On 02/14/11 12:16, Gary Schrock wrote:
> On 2/14/2011 11:58 AM, STeve Andre' wrote:
>> I think Dell is going seriously downhill. I'm going to think very much
>> ordering anything else from them.
>> --STeve Andre'
> I can't say I've really noticed it going downhill with Dell recently,
> but trust me, it could be far worse. Like, say, Sony. We bought a
> few Z series laptops about a year and a half ago. One we had a bad
> drive right out of the box. One developed vertical lines on the
> screen, took a month a half for Sony to get the parts in to come out
> and repair it (although they did at least go to Ann Arbor to the
> professors home to replace it, which was good because that month a
> half later corresponded with the day before I left on a 2 week
> vacation). That same laptop developed the same problem a few months
> later, this time the on-site tech managed to disassemble the laptop
> and not get it back together, so it ended up having to be sent in.
> (In fairness, I'm not convinced mere mortals could reassemble one of
> those). It then developed the *same* problem a third time, this time
> out of warranty. Tough luck. And finally, we have the case of one
> that just stopped turning on. This one they insisted had to be taken
> into the sony style store (in Troy), and they've had that one for 2.5
> months, and have been unable to give me a satisfactory answer on why
> it's taken so long and when we'll get it back. (The only number I
> have for info on it apparently only the sony store can interpret, and
> they claim they can't give me a number that I can talk with Sony about
> And we only ordered between 4 or 6 of these laptops, and these are
> some of Sony's higher end laptops. So the grass isn't always greener
> elsewhere. I'll take Dell any day of the week over Sony.
Oh yes... MUCH worse. I refuse to use Sony, Toshiba, HP and a host of other
companies, as they all produce far too much utter crap. Or, perhaps I
say wildly inconsistent quality control. My other beef with most places is
they availability of older spare parts. I had an adventure getting a
a two year old Sony laptop. Two years! It was wild, but I finally found a
place that had it (palm rest).
I'd settled on Dell for desktops and Lenovo for ThinkPad laptops. Lenovo
has gone downhill some, but relative to everyone else they stayed at the
top during their slide. I thought so about Dell, but I am really
that now, when listening to friends whov'e had bad problems with repairs.
I still LOVE my little white Optiplex Dell's. I have some that are 10 years
old and will working, and consume about 57w of power, too.