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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 #11205 on: September 12, 2017, 05:23:42 PM »
Any suggestions for laptop in 500 range. Minimum i5 and 8gb ram. If possibility ssd also
https://m.staples.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-320S-80X4000WUS-14-Laptop-Computer-7th-Gen-Intel-i5-256GB-SSD-8GB-RAM-Win-10-Intel-HD-Graphics-620/product_2716358

If you're not set on FHD, this looks good.

7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-7200U
256 GB SSD
8 GB DDR4
Windows 10 Home
Intel® HD Graphics 620
Up to 11 Hours of battery life
Starting at 3.7 lbs (1.7 kg)
Color: Platinum Silver
1 x USB Type-C™
1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
4-in-1 Card Reader
HDMI™

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11206 on: September 13, 2017, 10:33:26 AM »
https://m.staples.com/Lenovo-IdeaPad-320S-80X4000WUS-14-Laptop-Computer-7th-Gen-Intel-i5-256GB-SSD-8GB-RAM-Win-10-Intel-HD-Graphics-620/product_2716358

If you're not set on FHD, this looks good.

7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U
256 GB SSD
8 GB DDR4
Windows 10 Home
Intel HD Graphics 620
Up to 11 Hours of battery life
Starting at 3.7 lbs (1.7 kg)
Color: Platinum Silver
1 x USB Type-C
1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
4-in-1 Card Reader
HDMI
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