Question about Dell Refurbished Laptops

Dell / Refurbished laptop
June 22, 2010 at 00:05:38
Specs: Windows XP
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#1
June 22, 2010 at 00:06:52
provide me information about Dell Laptops

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#2
June 22, 2010 at 00:47:37
I bought a refurbished Dell laptop a few years ago...off lease machine that was just like a new one except for a few minor scratches.

It still had a few months factory warranty but I paid 400 bucks for a laptop that sold new for about $3,000.

Edit: I bought it from the Dell outlet site.

http://www.dell.com/outlet/
I got exactly what I was looking for at the time and saved a helluva lot of money.

Skip


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#3
June 22, 2010 at 09:46:08
You need to read the fine print to be sure you know what you are getting.

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#4
June 22, 2010 at 14:10:55
I would never buy a refurbished dell laptop. I think you would be much better off with a new one even if it was from Dell.

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#5
June 22, 2010 at 15:08:11
Dell sucks eggs...they're Demons from Hell, hence the name DELL.

OK, maybe they're not THAT bad, but, how does one REFURBISH a computer? That is the question. Basically, it's marketing term: refurbished means reconditioned. But a used
computer is a used computer - buying any used computer is risky, but buying a used laptop is a bigger risk to me as laptops just don't hold up and last as long as desktop
systems do for various reasons. They're smaller and built pretty cheaply and the moving parts do not last as long; they're mobile & move & get dropped & get exposed to the weather etc. I bought a refurbed Gateway laptop once & I got totally burned. After fixing it twice, it's now a $1,200 paper weight.

If you buy used, buy from someone you know or only if you get a warranty.


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#6
June 22, 2010 at 15:28:14
I must be the only guy on the planet who hasn't had problems with a Dell?

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#7
June 22, 2010 at 16:35:43
When you buy a Dell use it as it came. Adding in and changing crap is what gets folks in trouble. The only exception is adding RAM. Even then you may run into problems. Back in the day I tried upgrading RAM in a machine that used 66mhz. Installed 100 and the computer refused to boot. Had to cannibalize another computer to find a stick of 66.

You get what you pay for with any OEM. They are cheaper than you can build one but the quality is so so. The PSU are not over sized so you go adding in a gaming card and you will need to upgrade the PSU.


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#8
June 22, 2010 at 16:36:31
Actually, I have a few 5-6 yr old Dell Latitudes that still run pretty good. I just love ranting about laptops and what a big tech ripoff they are.

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#9
June 22, 2010 at 16:43:35
Ive been using a Dell XPS Gen 4 for about 4 years now, have done many upgrades to it and its runs to the best of its ability and always has. Dont know why soo many people dislike Dell, their fine in my book.

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#10
June 23, 2010 at 08:07:27
Dell issues:

• Class action lawsuits: Bait and switch, false advertising, Worker issues.
• Their customer service sucks. I love it when I call ah “Bob” (in India), and he takes my phone number in order to call me back, JUST IN CASE we get disconnected.
• Dell motherboard capacitor issue (was bad). They extended warranties (from 3 to 5 yrs out from date of Mfgr) on these MB’s to cover the issue, but then when too many MB’s came back, they decided to eliminate the warranty earlier than originally intended.
• I love it when they change their Dell websites around every 6-9 months, especially support sites. Old links don't work, I have to DIG for information.
• A few years back, they had XP drivers for some older Latitudes, then they pulled them off the site and only Windows 2000 drivers were available. Couldn’t be collusion in b/w Dell & MS could it? Nah, they’d never do that.
• Aftermarket RAM doesn’t always work in their PCs, it’s a p.i.t.a.
• They are very proprietary, even from model year to model year.


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#11
June 23, 2010 at 12:53:16
Those "issues" describe every other manufacturer out there; not just Dell.

As far as website support, I've never had a problem finding drivers, manuals, etc. when searching with the Dell "Service Tag Number".

Skip


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#12
June 23, 2010 at 12:59:42
Oh I know Skip, like I said, I like b*tchin about things though...as I AM a Man B*tch.

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#13
July 7, 2010 at 07:05:43
"I must be the only guy on the planet who hasn't had problems with a Dell?

No Skip, your not. I had a friend (now sadly deceased) give me a Dimension 600 laptop a couple years ago and it hasn't given any problems whatsoever. A couple of older desktops still in service also have performed well. Although the newer stuff from them looks pretty cheap, the "old iron" (along with several Compaq models I have) seems to stand the test of time...

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