So I was using my alienware 17 in the dark, just to see the what it looked like gaming with nothing but the lights. I also remember trying to connect a mouse or a usb to one of the ports, and in pitch dark it was a little tricky, I use the word tricky lightly.... But since Alienware love to inject morsals of functionality encapsulated in what some would consider over-the-top fashion, I thought about adding luminescent lighting for certain areas on the laptop. I'm not talking about replacing the lights with luminescent lighting....not a good idea, but rather...you know the ports on the side, the usb, the hdmi, etc etc etc, how about making the text that said "HDMI OUT" or "USB 3.0" luminescent. What do I mean by luminescent? well ...glow in the dark.... like you find on watches... I was thinking about making those texts light up...but that's over kill, luminescent is probably the best way to go.Considering the new line up of Alienware laptops don't have light strips on the sides, I think this would come in handy. These texts aren't lit up all the time, because in daylight it's not necessary, but when things get a little too dark; you won't find it difficult to find/locate the port you want...cos they (the text) glow! perhaps maybe instead of just the lettering , you could have a luminescent ring around certain ports or make a glowing usb connector. it's not glaring like a light would be, but its functional...that's the idea....love to hear what you think : ) image credits: http://cdn2.expertreviews.co.uk/sites/expertreviews/files/1/23/alienware_13_d_0926_0.jpg?itok=kRpn-TCv
A screen rather than a touch pad. may be a highly durable touch screen amoled or led (resolution isnt a factor though), which will show hotkeys such as "pause, play, ffwd" on the top while playing video. showing currently playing tracks on top. various tools while using word processors (layoutsn, inserts) and photoeditors (a color palette). unread notification counter and also optional updates from news and social networking sites. while using gestures or just tracking the updates and hotkeys on the sides or top would just blur out.might seem confusing at first but it would increase productivity.
An optional gesture of 5 finger coming together to minimize the app. It's a bit hectic to go till the "minimize" button on apps.
Dear Dell:I am CEO of a small company and what you would consider a "power user". We have been buying Dell Latitudes for our company for many years. They were reliable professional no-frills laptops. I am sad to say I am forced to buy legacy 2010 Latitudes from Ebay because Dell NO LONGER MAKES a business version of their flagship business laptop! I'm not kidding.A Real business laptop should have:-a 4:3 or 16:10 screen-Be thin and light. Yes, this is possible now.-Have a real keyboard with real arrow keys and real function keys-Have good battery life/removable battery-Be dockableRead on:1.) Power users need REAL screens with vertical height. 16:9 screens are painfully short and make it hard to do real work. Work = Reading, Scrolling, Coding. Think about the new Microsoft Office that wastes the top 1/5 of the screen with an even bigger space-wasting ribbon. Do we really need LESS vertical space? This [redacted by moderator] everyone even harder that are using toy laptops with 16:9 screens. Say goodbye to productivity in the American workplace.16:9 screens are a joke and are only being made so manufacturers can save $$ by making a smaller screen.Business users are not buying a laptop to watch movies! We would HAPPILY pay a premium to get a real business laptop with a REAL 16:10 (or 4:3) screen.NO- please don't tell me 16:9 screens are wider and that I should get with the times. A 16:10 screen can do everything a 16:9 screen can do - except that it can do MORE because the top hasn't been chopped off. Why on earth should people think a smaller screen is better? It's not!2.) Business users prefer REAL keyboards. The Latitude is the LAST computer on the planet that has a real keyboard (not these toy chicklet keys). Look at the beautiful keyboard from the Dell Latitude E6500/6400. A real business keyboard also has REAL FULL SIZE arrow keys and practically-sized function keys. Power users are using these keys constantly! Stop making them smaller!!!A new line of Latitudes came out this year (7000 series I think?). I was excited to see if Dell was smart enough to give it a REAL keyboard and a real 16:10 screen. Nope. Fake screen, fake keyboard, fake arrow keys. I guess these laptops are being designed for kids getting their first college dorm laptop. Or for people who play "Farm Ville" all day.Lenovo's new thin/light computers are beautiful.. but they FAIL on the keyboard, FAIL on the screen, and now some models even require a special button to make the F keys function normally. Who is buying these things? Farmville players!Apple, believe it or not, is the only manufacturer smart enough to retain the 16:10 screen on their laptops. Too bad they have the most ridiculously useless keyboards ever made. The F keys and arrow keys are almost non existent. If they were smart enough to include a real latitude-style keyboard, I would buy Macbooks running Windows 7. A no-brainer!Please, Dell, think about it. If you don't start doing it someone else will and you'll lose a considerable base of business customers. Copying the "trends" of HP, Lenovo, etc is just making your laptops are bad as theirs. The "Average" users won't know the difference one way or another. They will buy whatever's at Best Buy so that Facebook works. BUT... the power users will see that there's ONE CLEAR FLAGSHIP CHOICE and you'll have a monopoly on this market.Please comment on this. We need a movement to bring back the REAL BUSINESS LAPTOP.My company already stopped buying new Latitudes.Dell, I am available for consulting if your Laptop Design teams need some inspiration and guidance. I also give seminars and speak publicly to thousands of people a year at Fortune 500 companies. I would happily endorse the Latitude to these people if you were making a proper machine.Until then, we will be buying Legacy Latitudes on Ebay and paying engineering firms BIG BUCKS to modify the motherboards if the future requires us to do so.Sincerely,RP.
