I wasn't trying to give advice about whose computer to buy, but making a statement about the value of Dell the company. I think they're cruising on the inertia of their past corporate deals, but apart from that, they're having to compete on price in a very low-margin market. That does not make for a good financial outlook.
If I were to advise on computer purchases, I'd say this: For desktops, buy the parts you want from Newegg and plug them together. That's a no brainer. For laptops, figure out the sort of specs you like and then look at the reviews of individual models. Every company seems to produce a few winners and many stinkers. But gone are the days when it makes sense to give buying advice that includes a computer builder brand name, unless you don't care about quality or performance per dollar.