OT. Dell

I know there are many people on this group who are knowledgeable about
computers, hence the question.
Got a flyer from Dell Computers a while ago offering what seemed like a good
deal on a new PC. SWMBO decided we needed one.
Four phone calls, two e-mails & several visits to their web site later I
still can't seem to buy it at the price on the flyer.
A quick Google search reveals loads of bad news about their service.
Am I better off leaving them well alone?
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The Medway Handyman
Dave, have you looked at the LaptopRepairShop by the Tiger Moth / Toys-R-Us ? They sometimes have interesting deals, and my experiences there have been good. AFAIK Dell are OK, as long as you don't want to upgrade the PC much. Personal experience has been at work, where they must have given a good deal on large numbers of PC, and repairing laptops, which are prone to the power socket failing (repair is resolder socket, cheap but takes time). We recently bought a few from Misco, cheap and cheerful, but OK since we didn't need to modify. CCL Computers, Dabs, Scan, Novatech seem OK generally. PC World might be worth a look, they sometimes have bargains - but be sure you know what you are getting. Have you thought about getting one custom made ? The bare-bone systems are sometimes worth a look. hth Neil (not far away in Walderslade!)
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I've bought several Dells in the past, and indeed do recommend them to others as I think they're good value. Not the best, but I do think you get a lot for your money. I used to build my own but it's just not worth it these days (for me at least).
I've found their customer service to be excellent although having said that I've never had anything go wrong so I probably haven't really tested this side of things.
They do often operate a potentially complicate discount scheme require all various codes etc in order to get the system advertised on a flyer via their website, and indeed they do seem to slip in the paid-for support as standard so you need to remove that to get the price you were expecting.
What's the system you were after? Have a look at
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- they list all the latest offers generally available (via click- through links but they're quite open about it).
One thing I would advise is *not* to 'upgrade' the PC as part of the customisation process, e.g. for additional memory etc. It's far cheaper to purchase that separately (e.g. from Crucial in this case).
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Mathew Newton
You can enter the code(s) from your flyer at the following page:
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I would recommend checking the dmxdimension site to see if what you've seen is the 'best' current offer.
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Mathew Newton
In article , "The Medway Handyman" writes:
I know a few people who buy Dells. The buying of the systems and actually getting what you thought you'd ordered seems to be the hard part. You have to check the proposed system configuration very carefully as they seem to like to miss things off which you were expecting. They can have quite good offers when they're trying to sell off their older ranges to make way for new ones.
The post sales support when they go wrong was reported to me as good. The engineers who turn up don't know much about what they're doing which means they end up replacing much more of a broken system than they need to and take longer than they should, but they did repair in all cases. Don't expect the data on your hard drive to be saved, but I don't have any sympathy with anyone who does anyway.
I wouldn't personally buy a Dell for a desktop system -- I prefer an anonymous white box system built with good industry standard parts. Laptops however have no such concept. I generally recommend avoiding buying laptops unless you really need them -- they come at a substantial price premium, and are much more difficult and expensive to repair and expand, and tend to have a significantly shorter life.
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Andrew Gabriel
Desktop machines have typically been OK, IME. Service was OK as well
Laptops I found the build quality not to be great. Paint tends to wear off easily and laptop soon looks shabby.
If service is important to you, then I think that HP is a better choice. Build quality of laptops is better than Dell.
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Andy Hall
In message , The Medway Handyman writes
Dunno. After a bed experience with Evesham we bought a Dell laptop. It arrived early, worked out of the box and has given no trouble in 6 months of use.
Don't their flyers have a code which you type in to find the particular offer? Do you want to buy that particular offer? Why not use their web-site to choose exactly what you need?
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In article , Mathew Newton writes
For those that don't grow (or upgrade) their own I agree with all you have said and the
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tip is a good one, recently found that on a recommendation, if you don't find what you want there, wait a week or two and another best deal will appear.
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On 4 Jan,
SWMBO and son have both had computers from Dell's website. Son has had several. They seem pleased with them. The thing is to look at the website to see what is on offer, rather than from a flyer. The offers seem to vary daily, so what you see today may not be available tomorrow.
Myself, I build them either from stuff from computer fairs or a local dealer, or one of the internet suppliers, usually ebuyer or dabs.
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The message from "The Medway Handyman" contains these words:
Not me. I only have half a clue. But I do have a Dell.
I even persuaded my BiL to go for a Dell but I wouldn't give that advice again. He had to use the telephone service as his old PC froze attempting to order. Needed a constant argument with a pushy sales droid to get what I thought he needed and he still ended up with a higher price than the on-line order I could have got for him.
The on-line ordering system has endless upgrades you can specify but most default to the basic scheme. However when I placed my order I found I was (IIRC) £150 higher than expected. I eventually tracked this down to some expensive training package where the default was to include rather than exclude which was to say the least deceitful.
No where near as bad as the lying toe rags at the now defunct Tiny or PC World.
There are plenty worse. I haven't as yet needed to consult their technical support for myself but I have on BiLs behalf and the first level support seems to be little more than a robot but the supervisor eventually spoke to was very good .
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There's normally a special code on the flyer you have to use. And you have to get exactly that spec.
Dell are normally pretty good, we use them for all our desktops at work, and I'm using a Dell monitor right now.
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Andy Champ
I've only had one experience of dealing with them, and I won't go back!
