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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 #12045 on: August 15, 2019, 03:52:26 PM »
overall the dell is a better deal

Thanks for taking the time to help.  If I'm just a regular user, no heavy usage, no need to add RAM, correct?

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« Reply #12046 on: August 15, 2019, 04:07:58 PM »
Thanks for taking the time to help.  If I'm just a regular user, no heavy usage, no need to add RAM, correct?

standard is 8GB, for 75% of users its enough.

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« Reply #12047 on: August 15, 2019, 05:31:19 PM »
Do you mean avatar?  If not, I don't get it.
Yes, I guess the microphone heard me wrong.
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« Reply #12048 on: August 16, 2019, 05:33:53 PM »
This any better?
https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/dell/dell-inspiron-15-6-core-i7-1tb-hdd-128gb-ssd-laptop-just-527-99-stacking-422-off-low-375-19-business-platinum-cardholders/

 As well is it so old school to have the ability to run a cd from the actual computer? Nowadays the standard is w/o a cd drive.
HD is usually 1366x768 pixels in a screen vs FHD which is 1920x1080. FHD is common these days and is clear. HD isnt as clear so it might bother you.
WiFi chip not that great, is that it isnt amazing specs. its on the lower end of the specs for WiFi. if you stream videos and its slow that is probably your point of failure.  wont fail just not as good.
 

 How does this compare?
https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/dell/dell-inspiron-14-core-i5-256gb-ssd-laptop-399-99-300-off-code-low-259-99-business-platinum-cardholders/
 I see the WiFi is different and size, memory and more.
 Probably a much more better deal the i7 vs this one?
 Worth waiting or is this something I should grab with my amex plat card?

 Prefer fast processor, fast wifi speeds, decent memory, number keypad I can forgo as well as the DVD drive if everything else makes sense.
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« Reply #12049 on: August 19, 2019, 08:06:42 PM »

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« Reply #12050 on: August 19, 2019, 08:52:42 PM »
Nice deal (it is a business device with Windows Pro, which is less common in deals)!

Dell Vostro 15 5000 Intel Core i5-8265U 15.6" 1080p Laptop w/ 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD
$469.00 (with COUPON CODE: BIZLT469)
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/vostro-15-5000/spd/vostro-15-5581-laptop/cav155w10pc23021v2?prg=1&VEN1=12383016-3796334-364a7d69-cb06-4914-85ef-40515667f5e3&cjevent=b06a0e23c2dd11e980e7003b0a240613&dgc=BF&DGSeg=BSD&cid=198376&lid=45675&acd=12309198376456750&VEN3=812004997321990118
Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 2x2 ..Would that make it or break in the wifi speeds ?
  Also if not needed for such heavy use any reason i should go for the windows 10 Pro version with all the features and business options?
 or hang around for a regular day to day one? which might be even lighter and have less, what i did realize with this laptop you can upgrade lots of the memory to higher specs which would not necessary work with lower models.
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« Reply #12051 on: August 19, 2019, 11:48:31 PM »
Dual Band 2.4&5 GHz, 2x2 ..Would that make it or break in the wifi speeds ?
  Also if not needed for such heavy use any reason i should go for the windows 10 Pro version with all the features and business options?
 or hang around for a regular day to day one? which might be even lighter and have less, what i did realize with this laptop you can upgrade lots of the memory to higher specs which would not necessary work with lower models.
It wouldn't make it or break it.

I don't see any reason not to take it even you don't need the Windows Pro. It's still a good buy.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12052 on: August 20, 2019, 08:25:11 AM »
Nice deal (it is a business device with Windows Pro, which is less common in deals)!

Dell Vostro 15 5000 Intel Core i5-8265U 15.6" 1080p Laptop w/ 8GB RAM, 256GB M.2 SSD
$469.00 (with COUPON CODE: BIZLT469)
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/vostro-15-5000/spd/vostro-15-5581-laptop/cav155w10pc23021v2?prg=1&VEN1=12383016-3796334-364a7d69-cb06-4914-85ef-40515667f5e3&cjevent=b06a0e23c2dd11e980e7003b0a240613&dgc=BF&DGSeg=BSD&cid=198376&lid=45675&acd=12309198376456750&VEN3=812004997321990118
Can you explain why this is a good deal in the machine?
thank you Yisroel

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12053 on: August 20, 2019, 08:27:12 AM »
Can you explain why this is a good deal in the machine?
thank you Yisroel
For this price, a current-gen i5, SSD, and FHD resolution is a good deal.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12054 on: August 20, 2019, 08:43:24 AM »
For this price, a current-gen i5, SSD, and FHD resolution is a good deal.
Is this laptop good for heavy duty work?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12055 on: August 20, 2019, 08:47:37 AM »
Is this laptop good for heavy duty work?
Not sure what "heavy-duty" means. It is a good basic laptop, not a powerhouse (I hope you're not looking for a powerhouse in the sub-$500 range...)

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« Reply #12056 on: August 20, 2019, 08:56:00 AM »
Not sure what "heavy-duty" means. It is a good basic laptop, not a powerhouse (I hope you're not looking for a powerhouse in the sub-$500 range...)
Will be using it for Adobe Photoshop, Surf the Web, Have Lots of  tabs open - like 15-20, music/vocal recording.

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« Reply #12057 on: August 20, 2019, 09:09:30 AM »
Will be using it for Adobe Photoshop, Surf the Web, Have Lots of  tabs open - like 15-20, music/vocal recording.
As said, this is a good basic laptop, it will run Photoshop and handle 20 tabs, but might give a hiccup here and there.

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« Reply #12058 on: August 20, 2019, 09:13:12 AM »
As said, this is a good basic laptop, it will run Photoshop and handle 20 tabs, but might give a hiccup here and there.
thanks. Final question: Do you think if I could wait until black friday, I should or this is just as good as a deal?
thanks

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« Reply #12059 on: August 20, 2019, 09:23:01 AM »
thanks. Final question: Do you think if I could wait until black friday, I should or this is just as good as a deal?
thanks
I don't know. There certainly might be a better deal, but you might not find it or miss it, and then you won't have this...