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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: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #140 on: December 01, 2011, 10:29:48 PM »
Ohhh, thanks for clarifying...

I guess I'll wait.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #141 on: December 01, 2011, 10:37:24 PM »
Ohhh, thanks for clarifying...

I guess I'll wait.

There were really good deals last week, you could see more on the older post
Prob worth it to wait

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #142 on: December 01, 2011, 10:38:19 PM »
There were really good deals last week, you could see more on the older post
Prob worth it to wait

Ya, I read. Was out of the country. Couldn't sit on DDF :P
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #143 on: December 02, 2011, 01:15:56 AM »
between the toshiba 15.6 intel core i3 6cell battery 4gb memory and 320gb hard drive nd the asus mentioned last night 14 in screen i3 processor same price i like toshiba as a name better and the 15.6 in screen but the downside is 320 gb hard drive

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« Reply #144 on: December 02, 2011, 08:33:42 AM »
between the toshiba 15.6 intel core i3 6cell battery 4gb memory and 320gb hard drive nd the asus mentioned last night 14 in screen i3 processor same price i like toshiba as a name better and the 15.6 in screen but the downside is 320 gb hard drive
Whats the downside of the 320GB hard drive?
What are you storing on it already?
Use an external

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #145 on: December 02, 2011, 09:47:07 AM »
Here is a decent price for the Dell 15R with i3, 6GB Ram, 640GB Hard Drive $420
Decent Price for these specs

(You could upgrade to the i5 for $100)


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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #146 on: December 03, 2011, 11:50:29 PM »
Here is a decent price for the Dell 15R with i3, 6GB Ram, 640GB Hard Drive $420
Decent Price for these specs

(You could upgrade to the i5 for $100)


Is there anything in the $300-350 range
doesn't have to be a dell
don't need with a lot of space
need microsoft word 7
thank you
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #147 on: December 04, 2011, 12:20:40 AM »
Is there anything in the $300-350 range
doesn't have to be a dell
don't need with a lot of space
need microsoft word 7
thank you

I don't think you want that, Word 7.0 was part of Office '95... Do you mean Word '07 or Word 2010 (came out after Windows 7)?

This Dell is a decent deal in the price range you're looking for, but you'll have to get your own copy of MS Word.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #148 on: December 04, 2011, 12:28:12 AM »
I don't think you want that, Word 7.0 was part of Office '95... Do you mean Word '07 or Word 2010 (came out after Windows 7)?

This Dell is a decent deal in the price range you're looking for, but you'll have to get your own copy of MS Word.
thanks
meant windows 7
what do u think of a Lenevo @ bestbuy for $299
15.6 Lenovo - Laptop / AMD E-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory - Black?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #149 on: December 04, 2011, 12:34:30 AM »
thanks
meant windows 7
what do u think of a Lenevo @ bestbuy for $299
15.6 Lenovo - Laptop / AMD E-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory - Black?

Virtually any Windows laptop you buy now will come with Windows 7 (as opposed to an older Windows version).

If you're looking for cheap, and you don't care much about power consumption (the one I listed with an Intel processor will probably do better at power consumption), go for it.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #150 on: December 04, 2011, 09:20:02 AM »
Virtually any Windows laptop you buy now will come with Windows 7 (as opposed to an older Windows version).

If you're looking for cheap, and you don't care much about power consumption (the one I listed with an Intel processor will probably do better at power consumption), go for it.
+1

thanks
meant windows 7
what do u think of a Lenevo @ bestbuy for $299
15.6 Lenovo - Laptop / AMD E-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory - Black?

You will not be happy with the speed of this processor. many phones could do better lol  ;)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #151 on: December 04, 2011, 10:46:17 AM »
found this great deal!!
 HP Pavilion dv7-6b32us Laptop for $900 - $270 with this Printable Coupon - $50 rebate = $580 at Staples (In store only special order)
   

Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Processor (2.20GHz)
    4GB installed memory
    640GB hard drive
    17.3" diagonal HD+(8) BrightView LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900)
    Blu-ray player and SuperMulti DVD burner
    802.11b/g/n WLAN
    Beats Audio™ with the HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer
    Intel® HD Graphics 3000
    HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone
    HP SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader
    Digital Media Card Reader for Secure Digital and Multimedia cards
    9-cell 100WHr lithium-ion battery; Up to 10 hours and 15 minutes
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
    Dimensions 10.83"W x 16.38"D x 1.24"/1.42"H (6.72lbs)
    1 year warranty

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Re: Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #152 on: December 04, 2011, 11:00:31 AM »
found this great deal!!
 HP Pavilion dv7-6b32us Laptop for $900 - $270 with this Printable Coupon - $50 rebate = $580 at Staples (In store only special order)
   

Intel® Core™ i7-2670QM Processor (2.20GHz)
    4GB installed memory
    640GB hard drive
    17.3" diagonal HD+(8) BrightView LED-backlit Display (1600 x 900)
    Blu-ray player and SuperMulti DVD burner
    802.11b/g/n WLAN
    Beats Audio™ with the HP Triple Bass Reflex Subwoofer
    Intel® HD Graphics 3000
    HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated digital microphone
    HP SimplePass with integrated fingerprint reader
    Digital Media Card Reader for Secure Digital and Multimedia cards
    9-cell 100WHr lithium-ion battery; Up to 10 hours and 15 minutes
    Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
    Dimensions 10.83"W x 16.38"D x 1.24"/1.42"H (6.72lbs)
    1 year warranty
Seems pretty good to me :)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #153 on: December 04, 2011, 12:40:33 PM »
Seems pretty good to me :)
Has been on SD for about 5 days...most staples will be sold out by now

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #154 on: December 04, 2011, 12:43:44 PM »
Has been on SD for about 5 days...most staples will be sold out by now
just thought id share, and btw there are 3 staples within 5 miles of my address that have it in stock

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #155 on: December 04, 2011, 12:46:02 PM »
just thought id share, and btw there are 3 staples within 5 miles of my address that have it in stock
I did just see that the stores can order it for you and have it shipped to your house for free.
Im passing on this one as its a 17" and i need something smaller. Good deal though.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #156 on: December 04, 2011, 02:55:37 PM »
found this great deal!!
 HP Pavilion dv7-6b32us Laptop for $900 - $270 with this Printable Coupon - $50 rebate = $580 at Staples (In store only special order)

Deff a great price.
You just gotta want that 17" screen, also If your goin for an i7, you prob want more than 4gb ram, and a better graphics card that this laptop doesnt have

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #157 on: December 04, 2011, 03:09:12 PM »
Deff a great price.
You just gotta want that 17" screen, also If your goin for an i7, you prob want more than 4gb ram, and a better graphics card that this laptop doesnt have
regarding the ram i recently bought a different laptop and ordered 8GB ram online for $30

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #158 on: December 04, 2011, 03:14:12 PM »
regarding the ram i recently bought a different laptop and ordered 8GB ram online for $30
Yup, That deff could be done

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #159 on: December 04, 2011, 03:27:24 PM »
I got an  offer from amex  $50 off $400 purchase at best buy, register your card @ amexnetwork.com/bestbuyholiday. Possibly targeted. Im looking for the best deal i can get in $400 range. Thanks