well i believe the problem with the dell comp is it probably had a usb1.0 port . this laptop seems okay , has 3 usb 2.0 ports. (the 2 is MUCH faster than the 1 at tranfering data from your computer to your ipod). i've never heard of the manufactorer either, but i've seen laptops with the exact same parts as that one.. they seem to be decent computers..
are you going to actually use this as a portable device? or have it lurched ontop of a desk, with the power plug and all that jazz?
Oh wait.. you know what.. the manufactorer is actually ACER. um.. it's up to you, it looks okay.... but it's not something i would buy
( the price is amazing though.. but i havent been keeping up tto date with prices for laptops after the centrino duo cpus came out. ) happy shopping!