When to Buy a Computer? Now! Prices are falling!

Dell continues to lead with price after price reduction – driving down the costs of notebook and desktop computers. Computers are getting more powerful and prices are getting lower. Some of this is the evolution of technology but other reasons are that the competition for computers is so fierce that only those that can compete on price (as Dell is doing) or quality/features (this is MUCH harder to do – Lenovo’s doing it with ThinkPad) can really thrive.
Cnet writes The Round Rock, Texas-based PC maker is selling an Inspiron E1505 notebook with an Intel T2300 Core Duo processor, 1GB of memory, an 80GB drive, a 15.4-inch screen and a DVD burner for $699 on Monday, down from the usual price of $1,234.
A similar notebook from Toshiba on CompUSA’s site sells for $1,249, while a similar Hewlett-Packard sells for $1,199. Gateway clocks in at $999.
Dell is also selling a B110 Dimension desktop with a budget Intel Celeron chip, 256MB of memory and a 19-inch flat panel monitor for $349.
With a 17-inch CRT monitor, the same computer costs $299.
Shipping, usually $99 on budget PCs at Dell and often a wellspring of consumer complaints, is free for a limited time.
Finding the deal on Dell’s Web site, however, can take some work, and Dell offers various configurations of similar deals that can be easier to find. The exact deals mentioned in this article were touted in an ad in the San Francisco Chronicle.
“We historically have made these moves to keep us competitive,” said a Dell spokesman.

As you look to buy a computer, remember that there are consumer focused ones you can buy with less warranty and support than business class computers which typically have better support and warranties.
However, in my experience, buying a consumer focused computer is not going to make that much of a difference for smaller businesses. For larger businesses, the difference matters more. Why?
When you buy 200 computers the chances that something can go wrong are increased so it’s more important to have a better warranty and support contracts. In addition, business focused computers have more standard parts and don’t change as often. For example, if you buy 20 computers in May, you want to be sure that the other 40 computers you buy in August have the same hard disk. This makes it much easier to support.
Above all your local solution provider is going to be your main source of support for any computer you buy – be it a consumer or business line of computers.
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