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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 #11720 on: July 26, 2018, 07:34:36 PM »
Best Buy Early Access: Lenovo Yoga 730 15.6" i5 8250U, 256GB SSD, 8GB RAM Touchscreen Laptop on sale for $729.99 - $100 Off Student Coupon/Discount = $629.99.
$782 from Amazon
Intel Core i5 8250U 1.6GHz Processor (8th Gen)
15.6" 1920x1080 Full HD IPS LED Multitouch Screen Display
256GB Solid State Drive SSD (PCIe)
8GB DDR4 SDRAM (2400MHz)
WiFi w/ Bluetooth
3-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Windows 10
JBL Stereo Speakers
Inputs
2x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0 Type-A
1x USB 3.1 Type-C
1x HDMI
1x Thunderbolt 3
Weighs 4.17 lbs. and measures 0.7" thin
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11721 on: July 26, 2018, 07:38:25 PM »
Best Buy Early Access: Lenovo Yoga 720 12.5" i3 7100U, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM Touchscreen Laptop on sale for $499.99 - $100 Off Student Coupon/Discount = $399.99
(I personally would'nt go for a an i3)
Intel Core i3-7100U 2.4GHz Mobile Processor
12.5" 1920x1080 Ful HD IPS LED Multitouch Display
128GB Solid State Drive SSD (PCIe)
4GB RAM DDR4 SDRAM (2133MHz)
Intel HD 620 Graphics
WiFi w/ Bluetooth 4.1
3-Cell Lithium Ion Battery
Harman Audio Technology
Windows 10
Inputs
1x USB Type-C
1x USB 3.0


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11722 on: August 02, 2018, 12:46:16 PM »

HP Pavilion 15-CD001DS 15.6" HD Touchscreen Notebook, AMD A6-9220 Dual-Core 2.5GHz, 4GB DDR4, 1TB SATA HDD, 802.11ac, Backlit Keyboard, Bluetooth, Win10Home - Silver for $349.99
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Get reliable performance from the AMD A6-9220 2.5GHz dual-core accelerated processor
HD SVA WLED-backlit Touchscreen showcases movies and games in stunning clarity
4GB DDR4 memory - For multitasking power; supports up to 8GB
1TB SATA hard drive has plenty of space to store your digital albums, music library and rich media files
USB 3.0 has transmission speeds of up to 5 Gbit/s, which is 10 times faster than USB 2.0
Enhanced viewing with the integrated AMD Radeon R5 graphics
Super Multi DVD±RW drive - watch movies on your computer; read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats
Connect to a broadband modem or router with wired Ethernet, or wirelessly connect to a Wi-Fi signal or hotspot with the built-in 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless connection and Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3s players
Windows 10 is so familiar and easy to use, you’ll feel like an expert. It starts up and resumes fast, has more built-in security to help keep you safe, and comes with great built-in apps like Maps, Photos, Mail & Calendar, Music, and Video
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11723 on: August 07, 2018, 12:16:33 PM »
Anyone have thoughts or experience with Huawei Matebook X Pro, specifically the higher tier version with 16GB LPDDR3, 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD, and NVIDIA GeForce MX150 (2GB GDDR5)

Purpose: home/business use, travel, light gaming. Thanks!

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1411003-REG/huawei_53010caj_hwd_nb_matebook_x.html

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11724 on: August 14, 2018, 11:26:26 AM »
My niece is looking to buy a laptop. Her specifications are:

"Hi I am looking for a laptop to use for photoshop and editing. I mostly will use it for photo editing, web browsing and movies. I’d like it to be FAST, TOUCHSCREEN, at least 15 INCHES, and with a FLIPPABLE SCREEN. I’m trying to spend $900 or less"

TIA

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« Reply #11725 on: August 14, 2018, 08:38:27 PM »
Does that that look like a good deal?
https://www.neweggbusiness.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9B-34-850-876&ignorebbr=1&nm_mc=KNC-GoogleBiz-PC&cm_mmc=KNC-GoogleBiz-PC-_-pla-_-Notebooks-_-9B-34-850-876&gclid=CjwKCAjw-8nbBRBnEiwAqWt1zdwWrWZJo33A-D5m5JxLaFQjeInsnME9AlhuAVTfN73LaoM5lPVBTxoCAkAQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds

