I am in the market for a new notebook, I have a budget of around the 1400 Euro mark. The reason I am looking at HP or Dell is because I live in a place (Corsica ) where these brands are the most popular, so if it needs fixing at all in the future this would be easy.
Between these companies there seems to be so much choice it's a bit bewildering.
Some of the things I will definitely need are. CD & DVD + - burner I do a bit of personal web design so a good photo editor. Wireless capability. Good size memory Battery life is important.
I'm a Dell fan however I think both companies can provide you with what you want, in terms of spec and support. The one thing I'd be inclined to mention is the photo editing, whilst you may get some bundled it won't be top notch, it may be better to set aside an amount from your budget to purchase a decent photo editing suite.
One more thing, with wireless capability and battery life a priority for you, nothing less than a centrino model will do.
Most Inspirons that I have seen or worked with have had only average battery life. Generally not too bad, but there are certainly many that are better.
Annoyingly chunky in many cases, too. I've no idea why they are often on the thick side.
I prefer my HP for - among other things - its respectably slim chassis and decent battery life. I have already had to make use of the support - though, I must stress, not for any reliability issues - and it was very good.
Fujitsus are very good in these respects, too, though I cannot comment on the support or its availability on Corsica.
Thanks for all your comments so far. After an afternoon spent online, I'm now thinking about the Dell Inspiron 9400, does anyone have any opinions about this model? I'm still considering HP too but am struggling to pin down which model/s.