Heh... just an example off the top of my head.
Didn't mean to sound racist or anything, hope it didn't come off as such.
Man, I tried to read the whole thread just after reading the page that my posts are on. I couldn't do it, too much for my head to handle! But I will through some of my thoughts into this doomed thread....
I, personally, cannot stand Dell. I gave them a chance, well, 2 chances actually, and they blew it big on both of them. I bought an 8600 when they first came out, and cancelled my order after about 2 months of the boxing stage. Long story short, it coincidentally ships the day after I cancel, and my rep "forgot" to cancel it, so I get the lappy. To keep it short, it went back right after I got it, I ripped a few people a new one on the phone like I never have before, and then spoke with an extremely nice manager (after I personally hung up on 2 reps). Didn't pay anything, shipping or otherwise, so no big deal with me in the long run.
I gave them a second change when I bought my aunt a refurb 600m at an awesome price. Again, long story short, the system was in horrible used shape, multiple bad components, the rudest support I have ever dealt with when trying to correct the issue, and then that was also returned.
So I am done buying Dell. HOWEVER, I will say that, for the price, especially when you play the coupon game, Dell cannot be beat. FOR THE PRICE.
Whenever all of my computer iliterate family and friends (I swear, I feel like an inside kid sometimes!) buy a computer, they usually go through me first. I will honestly say that, while I do personally despise Dell, if you are looking to only spend x dollars, you pretty much are going to buy a Dell, especially since all they are going to use is word processing and the internet. I just make sure they get it at the best price theyh currently can, and that price alone usually makes them super happy.
That's the thing with Dell- people that have no clue get ripped off so bad sometimes, and they think they are getting a super deal. If only they knew how much less they could pay for the exact same machines.
On another note though, I think I will be buying the Dell 20.1" widescreen monitor soon. I almost bought it this week with coupons getting it down to about $430 shipped, but I know I can do better. And since I do not need it, I'll just wait until it goes to under $400 shipped.
I really, really would prefer the Apple widescreen, but I cannot justify the price difference for what is so close to being the same exact monitor.