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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:

Spectre - Top of the line personal (dragonfly is the top of the line for business) - lightest laptops, and beautiful!

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 #12750 on: November 30, 2020, 01:18:20 PM »
Here is another one.
This one is obviously adequate...
Question is if I need this high level, if it's worth it for the added benefits and if I am going to spend that much...
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-p/thinkpad-p15v-mobile-workstation/p/20TRS00S00

Going down to $1449.00 tonight.

If you are a tech expert please chime in.

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15.6" UHD (3840 x 2160) IPS, anti-glare with Dolby Vision, HDR 400, 600 nits

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32 GB DDR4 2933MHz

Hard Drive
1 TB PCIe SSD

Warranty
1 Year Depot or Carry-in

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NVIDIA Quadro P620 4GB

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IR & 720p HD

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« Reply #12751 on: November 30, 2020, 11:21:39 PM »
I am sometimes accused of overthinking things. I am still mulling over whether that accusation has merit.

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« Reply #12752 on: December 01, 2020, 12:08:27 AM »
https://store.hp.com/us/en/pdp/hp-spectre-x360-laptop-13t-aw200-touch-9aj99av-1. get 16gb ram and the oled screen, and get the price up to $999 or more (pay $20 for color or whatever) then use code 10STACKBFCM21


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« Reply #12753 on: December 03, 2020, 01:49:15 AM »
Is this an ok price or decent price for this i3 10th generation HP laptop?
   256 SSD 8gb ram?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-15-6-Core-i3-Laptop/305611144?


HP 15.6" Core i3 Laptop
HPModel: 15-dy1091WMWalmart # 585935821

It's selling for $299.

 Or is there something in this price range that you guys recommend?
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« Reply #12754 on: December 03, 2020, 06:49:54 PM »
Is this an ok price or decent price for this i3 10th generation HP laptop?
   256 SSD 8gb ram?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-15-6-Core-i3-Laptop/305611144?


HP 15.6" Core i3 Laptop
HPModel: 15-dy1091WMWalmart # 585935821

It's selling for $299.

 Or is there something in this price range that you guys recommend?

It's not terrible, but compared to black friday and cyber monday deals....

This machine is the cheapest build, lowest quality no-name HP (it goes noname<pavilion<envy<spectre in the consumer lines of HP). The screen is not FHD (1080p) which for me is a deal breaker especially on a 15.6 inch.
This one https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-x360-2-in-1-14-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-memory-128gb-ssd-natural-silver/6405054.p?skuId=6405054 is $50 more, with half the storage, but is at least a Pavilion, and the 768 screen is not as bad in a 14inch.

I'd recommend waiting unless you need one right now. This one https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-ideapad-3-15-laptop-intel-core-i3-1005g1-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-platinum-grey/6426707.p?skuId=6426707 keeps going down to $300 as well, and has a better screen though it's a drop heavier.

Or raise your budget to $450-$500 where there are many good options such as https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-zenbook-14-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-mx350-256gb-ssd-light-gray/6403819.p?skuId=6403819 ($500) or https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/cty/pdp/spd/inspiron-15-5505-laptop/nn5505efpos?cartitemid=d12d4be5-41a8-40fc-a69b-a022671fd7e4 ($440 with code GIFT10, can get 10% off with amex business card). These have worlds better processors, much nicer screens, and better build overall (likely better battery life too).

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« Reply #12755 on: December 03, 2020, 06:58:27 PM »
The screen is not FHD (1080p) which for me is a deal breaker especially on a 15.6 inch.
+1. I have this one and I definitely regret not paying $60 more for FHD. I didn't know how bad a lower res screen was at the time, but there's really much less 'work space' on the screen and I don't like working on it.

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« Reply #12756 on: December 03, 2020, 07:38:42 PM »
It's not terrible, but compared to black friday and cyber monday deals....

This machine is the cheapest build, lowest quality no-name HP (it goes noname<pavilion<envy<spectre in the consumer lines of HP). The screen is not FHD (1080p) which for me is a deal breaker especially on a 15.6 inch.
This one https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-pavilion-x360-2-in-1-14-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-memory-128gb-ssd-natural-silver/6405054.p?skuId=6405054 is $50 more, with half the storage, but is at least a Pavilion, and the 768 screen is not as bad in a 14inch.

I'd recommend waiting unless you need one right now. This one https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-ideapad-3-15-laptop-intel-core-i3-1005g1-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-platinum-grey/6426707.p?skuId=6426707 keeps going down to $300 as well, and has a better screen though it's a drop heavier.

