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Both of our laptops are Dell. Actually they are certified refurbish machine. These laptops are the 3rd certificated refurbish that we have bought from Dell's Outlet.
We have LOVED them all and if we were in the market for another computer we would by another certified refurbish, scratch and dent, or previously order new. All of which can be bought via Dell's Outlet.
IN regards to Dells Outlet:
Previously Order New means never used systems, canceled orders or returns that were never fully booted. Tested and repackaged by Dell Outlet.
Certified Refurbished means fully refurbished systems, retested and repackaged to meet original factory specifications.
Scratch & Dent means systems with cosmetic blemishes that do NOT impact performance.
We have found our money (AT TIMES) goes further when buying from Dell's Outlet. This is especially true when buying laptops. Both of our laptops cost us $500 each via Dell's Outlet. If we bought them "NEW" they both would have been $900-$1,000 machines.
In order to get the most bang for your buck via the outlet you have to know what you want, what it cost NEW, what you want to spend (be firm), and patient. Items move quickly via the outlet. So if you are going to seriously buy be sure you have all your info ready and complete the sale as soon as it's in your check out basket. If you didn't get the item you want try again later or even the next day. There is always new things there.
I never knew about the Dell home outlet before. Definitely a good service, however, it can be deceiving. Sure you are saving money over the list price, but compared to using a coupon code or a reference from a deal site you are actually paying MORE for a refurbished machine with lesser specs than a new machine with a better configuration.
For example I went on there today and searched for the Inspiron 15 line.
The cheapest (Assuming the same processor as below) is $599
The deal site I have bought 4 Dell computers through has the same line with a better overall config for: $399
If you're looking for a laptop at a great price, their Inspiron is hot at just $399! It features a 2.2GHz Intel Dual Core processor, 3GB of DDR2 SDRAM memory, 250GB SATA hard drive, dual layer DVD+/-RW drive, 802.11, and even Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit! Where you're saving the dollars is the battery as it comes with a 4 cell instead of a 6 cell. Should you want, you can upgrade to the 6 cell for just $35, or get some GO time power with a 9 cell for just $75. You can also grab the same Inspiron 15 model with more memory and a bigger hard drive for $499 so don't upgrading too much, *
It is very difficult to find a better deal than Dell. There are just too many promotions out there...if you know what you want and have a little time all you need to do if check in on them each day and buy the laptop you want when the promotion is the most ideal for you.