Dell gets a jump on Black Friday, a $389 desktop with 20-inch LCD

Dell gets a jump on Black Friday, a $389 desktop with 20-inch LCD

Summary: Dell is getting an early start on Black Friday. The company has been running daily specials at www.

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Dell is getting an early start on Black Friday. The company has been running daily specials at www.dell.com/everyday for some time, and there have been some good deals on consumer desktop and laptops. But some of the best deals are currently hiding under the umbrella of "Small and Medium Business" (www.dell.com/business/blackfriday). Some examples:

Earlier in the day, Dell was offering a Vostro 200 Slim Tower with similar specs, but with 2GB of memory and a 19-inch LCD monitor, for $329. That deal may have been a little too good--it is now marked as "sold out" at that price.

Granted, these systems won't set any speed records, but they are fine for most everyday tasks and the prices are pretty amazing, so it's worth keeping an eye on this page as Black Friday approaches.

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Topics: Processors, Dell, Hardware, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Software, Windows

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  • Specs are one thing, what it does are another

    I remember when my brother bought an e-something
    computer at Wal-Mart. It was super cheap. The kids could
    barely play their games on it and it could do absolutely
    ZERO professional apps like Office.

    It really irks me that you PC Wintel folks think that specs
    are what to buy.

    No, buy what the computer will do for you and in what
    amount of time. If you time available out the gazoo, get
    something cheap. If you believe time is money, then don't
    buy the discounted stuff. You are only screwing yourself
    and folks like Dell laugh all the way to the bank.
    mlindl
    • Wrong -- Specs are all that matter!

      "It really irks me that you PC Wintel folks think that specs are what to buy. No, buy what the computer will do for you and in what amount of time."

      ===========

      Specs ARE what to buy when looking for a computer (especially for less than $800). Then, the best specs at the lowest price is a great deal.

      Do you know what "specs" are?

      The SPECS of the computer tell you what the computer will do for you and in what amount of time. i.e,

      * Intel duo core/quad core CPU is FASTER than, say, Pentium III or Pentium IV.

      * 2GB RAM makes your computer FASTER than, say, 512k RAM.

      * 512MB PCI-e video card makes the computer FASTER than "integrated video" chip on the motherboard

      This is what "specs" are -- they tell you what HARDWARE is in the computer, so you know whether the computer will do what you want as fast as you want. SPECS are all that matter!

      What does NOT matter is the "brand" name. "What kind of computer do you have?" "Dell" (or HP or Gateway). That's USELESS information. That's like saying your car is a "Ford". Well, Ford has been making cars since 1908. Do you really want to try to drive a Model T on the interstate in the fast lane? And HP has been making PCs since pre-Pentium days. If you have a 1995 "HP" computer-- or 1995 "Apple" computer, it's a doorstop.

      What matters are the specs of your computer.

      ========

      Now if your post is a disguised Windows OS bashing, then you need to clarify your statement. I'm not arguing that Windows Vista is better or worse than Apple OS X -- with the same specs. Sometimes I wish Apple would have won the PC wars or that Microsoft could steal stuff better so it actually worked...

      But we are talking specs. And a 2008 Windows PC with XP SP3(or even Vista SP1) with multi-core CPU, 3GB RAM, 512MB PCI-e video card will beat a 1998-era Apple iMac. Why? Uh, because of the specs.

      That's why Apple moved to Intel chips because they were losing the specs battle. Steve Jobs understands the value of specs!

      But back to your contention about Dell "discount" computers being worthless. No. If the specs are good, then it's a fantastic deal.
      ChazzMatt
  • RE: Dell gets a jump on Black Friday, a $389 desktop with 20-inch LCD

    that is about what a celeron should go for if you are not gouging the customer, vista basic says it all, basic sux man!
    nospam@...
    • Basic doesn't suck for a basic user...

      ...who only need Internet, email, the odd word processing. So there is no need to spend money on anything above Basic.

      This is a fantasic deal for most users who don't use their computer for anything other than Basic tasks.

      I got my old dear a new Dell Vostro for about ?350, it has Vista Basic, it has a Celeron, it has 1 GB RAM. When I setting it up for her it was flying along espescially for her needs.

      My preference is Ubuntu as on low specs you can really notice the difference, but I use that for dev work which is a little more resource intensive.

      Vista Basic has its place as does every other OS.
      DevJonny