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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 #13280 on: December 01, 2021, 02:59:52 PM »
For Cat18, maybe this pavilion is better bet?
Upgrade to FHD for sure. Upgrade the wifi and keyboard for free. Consider also the $80 Upgrade to 16gb

https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-laptop-15z-eh100-2h5a8av-1

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13281 on: December 05, 2021, 12:38:04 AM »
For Cat18, maybe this pavilion is better bet?
Upgrade to FHD for sure. Upgrade the wifi and keyboard for free. Consider also the $80 Upgrade to 16gb

https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-laptop-15z-eh100-2h5a8av-1

down to $450 with FHD screen

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13282 on: December 09, 2021, 09:16:29 PM »
Added a link to this excellent Guide in the wiki

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« Reply #13283 on: December 12, 2021, 01:24:44 AM »

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« Reply #13284 on: December 12, 2021, 01:58:16 AM »
Looking for something around $800, 16gb ram, all round good build, good screen etc. It will be used for a bunch of different tasks, including some photoshop and InDesign. prefer 15 inches
Any suggestions?
In other words, what's the best I can get for about $800?

considering the LG gram 15 for $750. Extremely light, backlit keyboard, fingerprint reader. i5 16gb. From what i've read, screen has decent brightness and color. Battery is apparently not what you'd expect from 80whr, but still pretty long.
But from what I understand the cooling is inadequate and you don't get good multitasking performance out of the i5 and 16gb. Does anyone here have experience with it?
https://www.costco.com/.product.1800777.html

The yoga 7i is $700, but only 8gb ram
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-yoga-7i-2-in-1-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-256gb-solid-state-drive-slate-grey/6426705.p?skuId=6426705
the 14 inch version does have 12gb, but would rather not 14.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-yoga-7i-2-in-1-14-touch-screen-laptop-intel-evo-platform-core-i5-12gb-memory-512gb-solid-state-drive-dark-moss/6426710.p?skuId=6426710

this envy for $879 better than the lg?
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-envy-2-in-1-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i7-16gb-memory-512gb-ssd-32gb-optane-natural-silver/6479183.p?skuId=6479183

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/yoga/yoga-2-in-1-series/yoga-7i-(15)/82bj0086us
yoga 7i with i7 12gb for $860 after code MERRYSAVING

can bump up to $950 for the yoga 7i with 16gb ram and good screen. worth it?
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/configurator/cto/index.html?bundleId=82BJCTO1WWUS1


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13285 on: December 14, 2021, 08:55:24 PM »
https://www.costco.com/.product.100794678.html
$650
Lenovo Flex 5 14inch
Ryzen 17 16 gb
Not a screaming deal, but solid mid-ranger

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13286 on: December 15, 2021, 04:45:44 PM »
I have a $200 off $800 dell offer (along with 10% off) soon expiring. Are these good laptop deals and worthwhile to get?
Was originally looking in $400/ mid point range, but maybe worthwhile to spend little more and get an $800 laptop if knocked down to $500ish. Thoughts?

https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/bxsj
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/bxrl
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/by9l

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13287 on: December 15, 2021, 05:20:24 PM »
I have a $200 off $800 dell offer (along with 10% off) soon expiring. Are these good laptop deals and worthwhile to get?
Was originally looking in $400/ mid point range, but maybe worthwhile to spend little more and get an $800 laptop if knocked down to $500ish. Thoughts?

https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/bxsj
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/bxrl
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/by9l
Couple of general points:
If you are going up to that budget, don't get anything from the 3000 line.
Make sure to decline the first month support.
The member purchase links are (usually) cheaper, for example https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/bxv5 is $16 cheaper than the non member link you posted.
Use a cashback portal, note that I believe the member links sometimes don't award cashback.


Regarding the actual deals: neither are bad deals. decent build, top of the line processor and 16gb RAM is great for ~$550.
The only question is if you can get better value. Doesn't seem like any of the XPS line is that low currently, thought it often drops to ~$700 for the 8gb 13 inch. You can maybe sell the offer and get a different laptop.

But if you can't wait (expiring soon) and don't have patience to sell, Both are good.

Isn't the 10% expiring today? Charge would need to post today I believe.
IMHO

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13288 on: December 19, 2021, 01:26:18 PM »
What laptop or desktop should I get for blue iris?
Can be used but needs to have H.265 hardware acceleration
https://ipcamtalk.com/wiki/choosing-hardware-for-blue-iris/
Are we going to forever regret that @yesitsme got Blue Iris? Can we just make him his own Blue Iris thread where he can post all videos about it?  :P

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13289 on: December 19, 2021, 05:44:27 PM »
Are we going to forever regret that @yesitsme got Blue Iris? Can we just make him his own Blue Iris thread where he can post all videos about it?  :P
Let's go
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« Reply #13290 on: December 19, 2021, 05:56:53 PM »
Let's go
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Here you go. https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=34113.0

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13292 on: December 22, 2021, 05:22:59 AM »
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpadt/t14s-amd-g2/20xf004vus
$937 after code MERRYSAVING
Ryzen 7 pro, 32gb 1tb 500 nit
Screen may be bad
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13293 on: December 23, 2021, 12:34:11 PM »
Have heard mixed things about those privacy screens. Overall great deal.

