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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 #13500 on: May 30, 2022, 03:30:21 PM »
Just curious, what did you end up buying?
I was Afaf and he didnt get anything yet..

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« Reply #13502 on: May 30, 2022, 11:09:23 PM »

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« Reply #13503 on: May 31, 2022, 01:34:18 AM »
+5 billion. I have mine a year or so longer than @Dan and use it daily, and it's perfect. Any bigger would make travel more difficult. As it is it barely opens on the things that pass for airplanes these days.
I have this laptop since 2016, and its still perfect and speedy. (which proves my theory that buying an expensive laptop every 7 years is  the way to go).
However, it doesn't support windows 11, so eventually will need to trade in. @Dan are you still using the X1? anyone else have recommendations for a top flight 14" laptop?

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« Reply #13504 on: May 31, 2022, 09:38:59 AM »
I have this laptop since 2016, and its still perfect and speedy. (which proves my theory that buying an expensive laptop every 7 years is  the way to go).
However, it doesn't support windows 11, so eventually will need to trade in. @Dan are you still using the X1? anyone else have recommendations for a top flight 14" laptop?
I went to the XPS13. Very happy with it.
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« Reply #13505 on: June 02, 2022, 01:28:15 PM »
looking for a laptop in the 13-15 inch range.

My wife needs it for remote log in work, general web browsing, cricuting, etc.

Dont need the most expensive but don't want base model either

any help would be appreciated4-

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« Reply #13506 on: June 13, 2022, 05:03:02 PM »
https://www.costco.com/.product.100800259.html?&EMID=B2C_2022_0613_Gaming_Event

does anyone have any thoughts on this deal? Is this a good laptop?

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« Reply #13507 on: June 14, 2022, 09:36:38 PM »
any help would be appreciated

I don't know what cricuting is, and not sure if by remote login you mean regular consumer TeamViewer and LogMeIn, or windows pro servers etc. But here are some options which are, IMO, worth it at their respective current prices.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/laptops/intel/spd/inspiron-15-3511-laptop/nn3511eyxsh
$323, cheaper with amex credits.
15 inch. Cheap, but decent computer. i3 8gb 128gb. Non touch. Plastic
Will work for regular work but not like video editing etc. Battery will be OK, but not better than that. $26 more for the 256gb version. FTR, the i5 version often drops to under $400

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-Aspire-5-14-0-Full-HD-IPS-Display-11th-Gen-Intel-Core-i5-1135G7-8GB-DDR4-256GB-M-2-NVMe-PCIe-SSD-Wi-Fi-6-AX201-802-11ax-Safari-Gold-Windows-11-H/945394621
$379
14 inch. Decent computer, metal build, Non touch, i5 8gb 256gb. non touch

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-zenbook-14-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-mx450-256gb-ssd-light-grey/6460365.p?skuId=6460365
$470
14 inch. Non touch. Ryzen 5 8gb 256. The graphics cards is entry level, but helps takes some strain off the regular ram. The listed weight on bestbuy.com is 4.84 lbs, but the actual weight is around 2.7lbs.

https://www.microcenter.com/product/647547/lenovo-ideapad-slim-7-14itl05-14-laptop-computer-grey
$500, $20 shipping.
14 inch. Weird fabric cover on top. i5 8gb 512gb
Higher end build, good screen.

Micro center also has in in store only, the refurbished ideapad 5 pro. better because it has 16b ram. worse because refurbs are a hit or miss. A friend just purchased one, jury is still out if it's worth it.

https://www.costco.com/.product.100800259.html
Lg gram 15 inch non touch. The laptop you linked
$700
i5 16gb 512gb. Metal, decent specs. What you pay for here is an unatural weight and a large battery. It recently went down to $600 after a rebate in the form of $150 costco giftcard. $700 is still a decent price.
@AsherO care to comment?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/255342825092 Lenovo slim 9i (not the most recent release with intel 12 gen)
$847
14 inch
High end sleek computer. Touchscreen, not 2 in 1

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/yoga/yoga-2-in-1-series/82qg0014us
16inch. 4.4 lbs is on the heavier side, but pretty good for the size.
Powerful.
2in1/touchscreen foldable
$855 after codes JUNEBIGDEAL YOGASALE13
newest 12th gen i5


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13508 on: June 14, 2022, 10:05:19 PM »
Cricut is a cutting machine, Iím not sure what specs you need for designing/configuring Cricut stuff on a computer.

