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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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« Reply #30 on: November 23, 2011, 11:49:19 AM »
How did you get it to $376?

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I thought you were saying that we cant get $292 anymore but $376 is still possible?
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that comes out to $599.99 or do you have any tricks up your sleeve to make it much cheaper ?

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« Reply #34 on: November 23, 2011, 01:17:23 PM »
that comes out to $599.99 or do you have any tricks up your sleeve to make it much cheaper ?

Get those specs on dell for less

 Click Here and apply coupon "4J4XPNDZ1PKR2B"

The price is $524

Then get the $400 gift card with the $75 free

So its $524 - $75 = $449

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« Reply #35 on: November 23, 2011, 01:23:55 PM »
I thought you were saying that we cant get $292 anymore but $376 is still possible?

Yea I will see if I could get it for $376
If I get it in a price quote  - I could order it multiple times

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Do you get the $75 bonus at the same time as the $400?
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Do you get the $75 bonus at the same time as the $400?
+1 And they can definitely be stacked?
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Do you get the $75 bonus at the same time as the $400?

Yes

You purchase the $400 one online, and it could take a few minutes/hours till you get emailed the $400, and the $75 comes in a separate email the same time

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+1 And they can definitely be stacked?

Only via an rep on the phone

Dell lets 3 payment methods

A reg gift card
A promo gift cars
Credit card

If you use 2 gift cards (i.e. 2 $400 ones) it counts as 2 payment methods...
you could combine Gift card to make them into a bigger one... but the $400 and 475 cant be combined


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All the online discounts apply over the phone? And you give them the 2 as 2 separate GCs and they dont ask any questions?
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All the online discounts apply over the phone? And you give them the 2 as 2 separate GCs and they dont ask any questions?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #43 on: November 24, 2011, 08:40:22 AM »
I'm looking for a good netbook for home office needs, nothing fancy, online work, wifi, doc's and email.

Here is what I seemed to find...if you guys could give me some advice in regard to specs and price it would be really helpful!

I really don't have much experience with this :(

Thanks!

Option 1
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-10.1-AOD257-Series-Netbook-PC-with-Intel-Atom-Dual-Core-N570-Processor-and-Windows-7-Starter/16933624


Out of these 4 options, I only wud consider the 1st - as the processor is a dual core

Most of the lower end netbooks, have the Intel atom processor, which is good on battery life but really slow, and not powerful.
The better netbooks, like the Vostvo v131 that has the same processor of a reg laptop run at $500+

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« Reply #44 on: November 24, 2011, 09:10:33 AM »
Out of these 4 options, I only wud consider the 1st - as the processor is a dual core

Most of the lower end netbooks, have the Intel atom processor, which is good on battery life but really slow, and not powerful.
The better netbooks, like the Vostvo v131 that has the same processor of a reg laptop run at $500+

Thanks! On a scale of 1-10 where would this rate? 10 being the best. Will this model act slow as many people seem to complain about netbooks?

Are there any other models I should consider? The price seems right at $228.