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No OEM Junk software, revival of recovery DVD/CD's NOT partitions

May 20, 2007

124 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

First, I hate it when I buy a computer and right when I turn it on out of the box, it's got a lot of junk software installed (AOL trial, Nortion Anti-Virus trial, etc). Get rid of these trial and non-trial OEM softwares or at least give the customer the option of not having them installed. I end up wasting so much time trying to uninstall all this junk anyways and I'm sure I'm not alone. I like having a clean install when I get a new computer (or when I'm recovering). And by clean I mean Windows (or whatever other OS the user may enjoy) and NOTHING else. Secondary OEM software can be included on a separate disc for the user to select manual installation (or request preinstallation of for new purchase orders). Secondly, recovery partitions are terrible. Aside from the fact that they waste harddisc space, if the harddrive were to become toast or to be upgraded, not only would the user lose the original installation, but they would also lose the recovery data. Has this single point of failure not come to anyone's attention? CD's and DVD's can be preciously taken care and you never have to worry about losing both the installation and recovery partition all at once. Status Update:  Please see bill_b's comment for further details.  Thanks for posting.

Categories: Desktops, Software,

Longer battery life

Feb 25, 2007

24 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

I usually leave my computer at my desk, but every once in a while, I need to go somewhere with it. I don't want to have to fish out my power cord every time that happens because that's a huge hassle, but I also don't want to leave it visible most of the time because I like my desk to be neat. When I go out for a meeting or to travel, I don't want to have to find a seat near an electrical outlet in case my battery dies. I want to be confident that my battery will last as long as the meeting or train ride does, even if I don't test the battery life beforehand. I want to know that the battery life I was told I would get when I bought the computer is the battery life I get the day I take it out of the box, as well as four or five years after that day, regardless of how I use my computer in the mean time. So much with technology has been improving so rapidly over the past few years that batteries have been left behind. Nobody seems to be focusing on improving battery life. Maybe that's because nobody cares, or maybe it's because too much money has been put into the development of machinery that can be used in both laptops and desktops, thereby limiting the amount of money put into battery development. The reason doesn't really matter, though. What really matters is that what I buy at the beginning is what I have four or five years later. Status Update Please see Vida_K's comment below

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Desktops,

Desktop Application to determine Service Tags and Specs

Apr 20, 2007

24 Votes

Status: Under Review

We have around 1000 Dell computers at our company. It would be useful to be able to import a list of Service Tags into a Desktop application to view the MODEL/SPECS/ and maybe Warranty Information of the computers. The Application could check 1 service tag at a time, or 100's. Thanks Status Update

Categories: Desktops, Software,

Offer "green" desktop systems

May 18, 2007

51 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

Offer "green" desktops by doing away with all Optiplex and Dimension case designs, revamp a laptop chassis into a smaller footprint desktop ... replace 3.5" drives with laptop 2.5" drives, and scale down 300+ watt power supplies to the Optiplex 65w capacities of yester-year. Take an existing laptop design ... remove the LCD and keyboard to reduce the cost. Now you've got something more like the Mac Mini. You'll have something much smaller so that you can place under a desktop telephone ... you'll have something smaller so you won't be able to hear it ... and you'll have something more energy efficient that will help the environment. Status Update:  Please see bill_b's comment for further details.  Thanks for posting!

Categories: Desktops, Environment,

Make beautiful & innovative "all-in-one" style computers

Aug 8, 2007

40 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

Make INNOVATIVE and beautiful all-in-one computer designs. Or at least with that look and feel like that.The reason that Microsfot makes so much money is because their OS is shipped with new computers. The reason everyone in the PC industry (Dell, HP) was so excited for Vista was because they knew that people would hear a new OS was out and would buy new computers.Most people don't mess with the guts of a computer or upgrade components. Mostly moders and gamers. Making all-in-one models fit with the market; they give us space and something nice to look at.The old Gateway 610XL media center computer was AMAZING!!! And to date, is the best computer I've ever used or seen. People were always impressed. And it recieved EXCELLENT reviews from everyone who reviewed it; I never read a bad review.The computer was not created by Gateway; they only shipped it. The design was created in conjunction with Intel.My recommendation is to create a better version that would kick the crap out of an Apple iMac. I get so jealous and mad when I see them innovate and you guys ship gray boxes??!!We live in an age of Mach 5 Stealth jets and DNA sequencing! Please start acting like it.Proposed Features: * Subwoofer (This is was big deal; it delivered excellent sound) * TV tuner (optional) * 1GB (standard) * Wireless networking standard (this was also a big deal) * Built-in Webcamera * DVD burner (standard) * Wireless Keyboard and Mouse (preferrably standard; this made a difference and added a nice touch) * Standard Media card reader * Widescreen monitor * Hardware compatiable with Linux * Remote control * Thin, light and sexyExample of great all-in-oneAPPLE HAS THE BALLS TO CALL DELL OUT! THIS IMAGE IS FROM THEIR SITE: Status UpdateCheck out the new XPS One.

Categories: Desktops,

Touch screen all-in-one entertainment PC

Nov 7, 2007

20 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

How nice to read about the rumours of a Dell all-in-one PC*. However, it would be fantastic if it featured a touch screen in order to enable easy operation in a home entertainment setting using an updated version of the MediaDirect or Media Center software, for example. Add TV and FM tuners, alarm clock, remote control, as well as a nice set of Bose speakers and you get your perfect media system that operates easily without the need for (optional wireless) keyboard and mouse. BTW Will we be able to buy it in Europe, too? HP is already selling its TouchSmart, but Dell could do better! * http://www.dell.com/welcomebeautiful Status Update  Please see this blog for more details

Categories: Desktops,

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