Four little links say volumes at Dell site

I think we should institute a two-week moratorium against saying anything bad about a new corporate blog. Dell already shows that they understand the power of a link. Their post this morning tells me it’s not old-school “push a message out” time but that they are watching and learning.

Dell does have its problems. It’s getting squeezed on the high end by Apple and on the low end by the Chinese. And they have earned a reputation for inconsistent customer service (I’ve always been treated well by Dell, I had two of their computers under my desk at Microsoft).

One thing that Dell should make a bigger deal about is their new HD laptops. Apple doesn’t do full 1080i resolution. Dell has a laptop that does and I started seeing a few of those spring up around Microsoft before I left. The screen is stunning.

It’s unfortunate, though, that their case design is so uninspired. Apple will continue winning high-end sales not because of their features or price but simply because they put together a total package that is simply sexier than what Dell is offering.

Dell is blowing it by not featuring HD resolution on its home user laptop page. I know quite a few people who want the best resolution laptop possible (software developers, for instance, CRAVE real estate).

In fact, you can’t even find the laptop with the wide-screen HD resolution unless you click on their small business page.

Now, I have $2,500 burning a hole in my wallet. I’m gonna wait to see if Apple comes out with a laptop that supports full 1080i resolution at its developer conference in August. If not, I’m gonna buy a Dell, uninspired case design and poor marketing nonetheless.

And why can’t I get that super dooper screen with Media Center on it? Or, am I just missing the “right” page?

I’m imagining watching Lost episodes in the car on my new super dooper Dell high res wide screen display! I’m amazed that Dell isn’t making a big deal about this because this is something that Dell can do that Apple can’t do (yet).

Oh, and Dell, why do I need to go to Lenovo or Motion or Gateway for a Tablet PC?

Update: Wikipedia has an explanation of WUXGA screen resolutions and why that matters for HD video. That page also links to a variety of manufacturers that make WUXGA screens.

Comments

  1. Hey Robert, I am currently running one of those completely un-imaginative Dell’s with the super-nice displays. One complaint I have is that if you are a fasty typist, the tips of your fingers catch the edges of the keys once in awhile. It doesn’t flick them off, but its nerve-wracking never-the-less. But WUXGA is phenomenal. I love the real-estate I get.

    On that note, I (like you) still lust after that hunka Mac that I keep getting advertisements about. The recent commercials are kicking butt and taking names for sure.

    If Mac does something amazing, please let me know, I am on the edge of trying out something like that.

  2. Hey Robert, I am currently running one of those completely un-imaginative Dell’s with the super-nice displays. One complaint I have is that if you are a fasty typist, the tips of your fingers catch the edges of the keys once in awhile. It doesn’t flick them off, but its nerve-wracking never-the-less. But WUXGA is phenomenal. I love the real-estate I get.

    On that note, I (like you) still lust after that hunka Mac that I keep getting advertisements about. The recent commercials are kicking butt and taking names for sure.

    If Mac does something amazing, please let me know, I am on the edge of trying out something like that.

  3. Hey Robert, I am currently running one of those completely un-imaginative Dell’s with the super-nice displays. One complaint I have is that if you are a fasty typist, the tips of your fingers catch the edges of the keys once in awhile. It doesn’t flick them off, but its nerve-wracking never-the-less. But WUXGA is phenomenal. I love the real-estate I get.

    On that note, I (like you) still lust after that hunka Mac that I keep getting advertisements about. The recent commercials are kicking butt and taking names for sure.

    If Mac does something amazing, please let me know, I am on the edge of trying out something like that.

  4. Robert,

    You touched on the Media Center idea … do you think we’ll ever see something like a hybrid iMac / Tivo / Plasma display? I think it’d be pretty awesome to be able to plug a brand new plasma display and have all the hardware built in the back (like the iMac) that gives me a nice easy UI (like the Tivo) to get all the DVR goodness in one package. Then you literally could just mount it on the wall and not have to have a little component rack nearby with all the hardware and wires.

  5. Robert,

    You touched on the Media Center idea … do you think we’ll ever see something like a hybrid iMac / Tivo / Plasma display? I think it’d be pretty awesome to be able to plug a brand new plasma display and have all the hardware built in the back (like the iMac) that gives me a nice easy UI (like the Tivo) to get all the DVR goodness in one package. Then you literally could just mount it on the wall and not have to have a little component rack nearby with all the hardware and wires.

  6. Robert,

    You touched on the Media Center idea … do you think we’ll ever see something like a hybrid iMac / Tivo / Plasma display? I think it’d be pretty awesome to be able to plug a brand new plasma display and have all the hardware built in the back (like the iMac) that gives me a nice easy UI (like the Tivo) to get all the DVR goodness in one package. Then you literally could just mount it on the wall and not have to have a little component rack nearby with all the hardware and wires.

  7. Hey, what you do with your old Laptops? any chance you send em to Argentina??? I wont need the HD screens here since all we have is regular mono TV…

  8. Hey, what you do with your old Laptops? any chance you send em to Argentina??? I wont need the HD screens here since all we have is regular mono TV…

  9. Hey, what you do with your old Laptops? any chance you send em to Argentina??? I wont need the HD screens here since all we have is regular mono TV…

  10. Mike: because what value does Dell add? The final mile of distribution to you and service, right? Well, doesn’t Lenovo (formerly IBM) now do that too?

    The Chinese will figure out how to remove a few more cents from the distribution channel and will eat Dell’s market share away. Lenovo will spend billions in the American market over next few years.

  11. Mike: because what value does Dell add? The final mile of distribution to you and service, right? Well, doesn’t Lenovo (formerly IBM) now do that too?

    The Chinese will figure out how to remove a few more cents from the distribution channel and will eat Dell’s market share away. Lenovo will spend billions in the American market over next few years.

  12. Mike: because what value does Dell add? The final mile of distribution to you and service, right? Well, doesn’t Lenovo (formerly IBM) now do that too?

    The Chinese will figure out how to remove a few more cents from the distribution channel and will eat Dell’s market share away. Lenovo will spend billions in the American market over next few years.

  13. “I have $2,500 burning a hole in my wallet.”

    You just bought a house, a BMW, and a HDTV. Why not try paying off some debt with that money?

    Do yourself a favor and calculate how much interest you’ll be saving by paying off your mortgage early, or paying off your TV splurge, or that new BMW, or your credit cards, or whatever else you have that you’re paying down. You will be shocked at how much money that $2500 will save you in interest payments.

    Have you thought about your retirement? Do you have at least $500K socked away (NOT in an overpriced Bay Area house) that is earning interest so that you can retire safely? What about a college fund for the kiddo? Stop and think before you spend, spend, spend.

    If you’d like some reading fodder for your next trip or weekend, I strongly recommend The Millionaire Next Door. Read it and you will see how America’s real millionaires live. Hint: Debt-free!

    In the meantime, take it easy and start making sure you have enough money to retire and live a comfortable, debt-free lifestyle. That will be way more important for your future than a big-screen TV or a new BMW. And, by having a retirement plan, you’ll actually be able to enjoy all that money you’re spending, instead of spending 8-10 hours a day in the office.

