The Dell gx110 at a glance
Dell is a household name by now, with its consistent commitment to quality and service. The Dell gx110 first came out in September 1999 with the Optiplex series, and was priced as a phenomenal deal at $999.
But you don’t need to shell out a thousand bucks in order to get a Dell gx110 anymore. Today, you can get a great quality used or refurbished Dell gx110 virtually anywhere on the net, and you can even find a price under $150 (the monitor is not necessarily included).
The Dell gx110 has everything the standard computer user needs – a 450 MHz (or higher) Pentium III processor, CD-ROM with 48x CD read speed, 3.5 1.44 MB floppy drive, IDE storage, and a 15BG hard drive formatted capacity. You can find it as a low-profile desktop, a mini-tower, and a small form factor desktop.
Why buy a Dell gx110
Don’t dis it just because it happens to be a few years old. As I said, Dell is committed to quality. While the Dell gx110 may not as flashy as today’s newer models, it certainly will do the job -- at a price that fits about anyone’s budget.
A good used or refurbished computer like the Dell gx110 makes it possible for someone who doesn’t already own one to do so without going into debt. With all the needs for computer usage today, it would certainly be hot buy for a second computer. (Heck – maybe even a third computer. Just imagine -- you need to work on some client portfolios, little Johnny needs to type a report for school, and little Susie absolutely has to chat with her friends online right now! or ‘she’ll just die – really!’ Wouldn’t it be nice not to have to schedule specific time slots or fight over the computer?)
Another reason getting a Dell gx110 is a great idea is because you might be able to get one that’s been upgraded or has added features for a great price. Just think – someone else may have taken the brunt of the cost burden for you to own a great quality computer.
If you’re looking for something a little flashier…
If you’re not sure if getting a used computer like the Dell gx110 is right for you (or you just don’t feel like counting and rolling all the coins in your change jar to see if you’ve got enough to pay for one), you may want to think about one of the newer Dell series like the Dimension XPS T or the Dimension XPS B series with 700 and 1000MHz.
If you’re thinking about getting a Dell gx110 for someone in high school or college, you may also want to consider a laptop for the lucky student, which is more lightweight and durable than standard desktops computers (see my article on the phenomenon of the ‘congratulations laptop’ for more on this topic).
Also, you may want to check out reviews of other Dell computers like the Dell Dimension 8200 or the Dell 4400 (even if you don’t give two wits about Dell computers to begin with, read the second one ‘cuz it’s just plain funny) in Pulse MEDIA’s electronics/computers section. Good luck in your cyber search for the perfect Dell!
In addition to being a freelance journalist with PULSEMEDIA International, Ms. Finley is also a creative writer and a graduate student of English at Cleveland State University. She lives in Rome, Ohio with her husband and three young children.