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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 #11551 on: April 30, 2018, 11:10:15 PM »

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« Reply #11552 on: April 30, 2018, 11:10:56 PM »
@Yisroel Tech The i5 is better than the i7 ?
8th gen i5 (i5-8250U) is better (if not "way better", certainly so in multi-thread workloads) then the 7th gen i7 (i7-7500U)

And Dell is better than Acer, and the display of the deal I posted is better than the Dell from the DDMS.

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« Reply #11553 on: April 30, 2018, 11:27:53 PM »
8th gen i5 (i5-8250U) is better (if not "way better", certainly so in multi-thread workloads) then the 7th gen i7 (i7-7500U)

And Dell is better than Acer, and the display of the deal I posted is better than the Dell from the DDMS.
Thanks for that. And regarding speed, it goes according to newer gen. or i5 vs i7 ?

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« Reply #11554 on: April 30, 2018, 11:45:46 PM »
If you're willing to pay up some $40 I'd much rather go with this Dell: http://deals.dell.com/productdetail/11de for $499

That is also better then this deal https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/notebooks/dell-inspiron-15-6-core-i7-laptop-499-99-shipped-300-off-code/
I bought this computer when it was on sale before pesach. Can you recommend a SSD to install Windows on to speed up the boot up time?

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« Reply #11555 on: April 30, 2018, 11:50:13 PM »
I bought this computer when it was on sale before pesach. Can you recommend a SSD to install Windows on to speed up the boot up time?
How much was it then ? How long does it take to turn on ?

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« Reply #11556 on: April 30, 2018, 11:53:18 PM »
$447.
I actually haven't even set it up yet, because I don't want to install my life on the HDD and then have to figure out what to clone. I'd rather start from scratch.

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« Reply #11557 on: May 01, 2018, 12:06:09 AM »
Thanks for that. And regarding speed, it goes according to newer gen. or i5 vs i7 ?
Both. I7 is the better product, but both of the products improve each generation, so you cannot say one gen's i7 is better than the newer and improved i5.

For instance, the 7th generation line still has only 2 cores for the mobile processors, and the 8th generation has 4.

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« Reply #11558 on: May 01, 2018, 12:11:42 AM »
Both. I7 is the better product, but both of the products improve each generation, so you cannot say one gen's i7 is better than the newer and improved i5.

For instance, the 7th generation line still has only 2 cores for the mobile processors, and the 8th generation has 4.
Would you say the 8th gen i5 you posted is quicker than the 7th i7 ?

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« Reply #11559 on: May 01, 2018, 12:37:01 AM »
I bought this computer when it was on sale before pesach. Can you recommend a SSD to install Windows on to speed up the boot up time?
This https://www.amazon.com/Crucial-MX500-250GB-NAND-Internal/dp/B0764WCXCV/
Or this https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-250GB-Internal-MZ-76E250B-AM/dp/B07864WMK8

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« Reply #11560 on: May 01, 2018, 12:37:59 AM »
Would you say the 8th gen i5 you posted is quicker than the 7th i7 ?
Certainly not slower, and for some tasks (I cannot pinpoint real-life tasks at the moment) even faster.

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« Reply #11562 on: May 01, 2018, 12:47:09 AM »
Can't I use a m.2 SSD and keep the 1tb HDD for photos and videos?
I'm not really familiar with this device. Are you sure it has an available m.2 slot?

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« Reply #11563 on: May 01, 2018, 12:48:43 AM »
It does

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« Reply #11564 on: May 01, 2018, 12:57:22 AM »
It does
Then you might want to go with something like this https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-960-EVO-Internal-MZ-V6E250BW/dp/B01LYFKX41.

But A) it is a lot more expensive B) Probably much harder to install, since the HDD has a compartment with a door and for the m.2 you'll have to open the whole thingy.