Originally Posted by joseyu
I have owned several Inspirons since 1998. The Inspiron 7000, 8500, 700m and 9300. I have never had to call technical support for repairs. However, I did have to call them for a LCD replacement, which took a total of 15 min - a very good time in my book.
My girlfriend has also had an Inspiron 8000, 8600 and 700m and she has never had any problems either. The reason why I chose Dell and recommend Dell to all my friends is because they are pretty reliable and always offer the best price. I have probably overseen more than 20 Dell purchases thorugh friends and family and I don't believe that they have had any problems with it, or else I will hear about it.
I completely agree with Joseyu. I've gone through several different brands of laptops in the last 6 years and, in my opinion, Dell provides me with the best of all worlds, particularly now with the 9300's build quality. For the price I payed I couldn't have found a more suited laptop.
This is all very subjective, but it is worth mentioning that as a digital content creator I run performance intensitve programs like Alias Maya, Adobe After FX, Photoshop, and Flash MX on my 9300 and the laptop performs faster than the dual processor workstation I run at work. The combination of a sturdy casing, a crisp high res screen with a performant processor and gpu, fast front side bus, memory, and hard drive, not to mention the inclusion of communication devices like blueteeth and wireless, make the purchase well worth my while.
(And Half Life 2 looks and plays something ludicrous on this machine...)
Just my 2 cents...