Dude I got a Dell

I just got my new Dell laptop: the Inspiron 1520. I have only own Dell's for a while, but haven't been this impressed with one in more than 10 years.

I ordered an Inspiron 1520 a few months ago- soon after its introduction.  Dell was running a series of deals concurrently which allowed me to buy a loaded computer ( New Santa Rosa chipset, 256 MB Graphics card, 2 GB of RAM, 160 GB HD, etc, etc.) for less than $1200.  I figured I was getting a solid, but unspectacular computer.  I looked at some beautifully designed Sonys and Apples, but the pricing of the Dell was just too good to pass up.

After ordering,  I waited about 6 weeks for delivery- which was certainly something of a nuisance.  Apparently there has been some snafu with the production of the new colored tops.  During this period, I shopped again for alternative computers- but didn't find anything reasonable within a few hundred dollars of the Dell deal.

I finally got my 1520 a few days ago.  I was really surprised when I told this thing out of the box.  The colored lid has a beautiful look and feel to it.  The computer is equally attractive with the lid open- with a monochromatic silver finish with a comfortable and well laid-out keyboard.  Stylewise, it holds it own against anything else I could find- even computers at nearly twice the price.  I have only a few minor gripes- a fingerprint reader option would be a good option and it could be a little lighter.  I guess the 1420 is likely to be similar, but substantially lighter.

So I think  Dell has a real hit on their hands.  Once they work out their production issues, I think this computer and its bigger and littler brothers the 1720 and 1420 will be very popular.  My experience also shows a real limitation, though, with the direct sales model.  Dell's website does little to convey just how stunning their new computers are.  Perhaps, now that they have something to show off again, they should re-emphasize the mall based kiosks they used to have. 

I was wondering if people thought that DELL's stock is a buy here?  Certainly, the company and the stock have done quite poorly over the past few years.  Do you think Michael Dell can pull off a Steve Jobs?

Joshua Avram
Joshua Avram: MD, Wash U; BS, Yale. A noted cardiologist, the doctor applies his medical knowledge to his investing in large pharm and biotechs. The doctor has correctly predicted several very exciting biotech acquisitions over the past several years, including the acquisitions of Esperion (Pfizer), Amylin (Bristol Myers) and Imclone (Bristol Myers). The doctor is presently long Novo Nord

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  • Pabluski Azul

    September 02, 2007

    I will say this: DELL stock is on the rebound. Be sure of it. As far as Michael Dell 'pulling off a Steve Jobs'? Highly unlikely. However, if I am to buy my college kid a computer? Let's see.. on the one hand an Apple. Nice machine. But the price is way out there. An HP. Well that just ain't where it's at with the kid. Price up there too. Now DELL. Hmmmm . Price is right. Color selection now. But I have to wait a bit to get the DELL until their distribution issues are resolved, yet, once my kid gets it, he/she'll be happy and set with the color of his/her choice, standing out as unique. Oh no brainer. DELL it is!

  • Jim Djeorgian

    September 03, 2007

    Dude, I bought a Dell 11 months ago and it is already falling apart. If these guys made cars, they would be in deep trouble with lemon laws. Their stuff is sh*t. They'll need to do a lot more than give me a nice red cover to win my business back.

  • David Gersh

    September 04, 2007

    Agree with the article and comments above. Dell is on the rebound now. They will be stronger than HP in a couple of months.

  • Jim Petrokas

    September 06, 2007

    Your article should be entitled "Dude, I got a Dud". Flashy looks get good PR, but don't make up for bad workmanship and cheap parts.

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