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Dell is unbelivable

ceejayoz (567949) writes | about 9 years ago

Portables 1

Little sister goes off to college in a couple weeks, so I was asked to config her a laptop.

Now, before I switched to my Mac mini, I'd had two Dells, and I was quite happy with them. Cheap, did the job, etc.

Now, sure, the site says you can get a laptop for $800. Okay.

You then go through three pages of options, with all sorts of spammy "hey want AOL?" "hey want a colored anal plug?" etc. type prompts. Three huge, long pages of configuations.

Little sister goes off to college in a couple weeks, so I was asked to config her a laptop.

Now, before I switched to my Mac mini, I'd had two Dells, and I was quite happy with them. Cheap, did the job, etc.

Now, sure, the site says you can get a laptop for $800. Okay.

You then go through three pages of options, with all sorts of spammy "hey want AOL?" "hey want a colored anal plug?" etc. type prompts. Three huge, long pages of configuations.

Not only that, but the $800 price is for irresponsibly poor config options. 128mb RAM for Windows XP? No thanks, mofos.

By the time I'd config-ed it for her, it was $1600 - and no tax or shipping yet. Yeah. Nope, she'll use Dad's spare instead.

Buying an Apple laptop?

Memory
Hard drive
Extra display
Extra keyboard/mouse
Applecare

Done! And for approximately the price they quote you on the store pages, not twice as much.

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Odd... (1)

Quantum Jim (610382) | about 9 years ago | (#13419434)

I needed a laptop to do work on, as I was being hindered by not being home alot and having to use a small USB key to do most stuff. So after saving forever, I purchased a Gateway 3040GZ [gateway.com] for about $800 too. Its specs seemed to be better than the ones you got from Dell:

  • 1.5 GHz Celeron M
  • 512 MB ram (minus 32 MB shared video memory)
  • 14" Widescreen
  • 60 GB HDD
  • DVD/CD-RW
  • 802.11g

It certainly isn't a gaming box. The video subsystem (shared memory) sucks; however, those problems are trivial quibbles that don't really matter (just had problems once) with what I use the laptop for. The audio system is likewise very very weak - you need headphones for any range at all. But I don't want to play games on it.

It's fast enough for my programming work. Now I can see both the documentation and the IDE at the same time! ;-) The wireless card is great too! It just works - something I figured impossible for both Windows and computers. My only nontrivial complaint concerns the short battery life (2-3 hours usually). That can probably be compensated for with a better battery though, and I didn't expect much from an $800 laptop.

There is also the horrible touchpad drivers that don't work in Firefox/JEdit/some apps. I expect those issues to be resolved with new drivers though, and many laptops have the same problems too.

So I'm happy with Andromeda. Yes I name my computers after robots. And yes, the hard drive's label is "Rommie." I'm a sucker for bad sci-fi. :-)

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