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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 #12180 on: December 02, 2019, 11:33:05 AM »
https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-pavilion-laptop-15z-5mu54av-1 $449 and decent specs

Can someone chime in about this?
I need touch.. Not sure what this processor is vs the i7

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« Reply #12181 on: December 02, 2019, 11:40:38 AM »
Can someone chime in about this?
I need touch.. Not sure what this processor is vs the i7
You would certainly want a FHD screen (another $50).

The AMD processors are certainly not as good as the laterst-gen i7s (even the Ryzen 7), the Ryzen 5 is a bit less than the i5.

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« Reply #12182 on: December 02, 2019, 11:44:45 AM »
You would certainly want a FHD screen (another $50).

The AMD processors are certainly not as good as the laterst-gen i7s (even the Ryzen 7), the Ryzen 5 is a bit less than the i5.

Ok, ill pass on it then.

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« Reply #12183 on: December 02, 2019, 12:59:58 PM »
Any good deals for a Dell XPS 15 with 1 TB SSD (16 or 32 GB RAM)? Or a Lenovo X1 with same specs?

I have AMEX Plat Biz with 10% off plus $100 toward Dell if that helps.

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« Reply #12184 on: December 02, 2019, 06:36:58 PM »
As I posted on DDMS, there is still an active 499.99 code for the Dell Inspiron i5 7000 2-in-1 - it's DBLTCM13.

I ordered this, with the 10% Amex offer stacked with the $100 credit. I'm going to assume it's one of the best available deals for a 2-in-1. Please enlighten me if I'm wrong- I'm no techie. TIA.
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« Reply #12185 on: December 02, 2019, 08:00:04 PM »
Any good deals for a Dell XPS 15 with 1 TB SSD (16 or 32 GB RAM)? Or a Lenovo X1 with same specs?

I have AMEX Plat Biz with 10% off plus $100 toward Dell if that helps.
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/mpp/productdetail/3g80

This is a decent deal. You can sign up for dell rewards and get an additional 10% Off, plus the amex offers. You can also use a cashback site for even more savings. Most are giving 15-17% back for Dell today

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« Reply #12186 on: December 02, 2019, 11:51:12 PM »
Is generally hp as good as dell?
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« Reply #12187 on: December 03, 2019, 12:01:53 AM »
Is generally hp as good as dell?
all depends on spec but if same I would chose dell

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« Reply #12188 on: December 03, 2019, 12:34:36 AM »
Is there any upgrades that would be worth the money to add on the Xps13 ? Need just for simple home use.




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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12189 on: December 03, 2019, 01:15:01 PM »
There still are some incredible deals to be had:

HP 14", Intel Core i5-1035G4 3.70GHz 10th Gen, 128GB SSD, 4GB RAM, for $300 from ebay - https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-HP-14-Intel-Core-i5-1035G4-3-70GHz-10th-Gen-128GB-SSD-4GB-RAM-Win-10-Silver/193186157883

HP 15" touchscreen, AMD Ryzen 7, 12GB memory/256GB SSD, AMD Radeon RX Vega 10 Graphics for $399 from microsoft store - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/hp-15-ef0875ms-laptop/90gc7ffpbnxd?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
You can also get another $40 off from targeted chase offer of 20% off up to $40, dropping this to only $360. This may be a better deal for some than yesterdays deal from HP, though that one was equipped with core i7 which is a bit better than Ryzen 7, this deal includes a touchscreen, While from HP it was upgradable for another $50.

Lenovo ideapad S340 15.6" Laptop, Intel Core i5-8265U, 8GB Memory, 128GB Solid State Drive for $369 from Walmart - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lenovo-ideapad-S340-15-6-Laptop-Intel-Core-i5-8265U-Quad-Core-Processor-8GB-Memory-128GB-Solid-State-Drive-Windows-10-Abyss-Blue-81N800H2US/484015830?selected=true

Lenovo Ideapad 330s 15.6" Laptop, Windows 10, AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Quad-Core Processor, 8GB Memory, 256GB Storage, for $330 from Walmert - https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lenovo-Ideapad-330s-15-6-Laptop-Windows-10-AMD-Ryzen-5-2500U-Quad-Core-Processor-8GB-Memory-256GB-Storage-Platinum-Grey-81FB00HKUS/273186587?

Acer Aspire 3 15.6" Notebook, FULL HD SCREEN, Intel i3, 4GB Memory, 1TB HD, for $220 from staples! - https://www.staples.com/acer-aspire-3-a315-53-30n0-notebook-intel-i3-4gb-memory-windows-10/product_24422064
Probably the cheapest new laptop deal ever with an intel core processor.

