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Old 08-14-2007, 01:04 PM   #1
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Dell or HP?

I might be buying a new computer sooner than I'd expected. I'm 99.9% sure I want to go with either a Dell or an HP. My family has had a few Dells, and I have generally been happy with them. I've been interested in HP too. My sister has one, and I really like it.

Opinions? Doesn't mean I will ultimately go with the crowd, but I'm still interested in what anybody might have to say.

P.S. "They both suck" or "Get a Mac" are not answers I'm looking for.
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Old 08-14-2007, 01:28 PM   #2
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Re: Dell or HP?

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P.S. "They both suck" or "Get a Mac" are not answers I'm looking for.
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Out of those two, I would probably go with Dell, we use them at my work and they're quite nice...
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Old 08-14-2007, 02:41 PM   #3
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While I haven't had much experience with HPs, I know Dells are solid. I loved being able to customize my PC before I got it. The customer service is also extremely good, so that's gotta count for something.
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I've had both, as well as a Compaq. Not much different between the three from what I could tell, though. They were from much different generations.
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Old 08-14-2007, 10:33 PM   #5
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Dell Dell and DELL!! lol.. yeah..i just ordered my new laptop from them..and tho i had to wait 2 weeks longer for it to come which means it will be here no prob..at my college they just upgraded all the PCs to dells and thats what most the professors and students use ..yes ive done some looking around the campus cause i wasnt sure..our laptops have been compaqs and i am not happy with them..yeah they are old and we got them used but still grr..but our desktops have been dell for a long time and we put new ones in last fall..so im a dell girl lol
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Old 08-15-2007, 03:34 PM   #6
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I've only ever used HPs personall and couldn't be happier with them (3 desktops, 2 laptops). At work, I use Dells and I support thousands of Dells on campus. As with any computer, you get what you pay for. I've had better luck getting great HP deals from CompUSA and never found any appealing Dells with a comparable price. I also got a great deal on an extended 3 year warranty. Customer service doesn't really matter to me one way or the other as long as I can afford an appropriate warranty. Actually, the few times I've had to use HP customer service, I sent them e-mails and always received helpful responses within the hour. My aunt has a Mac PowerBook that she's obsessed with, but is jealous of my HP and would trade her Mac for my HP if it wasn't a work-issued computer.
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I'm planning on spending at least $2,000...probably not a whole lot more than that though, maybe just another hundred or two. I've had my current Dell for over 4 years, so it's not like I get a computer and then get bored with it in a year. Obviously, I want something with good specs that should last me awhile before I even have to start thinking about upgrades.
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While I haven't had much experience with HPs, I know Dells are solid. I loved being able to customize my PC before I got it. The customer service is also extremely good, so that's gotta count for something.
I loved that too. Building my own computer from scratch.

My customer service experiences have been a bit frustrating though. The two times I've had to call, I've had to talk with people who barely speak English, which is extremely frustrating, especially when you're trying to explain the problem, and they have no clue, or they think you're talking about something completely different. It was aggravating, but once I was finally able to communicate, they were able to solve the problems quickly and efficiently.

My only other complaint is that when I re-ordered ink, they sent it by courier (they said nothing about this during the ordering process), which was a pain and a half because of the courier company they used. It was really inconvenient, but ended up working fine.

Despite those two very minor and insignificant things, I have nothing but good experiences with Dell. I got a fantastic deal, and I love my computer.
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I have a nice HP desktop I love and does pretty much everything I want from it. Don't have much experience with Dell other than using my brother's pc and niece's laptop a few times each. I don't think they've had big issues with their Dells though, so either seem good.
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I'm planning on spending at least $2,000...probably not a whole lot more than that though, maybe just another hundred or two. I've had my current Dell for over 4 years, so it's not like I get a computer and then get bored with it in a year. Obviously, I want something with good specs that should last me awhile before I even have to start thinking about upgrades.
Laptop or desktop? If it's a laptop and your budget is that large, honestly I'd get neither Dell or HP and look at high end business Toshibas. I got an HP with Windows Vista, 2GB RAM, 120GB hard drive, core duo processor, built-in webcam, and lots of other fancy stuff for less than $1000 (again, CompUSA = SUPER deals!!). My budget was $1300 which is what I paid after taxes and an insane warranty. If you get a Dell laptop, look at the Latitudes rather than the Inspirons. I have nothing good to say about Dell Inspirons so I won't even go there...
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I'm going to get a desktop.

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With $2000 you could build a top-of-the-line desktop (heck, even get a quad core processor) AND still be able to purchase a laptop.
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I've owned Dell and HP desktops. Both have been about equal in everything from letting you customize your system before ordering, to the Indian customer support personnel.

If I had to give one an edge, HP usually designs nice-looking PC cases, while Dells are usually close to or as ugly as sin.

If you're buying a new monitor along with the PC, I'd go with a flatscreen from Dell. They have some of the best value and quality available for consumer LCDs.
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Doesn't every HP desktop come with about 67 stickers on the front detailing every feature?
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Never used an HP, but the Dell we have is great, and it was really nice being able to customize it beforehand.

The computer I'm surfing on right now (and on which I spend 99% of my time on the internet) is made by AOpen. It's great, and I've had very few problems with it over the past 4 years.
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