Iím very happy with the LG so far, the same specs can be had for less but the Gram is super thin and practically as light as 15.6Ē laptops get, which has been a priority for me. Having said that, the speakers on the LG suck for media, and that might be a dealbreaker for some.

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« Reply #13509 on: June 14, 2022, 11:34:00 PM »
Iím looking for a reliable laptop in $700 range (give or take). This is for college/ office work as well as for photography (picture,video editing).
Ideally I would want a bright screen with good graphics. Dedicated graphics for video editing, SSD and good processor.

15.6 imch is preferred and touch screen is a plus.

Anyone know any laptops in this range that they can recommend?

Much appreciated to all of ddf.

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« Reply #13510 on: June 15, 2022, 09:56:09 AM »
Is this DEll OK for the Amex $200 credit.  I missed the I5 and
I have till end of month or I will lose credit

Might stream Amazon prime and HULU on it when in Europe. or give awa to someone. needy
Any other advice

https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/laptops/intel/spd/inspiron-15-3511-laptop/nn3511eyxsh

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« Reply #13511 on: June 15, 2022, 10:36:45 AM »
Iím looking for a reliable laptop in $700 range (give or take). This is for college/ office work as well as for photography (picture,video editing).
Ideally I would want a bright screen with good graphics. Dedicated graphics for video editing, SSD and good processor.

15.6 imch is preferred and touch screen is a plus.

Anyone know any laptops in this range that they can recommend?

Much appreciated to all of ddf.

your asking for alot for just 700 bucks. you may have to wait for something to go on sale before you get something for that price.
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« Reply #13512 on: June 15, 2022, 10:40:30 AM »
I don't know what cricuting is, and not sure if by remote login you mean regular consumer TeamViewer and LogMeIn, or windows pro servers etc. But here are some options which are, IMO, worth it at their respective current prices.

https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/laptops/intel/spd/inspiron-15-3511-laptop/nn3511eyxsh
$323, cheaper with amex credits.
15 inch. Cheap, but decent computer. i3 8gb 128gb. Non touch. Plastic
Will work for regular work but not like video editing etc. Battery will be OK, but not better than that. $26 more for the 256gb version. FTR, the i5 version often drops to under $400

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Acer-Aspire-5-14-0-Full-HD-IPS-Display-11th-Gen-Intel-Core-i5-1135G7-8GB-DDR4-256GB-M-2-NVMe-PCIe-SSD-Wi-Fi-6-AX201-802-11ax-Safari-Gold-Windows-11-H/945394621
$379
14 inch. Decent computer, metal build, Non touch, i5 8gb 256gb. non touch

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-zenbook-14-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-8gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-mx450-256gb-ssd-light-grey/6460365.p?skuId=6460365
$470
14 inch. Non touch. Ryzen 5 8gb 256. The graphics cards is entry level, but helps takes some strain off the regular ram. The listed weight on bestbuy.com is 4.84 lbs, but the actual weight is around 2.7lbs.

https://www.microcenter.com/product/647547/lenovo-ideapad-slim-7-14itl05-14-laptop-computer-grey
$500, $20 shipping.
14 inch. Weird fabric cover on top. i5 8gb 512gb
Higher end build, good screen.

