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Old 02-11-2010, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Miami, Florida
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So, on Monday I was waking up and I accidentally kicked my Dell Studio laptop that is 15 months old... It was a little more than 1K for it because I put some cool features on it when I bought it.

So, I stretched and kicked it... the screen isn't cracked but when you turn it on you see a crack and black ink blobs around it. So, I went to Mac after class and bought a macbook pro.

Should I keep it or return it? I just dont know if the $1200 is worth it.

I could probably get the screen fixed for 200-400 dollars (so I heard) but its also acting kind of slow lately...maybe due to the drop? Anyways, please share your thoughts on what I should do, keep it or return it (I believe they will take 15% off for restocking).
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:47 PM
 
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You broke something, bought something else and you want to know if you should keep it from a bunch of people online? Without some kind of knowledge about why you picked the Mac what you don't like about it, and what you liked about the dell and some more info all you are going to get are answers like "Mac is crap take it back" or "Mac is the best keep it"
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Old 02-11-2010, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Miami, Florida
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Well, I like that the Mac is faster, and has less glitches (so far from what I have noticed) my Dell had quite a few glitches. Sometimes on startup an on-going "beep" sound which would cause me to reboot. Also once I started up it would take my internet about 2 minutes to begin working (i have wifi..).

Mac so far none, it all connects quickly.

I have more space/ram on my dell (doesn't feel like it though). In honesty, I just want to know from other mac users if they got their moneys worth
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Old 02-11-2010, 11:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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well, I doubt Macs are impervious to damage if kicked to the floor and cracked up like your Dell

just saying...
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:49 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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You could pick up a new screen for that Dell for between $100 and $150 on Ebay, and install it yourself if you're handy.
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Old 02-12-2010, 01:53 AM
 
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You could pick up a new screen for that Dell for between $100 and $150 on Ebay, and install it yourself if you're handy.
Although I wonder what else is damaged after such a fall, especially given the other problems he described.
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Old 02-12-2010, 06:16 AM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I have been using Macs since 1998, and my opinion is that they are worth the price. They are not without their faults, but you might find that your Macbook Pro has less 'problems' than the Dell.
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Old 02-12-2010, 07:39 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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You might wait until NHDave gets on here to comment. I think he often works on laptops. I think it might be worth ~$200 to fix a ~$1000 laptop that is only 15 months old. Then you can deal with the slow down issues and have a spare machine.
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Old 02-12-2010, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Fairfield
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You can reach out to dell and see if they'll replace it. Sometimes you can sneak it in under warranty. If it's out of warranty, ask them to give you a price for the screen replacement. Price might not be much more than a replacement screen on ebay. Just be sure to back all of your data up before sending to them.

If your laptop is only 15 months old, then the slow issue might be something with Windows, particularly if you're using Vista and only have 1GB of RAM.

An alternative would be to keep the Macbook as your portable machine, then pick up an external monitor and hook it up to the Dell - essentially turning it into a tiny desktop. Even though the screen is cracked, the video output to an external device will usually function just fine.
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Old 02-12-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Miami, Florida
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I took it to a few shops and they told me the Dell isn't worth fixing. Best Buy gave me a ridiculous price and a few other shops ranged from 200-300... but I may do what some of you suggested and use it as a "desktop."

@ Toddb - The computer has 3GB of RAM.
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