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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.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11940 on: May 19, 2019, 01:30:04 PM »
"Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Core i5 512GB SSD Laptop For $599.99 Shipped After $300 Off Coupon"

If anyone missed out on this deal, and would like to purchase it PM me, Im not sure I want to keep mine. (May need something smaller)

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« Reply #11941 on: May 26, 2019, 11:12:56 PM »
Dell XPS 13 9380 Laptop: i5-8265U, 8GB LPDDR3, 256GB SSD, 13.3" 1080p
Dell Home & Office has Dell XPS 13 9380 Laptop (Platinum Silver) on sale for $979.99
Check out SD for an addtional $150 coupon.
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« Reply #11942 on: May 27, 2019, 08:04:27 AM »
In terms of specs, how does that compare with the Dell that was on DDMS a few days ago?

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« Reply #11943 on: May 27, 2019, 03:57:36 PM »
Lenovo Flex 14 2-in-1 Laptop: 1080p, i5-8265U, 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD (81SQ000AUS) on sale for $599.99 when you apply eCoupon FLEXSALE14 in your cart.


Specs:
14" 1920x1080 FHD IPS Multi-Touch Display
Intel i5-8265U 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor (8-Threads, 3.9GHz Turbo)
16GB DDR4 2400MHz Memory
256GB Solid State Drive
Intel UHD Graphics 620
Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
4-Cell 45Wh Battery
Ports:
1x HDMI
1x USB Type-C
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« Reply #11944 on: May 27, 2019, 03:59:18 PM »
In terms of specs, how does that compare with the Dell that was on DDMS a few days ago?
I would be easier to respond if you would post a link to the specific DDMS post you are referring to.
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« Reply #11945 on: May 27, 2019, 10:30:06 PM »
any good dell laptop deals? need to cash in my platinum credit. please help
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« Reply #11946 on: May 27, 2019, 10:42:57 PM »
I would be easier to respond if you would post a link to the specific DDMS post you are referring to.

"Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Core i5 512GB SSD Laptop For $599.99 Shipped After $300 Off Coupon"

If anyone missed out on this deal, and would like to purchase it PM me, Im not sure I want to keep mine. (May need something smaller)
In terms of specs, how does that compare with the Dell that was on DDMS a few days ago?

DDMS: https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/notebooks/dell-vostro-15-6-core-i7-laptop-599-shipped-330-off-coupon-low-439-10-business-platinum-cardholders/


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« Reply #11947 on: May 27, 2019, 11:25:22 PM »
DDMS: https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/notebooks/dell-vostro-15-6-core-i7-laptop-599-shipped-330-off-coupon-low-439-10-business-platinum-cardholders/
First of all the XPS 13 is a 13 inch and the DDMS deal is a 15.6.
[urlhttps://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-7500U-vs-Intel-Core-i5-8265U/m171274vsm566107]here is a comparison of the processors[/url]
Ram and Hardrive are both the same size and SSD.

The XPS 13 is widely recommended and considered one of the best built laptops on the market. They come in different configuration and you obviously have to take that in to account. Here is a review from WireCutter which you may find helpful.



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« Reply #11948 on: May 28, 2019, 08:15:27 AM »
First of all the XPS 13 is a 13 inch and the DDMS deal is a 15.6.
[urlhttps://cpu.userbenchmark.com/Compare/Intel-Core-i7-7500U-vs-Intel-Core-i5-8265U/m171274vsm566107]here is a comparison of the processors[/url]
Ram and Hardrive are both the same size and SSD.

The XPS 13 is widely recommended and considered one of the best built laptops on the market. They come in different configuration and you obviously have to take that in to account. Here is a review from WireCutter which you may find helpful.

Dell computer used to be junk and break a lot, did they get better in more recent years?

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« Reply #11949 on: May 28, 2019, 08:33:59 AM »
First of all the XPS 13 is a 13 inch and the DDMS deal is a 15.6.

Ram and Hardrive are both the same size and SSD.

The XPS 13 is widely recommended and considered one of the best built laptops on the market. They come in different configuration and you obviously have to take that in to account. Here is a review from WireCutter which you may find helpful.

OK, you're alluding to what I wanted to know, I guess - when you talk of the laptop being "best built," are there other factors aside from the specs themselves? In other words, even though in terms of specs the XPS seems to be slightly inferior (i5 vs. i7), as an XPS it's better quality? In what way?

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« Reply #11952 on: May 28, 2019, 01:52:46 PM »
OK, you're alluding to what I wanted to know, I guess - when you talk of the laptop being "best built," are there other factors aside from the specs themselves? In other words, even though in terms of specs the XPS seems to be slightly inferior (i5 vs. i7), as an XPS it's better quality? In what way?
the 8th gen i5 is the same or dare i say better then the 7th gen i7.

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« Reply #11954 on: May 28, 2019, 03:18:41 PM »
OK, you're alluding to what I wanted to know, I guess - when you talk of the laptop being "best built," are there other factors aside from the specs themselves? In other words, even though in terms of specs the XPS seems to be slightly inferior (i5 vs. i7), as an XPS it's better quality? In what way?
the 8th gen i5 is the same or dare i say better then the 7th gen i7.
This is what it says at the link I provided. The XPS i5 processor has 4 Cores, 8 Threads, while the i7 has 2 Cores, 4 Threads. I'm not an expert but my understanding is that processors aren't simply better. They can be better at certain kinds of tasks. For example (don't know this for sure), the 4 cores may make the 8th gen i5 better faster at multiple tasks even though the i7 may be better at a single task.

I'm not an expert but from speaking to people that know it seems that there is more to a computer then just it's specs.
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