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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: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11385 on: December 11, 2017, 04:47:36 PM »
Acer Swift 5, 14" Full HD, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB LPDDR3, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, SF514-51-54T8

    -7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor 2.5GHz with Turbo Boost Technology up to 3.1GHz (3MB L3 cache)
    -Windows 10 Home
    -14" Full HD Widescreen IPS CineCrystal LED-backlit Display (1920 x 1080 resolution; 16:9 aspect ratio)
    -8GB LPDDR3 SDRAM Memory
    -256GB SSD
    -Intel HD Graphics 620
    -Acer TrueHarmony Technology
    -Two built-in stereo speakers and built-in digital microphone
    -Secure Digital (SD) card reader

Acer Swift 5, 14" Full HD, 7th Gen Intel Core i5-7200U, 8GB LPDDR3, 256GB SSD, Windows 10, SF514-51-54T8 ($599.99)


    -HD Webcam (1280 x 720) supporting High Dynamic Range (HDR)
    -802.11ac WiFi featuring 2x2 MU-MIMO technology (Dual-Band 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
    -Bluetooth 4.0
    -Acer Fingerprint Reader supporting Windows Hello
    -1 - USB Type-C Port USB 3.1 Gen 1 (up to 5 Gbps)
    -2 - USB 3.0 ports (one with power-off charging)
    -1 - HDMI out with HDCP support
    -3-cell Li-Ion (4670 mAh) Battery
    -Up to 13 hours of battery life



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« Reply #11387 on: December 12, 2017, 10:57:15 PM »
Looking for a good 2-1 for under 550

(Min i5, 8gb ram)

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« Reply #11388 on: December 12, 2017, 11:21:56 PM »

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« Reply #11389 on: December 12, 2017, 11:52:07 PM »
This is probably the closest https://www.amazon.com/Lenovo-Flex-80SA0003US-Touchscreen-Display/dp/B01FJFMLRU/

Maybe consider a refurb like this https://www.amazon.com/HP-X360-Touchscreen-Bluetooth-Refurbished/dp/B071P2W4DH/
was looking at both of those.. which is better?
Does refurbished mean it doesn't last as long or what?

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« Reply #11390 on: December 12, 2017, 11:55:48 PM »
was looking at both of those.. which is better?
Does refurbished mean it doesn't last as long or what?
It's a hard call. I personally would go with the refurbished HP but it's hard to resonate specifically.

In theory refurbished shouldn't last less. Hard to say for sure without knowing what and how it was refurbished.

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« Reply #11391 on: December 13, 2017, 12:15:53 AM »
It's a hard call. I personally would go with the refurbished HP but it's hard to resonate specifically.

In theory refurbished shouldn't last less. Hard to say for sure without knowing what and how it was refurbished.

Hope others feel the same; thanks for providing your expert input to help us make informed decisions (and save some $!).

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« Reply #11392 on: December 13, 2017, 12:18:27 AM »
Looking for a good 2-1 for under 550

(Min i5, 8gb ram)
The flex 5 goes on sale often for that price, but likely not with 8th gen processor.
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« Reply #11393 on: December 13, 2017, 01:06:15 AM »
I'm looking for a good deal on a secondary screen to hook up to my laptop. The bigger the better without sacrificing image quality but I don't want to spend too much. USB-C would be a plus but Idk if any low end screens have that yet.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11394 on: December 13, 2017, 06:13:10 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01FJFMLRU

This Lenovo flex 4 looks good, no?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11395 on: December 15, 2017, 10:22:33 AM »
Looking for another laptop primarily for photo editing.  It may take over daily duties too. 

Priorities:

Good battery life
Relatively portable
Obviously processing power/ram/screen res
Preferably under $1k

Anyone see a sweet deal?

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« Reply #11396 on: December 15, 2017, 04:11:43 PM »
Dell XPS 13 9360 XPS9360-5203SLV-PUS Laptop $749.00 from Microsoft
Currently showing out of stock online but should be available in-store.
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« Reply #11397 on: December 18, 2017, 04:52:22 PM »
Dell XPS 13 9360 XPS9360-5203SLV-PUS Laptop $749.00 from Microsoft
Currently showing out of stock online but should be available in-store.

I had my eye on that but my local store is a mall kiosk.  It just came back in stock online thought so I jumped on it.  Thanks!

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« Reply #11398 on: December 18, 2017, 09:04:51 PM »

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0719D2DY2/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER

$347

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« Reply #11399 on: December 19, 2017, 04:46:40 PM »
http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/tgq?prg=1&VEN1=12578053-4485850-81bc1c04e50511e79eb2ea7718e137e00INT&AID=4485850&dgc=CJ&DGSeg=DHS&c=us&s=dhs&cid=198375&lid=45846&acd=12309198375458460&VEN3=813904189637285474

8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8250U Processor (6MB Cache, up to 3.4 GHz)
Operating System
Windows 10 Home 64-bit English
Memoryi
8GB Single Channel DDR4 2400MHz (8GBx1)
Hard Drive
256GB Solid State Drive
Display
15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED-Backlit Display
Primary Battery
42WHr, 3-Cell Battery (Integrated)
Video Cardi
Intel® UHD Graphics 620 with shared graphic memory
Wireless
802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2, Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 1x1
Comes along with Security Software
McAfee LiveSafe 12 Month Subscription
$499
Seems like great deal to me. (Almost out.) Seems they have more available
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