Wednesday, December 8, 2010


My Dell Inspiron laptop, which I do basically all of my work on, typically has a nice warm white light on the front when it's on or plugged in. Earlier this week I awoke to find a blinking red light where the warm white one usually is. At first I thought, 'Oh, that's pretty cool my computer knows it's holiday season. It must be blinking because it thinks it's getting new software or something.' Well, I powered on my laptop only to discover that the blinking red light was not a season's greeting but instead the indicator for a 'Permanent Battery Failure.'

Long story short(er), my computer doesn't recognize the battery and if the AC chord comes unplugged the computer turns off and all work is lost - ask me how I found that out ;) Dell recommends replacing the battery with a suitable Dell unit; which naturally can only be purchased through the Dell website. Dell will ship the replacement battery to my door for about $200.

So the question to you, our wonderful readers, is: Should I purchase a $200 battery from Dell or go with a more economical battery that doesn't carry the Dell name?

What woud senioritis readers do?

All input is appreciated ;)

Garrick @ Senioritis


  1. Sorry Senioritis - I don't know much about laptops or batteries. But, figuring how much a "new" laptop costs, I'd go for the least expensive battery and replace the laptop if it doesn't last.

  2. That is whacked they won't just replace it.

    Dell is crap! My opinion is to buy a third party brand and see how that works before shelling out $200 bones for the one that says Dell on it.

  3. Thanks for the input guys.

    Justscraps, my initial reaction when I found out that the battery would be $200 was to jump ship to a mac but then I saw that their entry level laptop starts at $999 so I figured a replacement battery would be the way to go ;)

    Unfortunately the computer is out of warranty WAP. If I can find a reputable third party battery I'll probably pick it up.

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