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Dell:
Precision - Very powerful desktop replacements - great warranty, ridiculously expensive - Usually overpriced or overkill

Latitude - Good Laptops - Great warranty! Highly recommended for any Business environment - Sometimes expensive.

Vostro  - Lower end Business Machines - Better Priced - still durable - Usually 1 Year warranty.

XPS - The nicer looking dell machines, Some are better than others...

Inspiron - YMMV Every model is different

(Plain) Insprion Series - Dells lowest end laptop
(R) Insprion Series - Perfect Home use, dependable, decent build quality, recommended
(Z) Insprion Series - A little slimmer than the R series, Some are Ultrabooks (Very often don't include Optical Drives)

HP:

Pavilion - YMMV (Some better than others)

Probook - Stable durable business systems - Usually a little on the heavy side.

Elitebook - Business Higher end systems, usually pretty expensive

ENVY - Used to be the HP sleek and nicer systems, they pretty much replaced most of the standard pavilions now and call them either ENVY or sleekbooks

Sleekbook - like it sounds slimmer line of laptops

Lenovo:

Thinkpad Series - Very Dependable Business Machine, Expensive (Not Pretty but Durable)

IdeaPad Series -

S Series
U Series - Usually the slimmer line Ultrabooks, Doesn't always include DVD Drive
Y Series - Nice machines with good specs and features (Cool Backlit Keyboards)
Z Series - Step up from the G Series, all around decent build, priced nicely, great home use laptop
G Series - Lower end

Samsung:

Series 3
Series 5
Series 7
Series 9 - The nicest, sleekest looking laptops I've seen in a long time - Can pass for a Macbook!!


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A great post by caliheat:
I believe that there are many factors when deciding what laptop to purchase.
1) What is your intended use and necessary features. e.g. light use vs. heavy use & optical drive, computer speed etc.
2) As mentioned several times in this thread, RAM itself is very easy to upgrade after you purchase.
3) Brand - IMHO this is pretty important as well - which do your prefer vs. which brand do people recommend.
4) Price - you should decide a price range that best suits your needs.
5) Operating System - Many people like myself prefer Windows 7 vs. 8.1, so this would be another consideration.
6) Warranty - does it include 1 year or more, cost for extending warranty.
7) Detailed Specs:
  Processor  - model and speed i3, i5, & i7 2.0 Ghz, 3.0 Ghz etc.
  RAM - This IMHO should be minimum 8GB, especially if running 8.1, however can be added easily.
  Hard Drive - SATA vs. SSD, the latter being much faster. SATA itself offers 5400 RPM vs. 7200 RPM again, the latter being faster.
  Screen Size - this is a personal preference as you can always attach a larger screen in an office setting.
  Battery & Weight - overall laptop weight preference & battery life.
  Graphics - Integrated graphics vs. dedicated graphics, e.g. Intel 4400 vs. Nvidia GTX etc.

In summary, you have to decide what are you priorities, what can be upgraded and what you are flexible on.



Excellent article about the differences between the Intel processor suffixes.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #10725 on: March 18, 2017, 04:53:29 PM »
IMO you are overdoing it, get an i5 with 8gb ram, ssd, and a graphics card and it will do everything you need it to do. No need for i7, and the extra ram. I assume you are not planning using it to store pictures and videos so no need for the extra TB drive.
You should be able to save a decent amount by doing that

Thanks.

I want a 17" screen and haven't found so many options with i5, 8GB RAM, 256 SSD.  Seems like my best bet may be an HDD package + SSD bought separately.


i.e.
https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-Anti-Glare-LED-Backlit-Bluetooth/dp/B06XGT1GR5  ($590)

+

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX300-275GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B01IAGSD5O  ($95)

Your thoughts?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #10726 on: March 19, 2017, 10:53:27 PM »
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/426101/Dell-Inspiron-15-Laptop-156-Screen

http://www.staples.com/HP-Notebook-15-AY163NR-15-Intel-Core-i7-1TB-5400RPM-Serial-ATA-HDD-8GB-RAM-Windows-10-/product_2460649

Processor: Intel® Core™ i7-7500U Processor
Display: 15.6-inch diagonal HD SVA BrightView WLED-backlit (1366x768)
Memory: 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM (2 DIMM)
Hard drive: 1TB 5400RPM Serial ATA hard drive
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620 with up to 4182 MB total graphics memory
Battery life: Up to 6 hour and 15 minutes

Any thoughts?  Looking for a regular home laptop.

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« Reply #10727 on: March 20, 2017, 09:13:37 AM »
Any thoughts?  Looking for a regular home laptop.

This first one, http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/426101/Dell-Inspiron-15-Laptop-156-Screen/ has 12gb of ram as oppose to the other one which has 8 so no matter what between the two it's hands down the first one.

I don't know what a "regular laptop" means but an i7 with 12gb of ram should be more then sufficient for the average user.

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« Reply #10728 on: March 20, 2017, 01:39:24 PM »
Excellent deal!!!

Dell Business has the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series (3543) 5th Generation Core i3 15.6" Laptop, Non-Touch (2015 model) for $449 - $180 off (not a typo) with code EXTRA170 [Exp 3/21 at 5AM PT or 500 uses] = $269 with free shipping.

