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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 #11580 on: May 09, 2018, 11:38:10 AM »
Looking for a decent laptop, preferably something like this
Lenovo Flex 5 15.6" 2-in-1 Laptop: i5-7200U, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD $449.99 from Office Depot
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ((7th Gen)
15.6" 1920x1080 Touchscreen IPS Display
8GB DDR4 Memory
1TB HDD
Intel HD Graphics 620
1x USB 3.0 Type-C
2 x USB 3.0
1x HDMI
WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1
Fingerprint Reader
Preferably with a SSD.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11581 on: May 10, 2018, 04:21:59 PM »
Looking for a decent laptop, preferably something like thisPreferably with a SSD.
Consider this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0795W86N3/

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« Reply #11582 on: May 13, 2018, 04:41:57 PM »

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« Reply #11583 on: May 13, 2018, 05:33:44 PM »
Lenovo Flex 5 15.6" 2-in-1 Laptop: i5-7200U, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD $449.99 from Office Depot
Intel Core i5-7200U 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor ((7th Gen)
15.6" 1920x1080 Touchscreen IPS Display
8GB DDR4 Memory
1TB HDD
Intel HD Graphics 620
1x USB 3.0 Type-C
2 x USB 3.0
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WiFi + Bluetooth 4.1
Fingerprint Reader

SNAP! thats an amazing deal.. too bad I missed it :(

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« Reply #11584 on: May 13, 2018, 05:43:14 PM »
SNAP! thats an amazing deal.. too bad I missed it :(
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« Reply #11585 on: May 13, 2018, 06:13:42 PM »
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« Reply #11586 on: May 14, 2018, 08:36:03 AM »
Consider this one https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0795W86N3/

Why can't I find a good open box deal on this at Best Buy?  How does it have both ssd and hdd? Is hdd external?  Seems like a stupid waste of space / weight.

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« Reply #11587 on: May 14, 2018, 11:15:47 PM »
Any good deals on laptops now? Looking for a decent laptop for general home/school use in the $500 range. TIA

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« Reply #11588 on: May 22, 2018, 05:13:31 PM »
Any reason not to buy a used like new laptop from amazon warehouse ? says item will come in original packaging. Packaging will be damaged.

its $40 cheaper than new

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« Reply #11589 on: May 22, 2018, 05:38:32 PM »
Any reason not to buy a used like new laptop from amazon warehouse ? says item will come in original packaging. Packaging will be damaged.

its $40 cheaper than new
One reason is "its not new"... Depending on your taste if that makes a difference...

But honestly there isn't really a reason not to go for it, if you will not be very bothered by returning should anything not be good when opening.

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« Reply #11590 on: May 22, 2018, 05:45:03 PM »
One reason is "its not new"... Depending on your taste if that makes a difference...

But honestly there isn't really a reason not to go for it, if you will not be very bothered by returning should anything not be good when opening.

ok thanks, bought it:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0795W86N3/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all

Next, any value in the 1TB HDD? have no need for it, will it add unwanted weight to laptop and suck up battery life? thinking to remove and sell, or just remove

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« Reply #11591 on: May 22, 2018, 05:48:34 PM »
ok thanks, bought it:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0795W86N3/ref=dp_olp_all_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=all

Next, any value in the 1TB HDD? have no need for it, will it add unwanted weight to laptop and suck up battery life? thinking to remove and sell, or just remove
No "inherent" value, but 128 GB is a bit too just for multipurpose laptop, after software, downloads, and updates it might fill up. But, then again, you can put it back if you see it's needed.

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« Reply #11592 on: May 22, 2018, 05:49:36 PM »
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« Reply #11593 on: May 22, 2018, 05:52:34 PM »
Bump
Well, the one you were basing your question on was a once-in-a-pretty-long-time deal, so...you need to start off with the price you're willing to pay.

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« Reply #11594 on: May 22, 2018, 05:53:48 PM »
No "inherent" value, but 128 GB is a bit too just for multipurpose laptop, after software, downloads, and updates it might fill up. But, then again, you can put it back if you see it's needed.

using 149 gb on my work pc. I cant envision using 128gb + for on the go.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834234908&ignorebbr=1  was $600 last week no tax.. I snoozed I loosed ;)

how much battery life will I gain by removing unused HDD?

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« Reply #11595 on: May 22, 2018, 05:56:29 PM »
using 149 gb on my work pc. I cant envision using 128gb + for on the go.

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834234908&ignorebbr=1  was $600 last week no tax.. I snoozed I loosed ;)

how much battery life will I gain by removing unused HDD?
Not a huge amount, but between the bit of battery life and the benefit in weight I'd say remove it.

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« Reply #11596 on: May 22, 2018, 06:00:45 PM »
Not very cheap, but great specs:
Dell G3 Intel Core i7 8750H Six-Core 15.6" 1080p Gaming Laptop w/ GTX 1050Ti, 128GB Boot SSD + 1TB HDD
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/new-dell-g3-15-gaming/spd/g-series-15-3579-laptop/fncwgf425s
$799 using coupon code 50OFF699

Has a six core CPU (4 is the norm for eight-gen mobile processors), SSD and HDD combo, and anti-glare display, and a not-bad discrete graphics card.

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« Reply #11597 on: May 22, 2018, 06:04:45 PM »
Well, the one you were basing your question on was a once-in-a-pretty-long-time deal, so...you need to start off with the price you're willing to pay.
I'm looking to pay $500-$600 obviously depending how good of a deal it is.
Specs that I'm looking for specifically are a minimum of:
Intel i5
8gb ram
A SSD
2 in 1 (not 100% necessary)
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« Reply #11598 on: May 22, 2018, 06:44:05 PM »
I'm looking to pay $500-$600 obviously depending how good of a deal it is.
Specs that I'm looking for specifically are a minimum of:
Intel i5
8gb ram
A SSD
2 in 1 (not 100% necessary)

too picky ;)

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« Reply #11599 on: May 22, 2018, 06:45:14 PM »
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