HP Pavilion 14" Laptop, Intel Core i5, 8GB Memory 1TB for $369 - https://www.staples.com/hp-pavilion-14-ce2068s-6me71ua-aba-14-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory/product_24393910

HP 15, Intel Core i3-1005G1, 8GB memory/128GB SSD for $260 after chase offer from Microsoft - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/hp-15-dy1731ms-laptop-10th-gen-intel-core-i3/919b27zb6cm8?activetab=pivot:reviewstab

HP ENVY 13.3-inch Full HD touchscreen Intel Core i5-8265U 8GB memory/256GB SSD fro $440 after chase offer - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/hp-envy-13-aq0011ms-laptop/93tjc4252km8?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

Dell Inspiron 14 5481 (2-in-1) Touch 14-inch HD touchscreen Intel Core i3-8145U 4GB memory/128GB SSD from Microsoft for $310 after Chase offer - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/dell-inspiron-14-5481-2-in-1-touch-laptop-i3481-3236gry-pus/8s3v20b8bqjj?activetab=pivot%3aoverviewtab

Acer 14" Spin 3 Multi-Touch 2-in-1 Laptop core i5 Full HD touchscreen 8GB DDR4 | 1TB SATA HDD for $419 from B&H - https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1513059-REG/acer_nx_h60aa_001_spin_3_2_in_1_i5_8265u.html/quick-compare
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« Reply #12190 on: December 03, 2019, 01:58:27 PM »


There still are some incredible deals to be had:


Acer Aspire 3 15.6" Notebook, FULL HD SCREEN, Intel i3, 4GB Memory, 1TB HD, for $220 from staples! - https://www.staples.com/acer-aspire-3-a315-53-30n0-notebook-intel-i3-4gb-memory-windows-10/product_24422064
Probably the cheapest new laptop deal ever with an intel core processor.


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« Reply #12191 on: December 03, 2019, 05:17:46 PM »
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/mpp/productdetail/3g80

This is a decent deal. You can sign up for dell rewards and get an additional 10% Off, plus the amex offers. You can also use a cashback site for even more savings. Most are giving 15-17% back for Dell today

Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. My only question is which screen to get, since I also found a good deal on the same specs but with other screen options (1080p and 4k IPS). I don't care about the money, only performance, also don't value touch screen.

Normally I would get OLED since it's supposed to be the most beautiful screen, but I'm a little worried about long-term burn-in, and other QC issues I've seen reported on the OLED screens (banding). So I could get 4k IPS non-touch, but some say it's overkill on a 15" screen and just drains the battery (though I usually work plugged in). So I could just get 1080, but it seems strange that to still be buying a 1080 screen on a such a powerful laptop that I plan to use for 4+ years.

Thoughts?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12192 on: December 03, 2019, 05:32:22 PM »
Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. My only question is which screen to get, since I also found a good deal on the same specs but with other screen options (1080p and 4k IPS). I don't care about the money, only performance, also don't value touch screen.

Normally I would get OLED since it's supposed to be the most beautiful screen, but I'm a little worried about long-term burn-in, and other QC issues I've seen reported on the OLED screens (banding). So I could get 4k IPS non-touch, but some say it's overkill on a 15" screen and just drains the battery (though I usually work plugged in). So I could just get 1080, but it seems strange that to still be buying a 1080 screen on a such a powerful laptop that I plan to use for 4+ years.

Thoughts?
i am currently using a dell xps 13 with the better display and i go crazy 4 it now that i"m used to this i can"t see myself going back to a 1080p.
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« Reply #12193 on: December 03, 2019, 05:41:56 PM »
Thanks for the quick response. Maybe I don't realize what I'm missing out on since I currently have 1080p on my XPS 15. Even on your XPS 13 you notice the difference of 4k? I'm glad to hear it, because some people say it's overkill even for an XPS 15 and causes scaling issues and drains the battery needlessly.

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« Reply #12194 on: December 03, 2019, 06:29:27 PM »
Thanks for the quick response. Maybe I don't realize what I'm missing out on since I currently have 1080p on my XPS 15. Even on your XPS 13 you notice the difference of 4k? I'm glad to hear it, because some people say it's overkill even for an XPS 15 and causes scaling issues and drains the battery needlessly.
my model is from afew years ago so it dosn"t have 4k but it has this display 13.3-inch UltraSharp(TM) QHD+ (3200 x 1800) Infinity Edge touch display.

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