Dell Stereotype

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  1. nucklearknight

    nucklearknight New Member

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    Is it just the people I talk to or is there a stereotype that dell's suck?
     
  2. DigiCrime

    DigiCrime If Only!

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    If dell sucks I'm not sure why. I do get a lot of them Dell 2000/4000 series here in the office that require motherboard replacements but to me like any other computer if you take care of it....

    Its E-Machines that suck
     
  3. CodeX

    CodeX Guest

    Every store bought computer sucks.
     
  4. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    I don't like em, especially given their competition.
     
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    They've been good to me... We have about 40 or so desktops, laptops, and servers at work. I've been here 6 years, and a couple of the laptops are still in use. I only had to replace a motherboard in one laptop that was 5 years old (cost me $40 ;)) The rest have been fine without any major issues.

    You can't beat the prices on some of the machines IMO.
     
  6. DAN513

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    I've got 2 dell poweredge servers, about 50 optiplex systems and a half dozen inspiron laptops, all of which have been in service for 4+ years. I've had to replace the usual hard drives, cd drives and batteries, but nothing that I wouldn't expect from any other brand of system, homebuilt or not.

    I agree that sometimes their pricing is way off of what it should be, but just make sure you check the price of the upgrades.
     
  7. retorq

    retorq What up bitch??

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    We're currently swapping about 450 of them this year as part of our three year lease plan. Another 400 or so next year. We use Optiplex micro towers for 99% of the installs. Since we're govt our support phone number is kept here in the states, no dot heads names "Steve" answering our calls. Ahahahaha Over all the machines are overkill for what our employees are using them for.

    All our servers are Dell too, 3 blade chassis and about 20ish stand alones. In the 6 years I've been there we've only had one issue with a server, bad ram.
     
  8. 5Gen_Prelude

    5Gen_Prelude There might not be an "I" in the word "Team", but

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    Well to add some perspective, we just got our first 3 laptops in the summer, one had bad memory, the other one had a key fall off. :ugh:
     
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    only problem i have with dell is their foreign tech support, but what do you expect with a $500 computer
     
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    My hdd failed after a year, like a month after my warranty expired.

    I had it for 2 years now, I might keep it for another year then get a Lenovo....
     
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    it's just a stereotype. dell sells a ton of systems, many of which are very low cost. you aren't going to get the highest quality parts for such low cost, but at the same time i'm sure their reliability numbers are no worse than anyone else's.
     
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    Glad to hear they aren't Satan's computers. I recently got a xps m1210 from my friends brother and all it needed was a new hd. Other than that I'm surprised in the great battery life and performance. Made me change my view on Dell.
     
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    I'm on an M1210 and love it... I did get the battery replaced under warranty though. I get roughly 3 hours or so on the battery.
     
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    Do you have dedicated graphics or integrated?
     
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    Integrated...
     
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    Me too and I get about 2 and a half. I have no idea how old the battery is though. I kinda want to get an extended battery because I'll be taking this notebook to class with me. I'll give this one a test drive.
     
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    I have the extended 9-cell battrery running on Vista Business.

    Look into the power options when on battery. I have the display turn off after 2 minutes and the brightness down one notch on battery. I don't know if it matters much, but you can turn off the lights on the front media buttons in the BIOS. I sometimes plugin to the network at work, so I turn the wireless/bluetooth off.
     
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    I have XP and Ubuntu on it. Haven't seen how long Ubuntu last's yet though.
     
  19. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    the only company whose hardware isn't COMPLETE shit is Apple, and they're far from perfect.. not to mention OSX blows.
     
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    Lenovo is COMPLETE shit?

    I might be getting an Apple.. My brothers getting the new MBP and I might buy his old one. He's spent about over $4k on this MBP with repairs, it had some bad problems. And when he sent it to Apple he specifically requested they DO NOT FORMAT THE DRIVE, since there was thousands of dollars worth of information on it (info he COULD build up again, but with that cost)...

    They wiped the drive.

    You know your customers are loyal when........
     
  21. deusexaethera

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    So why the hell did he send them his computer without removing the hard drive first, if it was that sensitive?

    Oh wait. Apple. Nevermind.
     
  22. cmsurfer

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    Not looking to get involved in the apple vs. whatever shit, but why the hell didn't he have a backup of his data? That's common sense IMO.
     
  23. Original

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    i've had my dell for almost 5 years, still a great computer. I've heard shit from HP as well and I've loved their newer notebooks.

    The only people I see complaining and having problems are usually girls who download the wrong shit then take it to geeksquad to do a 2 second fix that costs $80.
     
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    It's many many GBs (maybe 20) and building up constantly. Yeah he could copy it to an external harddrive every month, but I guess he thought it was enough to try to make it very clear to apple that he didn't want his information touched.

    Besides it was a DISPLAY issue, and also he was told his information would remain in tact.

    In case of other numerous emergencies yeah he should backup this stuff every month, but I think to this date he's only experienced one of these 'other' emergencies, or none.




    OT in my view dells are okay like apples.
     
  25. Limp_Brisket

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    my roommates macbook was just riddled with problems, whereas my dell laptop has never had a problem.

    anecdotal of course
     

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