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Posted on 08/17/2013 4:00:44 PM PDT by sushiman
My 4 year old HP Touchsmart ( as well as the internet modem and router ) got knocked out during a lightning storm and apparently the PC requires major surgery . Our insurance company will pay for a new computer and I'm looking at a basic Dell Inspiron 660 desktop with the I3 Pentium , 4 GB and 500 GB . It's all I need . Never owned a Dell before but several of my Japanese friends seem to be pleased with theirs so I'm considering one . Before taking the plunge , I'd like to hear from fellow Freepers about their Dell experiences .
Love my Inspiron 17 and hubby has a 13. No problem with either. We have only had Dell since forever.
Oh, I thought it was “Deli Owners” which would have been far more interesting.
what ever you get, don’t scrimp on the hard drive capacity nor the RAM. I do a lot of Photoshop and my heard drive filled up very fast. It’s a lot easier to buy a PC / Apple with it all built in than to add it later. And less expensive too.
Upgrade to an i5 processor and 6gig RAM.
Maybe I got a lemon, but I won't be buying another dell.
And a 2 T hard drive
Used to be opposed to Dell, especially laptops, but I’ve had two in a row. To me, the best selling feature is the service plans. I use mine long hours, seven days a week for fun, travel, etc. I pretty much replaced every component over a three year period and kept my last one going much longer. I usually replace every 2. Once I switched last month, I am going to try to reformat and reuse for business.
We’ve had six Dell computers, including two laptops and have been pleased with each one of them. Never had a problem that wasn’t from a nasty virus, which one of them died of.
I have a Dell i-7 laptop that I bought late last year. I am not real happy with it. It is heavy and has a glitch on the hard drive, so it won’t back up, etc.
I bought the Dell i-7 laptop to replace a Samsung i-7 laptop that died 1 month after the warranty expired. Local repair shop said it was the motherboard and Samsung did not have replacement motherboards for that model. So, it is an $800 door stop.
I replaced my crashed XP desktop with a Gateway i-5 desktop. I have not had any problems with it. Former, I had an ACER XP laptop that one of my nieces uses now. ACER bought Gateway several years ago.
This HP that just bit the dust was a lemon from day one as were the 2 Fujitsu PCs I had before that . IOW I have owned nothing but lemons lol ! I’m way overdue for a good one .
I have no complaints — my last 3 work laptops have been Dells.
My only complaint is they are niggardly on the USB ports — make sure you get enough.
I got good long service from several Dells.
Mine is nearly 10 years old and I’ve replaced the power supply, hard drive and increased RAM. Its surprisingly easy and cheap. Its basically all components unless you cook your motherboard.
It may come as no surprise that the higher-end machines seem to be built more solidly.
The price per unit (RAM, hard disk space) of components/specs is so low that it’s ridiculous in a good way. With respect, the ‘I have a ‘55 Studebaker and it gets me from A to B so that’s good enough’ no longer has much validity, so cheap are processing and graphics power these days and as applications, web standards and data speeds increase slow hardware is simply not worth the trouble. A lot of computer can be had for under $1,000 and if your plan is to reset the odometer and keep the new computer for 5 years or more then scrimping now will only hasten its replacement.
As you probably know, Dell have rolled their standard warranty back on parts and labor to 1 year. Additional years can be purchased for a nominal fee and they are definitely worth it since failure of components (except for lemon hard drives etc.) will occur between years 2-3.
Delloutlet.com is an excellent resource. Many of these machines may have had a single bad component that was replaced - the rest of the machine is like new and can be had for a fraction of the original cost and a warranty is available.
I’m planning on getting a Windows 7 machine .
They are heavy participants in NSA spying programs. Search for articles about Snowden’s job at Dell.
Considering how long you used your last one if you expect similar usefulness from your new one you should go with at least an I5 processor.
You can add RAM and upgrade the HD later but the processor, socket and board are basically non-upgradeable in most laptops.
Dell is one of the few ‘platform’ vendors who actually spec-out their components to make sure they work at similar throughput.
Last time I looked, external hard drives were cheap. Couple years ago I got a one Tb for $75.
I have a problem.
I have two old Dells and only one boat that needs an anchor.
I only buy Dell. The reason is very simple: As far as I know, they are the only company that offers a multi-year onsite service warranty.
My current laptop Vostro3550, and prior one (Latitude D820) have both had hardware failure issues (most recently, the Vostro keyboard needed to be replaced). The Latitude had to have a motherboard replacement, and two screen replacements over the three years it was my main computer.
I strongly believe that at this point all computers are commodities — they will all experience some kind of hardware issue.
But the Dell onsite service is fantastic. I have always been back up and running after a hardware failure within 24 hours, and I didn’t have to bring or send my laptop anywhere.
I think the onsite service is absolutely the only reason to buy any computer these days, and I am thrilled with Dell’s program.
I’m buying in Japan .