Friend's new PC system - arrived on time and complete. So far so good. But CD/DVD RW refused to read any disk; made strange groaning noises but never spun the disk up to speed. I quickly realised a fault with the drive was quite obvious, but when I eventually got through (after around 20 minutes on hold!) to some poor bloke in the Indian Sub-Continent it took a further hour and six minutes to decide I was right. Many episodes of editing the registry and rebooting later he agreed to dispatch a replacement drive for me to install. I installed it and it immediately worked. If Dell had applied a little quality control it would never have happened and I wouldn't have spent around an hour and a half (and about £3.00 of my friend's money) on an 0845 number waiting to talk to someone in India :-(
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Dave P
That place that was BJM Power Tools? Opposite Homebase? Bought a Makita router there about 20 years ago - still use it.
Thanks I'll pop in, I thought they only did repairs.
Don't tell Mr Firth! He will accuse me of trying to drum up business:-)
I was there today actually, just behind Morrisons.
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The Medway Handyman
I've got a Dell Desktop PC + a Dell Laptop.
Had a problem with the Desktop - Dell sorted it no problems.
Would buy Dell again - *very* happy with Dell :-)
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Hugh Jampton
Dave, give me a call to discuss tomorrow. But you are buying your a laptop at a great time as most stores have not sold as many as they wanted leading up to Christmas. Indeed, DSG, the owner of PCWorld issued a profits warning
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upshot is that prices are very good. I have used a Dell in my last job and carried it around the world and back and forth to work every day and it was very reliable, as most laptops from any reputable make are likely to be. Biggest issue is far more likely to be software related and most companies response to this is for you to put in the recovery disk which will re-install the operating system and could lead to you losing data if you haven't been backing up. The other advice I would give is to make sure the system has 2Gb of memory, any less with Vista and it will be sluggish. Many stores were selling systems earlier inthe year with 512Mb when memory was costlier and these would hardly work at all. You could upgrade the memory as suggested in one post, but there are several companies doing machines with 2Gb for great prices.
I would also suggest that you try and get a pc for =A3400 or less. Something like this
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should meet your needs. I certainly couldn't envisage this laptop not being able to do anything you could throw at it like video editing etc. If you pay more than this, you are likely paying for a smaller laptop, which is unecessary, unless you are carting it around everywhere.
The good thing about getting it from PCWorld is that you can go in a make a fuss (this I know you can do) if it is not working and quote the Sales of Good act etc. Hope this helps Tim
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Tim Decker
What's the issue with upgrading? We have 2 Dell desktops and a laptop at the moment at home, all have been excellent and I've never regretted the purchases (which is why I've been back to them twice).
The most 'senior' of them has now had its life extended with upgrades of memory, hard disk, TV card, DVD drives and monitor without any problem.
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If you're talking about a desktop why not build one? You'll save some money, get a machine that is exactly as you want it and know how to fix it if it goes wrong. I did this for my first ever PC about a year ago.
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Dave Plowman (News)
In message , "Dave Plowman (News)" writes
I'm not sure you'll save money, there's always the temptation to up the spec a bit
At the end of the day, you 'l get the machine you want not something that's not quite
Also, you should have better compatibility with the rest of the world than Dell (like memory expansion)
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Just before xmas I got a HP with 2G RAM and 120G HDD for about £350 from Staples. I bought it there partly because I wanted to run Linux on it. Although I'd booted it off a Knoppix live CD in the shop that didn't seem to bring up its wireless port, but when I discussed it with an assistant he pointed out that they have a 14-day return as-new for money back thing going. There was also threw a 1G USB stick for £3 since I was spending over £50 (IIRC).
I overheard a sales droid in Staples telling this to a customer and assumed it was hype to sell better specced machines. My desktop at home has 1G and is quite happy with 4 users logged in simultaneously (though only one active at a time, so much of the other users's stuff will be swapped out). Its predecessor had 256M or 512M (forget which) and sagged noticeably with more than 2 users logged in. This is with everyone using the KDE desktop[1] which is reckoned to be real bloatware... in Linux terms at least: evidently Microsoft is well ahead in that particular game :-)
[1] Linux/Open Source equivalent to the windowing bit of windows, but you've really got to think of the Windows 3.1/95/98/ME family where the windows bit was separate from the underlying system (in that case DOS). In Linux the graphical environment is entirely separate (and on servers may not even be installed) and one has a choice of several, with different looks & feels.
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John Stumbles
When I was contemplating buying a laptop recently I asked on our local Linux Users Group. One of the regulars there offered this (which I hope he doesn't mind me forwarding here):
""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" Only a few companies manufacture (some of) their own laptops. I only know of Lenovo (who used to manufacture for IBM, of course) and Toshiba (high-end models only).
Everyone else (Dell, HPaq, Sony, Acer, Apple, all the second-tier vendors like Viglen, Rock and so on) has their models designed and built by Taiwanese ODMs such as Mitac, TwinHead, Compal, Wistron, Arima, Uniwill, ECS, Asus, Clevo or Inventec). Some (Apple, Sony) exert a greater degree of control over the design and QA than others. Superficially, F-S's[1] machines appear to be somewhat unique, which suggests that may also be in this group. By contrast, the smaller vendors were almost exclusively selling Clevos when I last looked in 2002. Reliability is always going to be hard to quantify, since non-specialist/non-expert reviews will probably conflate hardware reliability with software reliability (i.e. Windows). """"""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""" [1] Fujitsu-Siemens, which I was asking about at the time.
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