  14. “I have $2,500 burning a hole in my wallet.”

    You just bought a house, a BMW, and a HDTV. Why not try paying off some debt with that money?

    Do yourself a favor and calculate how much interest you’ll be saving by paying off your mortgage early, or paying off your TV splurge, or that new BMW, or your credit cards, or whatever else you have that you’re paying down. You will be shocked at how much money that $2500 will save you in interest payments.

    Have you thought about your retirement? Do you have at least $500K socked away (NOT in an overpriced Bay Area house) that is earning interest so that you can retire safely? What about a college fund for the kiddo? Stop and think before you spend, spend, spend.

    If you’d like some reading fodder for your next trip or weekend, I strongly recommend The Millionaire Next Door. Read it and you will see how America’s real millionaires live. Hint: Debt-free!

    In the meantime, take it easy and start making sure you have enough money to retire and live a comfortable, debt-free lifestyle. That will be way more important for your future than a big-screen TV or a new BMW. And, by having a retirement plan, you’ll actually be able to enjoy all that money you’re spending, instead of spending 8-10 hours a day in the office.

  15. “I have $2,500 burning a hole in my wallet.”

    You just bought a house, a BMW, and a HDTV. Why not try paying off some debt with that money?

    Do yourself a favor and calculate how much interest you’ll be saving by paying off your mortgage early, or paying off your TV splurge, or that new BMW, or your credit cards, or whatever else you have that you’re paying down. You will be shocked at how much money that $2500 will save you in interest payments.

    Have you thought about your retirement? Do you have at least $500K socked away (NOT in an overpriced Bay Area house) that is earning interest so that you can retire safely? What about a college fund for the kiddo? Stop and think before you spend, spend, spend.

    If you’d like some reading fodder for your next trip or weekend, I strongly recommend The Millionaire Next Door. Read it and you will see how America’s real millionaires live. Hint: Debt-free!

    In the meantime, take it easy and start making sure you have enough money to retire and live a comfortable, debt-free lifestyle. That will be way more important for your future than a big-screen TV or a new BMW. And, by having a retirement plan, you’ll actually be able to enjoy all that money you’re spending, instead of spending 8-10 hours a day in the office.

  16. The fact that Dell does not sell a consumer laptop with WUXGA resolution in the US is strange, since they do just that in Europe:

    http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=N07945&rbc=N07945&s=dhs&sbc=ukdhsrsinspn_9400_3

    Just like you wanted it, complete with Windows Media Center Edition. Maybe Dell doesn’t have enough customer demand to offer such a machine in the US?

    A friend of mine has it and the screen is pretty good. You really have a lot of screen real estate, even though the display could be brighter. The WLAN module does seem to have its problems, though.

  17. The fact that Dell does not sell a consumer laptop with WUXGA resolution in the US is strange, since they do just that in Europe:

    http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=N07945&rbc=N07945&s=dhs&sbc=ukdhsrsinspn_9400_3

    Just like you wanted it, complete with Windows Media Center Edition. Maybe Dell doesn’t have enough customer demand to offer such a machine in the US?

    A friend of mine has it and the screen is pretty good. You really have a lot of screen real estate, even though the display could be brighter. The WLAN module does seem to have its problems, though.

  18. The fact that Dell does not sell a consumer laptop with WUXGA resolution in the US is strange, since they do just that in Europe:

    http://configure.euro.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?b=&c=uk&cs=ukdhs1&l=en&oc=N07945&rbc=N07945&s=dhs&sbc=ukdhsrsinspn_9400_3

    Just like you wanted it, complete with Windows Media Center Edition. Maybe Dell doesn’t have enough customer demand to offer such a machine in the US?

    A friend of mine has it and the screen is pretty good. You really have a lot of screen real estate, even though the display could be brighter. The WLAN module does seem to have its problems, though.

  19. We do work in the SMB IT consulting space, and actually have customers asking for *Dell* tablets.

    So far, we’ve been using HP in place of the Dells, and over the past year have seen increased HP hardware sales, at the expense of our Dell sales…

    Which is fine… hardware margins are terrible in general… but I’m not sure why Dell isn’t even trying to complete…

  20. We do work in the SMB IT consulting space, and actually have customers asking for *Dell* tablets.

    So far, we’ve been using HP in place of the Dells, and over the past year have seen increased HP hardware sales, at the expense of our Dell sales…

    Which is fine… hardware margins are terrible in general… but I’m not sure why Dell isn’t even trying to complete…

  21. We do work in the SMB IT consulting space, and actually have customers asking for *Dell* tablets.

    So far, we’ve been using HP in place of the Dells, and over the past year have seen increased HP hardware sales, at the expense of our Dell sales…

    Which is fine… hardware margins are terrible in general… but I’m not sure why Dell isn’t even trying to complete…

  22. Nice post. You can get the WUXGA screen from dell with media center on it but only at 17 inches  Apparently they feel that only business customers want a 1080p screen. Of course Vista will make this easier because Media Center is available in a few different SKU’s. I can happily report that post Beta 2 builds of Vista and Media Center fly on my 1920×1200 Dell.

    A couple of things of note here:

    1. Be sure to get a dedicated graphics card with >128 megs of RAM. Dell have the 256 Meg Quadro and 512 Meg Quadro. Don’t get the integrated graphics.
    2. 1920×1200 on a 15.4 inch screen cries out for running in hi DPI. It makes everything so much easier to read plus also makes (to my older eyes) everything readable again
    3. HD DVD on a 1920×1200 screen is a wonderful thing to behold too. The picture quality is astonishing. Of course Dell have gone the Blu Ray route but Toshiba will happily sell you a 1920×1200 laptop with an HD DVD drive in it along with Media center installed  http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=326517&coid=-30600&seg=HHO

  23. Nice post. You can get the WUXGA screen from dell with media center on it but only at 17 inches  Apparently they feel that only business customers want a 1080p screen. Of course Vista will make this easier because Media Center is available in a few different SKU’s. I can happily report that post Beta 2 builds of Vista and Media Center fly on my 1920×1200 Dell.

    A couple of things of note here:

    1. Be sure to get a dedicated graphics card with >128 megs of RAM. Dell have the 256 Meg Quadro and 512 Meg Quadro. Don’t get the integrated graphics.
    2. 1920×1200 on a 15.4 inch screen cries out for running in hi DPI. It makes everything so much easier to read plus also makes (to my older eyes) everything readable again
    3. HD DVD on a 1920×1200 screen is a wonderful thing to behold too. The picture quality is astonishing. Of course Dell have gone the Blu Ray route but Toshiba will happily sell you a 1920×1200 laptop with an HD DVD drive in it along with Media center installed  http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=326517&coid=-30600&seg=HHO

  24. Nice post. You can get the WUXGA screen from dell with media center on it but only at 17 inches  Apparently they feel that only business customers want a 1080p screen. Of course Vista will make this easier because Media Center is available in a few different SKU’s. I can happily report that post Beta 2 builds of Vista and Media Center fly on my 1920×1200 Dell.

