Toshiba vs. Dell Laptops

The debate between Toshiba and Dell laptop computers has been raging for several years. Each has its good points, and naturally they each have their bad points. Which one is better though? Dell owners would likely claim theirs is best, while Toshiba owners would say the same.

To settle this question, it is necessary to take a look at those good and bad points.

First up: the Dell Laptop. We only start with Dell because it is first in the alphabet, not for any preference on the part of the author.

One of the top of the line Dell laptops currently is the Inspiron 17. It retails for $1122.00, but with the instant savings you can get from Dell the current cost is actually $799.00. What do you get for your money? Here is the link to check it out: Dell Inspiron 17

The processor is an Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz, memory is 4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2, a 500GB (that’s half a terabyte) 5400RPM Hard Drive, Integrated 1.3 megapixel webcam and built in microphone, a Dell wireless mini-card, and Windows 7 Premium. You also have an 8x CD/DVD burner, and Dell gives you 1 year of Lo-Jack anti-theft service. There is also a ton of software like Microsoft Works tossed in. All this and a 17.3 inch HD-LED widescreen display.

Dell gives you quite a bit for your money. Let’s take a look at a comparable laptop from Toshiba.

Toshiba offers the Satellite Pro at $999.00. It also has a 17.3 inch wide screen display, and has the same Intel Core 2 Duo 2.2GHz processor. Like the Dell it has 4GB of DDR2 memory, and a built in webcam and microphone. There are a few differences. The Satellite has a 320GB hard drive, but gives you a Super multi DVD. The Toshiba also gives you an HDMI port, Bluetooth capability, and face recognition. You can check out the features directly at: Toshiba Satellite Pro L550

So as you can see, while the two laptops are similar, there are subtle differences. The Toshiba costs a bit more, but has features the Dell doesn’t have. Both laptops feature Kensington locks, which gives you a way to secure your laptop to make it more difficult to steal.

Toshiba sells their laptops through retailers like Circuit City, Best Buy and Wal-Mart. When they do this, the retail store tends to raise the price to make a profit. Understandable, but this can take more dollars out of your pocket. This is a mark against Toshiba.

Dell sells their laptops directly from their website. You can configure your laptop and have it built to your specifications. One thing you need to know though – the available options for upgrading your build are few, and will raise the cost considerably.

So there you have it. Dell and Toshiba both have good and bad points to consider. If you like dealing with Dell and have no problem waiting for your laptop to be delivered, then Dell will work for you. If you would rather check out your laptop in person, and take it home with you immediately you might want to go with Toshiba. You may pay more, but it all really comes down to a matter of choice.


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