shoddy quality, lots of harddrive failures, cheap components, and they only sell the massively power-hungry and hot-running Intel chips. I prefer dual-core CPUs, and in the dual-core desktop arena, AMD is king.
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Postby hanriktan » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 11:11 am

hi Bremen,

am i rite to say that notebook is ok to go? :P
as for Desktop I do agree they have quality issue.. as we have a team dealing with Dell desktop division..

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Postby bunty » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 11:19 am

oh mymy :o

and i thought i would go for branded vis a vis built up.......as i expected bulti up to have failures....

is that why dell is aggressively advertising everyday :shock: :shock:

anycase, i have now committed to buy. hope i dont have to tear my hair.....

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Postby Bremen » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 2:02 pm

bunty wrote:oh mymy :o

and i thought i would go for branded vis a vis built up.......as i expected bulti up to have failures....

is that why dell is aggressively advertising everyday :shock: :shock:

anycase, i have now committed to buy. hope i dont have to tear my hair.....


Self-built systems (also called "whiteboxes") are more reliable than anything Dell has offered so far... I've never, ever, had problems with my self-built systems because I knew that every part going in there is good quality, and not the cheapest supplier to Dell.
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Postby Bremen » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 2:03 pm

hanriktan wrote:hi Bremen,

am i rite to say that notebook is ok to go? :P
as for Desktop I do agree they have quality issue.. as we have a team dealing with Dell desktop division..


Yeah, the laptops are fine, they're built in taiwan. :P
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Postby bunty » Wed, 05 Apr 2006 2:30 pm

I am crossing my fingers!!!!

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 06 Apr 2006 12:34 pm

bunty,

I have two dell notebooks, an older Inspiron 4000 that has been going for 5 years now. It started out as a WinME w/64Ram & 10 GB Currently It has WinXPPro, 512ram & 20GB HDD. It's only a 600/800 Mhz twinstep and still runs excellently.

My new baby is the full fledged desktop replacement with the works (Inspiron 9300) forerunner to the current 9400 (mine doesn't have the dual core) 2Ghz, 1GB ram,80GB HDD. 17" screen, DVD combo dual layer read&write.

I love it. I also have a dell desktop (have purchased 18 dell desktops over the last 5 years as well for my former company and while some have had to have things done, dell's service has always be excellent to me - I've no complaints at all contrary to what a lot of people say about the service standards here in asia. What I like about a name brand is that in the event something does go wrong, I don't have to pray the locally assembled shop is still in business (very, very common happening here). Or like my current office pc which is just that, the 2.6 Ghz processer went out, the shop where it was bought didn't have the processer in stock (nothing in stock) and got there processors from malaysia so had to SEND my processor to them to "Have it Repaired" e.g., replaced - said it would take week OR SO. I raised holy hell, they replaced the processor so I could work with a 2.6 Celeron which I am currently typing from. Problem is, monday apparently they went out of business, my processor is in malaysia and now phone contact numbers or their not answering.

Yes, spec for spec you can do better with a whitebox - I'll agree with Bremen there. But in this country of shady IT assemblers/shops I'd really think hard about buying a whitebox set.

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Postby bunty » Thu, 06 Apr 2006 4:30 pm

I think dell had a pretty decent range on the specs......hence i went for it....

yes like u say, the after service with a whitebox can be an issue.

with branded ones, hopefully with some "shouting" they may respond. it is better than finding that the shop does not exist!!!!

so far i am impressed with their delivery schedule. they said 7 days and now are willing to deliver in 5 days.

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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 06 Apr 2006 9:25 pm

bunty wrote:I think dell had a pretty decent range on the specs......hence i went for it....

yes like u say, the after service with a whitebox can be an issue.

with branded ones, hopefully with some "shouting" they may respond. it is better than finding that the shop does not exist!!!!

so far i am impressed with their delivery schedule. they said 7 days and now are willing to deliver in 5 days.


Your early delivery doesn't surprise me. I've never had a late delivery and 80% were early by at least 1 day. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I like mine.

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Postby Bremen » Thu, 06 Apr 2006 11:30 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Yes, spec for spec you can do better with a whitebox - I'll agree with Bremen there. But in this country of shady IT assemblers/shops I'd really think hard about buying a whitebox set.

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But the benefit is that you can get a spare part from any store. And the large distros that supply the smaller shops don't go out of business, and they honor the warranty.
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Postby sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 07 Apr 2006 11:45 am

Agreed, but I have a hard enough time trying to get to the bank let alone down to Funan or worse still, Sim Lim Square. Also, while I can do something like that, the average computer user is not very mechanically inclined.

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Postby Bremen » Fri, 07 Apr 2006 12:01 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Agreed, but I have a hard enough time trying to get to the bank let alone down to Funan or worse still, Sim Lim Square. Also, while I can do something like that, the average computer user is not very mechanically inclined.


Ah, but learning is half the fun! :)
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