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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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« Reply #11521 on: March 28, 2018, 12:41:10 PM »
can't compare a core M (that's in the surfaces) to an 8th gen i7.
I'm actually on a similar one to that right now, not a fan of the way the HPs run
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« Reply #11522 on: March 28, 2018, 12:48:02 PM »
I'm actually on a similar one to that right now, not a fan of the way the HPs run
I love the hp's, what model do you have?
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« Reply #11523 on: March 28, 2018, 12:51:05 PM »
I love the hp's, what model do you have?
A week old, running horribly. I thought it was 2GB at first, I was shocked that it's 8.
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« Reply #11524 on: March 28, 2018, 06:22:06 PM »
A week old, running horribly. I thought it was 2GB at first, I was shocked that it's 8.
I know this may be unpopular - I only buy Intel. So, I'm not shocked. I don't care what the numbers or tests say, I've been fixing computers for over 10 years now.
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« Reply #11525 on: March 28, 2018, 06:24:01 PM »
I know this may be unpopular - I only buy Intel. So, I'm not shocked. I don't care what the numbers or tests say, I've been fixing computers for over 10 years now.
It's not my personal computer, so I didn't even notice that it wasn't Intel. I too stick with Intel. But I'm still unimpressed with the computer as a whole, for $750 the piece should be twice as quick.
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« Reply #11526 on: March 28, 2018, 06:49:55 PM »
It's not my personal computer, so I didn't even notice that it wasn't Intel. I too stick with Intel. But I'm still unimpressed with the computer as a whole, for $750 the piece should be twice as quick.
get the one I posted.
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« Reply #11527 on: March 28, 2018, 06:54:30 PM »
get the one I posted.
I'm not a fan of the build, and and the touch isn't great. (assuming it's the same build as the one I used.)
Is it that much better then the surface pro I posted?
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« Reply #11528 on: March 28, 2018, 07:17:45 PM »
I'm not a fan of the build, and and the touch isn't great. (assuming it's the same build as the one I used.)
Is it that much better then the surface pro I posted?
as a laptop yes, as a tablet no
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« Reply #11531 on: April 09, 2018, 12:51:39 AM »
look at the first one, doesn't seem terrible. do you have something similar that's good?
check out the Lenovo miix 700. I'm pretty happy with it. I posted a more thorough review up thread
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« Reply #11532 on: April 09, 2018, 01:01:54 AM »
check out the Lenovo miix 700. I'm pretty happy with it. I posted a more thorough review up thread
I actually do like Lenovos, and will look into it. But as of now, I was planning on listening to the advice of  @avromie7 to wait for the sales in the summer since I'm in no rush.
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« Reply #11533 on: April 09, 2018, 06:09:29 AM »
I actually do like Lenovos, and will look into it. But as of now, I was planning on listening to the advice of  @avromie7 to wait for the sales in the summer since I'm in no rush.
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