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Join Date: Oct 2008
Re: IF YOU ORDERED FROM THE OUTLET, POST YOUR SATISFACTION LEVEL - 11-06-2008, 07:17 PM
Is this service better and faster than buying new?
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Ridgecrest, CA, USA
Re: If you ordered from the outlet, post your satisfaction level - 11-07-2008, 06:14 AM
The Mini was my 3rd purchase from the Outlet, and our 5th system purchase from Dell. I previously have ordered an XPS410 (which was a "scratch & dent" that turned out to have no damage to it) and an Inspiron e1505 (certified refurbished) for my fiancĂ©e when she had an unfortunate accident with the screen on her original one.
Just the same as the prior purchases, the experience was fantastic. I did have some difficulty finding the machine I wanted (I kept clicking Mr. Filter Results) due to purchasing in the same window as the 15% off coupon last week but I managed to get an awesome deal the day after that coupon ended (Obsidian/512MB/16GB SSD/No Camera/No BT/Ubuntu for $329). The "No Camera" option was my primary requirement and it was especially difficult to come across but I wanted to be able to take it to work with me (no cameras of any sort allowed).
The only issue I had was that now on the DPA I had to call in to place my order through the Outlet (whereas when you buy from "regular" Dell you just login to your account and you're good to go).
I ordered on Thursday the 30th late in the afternoon with Next Day shipping and DHL had it here on Monday (though I missed delivery and had to wait until Tuesday). Came in the standard Mini 9 shipping box that was in all the wonderful unboxing videos (though it had been previously opened).
I ordered my 2 GB G.Skill CAS 4 DDR2667 and had it before I even had the Mini, and today I received my kluged together USB CD/DVD kit ($36 shipped + tax from Newegg using some fantastic deals they had going on yesterday). (And Newegg is great because they are only 150 mi away so I always get my stuff (as long as it ships from their City of Industry, CA warehouse) the next day). All that remains is to install Windows on it which I may now not have time to do this weekend since I will be working now. I'd keep Ubuntu on it but I have some software for one of my classes that only wants to work in Windows (I've been fiddling with it using the free Crossover Office Pro that I scored on their freebie day last week but have thus far been unsuccessful in getting the program - Arena 10.0 - to work).
Not sure yet that I will skin it though I found some neat ones on the site linked in the skins thread in the accessories forum on here. Also not sure about a case yet. Dell's got a huge sale on cases that I posted about in the accessories forum earlier today - maybe I'll pick something up there. We shall see.
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