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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 #11970 on: June 04, 2019, 07:45:59 PM »
Success! Well, they said they'll credit my card once the laptop ships. I'll probably have to deal with Dell Hell again to get it, but as long as it all works out in the end, worth it!

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« Reply #11971 on: June 04, 2019, 08:20:51 PM »
You called them or you chatted with them?

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« Reply #11972 on: June 04, 2019, 09:15:15 PM »
Called. Business didn't have a chat option.

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« Reply #11973 on: June 05, 2019, 05:03:13 PM »
Success! Well, they said they'll credit my card once the laptop ships. I'll probably have to deal with Dell Hell again to get it, but as long as it all works out in the end, worth it!

You bought the Dell Vostro 14  5471?
How much did they say it was now.
The rep told me is 421. My calculation was 412.

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« Reply #11974 on: June 05, 2019, 05:52:54 PM »
Yep, my calculation was $411 and change.

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« Reply #11975 on: June 06, 2019, 01:25:47 AM »
Lenovo Flex 14, 14.0" FHD, i5-8265U Processor , 16 GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM $599.99 on eBay
$719.99 on Lenovo.com
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« Reply #11976 on: June 20, 2019, 11:02:11 PM »
This seems like a good price - the only downside I can see is that the i5 processor is 7th Gen, but my impression is that's not so bad - what do you think in terms of price and performance?

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« Reply #11977 on: July 02, 2019, 10:38:43 AM »
Is there any point in getting a laptop with Optane memory if it also has an SSD?
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« Reply #11978 on: July 02, 2019, 12:18:59 PM »
I haven't heard anyone say anything great about Optane anyway, so I wouldn't recommend relying on that anyway.

As long as the computer has enough RAM, you should be fine, especially with an SSD.

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« Reply #11979 on: July 02, 2019, 12:21:05 PM »
I haven't heard anyone say anything great about Optane anyway, so I wouldn't recommend relying on that anyway.

As long as the computer has enough RAM, you should be fine, especially with an SSD.
I wouldn't rely on it, question is if it's worth extra $ to add it in.
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« Reply #11982 on: July 04, 2019, 12:38:45 PM »
Dell Inspiron 15 7580 Laptop: i5-8265U, 15.6", 1080p, 8GB DDR4, 512GB SSD $600 after coupon AFFDBLTKYL152

15.6" 1920x1080 Full HD IPS Display
Intel i5-8265U 1.6GHz (Up To 3.9GHz) Quad-Core Processor
8GB (1x 8GB) 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive
Intel 620 UHD Graphics
Backlit Keyboard
802.11ac WiFi (2x2) + Bluetooth
3-Cell 42Whr Battery
Ports:
3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A (1 w/ PowerShare)
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C (DP/Power Delivery)
1x HDMI 2.0 (up to 4K support)
1x Ethernet
1x Headphone/Mic Combo Jack
3-in-1 SD Card Reader
Windows 10 Home 64-Bit
Weight: 4.12 lbs
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« Reply #11983 on: July 04, 2019, 02:04:54 PM »
Can anyone comment on optane memory vs RAM?

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« Reply #11984 on: July 04, 2019, 02:06:57 PM »
Can anyone comment on optane memory vs RAM?
Is there any point in getting a laptop with Optane memory if it also has an SSD?
I haven't heard anyone say anything great about Optane anyway, so I wouldn't recommend relying on that anyway.

As long as the computer has enough RAM, you should be fine, especially with an SSD.
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