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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 #12000 on: July 19, 2019, 04:49:34 PM »
Any thoughts on the XPS 13 vs. Macbook Air for a student? They will be commuting every day and need something reliable, light and with great battery life. They are used to Windows but have heard that Macs are simply more reliable. Is this true even with a high-end laptop like the XPS 13? Part of the equation is also that the Dell's keyboard is supposed to be significantly better...Any thoughts?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12004 on: July 22, 2019, 02:42:14 PM »
This seems like a good deal, much cheaper than what similar specs would go for at HP.com...

On the other hand, it's being sold by a third-party seller that apparently "upgrades configurations." Is that something to be concerned about?

https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-Notebook-Bluetooth-Accessories/dp/B07TBC9PCD/ref=sr_1_16?keywords=hp+envy+17&qid=1563816794&refinements=p_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A13580791011%2Cp_n_condition-type%3A2224371011%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A7817234011&rnid=2242797011&s=electronics&sr=1-16

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« Reply #12005 on: July 23, 2019, 08:47:43 AM »
This seems like a good deal, much cheaper than what similar specs would go for at HP.com...

On the other hand, it's being sold by a third-party seller that apparently "upgrades configurations." Is that something to be concerned about?

https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-Notebook-Bluetooth-Accessories/dp/B07TBC9PCD/ref=sr_1_16?keywords=hp+envy+17&qid=1563816794&refinements=p_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A13580791011%2Cp_n_condition-type%3A2224371011%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A7817234011&rnid=2242797011&s=electronics&sr=1-16
Good question... I would buy this aside from that concern. Can anyone weigh in?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12006 on: July 23, 2019, 09:42:09 PM »
This seems like a good deal, much cheaper than what similar specs would go for at HP.com...

On the other hand, it's being sold by a third-party seller that apparently "upgrades configurations." Is that something to be concerned about?

https://www.amazon.com/HP-Pavilion-Notebook-Bluetooth-Accessories/dp/B07TBC9PCD/ref=sr_1_16?keywords=hp+envy+17&qid=1563816794&refinements=p_n_feature_five_browse-bin%3A13580791011%2Cp_n_condition-type%3A2224371011%2Cp_n_size_browse-bin%3A7817234011&rnid=2242797011&s=electronics&sr=1-16
Good question... I would buy this aside from that concern. Can anyone weigh in?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12007 on: July 25, 2019, 01:10:29 PM »
Any good laptops from the best buy sales now?
Need something for opening multipul web sites and browsers, run a lot of programs in the background, writing, editing..

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12008 on: July 25, 2019, 01:30:28 PM »
Buy Select PCs & Monitors, Get up to a $200 Promo VisaŽ Prepaid Card from Dell
Also save an additional $50 off select PCs $699.99 and above with Coupon 50OFF699.
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« Reply #12009 on: July 25, 2019, 01:37:39 PM »
Buy Select PCs & Monitors, Get up to a $200 Promo VisaŽ Prepaid Card from Dell
Also save an additional $50 off select PCs $699.99 and above with Coupon 50OFF699.
any specific ones on sale - or better to wait for labor day?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12010 on: July 25, 2019, 01:47:28 PM »
Depends on your needs. There is an XPS 13 that comes out to $650 which caught my attention but I'm not excited by the i3 and 4GB RAM even though it's still a pretty good price.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12011 on: July 25, 2019, 01:48:52 PM »
Looking for a fast machine.
What I need is written above..

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« Reply #12012 on: July 25, 2019, 01:59:10 PM »
Looking for a fast machine.
What I need is written above..
This XPS 13 is a great machine at a very good price but may be above your budget at $950. See WireCutter review here.
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« Reply #12013 on: July 25, 2019, 02:48:22 PM »
I'm clueless when it comes to ram or anything of the sort but I just need computer for basic word processing and light internet u se. needs to be fast. What do I need and how much can I expect to spend?
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« Reply #12014 on: July 25, 2019, 02:51:36 PM »
Maybe a chromebook and use Google docs?