Hi I have had numerous Dells over the past ten years. All were excellent. I have had very good customer service also. However my latest laptop has an issue with static electricity. If you slide it on your lap or the couch for example, it locks up and needs to be rebooted. It’s common for this model and the forums say Dell is not doing anything about it (as of about a year ago). I learned not to slide it around and otherwise it works great. The issue is with a Latitude E5420.
pretty good deal on a Lenovo here
“several of my Japanese friends”
Mine is like an old hot rod. I don’t even have the cover on it. It helps keep it cool and I blow the dust out of it every day or so.
I should add that I run my Dells run pretty much 24/7/365.
My HP went out about 2 weeks ago.After spending nearly 2hrs trying to decide between a HP and a Dell .I went with the Dell Inspirion.
Day 2,so far so good.
I have a Dell Inspiron that is about 4 years old it works well..the only issue I have with Dell is the noise factor, my computer(I dont know if its because its old) but boy does the fan make a lot of noise..sounds like an engine running..so whatever you decide to buy, ask them how the fan runs and try to get as much RAM as possible, the more RAM you have the less likely you will have an overheated fan..mine came with 3gb of RAM so that might be the cause of the fan noise but my sister had a Dell too and the same issue so it just might be a Dell thing
Also it ran hot.
The only way I would have a Dell is if someone gave me one. jmho
Their customer service was abysmal and that was it for me.
This here Dell is 7 years old and going strong. I use the computer for work and play, and it is reliable beyond belief. The only part that’s temperamental these days is the CD burner / player. Also, I needed a new monitor about 3 or 4 years ago. When this computer finally goes - - if ever - - I’ll get another Dell.
hehe...I live in Japan !
Dumped my PITA HP machine and replaced it with a basic Dell with Windows 7. Never looked back. Loving Win 7, it’s like they’ve resurrected Windows again.
I read a review of the 660 and the reviewer wrote “ The 660 is similar to prior Dell entry level models I have tested in its quietness ; I have to see the light in the “ ON “ button to know the system is running . “
try to stay away from the centrino n-2230- wireless card. in many laptops and loses connection alot.
Hi . Getting a desktop .
Been running a Dell Inspirion D530 since June of 2008, with Vista.
In spite of the doom and gloom, Vista has basically been solid, and the only problem with the hardwar has been a power supply failure last year. (I run the machine 24/7, except during thunder storms when it gets turned off and unplugged from both power and the internet.)
I also work at a major Midwest university, and all of our computers in all of the computer labs are Dells.
Sushi, I don’t know where you can find raw, uncooked reviews of PC computer brands. It’s like with “reviews” of gasoline brands - all anecdotal, all dubious, all unreliable. Tech support sucks everywhere, that much we know. Are these computers all assembled from the same parts manufactured by the same factories in China? Certainly some of the components are, then what difference does it make, to quote you know who?
Dell is a hardware company.
Any news on just what kind of job Snowden had at Dell??
I hear ya ; it’s a crap shoot more or less . Bought my first PC in 1996 - a Fujitsu , which was a lemon . Like a fool I tried another Fujitsu and it too was a lemon . The HP that just died was a lemon from day one . My computer experience so far lol ...
Have had a Dell laptop very high end and ran very intense software on it. It ran MUCH too hot. Was impossible to keep cool. Quad core processor, I think it had 8G of RAM, 17” screen, cost about $4k. It was a laptop monster.
The more RAM, the more processing power, the power it draws, the more heat it generates.
Eventually I dribbled a little clear water on the keyboard by accident and it died. But I think it did not have long anyway.
I’ve since had a relatively low-end Dell Optiplex 380, dual core desktop with only 2G RAM. Nice open, airy cabinet with tons of room. It has 2 fans I think, but they’re very quiet, and of course it has a heat sink on the CPU. Runs EXTREMELY COOL. Never gets hot at all.
I’m running Linux, MySQL db, apache web server, 24x7 for probably about 2 years now, working on it also as a desktop all day six days a week.
So quiet it you really can’t hear if it’s on or not.
No performance problems, no problems at all. It’s on all the time and it just works.
One other note: efficiency in fans generally increases the volume of sound they make; inefficient fans can be made to run real quiet, FWIW.
IMHO, don’t go to the “bleeding edge” of technology unless you have a real need for it. Of course, if you run Linux, performance will not really be an issue, but if you run M$ it is very likely to be at some point.
IMHO, it pays to check into Intel’s website and search around a little and look at the different CPU models that are out there right now, then check out what you’re getting inside your Dell. Helps tremendously on price/performance, i.e., not getting way more CPU than you need yet not winding up up with the “runt” CPU and forever not quite having enough horsepower under the hood. Most CPUs today are very fast. Same checking around, IMHO, goes for monitor, graphics accelerator (in another post I wrote about the awful surprise of finding out that your OS/drivers won’t support your accelerator so ALL your graphics is rendered by your CPU), and hard drive.
I’ve got a Toshiba, low on the chart above, working great, and at work I had a Dell, whose motherboard failed after several years, got it replaced, and it worked like a charm for the next several years (unfortunately, because I needed a newer, faster model as a replacement.) I used to tell people and do it myself: build your own, but unless you’re a gamer, or want and must have the latest and the greatest (which will be obsolete in 6 months anyway!) it no longer pays to build.
My Dell Inspiron never faulters.
Tons of problems with dell, My sony viao never fails
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