    A couple of things of note here:

    1. Be sure to get a dedicated graphics card with >128 megs of RAM. Dell have the 256 Meg Quadro and 512 Meg Quadro. Don’t get the integrated graphics.
    2. 1920×1200 on a 15.4 inch screen cries out for running in hi DPI. It makes everything so much easier to read plus also makes (to my older eyes) everything readable again
    3. HD DVD on a 1920×1200 screen is a wonderful thing to behold too. The picture quality is astonishing. Of course Dell have gone the Blu Ray route but Toshiba will happily sell you a 1920×1200 laptop with an HD DVD drive in it along with Media center installed  http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/pdet.to?poid=326517&coid=-30600&seg=HHO

  25. One of the things I HATE about shopping at the Dell site is that I have to choose a role (individual, small biz, etc) to see their products. I see the value of these filters, but not of forcing people into them… Heck, if I want to look at a product that’s under the enterprise section, let me…

  26. One of the things I HATE about shopping at the Dell site is that I have to choose a role (individual, small biz, etc) to see their products. I see the value of these filters, but not of forcing people into them… Heck, if I want to look at a product that’s under the enterprise section, let me…

  27. One of the things I HATE about shopping at the Dell site is that I have to choose a role (individual, small biz, etc) to see their products. I see the value of these filters, but not of forcing people into them… Heck, if I want to look at a product that’s under the enterprise section, let me…

  28. My Dell Inspiron 8500 did 1920×1200 back in 2003 (May 2003 was when I purchased it). It was great but it is a strain on the eyes for regular use unless you have a 20″ screen (I have a 15.4″). Perhaps 17″ is better but I suggest you think about that before buying one for anything but video playback, especially as Windows sucks at using higher DPI :(

  29. My Dell Inspiron 8500 did 1920×1200 back in 2003 (May 2003 was when I purchased it). It was great but it is a strain on the eyes for regular use unless you have a 20″ screen (I have a 15.4″). Perhaps 17″ is better but I suggest you think about that before buying one for anything but video playback, especially as Windows sucks at using higher DPI :(

  30. My Dell Inspiron 8500 did 1920×1200 back in 2003 (May 2003 was when I purchased it). It was great but it is a strain on the eyes for regular use unless you have a 20″ screen (I have a 15.4″). Perhaps 17″ is better but I suggest you think about that before buying one for anything but video playback, especially as Windows sucks at using higher DPI :(

  31. It never really mattered that their desktops were ugly when you could just take them under a desk. But having to be seen with those gray shabby looking notebooks is such a shame. just when there new line is starting to show some impressive features: integrated wireless broadband, high resolutions, integrated SD card slots on some (oh why doesn’t every notebook?) and up to 4GB of memory (though 4GB option currently going for hilarious prices).

  32. It never really mattered that their desktops were ugly when you could just take them under a desk. But having to be seen with those gray shabby looking notebooks is such a shame. just when there new line is starting to show some impressive features: integrated wireless broadband, high resolutions, integrated SD card slots on some (oh why doesn’t every notebook?) and up to 4GB of memory (though 4GB option currently going for hilarious prices).

  33. It never really mattered that their desktops were ugly when you could just take them under a desk. But having to be seen with those gray shabby looking notebooks is such a shame. just when there new line is starting to show some impressive features: integrated wireless broadband, high resolutions, integrated SD card slots on some (oh why doesn’t every notebook?) and up to 4GB of memory (though 4GB option currently going for hilarious prices).

  34. It’s apple among others that’s stealing share these days. the macbook is (shockingly) a good deal for what’s inside and they’ve obviously one a sweetheart deal with Intel for priority on next-gen chips. And you notice Dell the jilted lover turning to AMD (watch for more annoucements).

    I asked Michael Dell himself (speaking at the Rotman business school) about this very subject a about two years ago and pointed out Intel’s failures with P4 and the long stagnation in performance/clockspeed we’ve seen in the CPU market (relieved only just now with the coming core2 architecture) and how strategically he could grow his business against these conditions esp. given the all-intel position at the time.

    Dell visibly blanched a little the question and recovered by saying these periods of transition happen all the time in the semiconductor industry, wait for next year and dual core pentium 4′s that will fuel the industry he said. Nope not quite looking at poor Dell’s recent stock performance.

    finally though, it looks like the turnaround could be in sight for dell inc.

    if only they could design themselves out of those damn grey boxes.

  35. It’s apple among others that’s stealing share these days. the macbook is (shockingly) a good deal for what’s inside and they’ve obviously one a sweetheart deal with Intel for priority on next-gen chips. And you notice Dell the jilted lover turning to AMD (watch for more annoucements).

    I asked Michael Dell himself (speaking at the Rotman business school) about this very subject a about two years ago and pointed out Intel’s failures with P4 and the long stagnation in performance/clockspeed we’ve seen in the CPU market (relieved only just now with the coming core2 architecture) and how strategically he could grow his business against these conditions esp. given the all-intel position at the time.

    Dell visibly blanched a little the question and recovered by saying these periods of transition happen all the time in the semiconductor industry, wait for next year and dual core pentium 4′s that will fuel the industry he said. Nope not quite looking at poor Dell’s recent stock performance.

    finally though, it looks like the turnaround could be in sight for dell inc.

    if only they could design themselves out of those damn grey boxes.

  36. It’s apple among others that’s stealing share these days. the macbook is (shockingly) a good deal for what’s inside and they’ve obviously one a sweetheart deal with Intel for priority on next-gen chips. And you notice Dell the jilted lover turning to AMD (watch for more annoucements).

    I asked Michael Dell himself (speaking at the Rotman business school) about this very subject a about two years ago and pointed out Intel’s failures with P4 and the long stagnation in performance/clockspeed we’ve seen in the CPU market (relieved only just now with the coming core2 architecture) and how strategically he could grow his business against these conditions esp. given the all-intel position at the time.

    Dell visibly blanched a little the question and recovered by saying these periods of transition happen all the time in the semiconductor industry, wait for next year and dual core pentium 4′s that will fuel the industry he said. Nope not quite looking at poor Dell’s recent stock performance.

    finally though, it looks like the turnaround could be in sight for dell inc.

    if only they could design themselves out of those damn grey boxes.

  37. I have the Dell business laptop you linked to (the M65). At our company, we classify it as a Technical Workstation and reserve it for the people who do high performance tasks and want a laptop.

    Funny, when I go to play a DVD on the system, I have to reduce the resolution from the native 1900 X 1200 to 1280 X 1024 or I get an error form the DVD player software. maybe I just need to find better DVD software (I have tried WinDVD and PowerDVD) or maybe the graphics chipset (NVIDIA) doesn’t have enough oomph!

  38. I have the Dell business laptop you linked to (the M65). At our company, we classify it as a Technical Workstation and reserve it for the people who do high performance tasks and want a laptop.

    Funny, when I go to play a DVD on the system, I have to reduce the resolution from the native 1900 X 1200 to 1280 X 1024 or I get an error form the DVD player software. maybe I just need to find better DVD software (I have tried WinDVD and PowerDVD) or maybe the graphics chipset (NVIDIA) doesn’t have enough oomph!

  39. I have the Dell business laptop you linked to (the M65). At our company, we classify it as a Technical Workstation and reserve it for the people who do high performance tasks and want a laptop.

