I never thought that this is where this thread would go....but I'm fairly new to these forums and I guess I'm learning how strongly people feel about their perspective brands. I'd like to give you Dell owners this:
I really don't think any of us (who can think objectivly anyway), deep down think of Dell as a bad computer. They couldn't ever continue to reach the mass amount that they sell to if they sold garbage. I had a Dell for a long time and it was the most reliable computer (before my Alien) that I'd ever had. Where Dell shines is in it's mass market
. That's kids going off to school who need something to get the work done, and Dell get's the work done. Also, the server side of things is domanated mainly by Dell. It's a solution that's low in price and that speaks to corporate america. Again, it's their ability to mass produce an inexpencive solution to these two demographics that keep Dell going strong. If they really did make crap computers as some here suggest, they wouldn't be able to keep the sales. People are too smart to invest x amount of money into something that is crap, and if they did it once, they wouldn't come back to them again the next time around!!! The thing is, Dell makes a fine computer for computing.People who buy and or make their own computers fall into two catagorys:
1. Someone who uses a computer for the ease and funtion that a computer offers for everyday living. (e-mail, word processing, communication and web access). This group looks for the inexpencive solution, as it's not so much about speed as it is the general ability that gets them where they want to go.
2. The other group views a computer as something all together different. To us, it's about never being trully satisfied. Much like the men who said, "We will
make it to the moon someday," we push and we plot and we tinker. We see the box as more of an art. The art of discovery. What is it capable of and how can I make it better. How will I take this machine to the moon? It's a hard thing to explain but, the difference from group 1 to group 2 is bi-polar.
Dell having realized this, has tried to get into this group with the XPS line and I think doing things like wraping up exclusives like Quad-gaming puts them on a good path.
Dells biggest weakness is the fact that they still don't fully understand what group two is all about. Their best effort in the XPS line and all below it don't seem to suggest to me that Dell has gotten the group 2 ideal yet. Sure XPS is going to be a fast rig but it's not so fast that it makes up for all it's short comings. It is very un-friendly when it comes to the case and the space inside. They shroud everything up with green shields and this is an eyesore to group two. It's as if the way they built it was so as to keep you Dell dependant, and that's exactly what's going on here. They arn't as concerned about what you can make with it as they are with what they'll make off it. AND, here in lies the Dell downfall in the gaming market. It still remains to be all about the money. The biggest slide to success here is not getting the real ability within the confines of the design to customize, and that speaks volumes. Customization is the ability to let one's personality transend through their work. Going back to group two, this statment is a unsaid philosophy. We are in effect, after all the work is done, a reflection of our own creation.
Also, and some others have made this point already, they take "short cuts" in the hardware they use. A short cut, by definition, is something that will save you time and thus making it more efficient. Using cheap RAM or power supplys is not a short cut in the positive way and it's not efficient either. The word "short cut" in regards to parts/hardware for group two is not a part of the picture.
Alienware knows this.........and Dell does not...or isn't concerned. One way or another, the difference is absolutly night and day.And then there's this too
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Really...who cares? Apart from the Dell aficionados wetting their pants to be able to see and work with their BIOS.
p.s. They'll never sell because they have no reason to.