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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, updated for holidays 2023

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13700 on: December 13, 2022, 04:47:25 AM »
$229 Asus F515 with 11th gen i3, 4GB RAM (soldered) and tiny 128GB SSD.
Great deal for basic office laptop. Note you can (and maybe should) upgrade the RAM. Has an empty 2.5" drive slot.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-VivoBook-15-6-1080p-PC-Laptops-Intel-Core-i3-4GB-RAM-128GB-SSD-Windows-11-Home-in-S-Mode-Slate-Gray-F515EA-WS31/910966761

https://laptopmedia.com/highlights/inside-asus-vivobook-15-f515-disassembly-and-upgrade-options/
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13701 on: December 13, 2022, 06:01:51 AM »
$229 Asus F515 with 11th gen i3, 4GB RAM (soldered) and tiny 128GB SSD.
Great deal for basic office laptop. Note you can (and maybe should) upgrade the RAM. Has an empty 2.5" drive slot.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-VivoBook-15-6-1080p-PC-Laptops-Intel-Core-i3-4GB-RAM-128GB-SSD-Windows-11-Home-in-S-Mode-Slate-Gray-F515EA-WS31/910966761

https://laptopmedia.com/highlights/inside-asus-vivobook-15-f515-disassembly-and-upgrade-options/

i agree with you. many people go cheap and buy chromebooks or laptops with 64 or even worse, 32 gb emmc hard drives. plus they usually cannot be upgraded with more ram. this time of laptop is the cheapest you can go and still have a semi-normal computer.

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« Reply #13702 on: December 13, 2022, 09:26:59 AM »
i agree with you. many people go cheap and buy chromebooks or laptops with 64 or even worse, 32 gb emmc hard drives. plus they usually cannot be upgraded with more ram. this time of laptop is the cheapest you can go and still have a semi-normal computer.
...and don't forget, they then come to you for help and there often isn't anything you can do for them.
When people ask me for help, I am sometimes willing to compromise on a budget processor (I tell them it will run slow at times), but I tell them they will regret buying an eMMC. Unless, of course, you can add a cheap SSD, mirror the drives and then ignore the original. And you don't buy a computer with 4GB of RAM unless you can add more. It is too great of a bridge burned.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13706 on: December 14, 2022, 12:29:23 PM »
Awful screen. I'd get the inspiron i3 from Dell for $299 (you can purchase an amex credit or offer from someone in the forums)  or flex 5 from Costco $299.97.
flex is 14' . hes looking for a home pc.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13708 on: December 15, 2022, 05:56:16 AM »
Looks like I missed this sale. Any other good deals for a home use laptop
Awful screen. I'd get the inspiron i3 from Dell for $299 (you can purchase an amex credit or offer from someone in the forums)  or flex 5 from Costco $299.97.
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3511-laptop/nn3511eyxsh

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13709 on: December 15, 2022, 06:10:36 AM »
Surface Go 2 (10.5 inch) 256 GB LTE unlocked, New on Woot for $370 (on amazon for $440):

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« Reply #13710 on: December 15, 2022, 08:08:17 AM »


Interesting, the Dell is not on such a big sale. Why is it so good? And it's i3?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13712 on: December 18, 2022, 07:12:10 PM »
only $99! seems like a decent deal for those in market for cheap 14" laptop

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-14-0-laptop-intel-celeron-n4020-4gb-memory-64gb-emmc-star-black/6498806.p?skuId=6498806
Friend just bought this. Can this work without being connected to the internet? When it turns on it asks to get connected. Any work around?

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« Reply #13713 on: December 19, 2022, 04:40:09 AM »
$450 Yoga 6 13.3" 2-in-1 with Ryzen 5. Note that the 8GB of RAM is soldered and cannot be upgraded.
The price had been hanging out in the $550 area for a year or so (when on sale, kamuvan), and has been $500 for a few days. Was about to order it for someone yesterday and suddenly discovered it had dropped again.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-yoga-6-13-3-wuxga-1920-x-1200-touch-2-in-1-laptop-ryzen-5-5500u-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-dark-teal/6502221.p?skuId=6502221
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13714 on: December 19, 2022, 06:00:51 AM »
Friend just bought this. Can this work without being connected to the internet? When it turns on it asks to get connected. Any work around?
there is. you can google it. there is one method with going through command prompt. just to let you know, its only for setup that you need interenet, afterwards you can use it w/o.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13715 on: December 19, 2022, 12:06:05 PM »
Any deals on Dell.com?

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« Reply #13716 on: December 26, 2022, 09:38:21 PM »
Any input? I usually have 20+ chrome windows open at once and multiple excel sheets.




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« Reply #13717 on: December 27, 2022, 03:23:59 AM »
Any input? I usually have 20+ chrome windows open at once and multiple excel sheets.
I'm not going to make the decision for you, but I'll give you some info to help you decide.

1. Very little difference between 11th gen i5 and i7 (at least the ones that end in G7), so I wouldn't give that any weight.
2. 3000 series made of plastic. Get 5000 and up if you are spending good money.
3. You sure 13" is large enough for your Excel sheets? (I assume you are talking about normal Excel sheets, and not massive Excel files that require massive CPU power.)
4. The third one has soldered RAM, and according to reviews it is not upgradeable. 16GB should be enough but sometimes 32GB is better, and doesn't cost too much to upgrade. So, the third option is a burnt bridge for upgrading the RAM.
5. Some of them have Windows 10. Personally, I use both but prefer 10 when they give it to me.
6. Did you check Dell Outlet? You may be able to get these cheaper.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13718 on: December 28, 2022, 04:27:40 PM »
I'm looking to setup a home office with a laptop as the computer attached to a docking station.

Mainly used for excel and files. But I tend to have numerous files open being worked on at the same time (around a dozen). Any recommendations? Speed is key for me

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13719 on: December 28, 2022, 04:32:12 PM »
I'm looking to setup a home office with a laptop as the computer attached to a docking station.

Mainly used for excel and files. But I tend to have numerous files open being worked on at the same time (around a dozen). Any recommendations? Speed is key for me
May I ask why not a regular desktop?
Also, are you asking for recommendations for a laptop, or for the whole setup?