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DELL Inspiron 8600

by mmj69 / July 22, 2004 2:46 AM PDT

Anybody have any experience with these notebooks ? they are offering free upgrades to DVD burner right now as well as a free case. Also any experiences with Dell tech support as I have heard stories (I am from Canada) Any help would be appreciated.

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Re: DELL Inspiron 8600
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 22, 2004 5:48 AM PDT
In reply to: DELL Inspiron 8600

There are many Dells at the office. Nice boring machines.

As to support, the stories are true. Today, users are calling in with new and wonderful problems as we read at The fallout is simple. Such pests, worms and more are not supported by Dell. It's outside the support "envelope" and people are getting pretty upset when they figure that out.

Others don't like the idea that you get to wipe the hard disk and return it to factory condition to see if something was added to break a software function. I can't count the times I or "tech" uninstall Zone Alarm to get the networking working again. We don't and can't support ZA because it's not part of the system.

I think you get the idea that support is not all-inclusive.


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Re: DELL Inspiron 8600
by KenSanramon / July 22, 2004 7:47 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: DELL Inspiron 8600

The Dell 8600 is a good option for a Pentium M Centrino machine (get the 1.6 Pentium M Dothan at least -- 2x the L2 system cache of Pentium M's below that).

The main drawbacks are that its keyboard feel is not as good as others and the case was not designed for a Pentium M Cpu so it is thicker and slightly heavier -- 6.9 pounds.

I recommend the Toshiba M35 series (6.2 pounds) and the Compaq X1000/HPZT3000 twins (I have the Compaq X1000). All have the 15.4" widescreen.

The Toshiba might have the edge right now if you want the standard XGA LCD screen as it has just released its Trubrite screen technology -- similar to Sony Xbrite.

You have to see this at Circuit City or elsewhere as the screen may sell you on the Toshiba alone.

Otherwise, the 3 are very similar for components.

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