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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 #11625 on: June 06, 2018, 11:55:32 AM »
Lenovo - 330-17IKB 17.3" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive for $383.99 with code PICKDADSGIFT

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-330-17IKB-17-3-Laptop-Intel-Core-i5-8GB-Memory-1TB-Hard-Drive-/192541537347

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« Reply #11626 on: June 06, 2018, 12:58:36 PM »
Lenovo - 330-17IKB 17.3" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive for $383.99 with code PICKDADSGIFT

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-330-17IKB-17-3-Laptop-Intel-Core-i5-8GB-Memory-1TB-Hard-Drive-/192541537347
Does the open box from best buy have the same warranty As a new one?

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« Reply #11627 on: June 06, 2018, 02:05:16 PM »
Lenovo - 330-17IKB 17.3" Laptop - Intel Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive for $383.99 with code PICKDADSGIFT

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-330-17IKB-17-3-Laptop-Intel-Core-i5-8GB-Memory-1TB-Hard-Drive-/192541537347
@Yisroel Tech: Is this a recommended model?

Thank you for your help and expertise!

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« Reply #11628 on: June 06, 2018, 02:38:48 PM »
@Yisroel Tech: Is this a recommended model?

Thank you for your help and expertise!
IIRC this is a pretty low-end model and people complained about it.

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« Reply #11629 on: June 06, 2018, 02:53:59 PM »
IIRC this is a pretty low-end model and people complained about it.
What specifically are the downsides of this model?

For what use would this be considered an amazing deal?

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« Reply #11630 on: June 06, 2018, 03:26:06 PM »
What specifically are the downsides of this model?

For what use would this be considered an amazing deal?
Don't remember specifics.

If someone needs davka a 17.3-inch laptop (instead of the normal 15.6") then it is a good buy.

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« Reply #11631 on: June 06, 2018, 03:45:33 PM »
Don't remember specifics.

If someone needs davka a 17.3-inch laptop (instead of the normal 15.6") then it is a good buy.
The 15.6" can be had for a decent price?

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« Reply #11632 on: June 06, 2018, 03:53:23 PM »
The 15.6" can be had for a decent price?
Not seen any great deals today, but generally, you can find better than this for a 15.6"

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« Reply #11633 on: June 06, 2018, 03:59:23 PM »
Not seen any great deals today, but generally, you can find better than this for a 15.6"
Thanks for your help!

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« Reply #11636 on: June 06, 2018, 06:10:32 PM »
I need a laptop just for offline, excel, word use. I found this on eBay, I'm wondering if this would be reliable enough or it's too good to be true? I know very little about computers and I don't know what to be on the lookout for. I would really appreciate if someone can advise me. https://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-LATiTUDE-LAPTOP-14-1-HD-Widescreen-Computer-Windows-10-Intel-Core-Duo-2GHz/253441928900?hash=item3b0250eec4

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« Reply #11637 on: June 06, 2018, 06:32:15 PM »
I need a laptop just for offline, excel, word use. I found this on eBay, I'm wondering if this would be reliable enough or it's too good to be true? I know very little about computers and I don't know what to be on the lookout for. I would really appreciate if someone can advise me. https://www.ebay.com/itm/DELL-LATiTUDE-LAPTOP-14-1-HD-Widescreen-Computer-Windows-10-Intel-Core-Duo-2GHz/253441928900?hash=item3b0250eec4
It is an extremely old and low-end model, I would not recommend it.

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« Reply #11638 on: June 06, 2018, 06:50:52 PM »
Between Lenovo, Dell, HP is there any area that one stands out over the rest ?

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« Reply #11639 on: June 06, 2018, 07:51:21 PM »
Between Lenovo, Dell, HP is there any area that one stands out over the rest ?
For all of them, it really depends on the specific line and model. For budget devices, Lenovo is usually a cheaper built quality and experience.