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpadt/t14s-amd-g2/20xf004vus
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« Reply #13294 on: December 24, 2021, 09:02:56 AM »
Ships in 4+ months!!!
From what I heard this had taken approx 4 weeks..
@sol19 Laptop has shipped!


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13295 on: December 28, 2021, 12:07:24 AM »
Not sure if this is proper thread as i'm looking for advice not to post any deals, but.....

I have $600 in amex credit to use ASAP along with $200 statement credit after 800 purchase. The way I figure it, the laptop should cost around 1100 + 100 for taxes, if I want to maximize my credits. This would allow me to spend out of pocket around 600 (for a 1200 laptop)

Alternatively, i can just get a $600-800 laptop and not spend much. I prefer this as have no need for such a high end laptop.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/sr/laptops/next-day-delivery?sortBy=price-ascending&min=500&max=1200&appliedRefinements=39551,31461,15689

https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/sr/laptops/15-inch?sortBy=price-ascending&min=500&max=1200&appliedRefinements=15604,39551,31461

Recommendations?

 


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13296 on: December 28, 2021, 12:38:23 AM »
Not sure if this is proper thread as i'm looking for advice not to post any deals, but.....
As the title says "Deals/Deal Requests"

I have $600 in amex credit to use ASAP along with $200 statement credit after 800 purchase. The way I figure it, the laptop should cost around 1100 + 100 for taxes, if I want to maximize my credits. This would allow me to spend out of pocket around 600 (for a 1200 laptop)
Not sure how the math adds up (1200 - 800 = 400). Sounds like you essentially have 800 off.

Alternatively, i can just get a $600-800 laptop and not spend much. I prefer this as have no need for such a high end laptop.
If that's what you prefer then why would you say:
The way I figure it, the laptop should cost around 1100 + 100 for taxes
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13297 on: December 28, 2021, 10:30:57 PM »
@Yo ssi i'm looking for advice as have $600 in amex credits to use (plus 200 off 800) and laptop needs to ship tomorrow. am resigned to fact that have to pay OOP for a laptop, the question is only how much.

i could spend $100 and get something like this ---
https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-5510-laptop/nn5510eyvjh
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/new-inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-5510-laptop/smi155w11p1c14101c
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/inspiron-16-plus-laptop/spd/inspiron-16-7610-laptop/smi167w10p1c103

or $400 and get something like this:
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/vostro-5510-laptop/spd/vostro-15-5510-laptop/smv155w11p1c5112c
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/latitude-3520-laptop/spd/latitude-15-3520-laptop/s027l352015us

I am leaning towards the lower end as it seems to fit my basic usage, but thought maybe worth to spend 300 more if really worth it. If you havent figured it out, i am not too tech savvy.


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13298 on: December 29, 2021, 01:16:15 AM »
What size are you looking for?
15 inch is the standard full size laptops most people are used to
13 and 14 are smaller and portable, at the expense of screen space. 16 is slightly larger.

I'd go with one of these
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/c7g1 $1,273.99
13 inch top of the line. touchscreen

https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/c5lv $1033.90
16 inch. Good proccesor, screen, etc. large battery. more powerful than the midrange dells. It weighs 4.43lbs

https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/c7px $730.10
15 inch. Midrange. touchscreen. a more normal 3.62 lbs

https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/dell-laptops-and-notebooks/new-inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-5510-laptop/smi155w11p1c14101c $649 (or $50 more for windows pro)
choose 16gb ram and windows 11 home
15 inch. Midrange. non touch. midrange processor. otherwise similar to the one before. not sure it has fingerprint reader, but i'd assume it does.


General notes:
the various "storefronts" may look the same, but you get different prices depending if you clicked a member link, a work link, or generic. To get the prices above, click the link from this post. make sure to decline monthly service so you save $4.89 and a major headache. Use code 50OFF699.
Buy accessories or XBOX giftcards to get to a threshold if you need.

hope that helps.
unfortunately the XPS line doesn't seem to be on a good sale right now

EDIT: the work link you posted was actually $21 cheaper than the member link I posted. Also, I didn't take into account if you need or prefer windows pro.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13299 on: December 29, 2021, 01:19:12 AM »
Looking for a good Laptop i5 or higher looking to spend $400-$600