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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 #11661 on: June 10, 2018, 05:07:35 PM »
Best Buy has Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1 13.3" Touchscreen Laptop (81CT0008US) on sale for $749.99 - $100 w/ unique emailed EDU promo code = $649.99. See coupon and enroll in Student deals here.

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« Reply #11662 on: June 11, 2018, 10:55:55 AM »
Best Buy has Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1 13.3" Touchscreen Laptop (81CT0008US) on sale for $749.99 - $100 w/ unique emailed EDU promo code = $649.99. See coupon and enroll in Student

What to they require to be considered a student?
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« Reply #11663 on: June 11, 2018, 11:11:03 AM »
What to they require to be considered a student?

An active .edu email
If it's not free shipping it's not worth it.

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« Reply #11664 on: June 11, 2018, 11:45:59 AM »
An active .edu email
Less chance of cancellation? Or same system?

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« Reply #11665 on: June 11, 2018, 12:58:57 PM »
Acer A315-51-380T 15.6" Laptop, 7th Gen Intel Core i3-7100U, 4GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, Windows 10 Home

$279

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-A315-51-380T-15-6-Laptop-7th-Gen-Intel-Core-i3-7100U-4GB-DDR4-1TB-HDD-Windows-10-Home/677478400

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« Reply #11668 on: June 12, 2018, 04:51:49 PM »
Thanks. 

I know these are in a different league, but thoughts?  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1348416-REG/asus_ux430ua_db71_bl_i7_7500u_2_7_8gb.html/pageID/accessory

Also, I have a similar machine now, and because of the smaller screen, when I use gotomypc, I have difficulty seeing certain things on the host computer.  Is that a screen thing?  Would a larger screen fix that?  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1365108-REG/dell_i5570_5395slv_pus_i5_8250u_8gb_256ssd_w10_15_6.html/pageID/accessory

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« Reply #11669 on: June 12, 2018, 05:07:01 PM »
Thanks. 

I know these are in a different league, but thoughts?  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1348416-REG/asus_ux430ua_db71_bl_i7_7500u_2_7_8gb.html/pageID/accessory

Also, I have a similar machine now, and because of the smaller screen, when I use gotomypc, I have difficulty seeing certain things on the host computer.  Is that a screen thing?  Would a larger screen fix that?  https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1365108-REG/dell_i5570_5395slv_pus_i5_8250u_8gb_256ssd_w10_15_6.html/pageID/accessory
The Asus is good (both as a device and the price) but is expansive relatively to normal laptop due to its smallness and lightness, so it is only if that is important to you.

The Dell is the definition of a standard-really-good simple laptop.

About your GoToMyPC situation, is the difficulty because it is small or because it is unclear? Have you attempted other remote solutions to see if they are better?

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« Reply #11670 on: June 12, 2018, 05:10:25 PM »
Other computers are fine.  I called gotomypc support a while back and they had no answer.  I have just been suffering through. 

I may go with the Dell--its cheaper at Office Depot, although B&H has a better promo on Office 365.

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« Reply #11671 on: June 16, 2018, 07:32:22 PM »
Other computers are fine.  I called gotomypc support a while back and they had no answer.  I have just been suffering through. 

I may go with the Dell--its cheaper at Office Depot, although B&H has a better promo on Office 365.
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« Reply #11673 on: June 17, 2018, 03:26:42 PM »
Hi , Bought this for $570 good laptop ? https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C7XY7GS/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
Good is subjective...

If you want such a small Detachable with LTE capabilities this is an extremely good price.

But if you were just looking for any laptop, this is both not the good device and extremely bad specs for the money.

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« Reply #11676 on: June 20, 2018, 06:18:11 PM »
Dell XPS 13 9360 Laptop Manufacturer Refurbished: i7-8550U, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD $799.99 via eBay

Dell XPS 9360 13.3" Full-HD Laptop
Intel i7-8550U 1.8GHz (4.0GHz with Turbo) Quad-Core Processor
8GB LPDDR3 1866Mhz Memory
256GB PCIe M.2 NVMe Class 40 Solid State Drive
13.3" Full-HD (1920x1080) InfinityEdge Display
Stereo Speakers Professionally Tuned with Waves MaxxAudio Pro
Bluetooth 4.2
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« Reply #11677 on: June 20, 2018, 06:20:44 PM »
is this a good deal https://www.amazon.com/Acer-Celeron-Storage-Windows-A114-31-C4HH/dp/B0746NCNSG/ref=as_li_ss_tl?psc=1&SubscriptionId=AKIAJ7T5BOVUVRD2EFYQ&linkCode=sl1&tag=pzf0b-20&linkId=d8f02ff4bee9fb25b13adc92390218da
When you see the word acer and celeron together you know to stay far away
Unless you only want to spend $170 no matter what...then this might be a good deal.

So to sum up...it is probably a "good deal" but a "bad device", since laptops are not chooclate chips and they cost more then $200...

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« Reply #11678 on: June 20, 2018, 06:39:58 PM »
Unless you only want to spend $170 no matter what...then this might be a good deal.

So to sum up...it is probably a "good deal" but a "bad device", since laptops are not chooclate chips and they cost more then $200...
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« Reply #11679 on: June 20, 2018, 06:56:47 PM »
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