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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.

Excellent "Laptop Buying Guide" by @dailykasha, written for Black Friday 2021
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13080 on: October 11, 2021, 12:02:02 AM »
Are there any other good deals in the $550-$1,200 range? I need it to be really durable, heavy use for typing and basic use (no gaming, not much videos).

Prefer Dell.
Some decent deals here, I currently have a vostro that I got on a good sale, and it's definingly a premium build.
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/deals/laptop-tablet-deals

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13081 on: October 11, 2021, 01:09:24 AM »
This one seems like a pretty decent deal for 500:
https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/7961437/ASUS-VivoBook-15-F513-Laptop-156/
ASUS VivoBook 15 F513 Laptop, 15.6" Screen, i5-1135G7, 16GB Memory, 256GB SoSD, Windows 10 Home

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13082 on: October 11, 2021, 02:12:04 AM »
@Yo ssi I'm raising the question again if I should get this model or something else. I'm happy with the XPS I have now (albeit that it has an i7, while this is only i5), and I'm just about ready to buy a new laptop.

If you shoot this down, can you offer a comparable alternative?

(Keep in mind that I have a 10% off Dell offer from Amex, so it will cost me just over $600)

If you like it go for it.
I personally think this is a better overall deal.


you looking for 15 inch or 13 inch? not the same beheimah

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13083 on: October 11, 2021, 02:13:17 AM »
Looking for a basic chromebook to run Otzar Hachachma (harddrive) on. If any deals please let me know. Thanks
Does otzar run on chromebook?

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« Reply #13084 on: October 11, 2021, 02:18:38 AM »
I have alot of chrome extensions running what component would I need to invest in to have them run as quickly as possible? RAM? Processor? I easily have 20 tabs open at a time.
Hard to know exactly, depends what you run, are you referring to buying a new computer or upgrading your old, etc. If you are referring to your existing computer, open task manager and see if the ram or processor are being used to capacity. Also make sure you have an SSD, HDDs are not worth it anymore.

All that said, probably the single most important component for running multiple browser tabs is the Ram.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13085 on: October 11, 2021, 02:21:09 AM »
Are there any other good deals in the $550-$1,200 range? I need it to be really durable, heavy use for typing and basic use (no gaming, not much videos).

Prefer Dell.
The Lenovo linked earlier is a metal build. Totally go for that if 15 inch works for you.
That's a big price range :) . consider the LG gram. supposedly pretty durable, but not much in the way of gaming.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13086 on: October 11, 2021, 09:47:10 AM »
If you like it go for it.
I personally think this is a better overall deal.
The Lenovo linked earlier is a metal build. Totally go for that if 15 inch works for you.
That's a big price range :) . consider the LG gram. supposedly pretty durable, but not much in the way of gaming.
Thanks, I just ordered the Lenovo one.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13087 on: October 11, 2021, 09:50:41 AM »
Does otzar run on chromebook?
I'm hoping it does... why wouldn't it as long as there's a USB port?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13088 on: October 11, 2021, 11:18:21 AM »
I'm hoping it does... why wouldn't it as long as there's a USB port?
Ask them, IINM there's a program that needs to be installed
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13089 on: October 13, 2021, 12:17:46 AM »
https://www.costco.com/lenovo-ideapad-5-14%22-laptop---11th-gen-intel-core-i5-1135g7---1080p.product.100744710.html
not sure if this was posted.
$600
Lenovo IdeaPad 5 14"
i5-1135G7
1080p 300 nit screen
16GB ram
512 GB ssd
Metal
https://psref.lenovo.com/Search?kw=82FE00MEUS full specs

Probably worth $135 more than the https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/ausc posted above. But amex gives 10% back on dell so it's $419 for i3-1125G4, 8gb, 256 dell vs $600 for i5-1135G7, 16GB, 512 Lenovo. Build, screen, battery and weight are probably about the same.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13091 on: October 17, 2021, 12:50:36 AM »
Thanks, I just ordered the Lenovo one.
This is my first post from my new Lenovo laptop. Just getting it set up now, so it's a bit early for any real feedback, but it does seem to have a really solid, medal frame - exactly what I was looking for.

Obviously, there is so much more to a laptop than that, and I'll try to share my assessment as I get more used to it.

Thanks @Yo ssi and @Chuchum Ainer for the recommendation.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13092 on: October 17, 2021, 12:25:18 PM »
Question: Should I purchase an extended warrantee? And how about for drops and spills? I do have kids at home, and my mentality is that I want my laptop to last at least past the first year or two. It would cost me $62 to buy coverage for 24 months for standard care plus drops.

Also, when I set up my computer, I mistakenly clicked "remind me later" when it asked if I want to upgrade free to Windows 11. I realize now that to upgrade now it will be a patch upgrade, not a clean upgrade. What should I do now? Upgrade clean (a pain to redo all my installations), upgrade patch, or wait (I like windows 10, it's just that I always want to see what's next...)?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13093 on: October 17, 2021, 02:09:30 PM »
Question: Should I purchase an extended warrantee? And how about for drops and spills? I do have kids at home, and my mentality is that I want my laptop to last at least past the first year or two. It would cost me $62 to buy coverage for 24 months for standard care plus drops.

Also, when I set up my computer, I mistakenly clicked "remind me later" when it asked if I want to upgrade free to Windows 11. I realize now that to upgrade now it will be a patch upgrade, not a clean upgrade. What should I do now? Upgrade clean (a pain to redo all my installations), upgrade patch, or wait (I like windows 10, it's just that I always want to see what's next...)?
I always regretted buying warranties either wasn't needed or wasn't useful
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« Reply #13094 on: October 17, 2021, 02:21:31 PM »
I always regretted buying warranties either wasn't needed or wasn't useful
I once had an issue in which my laptop wouldn't turn on. I shipped it back to Dell and had a brand new one sent to me for free.

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« Reply #13095 on: October 17, 2021, 02:35:47 PM »
I once had an issue in which my laptop wouldn't turn on. I shipped it back to Dell and had a brand new one sent to me for free.
That should be included in the standard warranty
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« Reply #13096 on: October 17, 2021, 02:53:25 PM »
That should be included in the standard warranty
It was. But when my laptop later fell and the indicated light stopped working, they said it wasn't covered.

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« Reply #13097 on: October 17, 2021, 03:05:53 PM »
Depends how much you pay for it, depends how much you're paying for the laptop.

My view is the 2/3 years amex is plenty for warranty issues. What you might want to buy is accidental damage protection. I think prosupport plus or whatever includes it.

a $1k computer, paying $350 for four years accidental damage insurance, makes sense to me. a $600 machine, and $450 for for four years, does not make sense.

hope that helps.
My current opinion, will probably change based on my next experience :)

They are extra and useless until they aren't. I had a laptop die 1 week before the end of the 2 year warranty. Was a hassle, but got most of the money back.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13098 on: October 19, 2021, 08:43:11 PM »
Posted before, dropped $30 in price
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/b0ga $436.10 (after you scroll down and decline monthly support)
Inspiron 14 5410
Quad-core i3-1125g4
8gb ram
Metal

https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/b0g0 $514.50 (after you scroll down and decline monthly support)
Inspiron 15 touch 5515
Ryzen 5 5500U
8gb ram
Metal

Minus amex 10%, Rakuten is offering 8% cashback on dell. I doubt the new email 10% would work on these, Dell has been really weird about sending them out recently. I wouldn't sign up and wait before buying

These may be part of the sale ending in 11 hours.



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