Dell Computers, Desktops, Laptops, and Their Services

Dell Computers got its start in 1984 when then-University of Texas student Michael Dell started "PC's Limited" with a capital of $1,000, from his dorm room. His original goal was to sell computers directly to consumers based on their wants and needs in computer systems. After a less-than-successful attempt to sell their computers through computer stores and warehouse clubs, they returned to direct selling, and in 1996 began selling their computers online. Today they are one of the foremost computer manufacturers and distributors in the world, still selling direct to customers via their catalogs and online, and are branching out once again into retails sales. If you are considering purchasing a Dell computer, whether it be a desktop or a laptop; for your home or business, this article will give you information on what you can expect in the way of computer systems and options, including price ranges, desktop and laptop information, customer and technical service information, etc.

Computers For Home or Business

Dell offers computers and accessories for the home, home office, and your business as well. When you first log onto the Dell web site, you are given a choice as to which one you want to go to. Make your choice, and you are taken to a page which shows the applicable products available. If you are looking for a laptop computer, you'll see choices that apply to home and home office, small and medium business, large business, government and other related agencies. Selecting the category that most closely fits your needs will then take you on to that product selection page.

Note that these same selections are also available in the other product types as well.

When you have arrived at the category of your choice (desktop, laptop, printer, etc.), you will be offered more choices to base your selection of a computer to fit your needs. If this is your first time at the Dell web site, feel free to take some time to explore a bit and get a feel for the page. If you don't already have an idea of what you want in a computer, you'll find some assistance here so that you can make a good decision based on what you want your new computer system to do.

Laptop or Desktop?

If you have already decided you are shopping for a laptop, then you will want to select the Laptop site. You'll find a variety of choices in Dell laptops, and you can shop by cateogory (Inspiron or XPS system), whether you want your laptop to replace your desktop or if you will use it for travel, and if you're in to gaming, there are even laptop choices for this. Laptop prices have really come down in the past few years. At the time this article was written, laptop prices at Dell ranged from $499 on up.

If you are shopping for a desktop computer, choose from Inspiron or XPS, then from several choices of processors. You'll find many computer choices already put together, ranging in price from $349 on up. Some choices do not include a monitor, so you will need to take this into consideration before making your purchase. Fortunately, Dell also sells monitors, among other accessories and products.

Dell Software, Accessories, and Other Products

Not limited just to computers, you'll find many accessories for your computer here, as well as software and other electronic gadgets. Monitors, printers, memory, keyboards, mice, cables, hubs, adapters, routers, and more are available through Dell. They also carry software such as anti-virus, accounting, graphics, educational and personal titles.

No longer limited to just computers and their accessories and components, you will also find audio-visual products, digital cameras and camcorders, mp3 players, television and more.

Technical Support and Customer Service

Some customer service and technical support services include free data back up, usually for the first year following purchase of your Dell computer system, but can be extended by purchasing one of their backup packages; free online support center in the form of a "Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page, free 24x7 support by phone, and free "DellConnect--" remote-access help from Dell. Other services, which may or may not be free depending on what you need, include help with installtion, networking setup and maintenance, protecting and maintaining your computer system, and of answers to your individual questions.

Final Thoughts

Dell Computers are one of the better-known names in the computer industry. They sell reliable computer systems as well as other products and services. Many businesses outfit their offices with Dell computers. Dell is once again beginning to branch out into the retail market by selling their computer systems at Staples and WalMart. If you have one of these retail outlets near you, stop in and take a look. And by all means, check out the Dell website, ask your friends and business contacts what they think of Dell computers. In checking with a few of my friends, they all seem to be happy with their Dell computer.

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