    Funny, when I go to play a DVD on the system, I have to reduce the resolution from the native 1900 X 1200 to 1280 X 1024 or I get an error form the DVD player software. maybe I just need to find better DVD software (I have tried WinDVD and PowerDVD) or maybe the graphics chipset (NVIDIA) doesn’t have enough oomph!

  40. Robert:

    These guys make the hottest laptop and I mean this literally. I own two of them and they serve as heaters during winters.

    -av

  41. Robert:

    These guys make the hottest laptop and I mean this literally. I own two of them and they serve as heaters during winters.

    -av

  42. Robert:

    These guys make the hottest laptop and I mean this literally. I own two of them and they serve as heaters during winters.

    -av

  43. “why do I need to go to Lenovo or Motion or Gateway for a Tablet PC?”… because nobody uses Tablets in the real world??? doh!

  44. “why do I need to go to Lenovo or Motion or Gateway for a Tablet PC?”… because nobody uses Tablets in the real world??? doh!

  45. “why do I need to go to Lenovo or Motion or Gateway for a Tablet PC?”… because nobody uses Tablets in the real world??? doh!

  46. not nobody. I use a tablet. Fujitsu pure slate tablet no less. And a Motion before that.

    though i think more and more of trading it in for a sleek little macbook…

  47. not nobody. I use a tablet. Fujitsu pure slate tablet no less. And a Motion before that.

    though i think more and more of trading it in for a sleek little macbook…

  48. not nobody. I use a tablet. Fujitsu pure slate tablet no less. And a Motion before that.

    though i think more and more of trading it in for a sleek little macbook…

  49. Agreed. Dell has a terrible line up when it comes to tablets and media centers. Dell could do a mucher better job. Hope they shape up when Vista is released.

  50. Agreed. Dell has a terrible line up when it comes to tablets and media centers. Dell could do a mucher better job. Hope they shape up when Vista is released.

  51. Agreed. Dell has a terrible line up when it comes to tablets and media centers. Dell could do a mucher better job. Hope they shape up when Vista is released.

  52. I’m not sure I understand the need for 1080i (you really meant 1080p right?) Isn’t aspect ratio what really matters? I’m not going to watch movies on it from across the room, I’m going to watch from my lap or my desk. More pixels don’t make any real difference in that situation but portability does.

    Also, where do you get 1080p content on a notebook? No one has high definition DVD yet for notebooks. I see trailers at 1080p but that isn’t really very compelling.

  53. I’m not sure I understand the need for 1080i (you really meant 1080p right?) Isn’t aspect ratio what really matters? I’m not going to watch movies on it from across the room, I’m going to watch from my lap or my desk. More pixels don’t make any real difference in that situation but portability does.

    Also, where do you get 1080p content on a notebook? No one has high definition DVD yet for notebooks. I see trailers at 1080p but that isn’t really very compelling.

  54. Robert – The Toshiba Qosmio offers this – 1900×1200 17″ widescreen display. Built in HD DVD (or with regular DVD) and HDMI out ports, ships with MCE and built in TV tuner. http://www.qosmio.com

    Sony also offers killer models with these resolutions and Blu-ray if you want that to (can get with or without)

    http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_BrowseCatalog-Start;sid=Go03_ZjFNJY2W9xxnDk99tfJf3ACyBSZcoM=?CategoryName=cpu_VAIONotebookComputers_AR_Series&Dept=computers

    Now do I want someone to offer similar res laptop with a 21″ display – definitely! We’re getting there but its taking time.

  55. Robert – The Toshiba Qosmio offers this – 1900×1200 17″ widescreen display. Built in HD DVD (or with regular DVD) and HDMI out ports, ships with MCE and built in TV tuner. http://www.qosmio.com

    Sony also offers killer models with these resolutions and Blu-ray if you want that to (can get with or without)

    http://www.sonystyle.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/eCS/Store/en/-/USD/SY_BrowseCatalog-Start;sid=Go03_ZjFNJY2W9xxnDk99tfJf3ACyBSZcoM=?CategoryName=cpu_VAIONotebookComputers_AR_Series&Dept=computers

    Now do I want someone to offer similar res laptop with a 21″ display – definitely! We’re getting there but its taking time.

  56. “Oh, and Dell, why do I need to go to Lenovo or Motion or Gateway for a Tablet PC?”

    and

    “Dell is blowing it by not featuring HD resolution on its home user laptop page.”

    I know you are a Tablet PC junkie and that HD is your new addiction but I think Dell realises both items are niche of a niche right now; and like MS they’ve always been about the lowest common denominator.

    I dig Dell though; we got a couple of servers made by Dell with 4-hr on site which has worked out well so far and a LOT of notebooks and dekstops. Cheap, cheerful and butt-ugly.

    Then again, it is a tool. I don’t need a hammer with frills or bells or whistles. I need one that works and is affordable.

  57. “Oh, and Dell, why do I need to go to Lenovo or Motion or Gateway for a Tablet PC?”

    and

    “Dell is blowing it by not featuring HD resolution on its home user laptop page.”

    I know you are a Tablet PC junkie and that HD is your new addiction but I think Dell realises both items are niche of a niche right now; and like MS they’ve always been about the lowest common denominator.

    I dig Dell though; we got a couple of servers made by Dell with 4-hr on site which has worked out well so far and a LOT of notebooks and dekstops. Cheap, cheerful and butt-ugly.

    Then again, it is a tool. I don’t need a hammer with frills or bells or whistles. I need one that works and is affordable.

  58. I’m still mildly surprised that Apple’s penchant for designing attractive boxes hasn’t rubbed off on more companies.

    Of course it’s subjective, but the new Thumper box that Jonathan Schwartz refers to as a “thing of beauty” on his blog seems to me to have undergone a severe bruising with the ugly stick. Still, at least they haven’t grafted great lumps of purple plastic all over it.

    Perhaps we IT staffers are not meant to be swayed as much by design as the consumer market; perhaps we are meant to relish racks of industrial-looking macho equipment. But I’m not so sure. We like “cool” don’t we? You just look at those Xserves and Xserve Raids and you want one.

    Still, what do I know? I’ve never designed a bit of equipment in my life. And at least Sun are making a lot of noise about reducing energy consumption, so good on them for that. If making nice-looking boxes uses more energy and resources then I guess we’d better stick with the ugly ones. Ho hum.

  59. I’m still mildly surprised that Apple’s penchant for designing attractive boxes hasn’t rubbed off on more companies.

    Of course it’s subjective, but the new Thumper box that Jonathan Schwartz refers to as a “thing of beauty” on his blog seems to me to have undergone a severe bruising with the ugly stick. Still, at least they haven’t grafted great lumps of purple plastic all over it.

    Perhaps we IT staffers are not meant to be swayed as much by design as the consumer market; perhaps we are meant to relish racks of industrial-looking macho equipment. But I’m not so sure. We like “cool” don’t we? You just look at those Xserves and Xserve Raids and you want one.

    Still, what do I know? I’ve never designed a bit of equipment in my life. And at least Sun are making a lot of noise about reducing energy consumption, so good on them for that. If making nice-looking boxes uses more energy and resources then I guess we’d better stick with the ugly ones. Ho hum.

