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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 #11985 on: July 04, 2019, 02:32:06 PM »
Can anyone comment on optane memory vs RAM?
not even remotely the same. Apples Vs Oranges kind of idea.

Intel Optane "memory" is a misnomer. It is just a cache memory card that can turn a simple hard disk into a hybrid disk, by adding a RAM cache that can work at the speed of an SSD disk.

Optane memory isn’t a random-access computer memory, or RAM. Instead, it's meant to work as a cache memory bridge between RAM and storage, allowing for faster data transfer between the memory, storage, and processor. As such, it's magnitudes faster than a spinning hard drive and can work at the speed of a budget SSD. And like SSD, it doesn’t erase itself when powered off.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11986 on: July 04, 2019, 02:50:11 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
Looks good. Anyone know how the screen is (spec. brightness, clarity), or any other exp. with this laptop?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11987 on: July 07, 2019, 10:09:35 PM »
I need to buy a laptop for work. I mainly need it for QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, and internet browsing.

Budget is approximately $500.

I'm thinking:
8th Gen i5
8 GB (preferably expandable) RAM
256 SSD
USB C

The following 2 laptops seem to fit the bill. Any thoughts?

https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-15t-laptop-touch-5vd87av-1 $420

https://us-store.acer.com/aspire-5-laptop-a515-52-526c $510

Any other recommendations? Better to wait for BF in July and Prime Day Sales?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11988 on: July 08, 2019, 10:37:35 AM »
I need to buy a laptop for work. I mainly need it for QuickBooks, Microsoft Office, and internet browsing.

Budget is approximately $500.

I'm thinking:
8th Gen i5
8 GB (preferably expandable) RAM
256 SSD
USB C

The following 2 laptops seem to fit the bill. Any thoughts?

https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-15t-laptop-touch-5vd87av-1 $420

https://us-store.acer.com/aspire-5-laptop-a515-52-526c $510

Any other recommendations? Better to wait for BF in July and Prime Day Sales?

HP is a better deal, but doesn't have a FHD monitor. also the standard wifi chip is old.
Acer is never worth it.

might find deals BF in July and Prime Day Sales. but not always are they amazing deals.

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« Reply #11989 on: July 08, 2019, 11:35:45 AM »
HP is a better deal, but doesn't have a FHD monitor. also the standard wifi chip is old.
Thanks.

I believe an FHD is only $50 more but is it worth it? I will be using it just a couple of hours a week and just for productivity applications  (and it's not my money).

What about the Wi-Fi chip, is it going to be a major difference in performance?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11990 on: July 10, 2019, 08:09:37 PM »
I need help finding a new laptop for work. Not too needy with tech specs; just for remote desktop, browsing & basic Microsoft office.

Priorities:
Screen size - 15 or higher.
Lightweight - currently at 2.29kg and its heavy and annoying. Want much lighter.
Price - cheap as possible. I'm okay with a slightly older model if necessary. (bonus points if I can use my Dell $100)

Thanks in advance!!

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11991 on: July 10, 2019, 08:35:00 PM »
I'm not sure if you can use your $100 but I know someone who has been very happy buying refurbished laptops from Dell at great prices.
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11992 on: July 10, 2019, 08:44:11 PM »


I need help finding a new laptop for work. Not too needy with tech specs; just for remote desktop, browsing & basic Microsoft office.

Priorities:
Screen size - 15 or higher.
Lightweight - currently at 2.29kg and its heavy and annoying. Want much lighter.
Price - cheap as possible. I'm okay with a slightly older model if necessary. (bonus points if I can use my Dell $100)

Thanks in advance!!

https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/2n00

Personally think it's a waste of money. But have some people using it for RDP, office, and browsing.
It's not much lighter than your current laptop.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11993 on: July 15, 2019, 06:07:41 PM »
Dell Inspiron 15 5570 Laptop 15.6″ Intel i7-7500U 256GB SSD 8GB RAM: $499.99

Any decent deal? Posted on the ms from ebay.

 Looking for such a laptop, whats the norm for ram and the ssd? Assuming it's not so hard to replace the ssd for something bigger?
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« Reply #11994 on: July 15, 2019, 06:58:27 PM »
https://fave.co/2lzkLHl

Is this a good deal ?

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« Reply #11995 on: July 15, 2019, 11:24:04 PM »
https://fave.co/2lzkLHl

Is this a good deal ?

Same question - I ordered this laptop the other day https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-15t-laptop-best-value-5hh94av-1 now I'm thinking this is worth the extra 20.00? Can someone tell me thanks

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« Reply #11996 on: July 16, 2019, 07:27:41 PM »
I am sometimes accused of overthinking things. I am still mulling over whether that accusation has merit.

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« Reply #11997 on: July 16, 2019, 07:33:47 PM »
Lenovo® IdeaPad S340 Laptop, 15.6" Screen, Intel® Core™ i7, 8GB Memory, 256GB Solid State Drive, Windows® 10 Home, 81N8003HUS
$530 from Office Depot
Intel Core i7-8565U 1.8 GHz Processor
15.6" 1920x1080 LED Display
256GB SSD
8GB DDR4 Memory
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I am sometimes accused of overthinking things. I am still mulling over whether that accusation has merit.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11999 on: July 18, 2019, 01:21:44 PM »
Looking for a solid laptop that works fast, mostly used for heavy internet work but will have many tabs going on at the same time.

I would say I need:

12GB of Ram or upgrade-able to 12GB via the webiste.

128GB SSD or more

Processor - i5 or i7 8th gen, don't know what I need. 

Backlit keyboard

Would really like a numbers pad on the side
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