Been buying "certified refurbished" laptops from Dell's Outlet store for
about twelve years now with good luck. Three years ago, for the first
time and for a nominal price, had to replace a motherboard in one after
three years of use, but that laptop is still trucking in the office as a
multi-media only machine. The others were donated to charity when they
got long in the tooth and are still running last I heard.
Generally stick to their higher end XPS models and buy one that is still
in production, but was returned for one reason or another. I usually
save around $400-600 for the latest technology and spec's ... enough
that the last one was easily paid for from what was saved on the
That said, Dell is not putting the quality in their laptops that they
once did. Although the last one, just a few months back, an XPS 15 502x,
does not have the fit and finish that the older ones exhibited, but it
still runs like hell with it's 64bit OS and Core i7 processor, and
hooked to a 24" monitor and SpaceNavigator, makes a helluva general
office and SketchUp machine.
Thanks for explaining. When I purchase, I stay at least a year behind
the newest models--and I use the stuff until I have decent reason to
replace it. I have found the strategy a good one for cars too!
Heh! One of the five $20 Dells I bought turned out to be a snail-paced
So I relegated it to the table where CDs are duplicated.
For that application, it works swell.
On the other hand, there are uses for the latest lickety-split,
For example, if you don't save the universe, who will?
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