Or raise your budget to $450-$500 where there are many good options such as https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-zenbook-14-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-mx350-256gb-ssd-light-gray/6403819.p?skuId=6403819 ($500) or https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/cty/pdp/spd/inspiron-15-5505-laptop/nn5505efpos?cartitemid=d12d4be5-41a8-40fc-a69b-a022671fd7e4 ($440 with code GIFT10, can get 10% off with amex business card). These have worlds better processors, much nicer screens, and better build overall (likely better battery life too).
Wow, I hear you. Helping a sibling of mine. Will relay the info to him.

 Thanks for your time responding.

  He wants a decent laptop but then again not wanting to spend crazy as he doesn't do crazy usage on it.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12757 on: December 03, 2020, 08:31:31 PM »
Is this an ok price or decent price for this i3 10th generation HP laptop?
   256 SSD 8gb ram?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-15-6-Core-i3-Laptop/305611144?


HP 15.6" Core i3 Laptop
HPModel: 15-dy1091WMWalmart # 585935821

It's selling for $299.

 Or is there something in this price range that you guys recommend?
i have an extra blackfriday one ill flip to you if you need

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12758 on: December 03, 2020, 08:36:30 PM »

This machine is the cheapest build, lowest quality no-name HP (it goes noname<pavilion<envy<spectre in the consumer lines of HP).
Would that apply to the black friday specials they had on the HP website that was advertised on DDMS? (I ordered one)
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« Reply #12759 on: December 03, 2020, 09:34:32 PM »
Would that apply to the black friday specials they had on the HP website that was advertised on DDMS? (I ordered one)

https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/notebooks/ends-tonight-roundup-best-hp-cyber-monday-laptop-deals/ Which did you order? the 14 and 15 inch in this post are at least pavilion, the 17 is the lower tier. (There are for sure different levels in pavilion but unlike lenovo and dell, they don't number them to easily tell the difference.)


https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/notebooks/hot-hurry-hp-pavilion-14-core-i5-laptop-256gb-ssd-294-99-329-99-upgradeable-i7-plus-get-warranty-rebate/ This one looked good to me. Getting a newest gen i5, 8gb ram and FHD screen for under $400 is a great deal even if it's a plastic build. It may not last as long as a higher end computer, but that's the reason you paid less.....

Let us know how it works for you.

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« Reply #12760 on: December 03, 2020, 09:45:30 PM »
+1. I have this one and I definitely regret not paying $60 more for FHD. I didn't know how bad a lower res screen was at the time, but there's really much less 'work space' on the screen and I don't like working on it.

Just to throw it out there, the resolution is not the only thing that can make a screen feel really bad. Brightness, contrast, Color, and viewing angles make a difference too. (Mostly in that order IMHO)

That's a major difference between the lower and higher end laptops. These HPs for example give you a bad screen with the low res option, the higher res option is a completely different screen with better viewing angles and (probably) contrast and color.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12761 on: December 04, 2020, 12:57:26 AM »
https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/notebooks/ends-tonight-roundup-best-hp-cyber-monday-laptop-deals/ Which did you order? the 14 and 15 inch in this post are at least pavilion, the 17 is the lower tier. (There are for sure different levels in pavilion but unlike lenovo and dell, they don't number them to easily tell the difference.)


https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/notebooks/hot-hurry-hp-pavilion-14-core-i5-laptop-256gb-ssd-294-99-329-99-upgradeable-i7-plus-get-warranty-rebate/ This one looked good to me. Getting a newest gen i5, 8gb ram and FHD screen for under $400 is a great deal even if it's a plastic build. It may not last as long as a higher end computer, but that's the reason you paid less.....

Let us know how it works for you.
I ordered this one.
https://www.dansdeals.com/advertisement/hp-15-6-fhd-11th-gen-core-i7-laptop-16gb-ram-256gb-ssd-just-471-529-black-friday-savings-plus-get-70-upgrades-5/
Upgraded to FHD touch screen and backlit keyboard. wasn't sure if I should upgrade to 512gb SSD for $90 and I didn't

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« Reply #12762 on: December 04, 2020, 02:49:25 AM »
i have an extra blackfriday one ill flip to you if you need
Thanks, will reach out to you.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12763 on: December 11, 2020, 10:46:23 AM »
Is the Lenovo T490 for $750 a good deal?  I have a 14 inch Asus about three years old, and am generally happy except the screen has not felt comfortable for a long time.  Its either too dark (off battery) or washed out.  May be time for an upgrade?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12764 on: December 14, 2020, 05:59:42 PM »
I need a basic laptop for basic stuff and I don't really know what to do to find the right one. If anyone knows of any good deals on something they can recommend please let me know!