moderated Re: Computers for the Blind

Jim Weiss

On Jul 7, 2021, at 9:02 AM, james hooper <rockiesfan296@...> wrote:

Jim what is the website for the outlet?
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Sent: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 6:51 AM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind
You are purchasing a brand new Dell.  The Outlet is made up of machines that were ordered and returned without being turned on, ordered and returned within 15 days and ordered and cancelled (never shipped).  My machine works as well as if I bought it from  All outlet machines are rebuilt and certified.  If you aren’t happy you just ship it back.  The cost varies based on type of machine and configuration.  Obviously a basic laptop running Win 10 Home with 2 GB of RAM and a 250 GB HD is going to be much less expensive than a 32 core PowerEdge server with 128 GB of RAM and 8 TB of SSD with a SCSI controller.
Also if it only comes with a one year warranty you can always extend the warranty at the end of the first year.  I have been buying Dell laptops since the late 1990’s and I have only purchased through the outlet, and have never had an issue.
Like I said in the first email you may need to check inventory for several days before you find exactly what you want.  As long as your flexible in your configuration the outlet is a great way to save some money.
Jim Weiss

On Jul 7, 2021, at 8:28 AM, Justin Williams <justin.williams2@...> wrote:
How much does the del outlet cost?
And, how well has your pc worked?
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Sent: Wednesday, July 7, 2021 8:05 AM
Subject: Re: Computers for the Blind
You might want to consider something like Dell Outlet.  These are new computers that come with a full warranty.  The only downside is you can’t make any changes to the configuration, they come as they have been built.  When I bought my last Dell I saved about $500 and a Dell Advisor helped me find exactly what I wanted.  I found the website a bit difficult to navigate so I just called the toll free number.  I gave them what I wanted and told them what was a “must have” and what was a “would be nice to have”.  It may take a couple of calls since inventory changes daily, but the savings are pretty good.
Jim Weiss

On Jul 7, 2021, at 3:58 AM, Michael Walker <michael.walker199014@...> wrote:
Thank you for your responses. I think I’ll probably look around at different places for laptops. I would like my laptop to be new, so it doesn’t die shortly after I purchase it. I’m planning to get a laptop for my long-term needs. I could handle, on my own, using something like narrator to help me install jaws.

On Jul 6, 2021, at 5:39 PM, Brian Vogel <britechguy@...> wrote:

On Tue, Jul 6, 2021 at 06:27 PM, Gerald Levy wrote:
The free one-year license for JAWS by itself is worth the price of the computer.
Gerald, your entire message said it better than I ever could, but this last point is really important, too.

But having a computer you can use "out of the box" without any assistance (providing you're not someone who's not yet capable of using a screen reader) is just a huge plus in all ways.  But having one year to play with JAWS and being able to add NVDA and having Narrator makes "compare and contrast" to decide what you really like much easier, too.  (And that isn't to say that switching between screen readers is easy.  But if you want to get a real sense of using each of the current majors it's an easy and cheap way to do so.)

Brian - Windows 10, 64-Bit, Version 21H1, Build 19043  

It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not.

           ~ André Gide


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