In my experience, Dell machines are good, I currently use a Dell Dimension 9150 as pictured but did not get want the printer or screen as pictured. I added those to my own specifications
I would like to pass on my experiences with Dell Computers.
I'm on my third Dell computer at present, the first one I got was an Inspiron 5150 laptop which was in 2003. I am still using this for work today. The only thing that went wrong with it was a cable to the CD drive which I haven't fixed yet as it not imperative for work on my laptop.
The Second Dell I bought through ebay, it was about five hundred pounds and lasted 2.5 years. It was working well but the on/off switch went on it.
My repairer, who was private, told me that it wasn't worth fixing as the switch is located in the front and was sealed in, so I would have to find a new fascia.
I cut my losses and seeing as Dell machines had treated me well up to now, decided with my daughters help to find the highest specification on their re-furbished/returned section of the site. This is worth a look as the machines are high spec. and sold for much less.
I managed to find a Dimension 9150, the subject of this review, with a 250 GB hard drive CD/RW DVD/RW, Pentium D processor, windows XP platform etc., for a very reasonable approx. £400. That was 18 months ago and the machine is still running well. I would say it is the best one I have ever had to date and this is my seventh desktop computer in twenty years.
I started with Amstrad, then two Tulip machines and the one before Dell was a Time computer. I mention these to show the range of computers I have tried and the Dimension 9150 has coped the best to date.
Although all of these have served me well, the shortest life, surprisingly, was my first desktop Dell, but I kept faith with Dell, mainly because of the good service my laptop was giving me.
I'm glad I did this, the 9150 is my best computer yet. I run Accounting and Surveying software for my business use. My daughter has also used it to create her artwork using a Wacom tablet with Corel Software and Photoshop Elements and the computer has coped with all this software very well. So it is quite diverse in it's usage.
Out of 3 Dell machines, I have had 7 years of work, counting my laptop use too. Two of these machines are in current use and I would say are worked very hard as my current Dell desktop is on 5 days per week during working hours and is also used for internet use outside these hours sometimes to the early hours. Also at weekends.
I also use an Dell Ultrasharp 1905F flat screen, that is for another review in it's own right. Also a multimedia keyboard. I have had as many screens as computers and the 1905F screen is second to none in my experience.
The only gripe I had with Dell when buying my current desktop was their use of overseas operators as they didn't understand what I wanted. This however was quickly resolved after phoning Head Office. My Computer arrived very quickly after that.
I hope my experiences with Dell machines has helped you in any decisions you may make.
Thanks for reading.
© dvdsprks2 2008
Update May 2008:- The dimension 9150 is still running well and I've added another 2 GB of RAM to the empty memory slots and have room to expand at least 1 GB more. I hope this machine just keeps going the 250 hard drive is large enough for my business purposes and all other uses. It's over two years now and still looks and works as good as new.
Update June 2009:- The dimension 9150 is running every day for at least 8 hours and shows no sign of giving me any trouble and I still have that 1 GB of RAM to fill in the empty memory slot. It's now over three years old and still running and looking like the day that I bought it.