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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 #11700 on: July 10, 2018, 05:00:14 AM »
Microsoft Store has Dell XPS 13 9370 Touch Laptop for $899.

Specs:
13.3" 3840x2160 UHD UltraSharp InfinityEdge Touchscreen Display w/ Corning Gorilla Glass 4
Intel i5-8250U 1.6Ghz Quad-Core Processor (3.4GHz Boost)
8GB LPDDR3 1866MHz Memory
128GB Solid State Drive
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« Reply #11701 on: July 10, 2018, 10:25:03 AM »

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« Reply #11702 on: July 10, 2018, 10:52:36 AM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11703 on: July 11, 2018, 11:13:07 AM »
Looking to sell brand new / never opened MacBook Pro 13.3 (Mid 2017, Space Gray)

original price is $1,299. I am selling for 20 percent off of that. This is a very good deal and hard to find otherwise

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« Reply #11704 on: July 11, 2018, 04:45:18 PM »
A nice buy for $550 (but only 1366 x 768): https://store.hp.com/us/en/ConfigureView?catalogId=10051&langId=-1&storeId=10151&urlLangId=&catEntryId=3074457345618816827&quantity=1&color=Jet+Black&source=aw&subacctid=221667&subacctname=Ziff+Davis%2C+Inc.&awc=7168_1531341805_b9ef9107ea9f28b475be7ce0dfdc06f5&jumpid=af_gen_nc_ns&utm_medium=af&utm_source=aw&utm_campaign=Ziff+Davis%2C+Inc.


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« Reply #11706 on: July 12, 2018, 02:41:05 PM »
Dell XPS 15 Touch Laptop: i5-7300HQ,15.6" 4K, 8GB DDR4, 256GB SSD on sale for $899.99 Adorama via eBay

Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor
15.6" 3840x2160 4K UHD InfinityEdge Touchscreen Display
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11707 on: July 12, 2018, 06:28:02 PM »
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/cty/pdp/spd/inspiron-15-5566-laptop/cai155w10p7b011c2?prg=1&VEN1=13389176-7217558-140063301FOF6071064244808144&dgc=BF&DGSeg=BSD&cid=198376&lid=45675&acd=12309198376456750&VEN3=769404402840450870
Whats the difference in these  two hard drive? Which one is better?
The one I linked is definitely somewhat better. It has a newer generation CPU and the simple hard drive has a "16 GB PCIe® NVMe™ Intel® Optane" drive which is very fast and is used for cache.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11708 on: July 16, 2018, 07:48:34 PM »
Looking to buy a few laptops for student use.

 -  will be used for internet activity, learning Microsoft office, basic coding and graphics
 -  need fast processor and computers that will last
 -  refurbished ok

Any recommendations? TIA

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« Reply #11709 on: July 17, 2018, 02:10:36 PM »
BuyDig via Rakuten has Dell XPS 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop (XPS9560-5000SLV) for $1029.99 - $150 w/ coupon code BYD150 = $879.99

Specs
Intel Core i5-7300HQ Processor
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8GB DDR4 Memory
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11710 on: July 17, 2018, 05:35:16 PM »
Is this any good
Samsung Electronics XE500C13-S03US Chromebook 3 2GB RAM 16GB SSD Laptop, 11.6", Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0778F81ZG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TcMtBb9PCZWGJ
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« Reply #11711 on: July 17, 2018, 05:55:09 PM »
Is this any good
Samsung Electronics XE500C13-S03US Chromebook 3 2GB RAM 16GB SSD Laptop, 11.6", Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0778F81ZG/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TcMtBb9PCZWGJ
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« Reply #11712 on: July 17, 2018, 06:03:14 PM »
If you are looking for the cheapest Chromebook possible, then it's OK. They don't get much better (or worse) in that price range
I'd for this one for just 10 bucks more (if he knows what a chromebook is and that is what he wants) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0795W86N4/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ll1&tag=computer09e0-20&linkId=65942be006a89a23efc443dc1b97a469


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11714 on: July 23, 2018, 01:34:59 PM »
Looking for a laptop for home use. Minimum requirements:
i5
8gb ram

Looking to spend under $500. Any leads? TIA