Dell - any comments on value?

  Diodorus Siculus 17:47 19 Dec 04

A friend is looking for a good value laptop for uni - mostly internet and office applications, but also occasional DVDs.

Can anyone comment on any of these for value and suitability please?

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Further, what does this mean?

[quote]Operating System: English - Win XP SP2 Home (No Media) [/quote]

The No media bit, I mean? Does the machine come with a recovery partition?

Finally, is there anything obviously missing? It seems to me to be very good value.

  Stuartli 17:56 19 Dec 04

Dell has always been renowned for supplying right up to date systems using very high quality components - much of the reason for its quality standards was/is due to its massive buying power.

However, it could be that its laptops are actually rebadged models to its own specifications from companies such as Acer; however, I've no definite knowledge in Dell's case, although most laptops sold are rebadged by the big brand names.

  Vague Boy 18:06 19 Dec 04

Look at the prices for adding extra memory, bigger hard drives, upgrading optical drives etc.

A bit steep I'd say!

  Diodorus Siculus 18:14 19 Dec 04

Stuartli - I will have to find that out; I presumed that they were all Dell machines.

Vague Boy - upgrading will not be a problem for me - if they come with 40GB hdd and 512mb RAM, that will be more than enough.

Any comments on "no media"? does it come with a recovery method of some sort?

  Diodorus Siculus 18:15 19 Dec 04

The links seem to have expired :-(

  961 19:23 19 Dec 04

No media means you won't get the disk

However I seem to remember that most Dell recovery disks do actually include the operating system Perhaps someone who has just bought a laptop from them can advise, or FE may know

So far as value is concerned I think you will be hard pressed to better Dell for pricing except perhaps in the January sales. The downside has always been the difficulty of upgrading Dell machines, but with a laptop I suppose this is less important

  Diodorus Siculus 19:35 19 Dec 04

961 - thanks for the clarification; upgrading will unlikely be a problem.

They do seem to have some very good deals in their outlet.

  bremner 19:53 19 Dec 04

Dell - Value for money? I am doubtful

Check for yourself.

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  wjrt 21:28 19 Dec 04

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  Diodorus Siculus 08:01 20 Dec 04

bremner - it is the machines in the outlet which I am looking at; that is my point of reference.

wjrt - I myself have a novatech machine and am very happy with it.

  Stuartli 10:57 20 Dec 04

Does the "no media" refer to software rather than the operating system?

I notice, for instance, with the 1150, there's a charge of £129 for Microsoft® Office 2003 Basic:

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