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Hey, It's a Dell Dude! Laptop that is...

I did get a new computer.  Wasn't thinking of a laptop at the time but I ended up getting one anyhow.

Dell had alot of "fly by night" products like their square little box PC that has a Blu-ray player, their tablets, and Windows smart phone.  Usually when they go that route it ends up as a cheap disposable product.  If you buy cheap at Dell you get cheap at Dell.

With that said I went second-level (can't afford top shelf).  I did get the Dell XPS 15" laptop about 21 days ago, and so far so good.  (Their top shelf is their thin power laptops.)  This laptop is better than I expected.  Loaded with features.  Of course they start with the base price (that's what they are actually advertising) and add more features and cost as it goes on.  The basic model is OK by itself also but I upgraded to Windows Professional and MS Office which adds a little bit more price.

Came with Intel i5 2.50GHz, 8GB memory, and 1TB hard drive, webcam camera, wireless mouse, touch screen.  Would have liked to get the solid-state hard drive but it was $350 added cost and was only 250GB.  Battery last 5-6 hours depending on use.  Also got wireless in my apartment which allows me to be more lazy and type while watching TV (watching "The Blind Side" at the moment).  So far the laptop is acting better than expected.  And it works with my USB printer also.

The only problem I had was setting up the T-mobile webconnect - the setup comes up when you first turn on the PC.  I did let it run but still have to call T-mobile to activate.  T-mobile doesn't have the best customer service but I finally got somebody that realized that the network stick is embedded in the laptop, not a network stick.  I wanted the option to have Internet connection without wireless, just in case I'm some place that doesn't have WIFI or a hotspot, out in the field recruiting Republicans.

Still got to get my old files from the old computer to the new computer but I'm in no rush.  I like that I can take the laptop almost anywhere and it's just like a regular PC.  And I got so much crap like webcam and eBooks.  It has Skype also but I don't know anybody that has Skype.  The people I want to have Skype, like family, don't have it.  Too bad.