If you are looking at Dell I recommend going with the Latitude series. We have Inspirons and Latitudes and both have performed well, but the Latitudes seem to be holding up much better. The Inspirons are still running well, but they look a little beat up. The latitudes seem to take the daily wear much better. Also, most Latitude models come with a 3 year warranty and by the time you add this extended warranty to the Inspirons the cost is about the same. Last year when I ordered from Dell I found a killer deal from Dell Small Business Services. I don't order direct from Dell Small Business because for some reason they don't sell tax exempt. I get this quote and give the info to my Dell Education Rep and he honors the price. The catch is they only let me order 5 laptops at this price. So I ordered 5 and a few weeks later I ordered 5 more.
As for the EEE pc's I'm wondering what I may be missing, but I'm not a big fan. I've played with several models and I find their to performance lacking and using the small keyboard is a pain. EEE's come with Atom processors which probably save battery life, but I'm not impressed. For just a little more dough you can purchase a laptop with a 12 or 13 inch screen, bigger keyboard and a full Intel duo core processor. I feel the user is giving up too much just to save a 1/2 ounce and 1 inch in space.
From: School Information Technology Discussion on behalf of Jeremy Pekrins
Sent: Mon 3/2/2009 6:35 PM
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Subject: Re: Laptop purchases
The two biggest computer sales giants are HP and Dell, both grabbing around
17 plus percent of the market so their prices are going to be similar,
although Dell's cookie-cutter approach will usually mean it is a little more
affordable for the bells and whistles.
I guess it comes down to service. Whatever you do I would go with a three
year extended service plan on whatever you buy. Also, as long as your
school/district/IT Dept. has a Dell Gold or Platinum account you should be
alright for parts and service.
I have no experience with HP service but have heard stories from both sides
of the fence, from really good to really bad. What would be really
interesting is to learn more about Lenovo, ASUS, etc. products, though I
suspect none would beat DELL on price...