Whether PC or laptop there are many various brands that you can choose from – which are all essentially the same. But are they? I’m sure you’ve heard the various stories – ‘my mate bought a Dell PC, and he’s had nothing but trouble, especially with after sales service’. We bought a Packard Bell PC from PCWorld in 1999 and got home, set it all up, plugged it in, switched it on. Nothing. Checked everything, boxed it all up, next day took it back. They said it was broken (yeah! We didn’t work that out!), and no quibbles gave us a new hard drive / main tower unit. Took it home, etc etc etc, switched it on! Wow! Black, Blue, Windows – then Errors! Phoned PCWorld – they said that if it switched on it wasn’t their problem. We phoned PBell Tech Support (£1/min or something stupid), they did various checks on it, we put disks and CDs in then they said we would have to take it back to PCWorld and tell them we had phoned Tech Support and they gave us an error code to quote. We did the next day. PCWorld were surprised, but the error code did it (apparently that referred to a bad hard drive – mis-installed or split) they gave us a new hard drive / tower unit. This one worked! Now all that is wrong is that the Scanner jams on it about every 20mins, the printer keeps giving errors and is constantly chucking out paper before it does anything, and every time you switch it on it prints a funny symbol on a piece of paper – but then it works! The motto of the story: You get what you pay for, DON’T BUY PACKARD BELL, AND TRY TO AVOID PCWORLD (although where else to buy is a mystery.)
Now we all know that when someone buys a pc they always go for the well-known brands, and that’s what I done. We tend to stray away from these shops we’ve never heard about because we never know what to expect. Some of these are genuine but lots aren’t. We think if we go to the big stores we will get value for money and good service. But this is not always the case. Packard Bell have a major deals going with major stores to offer us cheaper prices, but is stuff inside, which to be honest is what we look in good enough. My Packard Bell was bought when DVD Players were in, but before the CD Rewrite time. I find that it has got everything I need, because I don’t play games much, and I don’t use the Internet that much. But if you wanted a really high power machine that does everything then don’t buy a Packard Bell. But for the family they’re great and there also great for value for money. So remember, only buy one if you’re not a computer neard.
I bought a packard bell, pentium 3 , 450MHZ pc after the previous computer we had got damaged, a few months ago, the Packard Bell started to go all strange and refused to work properly, we have since discovered that all the computers main systems are ingrated and will therefore cost a lot of money to replace, we think that Packard Bell PCs are overpriced and not easily upgradable, should anything go wrong, the extended warranties are very overpriced and at the end of the day if you take the 5 yr warranty, your PC will be 5 years old at the end of it and will be consigned to the scrapheap in the proverbial sky for computers.
That's the computer I've got, served me a long time too, at least in PC terms. 2 years I've had this thing now, and it's still running in a half decent way. It used to be able to run every game there was, especially after I added that Voodoo 2 card. Now though it struggles a bit with games. Actually it struggles a lot, but it still does me fine, it'll also have to do me until all of these reviews get me enough money to upgrade it.
This is the second Packard Bell Club I have had, my latest model being the Club 98. My old one was struggling somewhat with the things I wanted it to do and with a cyrix processor running the caboodle my hubby nagged me to get a Pentiun 3 system. I decided on another Packard Bell as I was happy with the older model (although it was a little slow for my linking). It had never crashed once in 2 years (unlike the IBM Aptiva I had before it which was a complete bag of crap - crashing on a regular basis). Also because it was a Pentium 3 model and it had a nice printer and scanner bundled together with the package, all for just £799. This, I believed, was value for money and so far I have been proved right. It is fast enough, looks good on my desktop and does everything I want it to do with ease. It is quiet when working, not clicking and whirring away which tends to distract, and all in all it is a super little system for the home user.