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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:

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.

Author Topic: Laptop Deals Master Thread  (Read 1560216 times)

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11880 on: February 05, 2019, 06:18:52 PM »
Dell XPS 9360 Laptop: i7-8550U, 13.3" 1080p, 8GB DDR3, 256GB SSD $799.99 from Rakuten with coupon

Specs
Intel Core i7-8550U Processor
13.3" 1920x1080 InifinityEdge IPS Display
8GB DDR3 Memory
256GB Solid State Drive
Intel UHD Graphics 620
2x USB 3.0
1x Thunderbolt 3
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
How good of a deal is this

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11881 on: February 05, 2019, 09:09:39 PM »
How good of a deal is this
Very.

I'm not saying you need such a top-of-the-line device, but this is normally $1000 and up.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11883 on: February 06, 2019, 11:55:33 PM »
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Dell-Inspiron-15-5570-Laptop-15-6-HD-Intel-Core-i7-7500U-Intel-UHD-Graphics-620-1-TB-HDD-20GB-Total-Memory-4GB-DRAM-16GB-Intel-Optane-Memory-i5570-79/796108312?u1=jru4cbhg3v02bp3h04wzg&oid=652782.1&wmlspartner=QKfOgZNb5HA&sourceid=41532936663558533224&affillinktype=10&veh=aff
Is this laptop any good? And is this a good deal?
Price is not bad. But I'd look for something else.

  • Only HD display
  • Last gen CPU (today's i5 might be better than this i7
  • No SSD
  • Only 4 GB ram (I'm not sold on the idea that 16 GB Optane drive is a good enough replacement for adequate amount of RAM

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11884 on: February 07, 2019, 12:03:04 AM »
Very.

I'm not saying you need such a top-of-the-line device, but this is normally $1000 and up.
What's the thunderbolt? Speed? Instead of 2.3ghz or what ever it's called?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11885 on: February 07, 2019, 12:39:47 AM »
What's the thunderbolt? Speed? Instead of 2.3ghz or what ever it's called?
Thunderbolt 3 is a type of USB port on the device. It is a USB Type C port but more powerful than the normal USB Type C, it can support high data transfer speeds and even displays.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11886 on: February 07, 2019, 07:12:04 PM »
Price is not bad. But I'd look for something else.

  • Only HD display
  • Last gen CPU (today's i5 might be better than this i7
  • No SSD
  • Only 4 GB ram (I'm not sold on the idea that 16 GB Optane drive is a good enough replacement for adequate amount of RAM
+1

I've tested Intel optane for with 4 gb ram and with a few other setups.
Found it to be more of a replacement for a hybrid HDD then RAM.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11888 on: February 10, 2019, 12:11:25 AM »
I had this for the last three years and after upgrading the RAM, worked great for my purposes, but just broke:

Lenovo G50 15.6" Touchscreen Notebook, Intel Core i3-5020U, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD

Looking for a replacement, preferably under $300 (the one above was around $300). Any ideas? Another touchscreen, preferably. Thanks!

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11889 on: February 12, 2019, 12:25:57 AM »
Trying to use 2 Dell Amex credits. Anyone notice good deals on their presidents sale?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11892 on: February 17, 2019, 07:56:08 PM »
I'd go with the Costco one.

The only one from these that have a normal amount of real RAM. You can see that they themselves are not really sure yet what this Optane is... In one listing it is "1TB HDD + 16GB Intel Optane" and in the 2nd one it is "20 GB (4GB + 16GB Intel Optane) Memory"...
+1 since it's not ram you are technically getting 4gb ram which is not enough for most people.

For optane

Intel Optane Memory for PCs looks like the average M.2 gumstick and in fact plugs into an M.2 slot on Intel 200 series chipset motherboards (7th gen Kaby Lake or newer). However, itís designed to cache slower storage volumes like hard drives, offering orders of magnitude faster response times and essentially enabling spinning media to perform more like a high performance SSD in many applications, from workstation and content creation workloads, to gaming, web browsing and even productivity apps. It does this by storing most frequently used data, meta data and access patterns on either a 16GB or 32GB Optane Memory stick, allowing the system to make far fewer trips to a much slower hard drive for data access.

As you can see it's more of a cache them ram.