  60. Well, I got one of these ‘butt-ugly’ WUXGA laptops, and simply got a craft artist to paint the clip-on plastic cover (see my url link for result, or search for ‘pimp my laptop granny’).

    Result: A real talking-point in Starbucks and an original work of art that I can unclip and frame when the laptop is obsolete.

    The screen is wonderful. I can’t go back to fuzzy old screens. But there is a downside: I have to enlarge fonts 154% to set the same dimensions as a standard screen, and unfortunately far too many websites don’t allow for this.

    Result: many ugly, unreadable websites, but one singularly beautiful laptop cover. Far more impressive than an illuminated apple!

  61. Well, I got one of these ‘butt-ugly’ WUXGA laptops, and simply got a craft artist to paint the clip-on plastic cover (see my url link for result, or search for ‘pimp my laptop granny’).

    Result: A real talking-point in Starbucks and an original work of art that I can unclip and frame when the laptop is obsolete.

    The screen is wonderful. I can’t go back to fuzzy old screens. But there is a downside: I have to enlarge fonts 154% to set the same dimensions as a standard screen, and unfortunately far too many websites don’t allow for this.

    Result: many ugly, unreadable websites, but one singularly beautiful laptop cover. Far more impressive than an illuminated apple!

  62. I picked up a Dell Inspiron 6400 a couple of months ago and have been very pleased with it. I configured a MacBook with extremely similar specs and it was $400 more. I’m not sure if I’m in the position to spend that extra cash on a “designer” computer. Yes, the lit keyboard is snazzy and the chassis is sexier, but is it worth $400 to me? Not really.

  63. I picked up a Dell Inspiron 6400 a couple of months ago and have been very pleased with it. I configured a MacBook with extremely similar specs and it was $400 more. I’m not sure if I’m in the position to spend that extra cash on a “designer” computer. Yes, the lit keyboard is snazzy and the chassis is sexier, but is it worth $400 to me? Not really.

  64. I picked up a Dell Inspiron 6400 a couple of months ago and have been very pleased with it. I configured a MacBook with extremely similar specs and it was $400 more. I’m not sure if I’m in the position to spend that extra cash on a “designer” computer. Yes, the lit keyboard is snazzy and the chassis is sexier, but is it worth $400 to me? Not really.

  65. If you want a Dell, then go Alienware. They have just released a Superman laptop that will has everything you are looking for and nothing says geek sexy like a Superman logo on your laptop.

  66. If you want a Dell, then go Alienware. They have just released a Superman laptop that will has everything you are looking for and nothing says geek sexy like a Superman logo on your laptop.

  67. If you want a Dell, then go Alienware. They have just released a Superman laptop that will has everything you are looking for and nothing says geek sexy like a Superman logo on your laptop.

  68. Hopefully you’ll read this even though I’m a little late responding…

    I recently got back to editing video, my profession prior to becoming a code monkey. A few things about what you’re talking about here…

    First of all, the “i” in 1080i refers to interlaced, which I’m sure you know. Computer monitors, and really all LCD’s, are progressive scanning devices. No LCD does interlaced video, as it’s deinterlaced in software or hardware before it’s displayed. So it’s not really correct to refer to a computer monitor as being “1080i,” but rather just 1080. Or 1920×1080.

    Second, despite Sony’s stupidity in forcing 1080i on the world, you’re not really getting any more data out of that picture than you are a 720p image. The bandwidth required for 1080/60i and 720/60p is identical. On a small screen, basically anything 20″ or smaller, the human eye can’t perceive much difference between the two in terms of overall data in any given frame. ESPN and FOX use 720/60p for sports, and that in fact results in a cleaner picture with more fluid motion than 1080/60i ever could.

    Bottom line here, I have a MacBook Pro, I edit HD using Final Cut Pro, and if you look at the 720p trailers on Apple’s site, you’ll see what I mean in terms of 1080 not being critical.

  69. Hopefully you’ll read this even though I’m a little late responding…

    I recently got back to editing video, my profession prior to becoming a code monkey. A few things about what you’re talking about here…

    First of all, the “i” in 1080i refers to interlaced, which I’m sure you know. Computer monitors, and really all LCD’s, are progressive scanning devices. No LCD does interlaced video, as it’s deinterlaced in software or hardware before it’s displayed. So it’s not really correct to refer to a computer monitor as being “1080i,” but rather just 1080. Or 1920×1080.

    Second, despite Sony’s stupidity in forcing 1080i on the world, you’re not really getting any more data out of that picture than you are a 720p image. The bandwidth required for 1080/60i and 720/60p is identical. On a small screen, basically anything 20″ or smaller, the human eye can’t perceive much difference between the two in terms of overall data in any given frame. ESPN and FOX use 720/60p for sports, and that in fact results in a cleaner picture with more fluid motion than 1080/60i ever could.

    Bottom line here, I have a MacBook Pro, I edit HD using Final Cut Pro, and if you look at the 720p trailers on Apple’s site, you’ll see what I mean in terms of 1080 not being critical.

  70. Hopefully you’ll read this even though I’m a little late responding…

    I recently got back to editing video, my profession prior to becoming a code monkey. A few things about what you’re talking about here…

    First of all, the “i” in 1080i refers to interlaced, which I’m sure you know. Computer monitors, and really all LCD’s, are progressive scanning devices. No LCD does interlaced video, as it’s deinterlaced in software or hardware before it’s displayed. So it’s not really correct to refer to a computer monitor as being “1080i,” but rather just 1080. Or 1920×1080.

    Second, despite Sony’s stupidity in forcing 1080i on the world, you’re not really getting any more data out of that picture than you are a 720p image. The bandwidth required for 1080/60i and 720/60p is identical. On a small screen, basically anything 20″ or smaller, the human eye can’t perceive much difference between the two in terms of overall data in any given frame. ESPN and FOX use 720/60p for sports, and that in fact results in a cleaner picture with more fluid motion than 1080/60i ever could.

    Bottom line here, I have a MacBook Pro, I edit HD using Final Cut Pro, and if you look at the 720p trailers on Apple’s site, you’ll see what I mean in terms of 1080 not being critical.

  71. What I’m most concerned with is that you want to be able to view this in your car.

    I’m a bit of car nazi in that I think talking on your mobile while driving is dangerous but I don’t think any one would argue that watching a DVD while driving is just asking for an accident.

  72. What I’m most concerned with is that you want to be able to view this in your car.

    I’m a bit of car nazi in that I think talking on your mobile while driving is dangerous but I don’t think any one would argue that watching a DVD while driving is just asking for an accident.

  73. What I’m most concerned with is that you want to be able to view this in your car.

    I’m a bit of car nazi in that I think talking on your mobile while driving is dangerous but I don’t think any one would argue that watching a DVD while driving is just asking for an accident.

  74. Do you want a DVD player? Sounds like that’s all that matters.

    Get the Mac and use the most advanced OS around. Or tri-boot with OSX, Linux, or Windows. See if the Dell can do that.

  75. Do you want a DVD player? Sounds like that’s all that matters.

    Get the Mac and use the most advanced OS around. Or tri-boot with OSX, Linux, or Windows. See if the Dell can do that.

