Re: [newtech-1] ThinkPad X1 Carbon

From: Andy
Sent on: Wednesday, June 19, 2013 2:53 PM
Have to revisit this thread. I've been back on a Dell, a Latitude, for about two weeks now for new client, similar to one I had a few weeks back for another client.

Opinion remains the same. Keyboard is much less bad than they used to be, but my fingers still manage to get under the edges of the keys sometimes, leading to keys possibly popping off as they've done to me in the past. And, this stupid thing has been sitting here, unused, unplugged, monitor closed shut, for nearly an hour and a half, I sit down and 30 minutes later I could cook an egg on the exhaust vent.

Dell is still Dell, and it is certainly nowhere close to Lenovo hardware.

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On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 3:07 PM, Mo Mobarak <[address removed]> wrote:
I've had Latitudes form the B through E series. I also standardized on them, with a good outcome for a user community of about 50.  I wouldn't bother with the consumer hardware but the latitudes were fine, with the E's being quite nice. Onsite same day repair service was easy for around the price as Apple Care with lots more benefit.  Vostro is Dell's business line without all of the bloatware, somewhat less slick, but decent build and a sometimes cheaper.

All that said, I moved to a macbook pro when I started doing my own projects again, mainly for building iOS apps, and because a lot of the resources/doc for using current frameworks and tools have a lot less friction on OS X/Linux. These two factors justified the additional cost of the Mac to me, not that my fear of breaking my computer.


On Fri, Jun 7, 2013 at 3:16 PM, Daniel Wolstenholme <[address removed]> wrote:
Are you talking about their consumer line, or their business laptops?  Consumer laptops are all trash, no matter who makes it.  Most reviewers rank the Dell Latitude E-series alongside Thinkpads.  My last laptop was a Thinkpad and I prefer the Latitude.

Dan


On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 9:20 PM, Andy <[address removed]> wrote:
I've owned many Dell laptops. I've had many client-provided Dell laptops. Dell are the crappiest of the not-worst laptops on the market right now. Especially those crappy keyboards, and LCDs that dim quickly, and components that overheat readily, and have for a decade with no resolution.

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On Thu, Jun 6, 2013 at 8:13 PM, Daniel Wolstenholme <[address removed]> wrote:
Get a Dell Latitude E6410 or E6510 off Ebay and add memory to it.  They're cheap (~$[masked]), attractive, they have one of the best laptop keyboards around, they have pointing sticks, and they're ruggedly built with metal panels and a magnesium chassis.  The used ones are all off corporate leases and usually in very good shape.  You can get the newer ones too (E6420/E6520 or the latest, E6430/E6530), but these newer ones are ugly and don't really have any better performance, and have crappier monitors with less vertical resolution.

Dan






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