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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:

Spectre - Top of the line personal (dragonfly is the top of the line for business) - lightest laptops, and beautiful!

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 #100 on: November 28, 2011, 08:02:11 PM »
Inspiron 15 or 15R?

The 15 is bulkier and not as updated as the 15R, also the i3 on the 15 is 2 generations older

There's already a 3rd generation for the i3? Arrandale, Sandy Bridge and...? I don't think Ivy bridge will be available on the market until at least Q1-2012.
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« Reply #101 on: November 28, 2011, 08:21:53 PM »
where can i get it?

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« Reply #102 on: November 28, 2011, 08:30:06 PM »
There's already a 3rd generation for the i3? Arrandale, Sandy Bridge and...? I don't think Ivy bridge will be available on the market until at least Q1-2012.

Not actually 3rd gen - but 2 older models. The inspiron 15 has the the i3-380m, newer than that is the i3-2310m, and the latest is the i3-2330m

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« Reply #103 on: November 28, 2011, 08:37:08 PM »
name changed is the master of this forum i see u know ur stuff if u have something in mind up to 350 pls let me know

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« Reply #104 on: November 28, 2011, 08:46:30 PM »
Not actually 3rd gen - but 2 older models. The inspiron 15 has the the i3-380m, newer than that is the i3-2310m, and the latest is the i3-2330m

There's only a small (incremental) difference between the 2310m and the 2330m.

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« Reply #105 on: November 28, 2011, 08:49:35 PM »
name changed is the master of this forum i see u know ur stuff if u have something in mind up to 350 pls let me know

Here is a Dell 15R with a i5 for $429

Use coupon - MIMKB2BACYB25

Here is a Dell 15R with i3-2330m For $400
Use coupon - W7$NG833Z?WJD7
And Use the $75 Gift card with the $400

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« Reply #106 on: November 28, 2011, 08:51:36 PM »
Here is a Dell 15R with a i5 for $429

Use coupon - MIMKB2BACYB25

Here is a Dell 15R with i3-2330m For $400
Use coupon - W7$NG833Z?WJD7
And Use the $75 Gift card with the $400


You're really good at this, thanks!

Please keep 'em coming :)

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« Reply #107 on: November 28, 2011, 08:58:50 PM »
Yea its a decent deal.

(I have purchased this one in the past for $300, But it usually is listed $350-$400)

I happen to think it a decent build and the specs are great for the price. The processor isnt the greatest, but for not heavy use it will do the job.


Can you stream a live video and have 10 tabs open at once? Will it be laboring?

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« Reply #108 on: November 28, 2011, 09:01:19 PM »
There's only a small (incremental) difference between the 2310m and the 2330m.

Yup.

The Benchmark rating on the 2330m is about 200 points more.

Every little bit counts - Just a note when comparing pricing of computers make sure you are getting the latest specs

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« Reply #109 on: November 28, 2011, 09:09:43 PM »
Can you stream a live video and have 10 tabs open at once? Will it be laboring?

I bought it for a friend I only used it when I set it up for him.

I am currently using a laptop with an T4200 Processor (2 years old) Its benchmarked 800 points lower than the B950
I currently have tonzzz of tabs open in 2 browsers - chrome and IE, and I could stream w/o a problem
Its more the ram that Internet uses


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« Reply #110 on: November 28, 2011, 09:21:57 PM »
Inspiron 15 or 15R?

The 15 is bulkier and not as updated as the 15R, also the i3 on the 15 is 2 generations older
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« Reply #111 on: November 28, 2011, 09:31:16 PM »
@Hocker That one isnt worth it  - You could get the 15R for only $50 more

Has more ram and better processor

Also all the dell ads are hiked up prices... search and you could find better prices

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« Reply #112 on: November 28, 2011, 09:34:15 PM »
I bought it for a friend I only used it when I set it up for him.

I am currently using a laptop with an T4200 Processor (2 years old) Its benchmarked 800 points lower than the B950
I currently have tonzzz of tabs open in 2 browsers - chrome and IE, and I could stream w/o a problem
Its more the ram that Internet uses


I currently have a 2 year old compaq presario, that is constantly working hard in the backround (constant running background noise, even when im not running a video). It is a intel pentium (R) Dual-Core T4200 @2.00 GHz.    How is my above mentioned lenovo a upgrade over this? In what ways?  Thanks a lot!!!!

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« Reply #113 on: November 28, 2011, 09:39:11 PM »
@Hocker That one isnt worth it  - You could get the 15R for only $50 more

Has more ram and better processor

Also all the dell ads are hiked up prices... search and you could find better prices
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« Reply #114 on: November 28, 2011, 11:03:43 PM »
thanks name changed i really appreciate it but i need something for max 350 if u have pls let me know thanks a million

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« Reply #115 on: November 28, 2011, 11:24:40 PM »
Any good deals on a computer which is good for graphics for under $400. Someone I know asked me to buy it for them.

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« Reply #116 on: November 28, 2011, 11:47:51 PM »
I bought it for a friend I only used it when I set it up for him.

I am currently using a laptop with an T4200 Processor (2 years old) Its benchmarked 800 points lower than the B950
I currently have tonzzz of tabs open in 2 browsers - chrome and IE, and I could stream w/o a problem
Its more the ram that Internet uses


I currently have a 2 year old compaq presario, that is constantly working hard in the backround (constant running background noise, even when im not running a video). It is a intel pentium (R) Dual-Core T4200 @2.00 GHz.    How is my above mentioned lenovo a upgrade over this? In what ways?  Thanks a lot!!!!
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« Reply #117 on: November 29, 2011, 12:14:32 AM »
I currently have a 2 year old compaq presario, that is constantly working hard in the backround (constant running background noise, even when im not running a video). It is a intel pentium (R) Dual-Core T4200 @2.00 GHz.    How is my above mentioned lenovo a upgrade over this? In what ways?  Thanks a lot!!!!
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Ummmm... bumping rules?

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« Reply #118 on: November 29, 2011, 12:33:20 AM »
Any good deals on a computer which is good for graphics for under $400. Someone I know asked me to buy it for them.

What type of graphics use?

$400 is a little of a tight budget for grafics use ... IMHO if they are using it for graphics - as a business they should invest more $$

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Ummmm... bumping rules?
I thought he might have missed it. I did write repost :)