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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 #13140 on: November 15, 2021, 09:08:53 PM »
You can always just add more ram
is that true? Some laptops are sealed. And some boards can't handle more than a certain amount.

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« Reply #13141 on: November 15, 2021, 09:34:55 PM »
is that true? Some laptops are sealed. And some boards can't handle more than a certain amount.
Sealed?
Check the specs if the RAM is soldered on the motherboard.
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« Reply #13142 on: November 15, 2021, 10:04:59 PM »
is that true? Some laptops are sealed. And some boards can't handle more than a certain amount.

Yes most RAM can be easily accessed by removing some screws also usually soldered RAM only 1 stick of RAM is soldered

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« Reply #13143 on: November 15, 2021, 10:52:30 PM »
Yes most RAM can be easily accessed by removing some screws also usually soldered RAM only 1 stick of RAM is soldered
I beg to differ
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« Reply #13144 on: November 15, 2021, 11:43:39 PM »
is that true? Some laptops are sealed. And some boards can't handle more than a certain amount.
Solid points.
seems to be the right model, so it looks to be on the easy side of ram upgrades.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082MS8KKG/ can get a pair
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NZSKNBD/ or you can get a single 8gb stick to put in one, and use the 4gb stick it came with for the other so you get 8gb in each.
I doubt more than 8gb would be useful, the i3 will already be limiting, but if you want 12 or 16, it's not much more

Keep in mind you may/will probably void the warranty by doing this. I wouldn't worry.

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« Reply #13145 on: November 15, 2021, 11:58:05 PM »
Inspiron 15 3000 4gb still available at a new link
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/bc86

The 8gb version is going on sale for $50 more, $350
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/bc8g

The one you got (Sammy82) last time is currently on sale for $440 (better build, marginally better chip, 8gb ram)
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/bc54

(note 14" or 15")

Also on sale is an Asus 14 inch with a Pentium chip, 4gb ram, 128gb emmc storage. $200
https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/9970213/ASUS-E410-Laptop-14-Screen-Intel/
Will likely be underpowered, but you can try it and return if it doesn't work.
Can be taken out of windows S, but not back in once you leave.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13146 on: November 16, 2021, 12:34:33 PM »
Would the i3 with 4gb or 8gb be good for a computer that's going to be running only an EMR - it's a web-based program?

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« Reply #13147 on: November 16, 2021, 05:58:03 PM »
Would the i3 with 4gb or 8gb be good for a computer that's going to be running only an EMR - it's a web-based program?
Yes

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« Reply #13148 on: November 17, 2021, 04:09:09 PM »
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/bc94
Similar to the others. $329 for i3 and 8gb

(Kanal I don't actually recommend getting the lowest tier laptops, but if it works for you, great price)

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« Reply #13149 on: November 18, 2021, 09:49:25 AM »
I got the recent Walmart $279 deal for HP 15.6" Laptop, Intel Core i3-1115G4, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, Windows 10 Home,
I haven't opened yet but just noticed now that its windows 10 home. (Or windows 10 S) How does that differ from regular with windows? Will I be able to download chrome browser or other google apps?

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« Reply #13151 on: November 18, 2021, 12:09:37 PM »

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« Reply #13152 on: November 18, 2021, 02:57:36 PM »
Thank you! Does making this switch have any affect on the laptops performance?
Read the article?
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« Reply #13153 on: November 18, 2021, 06:21:13 PM »
Hello, I am looking for the cheapest decent laptop that I can find that will be used for one thing only, the desktop version of Microsoft Word.  Screen size can be 10"-15". Specs are not important as long as it can run regular desktop version of Word. Any suggestions?  TY to all.

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« Reply #13154 on: November 18, 2021, 06:23:20 PM »
ASUS ROG Strix G17 G713IM-UB74 17.3" Gaming Laptop Ryzen 7 4800H 16GB 512GB RTX 3060 $1069.99 Microsoft via eBay
AMD Ryzen 7 4800H 2.9 GHz up to 4.2 GHz
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« Reply #13155 on: November 18, 2021, 06:26:23 PM »
Hello, I am looking for the cheapest decent laptop that I can find that will be used for one thing only, the desktop version of Microsoft Word.  Screen size can be 10"-15". Specs are not important as long as it can run regular desktop version of Word. Any suggestions?  TY to all.
Do you specifically want something new or is used good too?
Maybe someone who got a new one because the internet was too slow on their old one, wants to sell the used one to you.
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« Reply #13156 on: November 18, 2021, 06:32:37 PM »
Hello, I am looking for the cheapest decent laptop that I can find that will be used for one thing only, the desktop version of Microsoft Word.  Screen size can be 10"-15". Specs are not important as long as it can run regular desktop version of Word. Any suggestions?  TY to all.

Asus VivoBook 14 F415EA-UB34 14" FHD Laptop (i3-1115G4 8GB 128GB) $319.99 Microsoft via eBay
Intel Core i3-1115G4 3.0 up to 4.1 GHz
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« Reply #13157 on: November 18, 2021, 07:05:59 PM »
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MSI GF63 15.6" Thin Gaming Laptop Intel i5-10300H, 8GB, 256GB, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 MaxQ $499
Intel Core i5-10300H 2.5GHz Quad-Core Processor
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« Reply #13158 on: November 19, 2021, 12:59:09 PM »
TY for your responses.  I had hoped for cheaper but maybe thats unrealistic

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« Reply #13159 on: November 20, 2021, 07:04:54 PM »
TY for your responses.  I had hoped for cheaper but maybe thats unrealistic
This sounds perfect for you

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