  76. Do you want a DVD player? Sounds like that’s all that matters.

    Get the Mac and use the most advanced OS around. Or tri-boot with OSX, Linux, or Windows. See if the Dell can do that.

  77. Mark: I’m joining a video content company. I want a monitor that displays all the pixels of my work.

    David: watching a DVD while driving is illegal and dangerous. But, my 12-year-old son sits in the back seat with headphones while watching a DVD.

  78. Mark: I’m joining a video content company. I want a monitor that displays all the pixels of my work.

    David: watching a DVD while driving is illegal and dangerous. But, my 12-year-old son sits in the back seat with headphones while watching a DVD.

  79. Mark: I’m joining a video content company. I want a monitor that displays all the pixels of my work.

    David: watching a DVD while driving is illegal and dangerous. But, my 12-year-old son sits in the back seat with headphones while watching a DVD.

  80. Jeff, good point. But after seeing 1080 (no i) on a high res screen you would be VERY impressed.

    Plus it’s just better all around too. Text is better on such a screen and you can fit more in (if your eyes are good enough to look at small icons and text).

  81. Jeff, good point. But after seeing 1080 (no i) on a high res screen you would be VERY impressed.

    Plus it’s just better all around too. Text is better on such a screen and you can fit more in (if your eyes are good enough to look at small icons and text).

  82. Jeff, good point. But after seeing 1080 (no i) on a high res screen you would be VERY impressed.

    Plus it’s just better all around too. Text is better on such a screen and you can fit more in (if your eyes are good enough to look at small icons and text).

  83. I HAVE seen 1080p. Heck, I even have a camera that can shoot in that format (Panasonic HVX200). Still, the weak point in video is rarely the screen itself. Usually it’s the chips or software that adapt the signal to display on the screen.

    For example, I have 37″ Westinghouse LCD as my primary TV. If I feed 720p into it via component cables, the TV translates it into 1080p, the TV’s native resolution. It looks pretty good. When my DVR computer running BeyondTV outputs via 1920×1080 DVI, the software doing the upscaling, it looks AMAZING. Whatever BeyondTV does to upscale, whether it be something they roll or something through the video hardware and drivers, it does it better than the chip inside the TV.

    I like high resolution screens too. My Dell, which I don’t use much anymore, has that obscene resolution on a 15″ screen, but it doesn’t have the CPU balls to playback HD at full frame rate.

    That said, the 17″ MacBook Pro does more than 1080p. :) And it’s still just an inch thick.

  84. I HAVE seen 1080p. Heck, I even have a camera that can shoot in that format (Panasonic HVX200). Still, the weak point in video is rarely the screen itself. Usually it’s the chips or software that adapt the signal to display on the screen.

    For example, I have 37″ Westinghouse LCD as my primary TV. If I feed 720p into it via component cables, the TV translates it into 1080p, the TV’s native resolution. It looks pretty good. When my DVR computer running BeyondTV outputs via 1920×1080 DVI, the software doing the upscaling, it looks AMAZING. Whatever BeyondTV does to upscale, whether it be something they roll or something through the video hardware and drivers, it does it better than the chip inside the TV.

    I like high resolution screens too. My Dell, which I don’t use much anymore, has that obscene resolution on a 15″ screen, but it doesn’t have the CPU balls to playback HD at full frame rate.

    That said, the 17″ MacBook Pro does more than 1080p. :) And it’s still just an inch thick.

  85. I HAVE seen 1080p. Heck, I even have a camera that can shoot in that format (Panasonic HVX200). Still, the weak point in video is rarely the screen itself. Usually it’s the chips or software that adapt the signal to display on the screen.

    For example, I have 37″ Westinghouse LCD as my primary TV. If I feed 720p into it via component cables, the TV translates it into 1080p, the TV’s native resolution. It looks pretty good. When my DVR computer running BeyondTV outputs via 1920×1080 DVI, the software doing the upscaling, it looks AMAZING. Whatever BeyondTV does to upscale, whether it be something they roll or something through the video hardware and drivers, it does it better than the chip inside the TV.

    I like high resolution screens too. My Dell, which I don’t use much anymore, has that obscene resolution on a 15″ screen, but it doesn’t have the CPU balls to playback HD at full frame rate.

    That said, the 17″ MacBook Pro does more than 1080p. :) And it’s still just an inch thick.

  86. I think Mr. Scoble is missing the point. I just purchased a 17″ MacBook Pro. I did not purchase the computer first because of appealing design, that’s just the cherry on top. I purchased the computer because of OS X. Many people miss this when they talk about Apple design. If other hardware vendors were making OS X machines, my computer might not be so sexy looking, but it would be running OS X. Mr. Scoble should also consider that while a full 1080i is nice, it should be noted that if you want to develop HD content, the Mac is probably the way to go. After having connected my Sony HD camera to a PC running Windows and dealing that the resulting onslaught of problems, watching it just work with iMovie and Final Cut was almost like science fiction.

  87. I think Mr. Scoble is missing the point. I just purchased a 17″ MacBook Pro. I did not purchase the computer first because of appealing design, that’s just the cherry on top. I purchased the computer because of OS X. Many people miss this when they talk about Apple design. If other hardware vendors were making OS X machines, my computer might not be so sexy looking, but it would be running OS X. Mr. Scoble should also consider that while a full 1080i is nice, it should be noted that if you want to develop HD content, the Mac is probably the way to go. After having connected my Sony HD camera to a PC running Windows and dealing that the resulting onslaught of problems, watching it just work with iMovie and Final Cut was almost like science fiction.

  88. I think Mr. Scoble is missing the point. I just purchased a 17″ MacBook Pro. I did not purchase the computer first because of appealing design, that’s just the cherry on top. I purchased the computer because of OS X. Many people miss this when they talk about Apple design. If other hardware vendors were making OS X machines, my computer might not be so sexy looking, but it would be running OS X. Mr. Scoble should also consider that while a full 1080i is nice, it should be noted that if you want to develop HD content, the Mac is probably the way to go. After having connected my Sony HD camera to a PC running Windows and dealing that the resulting onslaught of problems, watching it just work with iMovie and Final Cut was almost like science fiction.

  89. Marvin, we just bought a 15″ MacBook Pro. I’m well aware of how nice OSX is. Or isn’t. I don’t get religious about OS’s. Personally it isn’t that much better than XP and I have Vista which does lots of AV tasks better than OSX. It does HD natively too.

    By the way, I did Channel 9 (approx 700 hours of video content) on Windows and it didn’t give me many troubles. Not sure what you’re talking about. My camera worked with XP the first time out of the box.

    Resolution is more important to me than the OS, by the way, but that’s just me.

  90. Marvin, we just bought a 15″ MacBook Pro. I’m well aware of how nice OSX is. Or isn’t. I don’t get religious about OS’s. Personally it isn’t that much better than XP and I have Vista which does lots of AV tasks better than OSX. It does HD natively too.

    By the way, I did Channel 9 (approx 700 hours of video content) on Windows and it didn’t give me many troubles. Not sure what you’re talking about. My camera worked with XP the first time out of the box.

    Resolution is more important to me than the OS, by the way, but that’s just me.

