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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 #11790 on: November 22, 2018, 07:05:12 PM »

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« Reply #11791 on: November 22, 2018, 08:20:11 PM »
What's the story with the Optane memory? Is it as good as regular RAM? Better?
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« Reply #11792 on: November 22, 2018, 09:06:06 PM »
Up to $4-500
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 15.6" HD Laptop, Intel Core i7-7500U, 20GB Memory (4GB DRAM + 16GB Intel Optane Memory), 1TB HDD, Windows 10 - Silver - i5570-7987SLV

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-Inspiron-15-5000-Series-15-6-HD-Laptop-Intel-Core-i7-7500U-20GB-Memory-4GB-DRAM-16GB-Intel-Optane-Memory-1TB-HDD-Windows-10-Silver-i5570-7987SLV/796108312

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« Reply #11793 on: November 22, 2018, 09:54:44 PM »

@ExGingi answered very well I think.

While some manufacturers and sellers pitch it as a RAM replacement I think it is rather an SSHD/SSD alternative. So going with only 4 GB RAM because you get this Optane is not a very good idea.

Though it is pretty new tech, so there is not that much info and tests around.

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« Reply #11794 on: November 22, 2018, 10:08:34 PM »
I'm looking for a light travel laptop to do some work online and to watch some movies
No clue what's considered good for my needs
Any good deals now on BF?

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Series 15.6" HD Laptop, Intel Core i7-7500U, 20GB Memory (4GB DRAM + 16GB Intel Optane Memory), 1TB HDD, Windows 10 - Silver - i5570-7987SLV

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-Inspiron-15-5000-Series-15-6-HD-Laptop-Intel-Core-i7-7500U-20GB-Memory-4GB-DRAM-16GB-Intel-Optane-Memory-1TB-HDD-Windows-10-Silver-i5570-7987SLV/796108312
Not bad, but this is not a "light travel laptop" that he was looking for.

If you think that 13.3" is big enough (I think that for travel it certainly is) then maybe this one for $429 https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/dell-inspiron-13-i5378-2-in-1-pc/934w34spp57z/jfkv?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

Or even this 14" for $399 https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-x360-2-in-1-14-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-memory-128gb-solid-state-drive-natural-silver/6299801.p?ref=199&loc=CPqWkHwkNyo&acampID=1&siteID=CPqWkHwkNyo-OkQCHniQz00ARr.tMfftTQ

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« Reply #11795 on: November 22, 2018, 10:51:02 PM »
What do you think of this one - both in terms of whether it's a good deal for the price, and whether it would be good for a work computer - web browsing, spreadsheets, constant contact, etc?

https://www.amazon.com/Dell-LED-backlit-Processor-Bluetooth-MaxxAudio/dp/B078YD9V3X/ref=sr_1_6?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1542944253&sr=1-6&keywords=laptop&refinements=p_n_size_browse-bin%3A2423841011%2Cp_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A7817224011%7C13580791011%7C13580790011

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« Reply #11796 on: November 22, 2018, 11:20:05 PM »
Looking for a good deal on a:
14" laptop
2 in 1
Touch screen
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« Reply #11797 on: November 22, 2018, 11:24:42 PM »
Looking for a good deal on a:
14" laptop
2 in 1
Touch screen
256 ssd
Looking for similar, must have TPM chip.
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« Reply #11799 on: November 22, 2018, 11:42:48 PM »
Would you recommend waiting for a better deal?

Have you seen any good deals on 17" laptops?

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« Reply #11800 on: November 22, 2018, 11:50:28 PM »
Would you recommend waiting for a better deal?

Have you seen any good deals on 17" laptops?
It is really really impossible to recommend about waiting unless you are a navi...

17" are a much smaller market in general so there are not many deals, and certainly not as good.

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« Reply #11803 on: November 23, 2018, 11:49:11 AM »
https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/7884751/HP-Pavilion-13-an0010nr-Laptop-133/

Is this a good deal?

Need a reliable laptop for work and the occasional game

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« Reply #11804 on: November 23, 2018, 11:53:25 AM »
https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/7884751/HP-Pavilion-13-an0010nr-Laptop-133/

Is this a good deal?

Need a reliable laptop for work and the occasional game
This is a 13.3 inch. Unless you need portability and for travel you shouldn't take something so small.