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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: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #45 on: November 24, 2011, 09:26:06 AM »
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.

I cant rate netbooks - I really am not a fan of them ... they all are pretty slow. Unless you get a higher end one
But this is deff a really good price for the specs. I wud deff upgrade the ram to 2GB (will cost you like $25)

If you are set to get a netbook and spend in this price range this is a good option for you

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #46 on: November 24, 2011, 03:31:08 PM »
Try to keep me in mind as well for my request (OP). Thanks

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #47 on: November 24, 2011, 03:56:56 PM »
http://bestbuy.shoplocal.com/bestbuy/default.aspx?action=entryflash&promotioncode=112411MWSNKPK&sneakpeek=y
it's a lenevo 15.6"
2gb
250gb hard drive
for 180
is this a good deal? and is it worth waiting online for?

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« Reply #48 on: November 24, 2011, 04:08:16 PM »
http://bestbuy.shoplocal.com/bestbuy/default.aspx?action=entryflash&promotioncode=112411MWSNKPK&sneakpeek=y
it's a lenevo 15.6"
2gb
250gb hard drive
for 180
is this a good deal? and is it worth waiting online for?

For those specs it isn't bad, but you do get what you pay for.  The other thing is, it's limited to 10 per per store ('minimum'), so it isn't for sure you'll find one sitting there waiting for you.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #49 on: November 24, 2011, 04:15:37 PM »
has anyone ever gone to best-buy on black friday?
what's the wait like if i come at 12:00

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #50 on: November 24, 2011, 04:18:10 PM »
has anyone ever gone to best-buy on black friday?
what's the wait like if i come at 12:00
I'm sure there are dozens of people in line at every Best Buy already.
Back when they had real deals I would tag team with someone else and then sell off the deal claim coupons we got for $100 a pop.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #51 on: November 24, 2011, 04:25:45 PM »
has anyone ever gone to best-buy on black friday?
what's the wait like if i come at 12:00

My guess is that in any densely populated area the doorbuster laptops will probably get sold out before you get to them.
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« Reply #52 on: November 24, 2011, 05:38:37 PM »
has anyone ever gone to best-buy on black friday?
what's the wait like if i come at 12:00
passed by best buy at 11 AM this morning and there were several people in line already. Accompanied by tents and those fold-up chairs

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #53 on: November 24, 2011, 06:23:08 PM »
hey losing hope :(
anyway of getting the lenevo?!?!
plan to leave at about 11:00 either to erskine st. or atlantic ave.
any suggestions?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #54 on: November 24, 2011, 11:06:45 PM »
Think we'll see another eBay deal like this today?

i3 for $299! They sold 1,500 within a few hours. I missed it by a few minutes.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #55 on: November 24, 2011, 11:37:28 PM »
I bought a Dell Inspiron 15M last Sunday at Staples on a Pre Black Friday Deal for $289.99 plus tax which came out to 307.  In the end I don't need it.  I can easily return it to Staples but it seems like too good a deal to return.  Any takers?  Check out the specs on on Staples.com.  All I know is that its AMD DUAL Core and something about 4 GB. 

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Re: Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #56 on: November 24, 2011, 11:38:04 PM »
I bought a Dell Inspiron 15M last Sunday at Staples on a Pre Black Friday Deal for $289.99 plus tax which came out to 307.  In the end I don't need it.  I can easily return it to Staples but it seems like too good a deal to return.  Any takers?  Check out the specs on on Staples.com.  All I know is that its AMD DUAL Core and something about 4 GB.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #57 on: November 25, 2011, 01:14:58 AM »
Think we'll see another eBay deal like this today?

i3 for $299! They sold 1,500 within a few hours. I missed it by a few minutes.
I also missed it by a few minutes after my friend told me about it.
I know it was on ebay, but who was the purchase with? For returns or other issues. Was Amex backing it on a second year?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #58 on: November 25, 2011, 01:38:29 AM »
i passed a few best buys on Route 9 (lkwd) the line was literally around the building! must have been 200 or so on line!

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People are crazy.
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