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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 #12015 on: July 25, 2019, 02:55:46 PM »
Maybe a chromebook and use Google docs?
forgot to mention need Microsoft office
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« Reply #12016 on: July 25, 2019, 03:51:24 PM »
This XPS 13 is a great machine at a very good price but may be above your budget at $950. See WireCutter review here.
Yea, it is.. I was hoping to spend around 600-700 (tops, including taxes.)

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« Reply #12017 on: July 25, 2019, 09:48:53 PM »
Best Buy has the Surface 2 for $699 if your a student. It's quite sleek looking and a pretty good price. Some ppl are big fans of the Surface 2; it's a good deal for this product. If you don't know about it check out details before (or after) purchasing. One major downside is that it has no USB-C ports. Specs are decent but not great.

This is from Wirecutter review: "The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is a good ultrabook. At 12.1 by 8.8 by 0.6 inches, it’s a little wider than most of the laptops that we tested. At 2.8 pounds, it’s about as heavy as our top pick, and with 7 hours and 47 minutes of battery life, it should last you a full day’s work. Its keyboard and trackpad were pleasant to use, and its display—at 2256×1504 pixels—is sharp. But we didn’t like its weird, fabric palm rest—we’re not sure how well it will hold up over time—and it doesn’t offer any USB-C ports, much less Thunderbolt 3, which is an inexplicable and inexcusable omission in a laptop in this price range."

Specs:
13.5" 2256x1504 LCD PixelSense Touch Display
Intel i5-8250U 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
8GB LPDDR3 Memory
128GB Solid State Drive
Intel UHD Graphics 620
802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1
Windows 10 Home
Ports:
1x USB 3.1 Type A
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45.2 Wh Lithium Polymer Battery
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« Reply #12018 on: July 25, 2019, 11:07:01 PM »
Best Buy has the Surface 2 for $699 if your a student. It's quite sleek looking and a pretty good price. Some ppl are big fans of the Surface 2; it's a good deal for this product. If you don't know about it check out details before (or after) purchasing. One major downside is that it has no USB-C ports. Specs are decent but not great.

This is from Wirecutter review: "The Microsoft Surface Laptop 2 is a good ultrabook. At 12.1 by 8.8 by 0.6 inches, it’s a little wider than most of the laptops that we tested. At 2.8 pounds, it’s about as heavy as our top pick, and with 7 hours and 47 minutes of battery life, it should last you a full day’s work. Its keyboard and trackpad were pleasant to use, and its display—at 2256×1504 pixels—is sharp. But we didn’t like its weird, fabric palm rest—we’re not sure how well it will hold up over time—and it doesn’t offer any USB-C ports, much less Thunderbolt 3, which is an inexplicable and inexcusable omission in a laptop in this price range."

Specs:
13.5" 2256x1504 LCD PixelSense Touch Display
Intel i5-8250U 1.6GHz Quad-Core Processor
8GB LPDDR3 Memory
128GB Solid State Drive
Intel UHD Graphics 620
802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1
Windows 10 Home
Ports:
1x USB 3.1 Type A
1x Mini Display port
1x Headphone Jack
45.2 Wh Lithium Polymer Battery
will check it out, thanks.

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« Reply #12019 on: July 30, 2019, 02:13:44 AM »
I'm hoping the experts can weigh in...I prefer the premium keyboard and bigger 14 inch screen of the Lenovo X1 carbon over the XPS 13 but the current generation is above my budget. Lenovo has the 5th gen for $849. If I'm spending that kind of money, does it make sense to buy a laptop that is 2.5 years old? The processor on the X1 is the Intel i5-6200U, whereas the XPS 13 (9380) has the i5-8265U, two generations newer...?
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« Reply #12020 on: July 30, 2019, 04:43:26 PM »

 I want to buy my Nephew a used Mac Book Pro Or Air 13 inch .
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« Reply #12021 on: July 30, 2019, 06:13:47 PM »
I'm hoping the experts can weigh in...I prefer the premium keyboard and bigger 14 inch screen of the Lenovo X1 carbon over the XPS 13 but the current generation is above my budget. Lenovo has the 5th gen for $849. If I'm spending that kind of money, does it make sense to buy a laptop that is 2.5 years old? The processor on the X1 is the Intel i5-6200U, whereas the XPS 13 (9380) has the i5-8265U, two generations newer...?
The 8265U processor is put in laptops that go for under $500;

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« Reply #12022 on: July 30, 2019, 09:14:46 PM »
The 8265U processor is put in laptops that go for under $500;
The XPS 13 seems to be highly recommended. If processing speed is very important to you, maybe it's not the best machine.  For me, a solid keyboard, great battery life and stable system are most important. My techie friends always tell me thinking $400 machines are similar to $800 machines based on processing speed is a huge mistake if reliability is important to you...
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« Reply #12024 on: July 31, 2019, 09:03:23 AM »
The XPS 13 seems to be highly recommended. If processing speed is very important to you, maybe it's not the best machine.  For me, a solid keyboard, great battery life and stable system are most important. My techie friends always tell me thinking $400 machines are similar to $800 machines based on processing speed is a huge mistake if reliability is important to you...

Interesting; I always thought reliability had to more with the company ( Dell, Lenovo, HP etc...)  & Home ( such as XPS) or Biz ( such as Vostro) more then specs.

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« Reply #12028 on: July 31, 2019, 05:42:02 PM »
Lenovo Yoga 920 2-in-1: 13.9'' FHD IPS Touch, i7-8550U, 8GB DDR4, 256GB PCIe SSD, Thunderbolt 3, Active Stylus 2, Win10H Price: 799.99 - 60 (Coupon SAVE15) = 739.99. Not sure if coupon is still working.

I have seen this laptop recommended on Wirecutter Best Ultrabook post but have also seen briefly online that some people may have issues with them. Research before purchasing.
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« Reply #12029 on: August 01, 2019, 04:10:42 PM »
Is the ddms laptop+ gc deal worth getting?. Need quick reliable computer for Word and internet use
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