Last June, Dell began to charge customers $20.00 to $50.00 to downgrade to Windows XP. It was up to $100.00 by October. Now it seems that they are charging $150.00. At the same time, we recently read that Microsoft claims that 9 out of 10 Vista customers are satisfied. While we don’t believe everything we read, we keep wondering why Dell is punishing XP users and MS’s inhouse research, with figures that include licenses sold as part of a downgrade package, seems cheerfully optimistic. What do you guys think? Remember when Coke came up with a new version and nobody liked it? It just went away.
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Dell announced today that their Studio laptop line is taking customization to the next level – you can now have one of more than 100 designs tattooed on the lid of your Dell Studio 15 or 17 laptop in Dell Design Studio, a unique online experience which allows the purchaser to personalize their new laptop with exclusive, original artwork.
The company says it has commissioned over 100 works of original art from a number of different artists, such as Mike Ming, Guillaume Wolf, Tristan Eaton, Brittany Waldner and Joseph Amedokpo. Online shoppers in the U.S. can apply a design, change viewing angles, zoom in on details, and read an artist’s inspiration or bio with a few mouse clicks. Once you have chosen your favorite design, it can be applied to the lid of the Studio system being ordered, at a cost of $75; choose one of the 52 (PRODUCT)RED designs and Dell directly donates $20 to the Global Fund, which helps fund AIDS programs in Africa.
Dell notes that the art is permanently infused or “tattooed” into the laptop display’s back, making it extremely durable. The question is: will you change your wardrobe to match your computer, or just pick out a design that goes with what you already wear?
Maybe, eventually (we hope), the consumer will be able to submit their own artwork for a truly custom lid – but let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
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Dell has joined the (PRODUCT)RED cause with original artwork on their Dell Studio 15 and 17 models, the XPS One 24 desktop, the V505W all-in-one printer, and the XPS M1330 and XPS M1530 laptops. The artwork has been done by Joseph Amedokpo, Siobhan Gunning and Bruce Mau, and the company claims that since it is permanently infused, it will help protect the devices. So if you are thinking of giving/getting one this holiday season, remember that Dell will contribute $20.00 to the Global Fund for every one sold.
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We admit it. With the holidays coming on, we almost welcome the fact that things are not great with the economy. It sort of evens out the playing field for those of us that struggle to pay our rent. So we embrace companies who are worried about a slower than normal season and are trying to help themselves by helping us out. Dell’s Deal of the Day is one such example. They are not only offering low prices on their own products, but on other companies’ products as well, although we found the prices of those about equal to those on Amazon.
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When something like this comes out we just have to share. Rumor has it that Dell has gotten together with Pharos in an effort to jump on the smartphone bandwagon with the Traveller 117 and 127. Each has Windows Mobile 6.1, QWERTY keyboard and 7.2 Mbps HSDA support. They also have VGA video call capability, a 2 megapixel cam, and four hours of talk time and 200 standby. While the Travellers may have some awesome GPS capability, we don’t think Apple or RIM have too much to worry about.
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Dell has officially announced the newest member to their netbook family of mini laptops, the Inspiron Mini 12. The Mini 12 comes with an Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz or the Z530 1.6GHZ processor, 80GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, a Webcam and a 12-inch display. The laptop comes loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic, and has a starting price of less than $600. The Mini 12 is currently only available in Japan, but will come to the U.S. soon.
The specs make this a very capable machine, but running Vista with only 1GB of RAM make take some of the wind out of its sprint. You could always load it with XP when it arrives and then have a very fast machine, the likes of the MacBook Air, but for a fraction of the price.
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Such a back-to-school deal! If you live in the U.S. and purchase a Dell Studio 15, XPS M1530 or XPS M1330 laptop before September 9, you can receive an Inspiron Mini 9, which ordinarily retails for $349.00, for only $99.00. At a weight of only 2.28 lbs., the Mini features an 8.9-inch LED display (1024x600,) built-in Wifi, a sealed keyboard, and SSD memory storage. Dell is even offering a free basic plan of 2GB storage on Box.net. A built-in webcam and Dell Video Chat are optional.
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Dell has announced 2 new Precision laptops and 6 new Latitudes aimed at the business crowd.The Precisions start at $1,449.00 and their M2400 weighs a mere 4.77 lbs. The Latitudes are available in five different colors and the company claims better battery life. They start at a price of $869.00. The E4300 weighs about 3.3 lbs., making it their lightest, and the E6400 ATG meets military standards for dust, humidity, and vibration. All but two of the Latitudes are available now.
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It would appear that Dell is teaming with Wallyworld to create Solution Station, a service to help the electronically challenged. Help is offered for setting up PCs, TVs, wireless networks, entertainment centers, etc. Wal-mart plans to offer their service in the Dallas area in about 15 stores this month. Don’t try to pull a fast one on them as they only deal with “Dell and other branded systems.” Think of it as a bargain basement Geek Squad.
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Dell has decided to get in on the Internet sales force with their new Best of Web site. Offering discounts, it includes categories of shopping, travel, games, music, movies, interaction, sharing and learning. The deal here is that if you are a Dell customer, you get a discount of up to 50% on purchases from Kodak, Wild Games, and Blockbuster, etc. While we are not all that impressed with the site for the general user, take a peek if you own a Dell. It certainly is not be convincing enough to buy our next computer from the company.
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