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) installed but includes Win 10 Pro.

Intel Core i3-5005U Dual-Core 2.0GHz, 4GB DDR3L, 500GB HDD
Intel HD 4400, 15.6" LED (1366x768), 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&kc=&oc=SMI153W7PS105OPPC2&dgc=BF&cid=22740&lid=4279737&acd=12309198376456750&ven3=118303330450619873&ven1=12383016-404255-534254_desktop
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« Reply #10729 on: March 20, 2017, 01:50:54 PM »
Excellent deal!!!

Dell Business has the Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series (3543) 5th Generation Core i3 15.6" Laptop, Non-Touch (2015 model) for $449 - $180 off (not a typo) with code EXTRA170 [Exp 3/21 at 5AM PT or 500 uses] = $269 with free shipping.

Windows 7 Professional (64-bit) installed but includes Win 10 Pro.

Intel Core i3-5005U Dual-Core 2.0GHz, 4GB DDR3L, 500GB HDD
Intel HD 4400, 15.6" LED (1366x768), 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.0

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd&kc=&oc=SMI153W7PS105OPPC2&dgc=BF&cid=22740&lid=4279737&acd=12309198376456750&ven3=118303330450619873&ven1=12383016-404255-534254_desktop

 ???

Here's a 6th gen i3 with 6gb and 1tb for $279 http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-110-15isk-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i3-6gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-ebony-black/5707528.p?skuId=5707528

Here's an A9 with 1tb for $249 - http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/193778/HP-Laptop-156-Screen-AMD-A9/

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #10731 on: March 20, 2017, 02:27:42 PM »
its a crappy lenovo
FTFY
I'm referring to this specific model.
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« Reply #10732 on: March 20, 2017, 04:47:18 PM »
Thanks.

I want a 17" screen and haven't found so many options with i5, 8GB RAM, 256 SSD.  Seems like my best bet may be an HDD package + SSD bought separately.


i.e.
https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Inspiron-Anti-Glare-LED-Backlit-Bluetooth/dp/B06XGT1GR5  ($590)

+

https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX300-275GB-Internal-Solid/dp/B01IAGSD5O  ($95)

Your thoughts?


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #10733 on: March 20, 2017, 04:54:36 PM »

@avromie7, your thoughts?
I think you can do better on the laptop. It sounds like a video card will make a big difference. If you are willing to get a 15.6" you will have many more options.

I've installed 10s of those ssds and never had an issue with them
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« Reply #10734 on: March 20, 2017, 04:56:54 PM »
I think you can do better on the laptop. It sounds like a video card will make a big difference. If you are willing to get a 15.6" you will have many more options.

I've installed 10s of those ssds and never had an issue with them

Thanks.  I'll do some more searching for 17" before I give up.  I know nothing about video cards.  What should I be looking for?
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« Reply #10735 on: March 20, 2017, 04:58:29 PM »
Thanks.  I'll do some more searching for 17" before I give up.  I know nothing about video cards.  What should I be looking for?
Even a  2gb video card should do the trick.
Check out edealpc.com
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« Reply #10736 on: March 21, 2017, 12:41:59 AM »
FTFY
I'm referring to this specific model.
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« Reply #10737 on: March 21, 2017, 08:21:27 AM »
http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/8do?dgc=CJ&acd=12309198378458480&ven1=11410569-4328635-&ven3=570903646317992782

Coupon 50OFF699 = $649.99 + Free Shipping

Processor: IntelR i7-6500U [6th Generation IntelR Core™ i7-6500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)]
Operating System: Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, English
Memoryi: 8GB, 1600MHz, DDR3L; up to 8GB (additional memory sold separately)
Display: 15.6 inch LED Backlit Touch Display with Truelife and FHD resolution (1920 x 1080)
Primary Battery: 43 WHr, 3-Cell Battery (integrated)
Video Cardi: IntelR HD Graphics 520
Audio and Speakers: 2 tuned speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro
1 combo headphone / microphone jack
Hard Drive: 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

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« Reply #10738 on: March 21, 2017, 09:38:02 AM »
http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/8do?dgc=CJ&acd=12309198378458480&ven1=11410569-4328635-&ven3=570903646317992782

Coupon 50OFF699 = $649.99 + Free Shipping

Processor: IntelR i7-6500U [6th Generation IntelR Core™ i7-6500U Processor (4M Cache, up to 3.10 GHz)]
Operating System: Windows 10 Home, 64-bit, English
Memoryi: 8GB, 1600MHz, DDR3L; up to 8GB (additional memory sold separately)
Display: 15.6 inch LED Backlit Touch Display with Truelife and FHD resolution (1920 x 1080)
Primary Battery: 43 WHr, 3-Cell Battery (integrated)
Video Cardi: IntelR HD Graphics 520
Audio and Speakers: 2 tuned speakers with Waves MaxxAudio® Pro
1 combo headphone / microphone jack
Hard Drive: 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive

I forgot, if you got the amex offer this will be $574 after $75 back

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« Reply #10739 on: March 21, 2017, 10:05:05 AM »
I forgot, if you got the amex offer this will be $574 after $75 back
500 if you have 2 offers.