I would like to see you manufacture a computer for elderly people. This machine would be alot like a childs first computer so the operator can't make a mistake that would damage the machine. Load it with games that stimulate the mind and helps with medical conditions like Dementia.
Hi,I work in the Logistics side of an I.t. company and i like getting involved with all the aspects, we were busy setting up for a client where we were using VGA Splitters to divide the display from one screen to 3 others then back to another splitter and so on and so forth. Honestly it caused a lot of loose cabling and looked extremely untidy.Is it not possible to install a Mini Splitter with one IN and one Out VGA or HDMI port? that way, we would just be able to run one cable in and another out, Eliminatiing the normal splitter, and making life more easier.
Hi GuysThis was a topic about 2 years ago, I just wanted to know if there has been any advances made within the technology itself (specifically the transfer rate).Keeping in mind that I am from South Africa, data is very expensive and proper bandwidth is hard to come by. I myself currently have a 4MB ADSL line but only getting 2MB download speed. Moving North in africa the situation is a lot worse.If it could be as fast as bluetooth then software distribution can change forever, specifically for laptops that do not have cd ROMs. There is almost no human intervention as the customer will buy a card (the size of any Master Card or Visa that is NFC enabled) and place it on the designated area. Imediatly the software will start installing and only needs to be activated by the user.The magstripe is used by retailers for billing purposes etc. and it could double up as a loyalty membership card or something...
Hi - My mother is in an assisted living facility and her children are scattered around. We would love to Skype with her, but she is easily confused. I once tried to have her turn her TV to a particular channel, and she was unable to do it. She couldn't find the on button, couldn't find the remote, etc.I would love for her to have a computer with a large screen that ONLY did Skype. It could have a large ON button on the front with large letters that say ON. Once on, the desktop could either have one icon for Skype, or Skype could open automatically. I could get on the phone with her and say, "Push the big button at the top that says 'on'" and then (touchscreen would be great) "Touch the square that says Skype. I'll try to connect, and when it pops up, touch 'accept' to accept the call. I have to believe that there are probably many people in the same situation, and will be many more in the future. To be able to connect with relatives far away would be an amazing enhancement to their quality of life. My mother has dementia, not Alzheimer's.Thanks for considering.Mary Tigner-Rasanen
Hi, I have noticed when the quote across the month but still within the quotation validity, the price will get changed in Premier ordering portal.It caused our ordering process difficult. I have to make sure the amount in the quotation is correct right before I submit the request for approval. But still, I checked 2 days ago and order today, the shipment and handling charge changed!!It is not a big amount, but I have to amend our PO otherwise it will cause mismatch when invoice arrived.Few months back I had the same issue in which all the prices get changed, and required our Account manager from Dell to honour the order.Can the Premier portal be more professional?Thx
Hey Dell! When advertising something like your new Dell Venue Tablet, outline "WHY" you produced it, rather then "WHAT" it is. Customers are more interested in the "WHY" then the "WHAT". Instead of doing a Facebook ad outlining "The Dell Venue 7000 has the newest intel core processor, and is the thinnest tablet on the market...etc", all that means nothing unless a customer can relate to it. Instead of going from What -> How -> Why, try going in the reverse order Why -> How -> What. "We want to make your life simpler, more efficient, and productive. We did this by challenging the Status Quo. By incorporating the newest intel core processor, speeds are faster then you can ever imagine. Not to mention, it is the thinnest tablet on the market. This is the Dell Venue 7000." The "WHAT" (Product) is just the proof of "WHY" you do something. The "HOW" is the process behind the "WHAT". Thought I would just give my opinion. Cheers!