Originally Posted by AzN
I was thinking of buying that for my mother, but it has many negatives. So, do you guys think this notebook could last my mom at least 3 years doing casual browsing, movies, and etc.? Also could you give me a quick rundown of all the cons?
The dell 1200 and 2000 are very very CHEAP laptops, cheap in price and CHEAP IN QUALITY.
You dont see much about them here on the forums for good reason, nobody wants to buy them and they certainly cannot be expect to last three years. Those lappies are even more poorly built than the 600M, I have seen these lappies at a dell kiosk, they were missing several keys off of the keyboard ofcourse, they flexed and creaked, very poor product, I strongly urge you to stay away from those models and consider no dell laptop below the new M140 14 inch or the 700M though the 700M is very tiny and you are better off with an M140 or the Inspiron 6000. The new inspirons are very well built and would last quite sometime, another.
When I first looked at dell laptops I also considered the 1200 and 2000, those black laptops,after spec'd out decently, they cost just as much as an Inspiron 6000 so I took them off my list and glad that I did.
I recommend you shop around a bit, maybe run one some of the lappies through the shopping cart and you'll see what I mean.