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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 #11220 on: October 04, 2017, 10:28:22 AM »
7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) / 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4 / 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive / 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display, Non-touch / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

$459.99

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« Reply #11221 on: October 07, 2017, 10:57:31 PM »
7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) / 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4 / 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive / 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display, Non-touch / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

$459.99

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http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/new-inspiron-15-5000/spd/inspiron-15-5566-laptop/cai155w10p7b011c2

Is this good for basic programs like Microsoft office, internet use, etc?

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« Reply #11222 on: October 08, 2017, 06:21:39 AM »
Is this good for basic programs like Microsoft office, internet use, etc?

More than good.
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« Reply #11223 on: October 11, 2017, 12:38:08 AM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11224 on: October 23, 2017, 03:45:51 PM »
7th Generation Intel Core i7-7500U Processor (4MB Cache, up to 3.5 GHz) / 8GB, 2400MHz, DDR4 / 1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive / 15.6-inch HD (1366 x 768) Truelife LED-Backlit Display, Non-touch / Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

$459.99

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http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/new-inspiron-15-5000/spd/inspiron-15-5566-laptop/cai155w10p7b011c2
anything available with these specs for this price?

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« Reply #11225 on: October 23, 2017, 04:12:21 PM »
anything available with these specs for this price?

Not really, wait for next week when the early black friday sales start.
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« Reply #11226 on: November 07, 2017, 01:34:00 PM »
HP OMEN 15.6 NVIDIA 1050Ti Intel i7-7700HQ 3.8GHz 12GB 1TB IPS FHD

$779

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11227 on: November 07, 2017, 10:12:38 PM »
Hoping this is the right forum/thread to ask; we have a MacBook Pro (from mid-2010!) and we were told to get an SSD for it.

Can someone please recommend one?

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« Reply #11228 on: November 07, 2017, 10:19:37 PM »
Hoping this is the right forum/thread to ask; we have a MacBook Pro (from mid-2010!) and we were told to get an SSD for it.

Can someone please recommend one?
It is a normal SATA 2.5" drive. The best bang for your buck is the Samsung 850 EVO https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E500B-AM/dp/B00OBRE5UE/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1510111091&sr=1-3&keywords=ssd

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11229 on: November 07, 2017, 10:22:04 PM »
It is a normal SATA 2.5" drive. The best bang for your buck is the Samsung 850 EVO https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-2-5-Inch-Internal-MZ-75E500B-AM/dp/B00OBRE5UE/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1510111091&sr=1-3&keywords=ssd

A grossen yesher koach. So you're saying the 500gb is best value?

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« Reply #11230 on: November 07, 2017, 10:32:35 PM »
A grossen yesher koach. So you're saying the 500gb is best value?
The exact size depends on what you are willing to pay. I'm basically referring to this model (850 Evo) in whatever price or size you want since this one is cheaper than the best-performing ones but still a solid product.

About size I would say 500 is a good enough size, 256 gets tight at times and 1TB is prohibitively expansive.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11231 on: November 07, 2017, 10:41:41 PM »
http://www.microcenter.com/product/488376/IdeaPad_320_15_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Grey
Lenovo IdeaPad 320 15 15.6" Laptop Computer - Grey; Intel Core i5-8520U Processor; Microsoft Windows 10 Home; 8GB DDR4 RAM; 256GB Solid State Drive, 1920x1200
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« Reply #11232 on: November 07, 2017, 10:42:16 PM »
The exact size depends on what you are willing to pay. I'm basically referring to this model (850 Evo) in whatever price or size you want since this one is cheaper than the best-performing ones but still a solid product.

About size I would say 500 is a good enough size, 256 gets tight at times and 1TB is prohibitively expansive.

Thanks. Yeah, we don't do much on here (thought maybe our little Maccie from 2010 couldn't handle more than 500gb, lol).

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« Reply #11233 on: November 07, 2017, 10:50:13 PM »
http://www.microcenter.com/product/488376/IdeaPad_320_15_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Grey
Nice buy, but...

It is great having the just-started-to-ship 8th gen i5! This is a Quad-core with a much much lower base clock speed (see battery savings!) and comes our considerably better in benchmarks.

But the built quality and other things (no backlit keyboard) is somewhat not good.

(it is a pity that this ASUS doesn't have the SSD... https://www.amazon.com/VivoBook-i5-8250U-NanoEdge-Fingerprint-F510UA-AH51/dp/B0762S8PYM)

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11234 on: November 09, 2017, 08:13:37 AM »
Dell Inspiron 7000 15.6" Laptop, Intel Core i7-6700HQ Processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB Hard Drive,NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M, Windows 10 Home

$699

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-Inspiron-7000-15-6-Laptop-Intel-Core-i7-6700HQ-Processor-16GB-RAM-1TB-Hard-Drive-NVIDIA-GeForce-GTX960M-Windows-10-Home/55331348
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