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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 #12840 on: February 22, 2021, 02:19:57 PM »
https://www.walmart.com/ip/EVOO-15-6-FHD-Ultra-Thin-Intel-Core-i7-8GB-Memory-256GB-SSD-Windows-10-Home-Black/980142444

Anyone have opinions on this machine? Obviously cons are EVOO and Walmart, but on the plus side it's cheap and has enough specs to do Zoom, run Excel, play games. Assuming this is good enough for normal home use, can I do better at this price point (or for slightly more)?

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« Reply #12841 on: February 22, 2021, 02:48:33 PM »
Anyone have opinions on this machine? Obviously cons are EVOO and Walmart, but on the plus side it's cheap and has enough specs to do Zoom, run Excel, play games. Assuming this is good enough for normal home use, can I do better at this price point (or for slightly more)?
It's Intel Core i7-6660U, aside for the gaming it should do the trick. There definitely has been and will be better deals out there, I'd stick to a known brand.

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« Reply #12842 on: February 22, 2021, 03:40:15 PM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12843 on: February 22, 2021, 04:02:12 PM »
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/6425056.p?skuId=6425056

Thanks for your earlier response. Just making sure this post isn't meant to be an alternative to the one I posted... it has a Celeron processor, 14" screen, and half as much memory, HDD- fewer ports, poorer graphics...

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12844 on: February 22, 2021, 06:46:28 PM »
I like this chromebook: https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-X360-14-Celeron-2-in-1-Touch-4GB-64GB-Chromebook-Teal-Intel-Celeron-N4000-4GB-RAM-64-GB-eMMC-Teal-14a-ca0030wm/853816774

Costs 299 (more than your looking for) but I got it for 220 cyber Monday (black friday it was 179 for about a billionth of a second but I'm sure no human actually managed to buy it at that price).
looking for a chromebook too.

Any comments on this one? https://www.walmart.com/ip/HP-14-Pentium-4GB-64GB-Chromebook-14-HD-Display-Intel-Pentium-Silver-N5000-4GB-RAM-64GB-eMMC-Intel-UHD-Graphics-605-14a-na0031wm/579653715
it's a pentium which is better than the celerons most have, and seems a good price. The other is touchscreen, but I don't know how useful that is for most users.

The lenovo Flex 5 13.3 was on sale for $350 at some point, and seems to be very powerful but slightly more expensive.

I'm probably going to get the Lenovo Duet and see how it works.

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« Reply #12845 on: February 22, 2021, 07:15:56 PM »
Thanks for your earlier response. Just making sure this post isn't meant to be an alternative to the one I posted... it has a Celeron processor, 14" screen, and half as much memory, HDD- fewer ports, poorer graphics...
That's correct.

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« Reply #12846 on: February 22, 2021, 08:07:11 PM »
looking for a cheap all in one for basic use, nothing fancy. i saw some deals for about $450-$500 but they expired.

was wondering if there is anything out there right now?

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« Reply #12847 on: February 22, 2021, 08:38:57 PM »


I'm probably going to get the Lenovo Duet and see how it works.

10.1 inch screen is tiny.
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« Reply #12848 on: February 24, 2021, 10:26:49 AM »
looking for a cheap all in one for basic use, nothing fancy. i saw some deals for about $450-$500 but they expired.

was wondering if there is anything out there right now?
.

I have this one in my cart right now and interested in opinions... there are a few other ones in the Compare section that are fairly similar in specs and price too.
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/mpp/productdetail/7lsr

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« Reply #12849 on: February 24, 2021, 08:14:04 PM »
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I have this one in my cart right now and interested in opinions... there are a few other ones in the Compare section that are fairly similar in specs and price too.
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/mpp/productdetail/7lsr
You quoted his message which says all in one but your link is a laptop....

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« Reply #12850 on: February 25, 2021, 08:47:00 AM »
You quoted his message which says all in one but your link is a laptop....

Oops. Sorry, guess I had tunnel vision

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12851 on: March 01, 2021, 10:29:04 PM »
XPS 13.3" 7390 FHD i7-10710U, 16GB, 512GB SSD $881.99
10th Generation Intel Core i7-10710U Processor (12MB Cache, up to 4.7 GHz, 6 cores)
Windows 10 Home
Intel UHD Graphics
13.3-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Non-Touch Display
512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
16GB, LPDDR3, 2133MHz, Integrated
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12852 on: March 04, 2021, 03:22:26 PM »
Any thoughts re Dell XPS 13" 2 in 1, model # 9310?
$1600 at Amazon for the 2020 version. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LKTW8WP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_MGMREJM7S8X1B6F05J7Q?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Dell has the new model (better screen) for $2250, but there is a 17% sale currently. https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/2-in-1-laptops/new-xps-13-2-in-1-laptop/spd/xps-13-9310-2-in-1-laptop/x29310cto240h
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ETA: Amazon's is 512 mb SSD. Dell's is 1 tb.
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« Reply #12853 on: March 04, 2021, 04:26:59 PM »
Any thoughts re Dell XPS 13" 2 in 1, model # 9310?
$1600 at Amazon for the 2020 version. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LKTW8WP/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_fabc_MGMREJM7S8X1B6F05J7Q?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Dell has the new model (better screen) for $2250, but there is a 17% sale currently. https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/2-in-1-laptops/new-xps-13-2-in-1-laptop/spd/xps-13-9310-2-in-1-laptop/x29310cto240h
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ETA: Amazon's is 512 mb SSD. Dell's is 1 tb.
Also Amazon is FHD (1920 x 1200) Dell UHD (3840 x 2400)

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« Reply #12854 on: March 04, 2021, 04:55:39 PM »
Also Amazon is FHD (1920 x 1200) Dell UHD (3840 x 2400)
That's what I was referring to about the screen. Not so applicable to someone using an external monitor, though.