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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 #11760 on: September 13, 2018, 11:24:06 PM »
Thanks everyone for the feedback. In the end, it came down to the Surface, the Lenovo Yoga, and the XPS 15.

The Yoga got eliminated the instant I saw it; no matter how good it may be, the screen is simply too small for my needs. The XPS looks nice, but apparently has some serious screen issues - in fact, the one I was looking at developed a few stripes on the screen right in front of me. And obviously, it isn't a convertible.

And so the 15", 512GB Surface it is.
did you look into thelenovo  miix?
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« Reply #11761 on: September 13, 2018, 11:35:04 PM »
did you look into thelenovo  miix?

Way too small for me.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11762 on: September 20, 2018, 11:29:50 AM »
Could do better for that price
Any examples? Looking for a 14 inch
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« Reply #11763 on: September 20, 2018, 11:37:55 AM »
Ended up buying it for 560 on ebay (with 10% back due to bucks)

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« Reply #11764 on: September 26, 2018, 01:20:26 AM »
NEW Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro (Mid 2017, Space Gray) for just $999

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« Reply #11765 on: September 26, 2018, 02:25:40 AM »
NEW Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro (Mid 2017, Space Gray) for just $999
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« Reply #11766 on: September 26, 2018, 06:38:07 AM »
Thoughts on the Samsung Notebook Pro 9 + Pen (15") with the 8th gen. i7-8550U?

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« Reply #11767 on: September 27, 2018, 04:48:11 PM »
eBay has 15% off everything until 6pm PT (Capped at $100) - lots of good deals out there.

Code is for used and refurbs as well.

Matebook D for $530 from Newegg via eBay:
Ryzen 5 2500U
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8GB Ram
256 GB SSD
Thin, Light and great battery.

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« Reply #11770 on: October 07, 2018, 11:08:50 AM »
I don't know anything about laptops. I just need one basically to put/download pics and music on to my hard drive, occasionally use it online and sometimes to print. I have an old $300 laptop that takes forever to do anything... what should I be looking for in a laptop that would fit my needs and work relitavely fast?

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« Reply #11772 on: October 07, 2018, 02:04:22 PM »
No. Celoron Processor are worse then the Intel i3's.
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