I'm looking to spend about that amount, if anybody can find a better deal please let me know.
  • I need at least 8th gen i5 or 7th gen i7.
  • Resolution at least 1920 x 1080.
  • At least 8GB RAM.
  • Screen size at least 15.6
  • I need a DVD reader.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11726 on: August 14, 2018, 08:39:26 PM »
Dell via Rakuten has Dell XPS 15 Laptop for $1399.99 - $200 w/ coupon code DELL200 = $1199.99. Sells for $1499.99 on Dell.com

Intel Core i7-8750H Processor
15.6" 1920x1080 InfinityEdge IPS Display
16GB DDR4 Memory
256GB M.2 Solid State Drive
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5 Graphics
1x USB 3.1 w/ Power Delivery
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x HDMI
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11727 on: August 14, 2018, 08:56:31 PM »
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Dell via Rakuten has Dell XPS 15 Laptop for $1399.99 - $200 w/ coupon code DELL200 = $1199.99. Sells for $1499.99 on Dell.com

Was that a reply to my post? if yes it's more than double my budget.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11728 on: August 16, 2018, 06:39:46 AM »
My niece is looking to buy a laptop. Her specifications are:

"Hi I am looking for a laptop to use for photoshop and editing. I mostly will use it for photo editing, web browsing and movies. I’d like it to be FAST, TOUCHSCREEN, at least 15 INCHES, and with a FLIPPABLE SCREEN. I’m trying to spend $900 or less"

TIA
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« Reply #11731 on: August 21, 2018, 05:58:30 PM »
I feel like in terms of the 15 inch 2 in 1 variety this is a very good deal. i5 processor 1.6 ghz,  and great resolution

https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/5420909/Lenovo-Flex-5-Laptop-156-Touch/?cm_mmc=PLA-_-Google-_-Laptops-_-5420909&gclid=CjwKCAjw8O7bBRB0EiwAfbrTh9pQ8cNO_M9gtOowwnEP9FqAh4f5JYvaqGWEKEtMxQ-3oGocO_XMnxoC5VwQAvD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds
It is. But if only it would've had a 512 GB ssd instead of the TB HDD... Sigh...

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« Reply #11732 on: August 21, 2018, 10:00:09 PM »
If only...

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11733 on: September 03, 2018, 03:42:38 PM »
Any deals today on a laptop for business use or any suggestions of one to get?

Looking for:
SSD
12GB Ram
i7 8th Gen.
15"

Price range up to $700 or so.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11734 on: September 03, 2018, 04:47:21 PM »
Any deals today on a laptop for business use or any suggestions of one to get?

Looking for:
SSD
12GB Ram
i7 8th Gen.
15"

Price range up to $700 or so.
Seconded.

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« Reply #11735 on: September 03, 2018, 05:26:41 PM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11736 on: September 03, 2018, 06:04:37 PM »
Is this good?

Only issue is there is no number pad.....

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/flex-series/Lenovo-ideapad-FLEX-5-1570/p/81CA000GUS?IPromoID=LEN324079#tab-currentmodels
Seems good...
Only 8gb ram.

Any second opinions?

Can the storage be upgraded from 256gb?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11738 on: September 03, 2018, 07:17:17 PM »
At 379 is this a great deal?

Is this really a 330s?

Walmart does not list the integrated graphics card, but on lenovo's site the "S" is for a graphics card...

No full HD Screen.
See this review on walmart:
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Buyer beware. There is false advertising on this Lenovo 330s. There is nothing about the display in the specs, but the overview section specifically states “Featuring full high-definition resolution on a wide-angle IPS display edged with razor-thin 5.9 mm bezels.“ I ordered two, and they are neither an IPS display, nor full HD (meaning 1920 x 1080 resolution). Instead they have a cheap TFT with 1366 x 768 resolution and poor viewing angles. I confirmed this by calling Lenovo and giving them the serial numbers. Just realize what your getting for the price.
And it is confirmed by Lenovo in the comments.

I don't think you can upgrade the RAM.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11739 on: September 03, 2018, 08:25:44 PM »
It is. But if only it would've had a 512 GB ssd instead of the TB HDD... Sigh...

Is that still a good deal if you change the HDD for the Samsung 500 SSD at $89? (labor day sale at amazon)