  91. Marvin, we just bought a 15″ MacBook Pro. I’m well aware of how nice OSX is. Or isn’t. I don’t get religious about OS’s. Personally it isn’t that much better than XP and I have Vista which does lots of AV tasks better than OSX. It does HD natively too.

    By the way, I did Channel 9 (approx 700 hours of video content) on Windows and it didn’t give me many troubles. Not sure what you’re talking about. My camera worked with XP the first time out of the box.

    Resolution is more important to me than the OS, by the way, but that’s just me.

  92. Did Vista ship? Would you trust your business to a beta OS? When Vista does ship, I suspect it’ll already be behind Leopard. QuickTime, available for Windows and OS X, does HD today.

    After years of screwing around with Avid on Windows machines, I finally said screw it when I couldn’t get any product to talk to my cameras correctly and efficiently edit HD (or more specifically, DVCPRO HD). I bought a MacBook Pro, Final Cut Pro, and I’ve been having a great time ever since. A few quirks in getting sequence settings to match certain HD flavors, but other than that, it just plain works.

    I don’t get religious about operating systems either… but OS X is vastly superior in my brief experience to anything in Windows short of developing .NET applications (what I do in my day job). Try to make Windows find and install my networked HP printer, or take my camera photos and organize (and publish) them the way iPhoto does. Not a chance.

  93. Did Vista ship? Would you trust your business to a beta OS? When Vista does ship, I suspect it’ll already be behind Leopard. QuickTime, available for Windows and OS X, does HD today.

    After years of screwing around with Avid on Windows machines, I finally said screw it when I couldn’t get any product to talk to my cameras correctly and efficiently edit HD (or more specifically, DVCPRO HD). I bought a MacBook Pro, Final Cut Pro, and I’ve been having a great time ever since. A few quirks in getting sequence settings to match certain HD flavors, but other than that, it just plain works.

    I don’t get religious about operating systems either… but OS X is vastly superior in my brief experience to anything in Windows short of developing .NET applications (what I do in my day job). Try to make Windows find and install my networked HP printer, or take my camera photos and organize (and publish) them the way iPhoto does. Not a chance.

  94. Did Vista ship? Would you trust your business to a beta OS? When Vista does ship, I suspect it’ll already be behind Leopard. QuickTime, available for Windows and OS X, does HD today.

    After years of screwing around with Avid on Windows machines, I finally said screw it when I couldn’t get any product to talk to my cameras correctly and efficiently edit HD (or more specifically, DVCPRO HD). I bought a MacBook Pro, Final Cut Pro, and I’ve been having a great time ever since. A few quirks in getting sequence settings to match certain HD flavors, but other than that, it just plain works.

    I don’t get religious about operating systems either… but OS X is vastly superior in my brief experience to anything in Windows short of developing .NET applications (what I do in my day job). Try to make Windows find and install my networked HP printer, or take my camera photos and organize (and publish) them the way iPhoto does. Not a chance.

  95. [...] Was on Scobles site and saw this article, Four little links say volumes at Dell site about the latest post on Dell’s new blog. I think we should institute a two-week moratorium against saying anything bad about a new corporate blog. Dell already shows that they understand the power of a link. Their post this morning tells me it’s not old-school “push a message out” time but that they are watching and learning. [...]

  96. I think HD and media center on laptops are non-starters. Few people are using their laptops to consume non-web media, that the stuff online is still really basic. And if I could watch Lost on the ABC website on my TV, I would do that instead. Same with Channel 9.

    I mean, why is ITunes winning huge? Because people don’t want to listen to music on a PC. Without the Ipod, Realplayer and Itunes probably aren’t THAT much better than WMP. But the Ipod IS much better than the other hardware.

    And don’t cry for Dell, they are doing the squeezing. Their only problem is that HP and Compaq can now match their prices, and people would rather buy a laptop in person than based on a small picture on a website. Lord knows Dell can’t possibly serve high resolution pictures for purchase online.

  97. I think HD and media center on laptops are non-starters. Few people are using their laptops to consume non-web media, that the stuff online is still really basic. And if I could watch Lost on the ABC website on my TV, I would do that instead. Same with Channel 9.

    I mean, why is ITunes winning huge? Because people don’t want to listen to music on a PC. Without the Ipod, Realplayer and Itunes probably aren’t THAT much better than WMP. But the Ipod IS much better than the other hardware.

    And don’t cry for Dell, they are doing the squeezing. Their only problem is that HP and Compaq can now match their prices, and people would rather buy a laptop in person than based on a small picture on a website. Lord knows Dell can’t possibly serve high resolution pictures for purchase online.

  98. I think HD and media center on laptops are non-starters. Few people are using their laptops to consume non-web media, that the stuff online is still really basic. And if I could watch Lost on the ABC website on my TV, I would do that instead. Same with Channel 9.

    I mean, why is ITunes winning huge? Because people don’t want to listen to music on a PC. Without the Ipod, Realplayer and Itunes probably aren’t THAT much better than WMP. But the Ipod IS much better than the other hardware.

    And don’t cry for Dell, they are doing the squeezing. Their only problem is that HP and Compaq can now match their prices, and people would rather buy a laptop in person than based on a small picture on a website. Lord knows Dell can’t possibly serve high resolution pictures for purchase online.

  99. Solomonrex: have you ever been on a plane? Have you ever looked at what people use on their laptops? I have. Dozens of times. A high percentage of people watch movies on their laptops. A better HD experience there is a selling feature for many people. Not all, I understand that, but if something is appealing to 1% of the audience that can provide a bit of growth for a company like Dell.

  100. Solomonrex: have you ever been on a plane? Have you ever looked at what people use on their laptops? I have. Dozens of times. A high percentage of people watch movies on their laptops. A better HD experience there is a selling feature for many people. Not all, I understand that, but if something is appealing to 1% of the audience that can provide a bit of growth for a company like Dell.

  101. Solomonrex: have you ever been on a plane? Have you ever looked at what people use on their laptops? I have. Dozens of times. A high percentage of people watch movies on their laptops. A better HD experience there is a selling feature for many people. Not all, I understand that, but if something is appealing to 1% of the audience that can provide a bit of growth for a company like Dell.

  102. Well, I’m sorry to say the new Dell blog appears that it might be censoring comments. Below is the second of two comments I’ve tried to leave. That fish stinks from the head. :(

    “I find it very suspicious that a comment I took great pain to post yesterday to make you aware of a specific customer service issue never made it past moderation. Censoring reasonable complaints—if that’s what happened—will harm your credibility rather than help it. You need to understand a couple of things about customers like me. It is assuredly not in our own best interest to have an antagonistic relationship with Dell because we need you. But, that also means we aren’t going away.”

  103. Well, I’m sorry to say the new Dell blog appears that it might be censoring comments. Below is the second of two comments I’ve tried to leave. That fish stinks from the head. :(

    “I find it very suspicious that a comment I took great pain to post yesterday to make you aware of a specific customer service issue never made it past moderation. Censoring reasonable complaints—if that’s what happened—will harm your credibility rather than help it. You need to understand a couple of things about customers like me. It is assuredly not in our own best interest to have an antagonistic relationship with Dell because we need you. But, that also means we aren’t going away.”