Micro center also has in in store only, the refurbished ideapad 5 pro. better because it has 16b ram. worse because refurbs are a hit or miss. A friend just purchased one, jury is still out if it's worth it.

https://www.costco.com/.product.100800259.html
Lg gram 15 inch non touch. The laptop you linked
$700
i5 16gb 512gb. Metal, decent specs. What you pay for here is an unatural weight and a large battery. It recently went down to $600 after a rebate in the form of $150 costco giftcard. $700 is still a decent price.
@AsherO care to comment?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/255342825092 Lenovo slim 9i (not the most recent release with intel 12 gen)
$847
14 inch
High end sleek computer. Touchscreen, not 2 in 1

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/yoga/yoga-2-in-1-series/82qg0014us
16inch. 4.4 lbs is on the heavier side, but pretty good for the size.
Powerful.
2in1/touchscreen foldable
$855 after codes JUNEBIGDEAL YOGASALE13
newest 12th gen i5

 Got it. Thanks
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13513 on: June 15, 2022, 05:48:08 PM »
Whatís the cheapest laptop if I only want to use for word and publisher

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« Reply #13514 on: June 15, 2022, 05:58:11 PM »
Whatís the cheapest laptop if I only want to use for word and publisher

Depending on what youíre doing with Publisher, the lowest specs might lock up (working with larger files). The $323 laptop posted by Chechem Ainer should do the job

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« Reply #13515 on: June 16, 2022, 01:11:25 AM »
Iím looking for a
reliable laptop, $700 range, college/ office work, photography (picture,video editing), bright screen good graphics. Dedicated graphics for video editing, SSD and good processor, 15.6 inch is preferred, and touch screen is a plus.

I think you can get all that if you drop the dedicated graphics and maybe change sizes.
What video work are we talking about? if it's basic color correction, cropping, trimming, etc, I think you're fine without a discrete card. If it involves often producing videos using Premier Pro or the equivalent, yeah, you'll need to up your budget.

https://www.costco.com/lenovo-ideapad-5-pro-14%22-touchscreen-laptop---amd-ryzen-5-5600u---2240-x-1400---windows-11.product.100794404.html
$650
14 inch, Ryzen 5 16gb 512 gb. 100% srgb (good color) 300 nit (acceptable brightness, not extra bright). Touchscreen.
Full specs https://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/IdeaPad/IdeaPad_5_Pro_14ACN6?M=82L700BPUS

The refurbished versions are available for $500 at microcenter. I wouldn't recommend unless you know computers and really check it out, or collect some good reviews.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13516 on: June 16, 2022, 01:17:30 AM »
Is this DEll OK for the Amex $200 credit.  I missed the I5 and
I have till end of month or I will lose credit

Might stream Amazon prime and HULU on it when in Europe. or give awa to someone. needy
Any other advice

https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/laptops/intel/spd/inspiron-15-3511-laptop/nn3511eyxsh

It's a decent budget computer.

If it's just the credit, consider selling it here on DDF, purchasing some bose ear buds (their cases are large and clunky), or getting a sleeve https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/sleeves/ar/7306, mouse and/or keyboard https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/dell/just-released-logitech-mx-mechanical-keyboard-mx-master-3s-mouse-sale-dell-save-amex-business-cards-expiring-dell-credit/


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« Reply #13517 on: June 16, 2022, 04:45:05 AM »
It's a decent budget computer.

If it's just the credit, consider selling it here on DDF, purchasing some bose ear buds (their cases are large and clunky), or getting a sleeve https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/sleeves/ar/7306, mouse and/or keyboard https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/dell/just-released-logitech-mx-mechanical-keyboard-mx-master-3s-mouse-sale-dell-save-amex-business-cards-expiring-dell-credit/

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13518 on: June 16, 2022, 08:16:57 AM »
Depending on what youíre doing with Publisher, the lowest specs might lock up (working with larger files). The $323 laptop posted by Chechem Ainer should do the job
going to be used to make yearbooks In  school

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« Reply #13519 on: June 16, 2022, 09:44:29 PM »
Great deal on Microsoft.com

Acer ConceptD 5 CN515-51-72FX Connected 15.6 Laptop

15.6-inch Full HD LED display
Intel Core i7-8705G 4-Core 3.10 up to 4.10 GHz
16GB DDR4
512GB SSD
$577
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/d/acer-conceptd-5-cn515-51-72fx-connected-156-laptop