Many of our readers got in on the close-out special of the M170 before it was discontinued. So did we, and we want to tell you just how much of a bang for the buck it was!
As many of you might know by now, HardOCP doesnít "review" systems, we evaluate the experiences they facilitate. We order the system the same as you would and evaluate every aspect of the end-user experience. Not only does this give us a better idea of what hardware an end-user actually receives, it also allows us to obtain a more accurate picture of just how each company functions and treats its customers. As fast as PC hardware has become over the years, we think giving a personal computer "5 stars" based on how fast it ran a synthetic benchmark is simply irresponsible. We think service, support, and reliability are much more important factors in today's climate rather than speed. Fast is easily bought, but purchasing and ownership satisfaction can be elusive.
As the largest PC manufacturer in the world, thereís not much that we can say about Dell that hasnít already been said. From the Dell website:
"At Dell, our approach to innovation focuses on customer requirements. Customers define what is important. Dell innovates linkinternally and through collaboration with others in the industry. Many of Dell's innovations are shared through standards, rather than locking customers into proprietary solutions. Customers gain flexibility and real value. This approach is direct, customer-driven innovation." ó Kevin Kettler, Chief Technology Officer
And lest you doubt their sincerity, take a look at this recent announcement.
Dellís XPS line started with a focus on gaming. Over time, Dell has refocused the XPS line to encompass higher performance and quality service, with a scope that reaches beyond gaming. Our XPS 200 is a good example of a higher performance machine not targeted towards gaming.