  104. Well, I’m sorry to say the new Dell blog appears that it might be censoring comments. Below is the second of two comments I’ve tried to leave. That fish stinks from the head. :(

    “I find it very suspicious that a comment I took great pain to post yesterday to make you aware of a specific customer service issue never made it past moderation. Censoring reasonable complaints—if that’s what happened—will harm your credibility rather than help it. You need to understand a couple of things about customers like me. It is assuredly not in our own best interest to have an antagonistic relationship with Dell because we need you. But, that also means we aren’t going away.”

  105. Again, how noble of you guys to institute a moratorium on saying bad things about another blog. I personally am no Dell fan, but why should they care whether or not Scoble or anyone else cheers their blog or not?

    This is a serious question, not a bash or argument just for the sake of it.

    Seriously, I see “early” bloggers and podcasters acting like they invented the world and it amazes me how much like the old media that attitude is. Isn’t that exactly what you people were railing against with blogs and podcasts?

    Don’t take yourselves so seriously. 20 years from now, no one will remember most of you. Actually, the way kids are today, no one will remember ANY of you.

  106. Again, how noble of you guys to institute a moratorium on saying bad things about another blog. I personally am no Dell fan, but why should they care whether or not Scoble or anyone else cheers their blog or not?

    This is a serious question, not a bash or argument just for the sake of it.

    Seriously, I see “early” bloggers and podcasters acting like they invented the world and it amazes me how much like the old media that attitude is. Isn’t that exactly what you people were railing against with blogs and podcasts?

    Don’t take yourselves so seriously. 20 years from now, no one will remember most of you. Actually, the way kids are today, no one will remember ANY of you.

  107. “Mark: I’m joining a video content company. I want a monitor that displays all the pixels of my work.”

    Ahh, I see your angle now. But editing on the road is great on the run with either system, but when you do the major or final edits in studio, you’ll probably be on an external monitor anyways, no?

    You may not like it, but then you’re back to looking at OSs or some other differentiating design of the notebooks.

  108. “Mark: I’m joining a video content company. I want a monitor that displays all the pixels of my work.”

    Ahh, I see your angle now. But editing on the road is great on the run with either system, but when you do the major or final edits in studio, you’ll probably be on an external monitor anyways, no?

    You may not like it, but then you’re back to looking at OSs or some other differentiating design of the notebooks.

  109. Someone said let’s see Dell tri-boot OSX, Linux and XP. You know if Apple would release OSX to other companies, they might. Unix has been run on PC’s for a heck of a lot longer that on Mac’s. I think Steve Jobs will not release OSX to PC makers because they have already tested it on some Dells, HPs and IBMs and found it runs better on the PCs. Now I’ve been around since the Apple II, I was a huge Woz fan, and I respect Jobs, but before using Intel chips (Oh when are the AMD fans going to jump Apple’s tush for that HUGE mistake), their hardware was crap!. By putting Intel chips in, they instantly doubled the power of their computers, for the same price. So were they over-charging then, or now? And Apple users ate it up, and keep coming back. So after years of saying how much better their hardware and software is, they become just another PC company (admittedly, with their own OS) and the Apple fans can’t praise them enough. What??
    Oh dang, did I go way off topic or what, sorry.
    Um,oh yeah! Dell has been using UXGA and WUXGA screens for years, nothing new, still have them even in Inspirons, most people hate them, icons too small and web sites are tiny. I love them.
    Media Center?? Dude, did you like work for Microsoft or something? MCE is too close to ME and I have a feeling it will go EOL about as fast.

  110. Someone said let’s see Dell tri-boot OSX, Linux and XP. You know if Apple would release OSX to other companies, they might. Unix has been run on PC’s for a heck of a lot longer that on Mac’s. I think Steve Jobs will not release OSX to PC makers because they have already tested it on some Dells, HPs and IBMs and found it runs better on the PCs. Now I’ve been around since the Apple II, I was a huge Woz fan, and I respect Jobs, but before using Intel chips (Oh when are the AMD fans going to jump Apple’s tush for that HUGE mistake), their hardware was crap!. By putting Intel chips in, they instantly doubled the power of their computers, for the same price. So were they over-charging then, or now? And Apple users ate it up, and keep coming back. So after years of saying how much better their hardware and software is, they become just another PC company (admittedly, with their own OS) and the Apple fans can’t praise them enough. What??
    Oh dang, did I go way off topic or what, sorry.
    Um,oh yeah! Dell has been using UXGA and WUXGA screens for years, nothing new, still have them even in Inspirons, most people hate them, icons too small and web sites are tiny. I love them.
    Media Center?? Dude, did you like work for Microsoft or something? MCE is too close to ME and I have a feeling it will go EOL about as fast.

  111. I have the Dell Latitude D820. 15.4″ WUXGA. It’s far from ugly. Make sure you look closely at this one before purchase. IEEE 1394, ExpressCard slot, powered USB, etc. All the bells and whistles in a light weight package.

  112. I have the Dell Latitude D820. 15.4″ WUXGA. It’s far from ugly. Make sure you look closely at this one before purchase. IEEE 1394, ExpressCard slot, powered USB, etc. All the bells and whistles in a light weight package.

  113. I have the Dell Latitude D820. 15.4″ WUXGA. It’s far from ugly. Make sure you look closely at this one before purchase. IEEE 1394, ExpressCard slot, powered USB, etc. All the bells and whistles in a light weight package.

  114. “So after years of saying how much better their hardware and software is, they become just another PC company (admittedly, with their own OS)”

    … the main reason most people USE the mac… why can’t the linux/windows hardcores figure this out?

  115. “So after years of saying how much better their hardware and software is, they become just another PC company (admittedly, with their own OS)”

    … the main reason most people USE the mac… why can’t the linux/windows hardcores figure this out?

  116. “So after years of saying how much better their hardware and software is, they become just another PC company (admittedly, with their own OS)”

    … the main reason most people USE the mac… why can’t the linux/windows hardcores figure this out?

  117. [...] Charlene Li, Forrester: Initial reviews from the blogosphere was varied (negative ones and positive ones), but the Dell blog has really grown to provide a fascinating look into not only Dell but also the numbers behind a new blogging operation, such as comment moderation (80% get posted, 18% get redirected to customer service, and only 2% are deleted because they were “off topic”). And most importantly, they are directly addressing areas of key concern like customer service problems, bloatware, and yes, even the famous “flaming notebook”. [...]

  118. To echo commenter No. 2, my fingers catch on the key edges all the time and it drives me NUTS! You might as well have the computer occasionally blast the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. Argh.

    (I typically use an external keyboard, so this is only a problem sometimes.)

  119. To echo commenter No. 2, my fingers catch on the key edges all the time and it drives me NUTS! You might as well have the computer occasionally blast the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. Argh.

    (I typically use an external keyboard, so this is only a problem sometimes.)

  120. To echo commenter No. 2, my fingers catch on the key edges all the time and it drives me NUTS! You might as well have the computer occasionally blast the sound of fingernails on a chalkboard. Argh.

    (I typically use an external keyboard, so this is only a problem sometimes.)