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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 #14142 on: November 12, 2023, 09:57:47 AM »

What was wrong with the way I said it?
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« Reply #14143 on: November 12, 2023, 11:21:43 AM »
What was wrong with the way I said it?
I think that he thinks that you made a mistake when putting 35w in the processor. You didn't but i think he thinks you did.

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« Reply #14144 on: November 12, 2023, 11:36:07 AM »
One more time for good measure, folks: Avoid Macbooks with 8GB of RAM. Unless it's an M1.
https://www.tomshardware.com/laptops/macbooks/8gb-apple-m3-macbook-pro-crushed-by-16gb-config-in-cpu-benchmarks
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14145 on: November 16, 2023, 08:42:52 AM »
Are there any deals on Macs?
And are there any times of the year that's better to purchase than other times? Like Black Friday?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14146 on: November 16, 2023, 09:21:46 AM »
Are there any deals on Macs?
And are there any times of the year that's better to purchase than other times? Like Black Friday?

Didn’t they just come out with new Macs, so the old inventory should be discounted? Black Friday after a launch seems as good a time as any.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14147 on: November 16, 2023, 10:02:22 AM »
I heard somewhere that Apple doesn't have sales... I dunno..

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14148 on: November 16, 2023, 10:18:58 AM »
I heard somewhere that Apple doesn't have sales... I dunno..

Apple.com seldom does, but Amazon and other resellers sometimes do, especially for inventory they want to move (like older models)
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14149 on: November 16, 2023, 10:20:56 AM »
Apple.com seldom does, but Amazon and other resellers sometimes do, especially for inventory they want to move (like older models)
I assume you meant, "doesn't."
Is there an advantage buying from apple.com vs amazon or 2nd hand excellent condition? Like warranty or something?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14150 on: November 16, 2023, 10:28:49 AM »
I assume you meant, "doesn't."

“Seldom does” means almost never.

Is there an advantage buying from apple.com vs amazon or 2nd hand excellent condition? Like warranty or something?

Apple.com might have better/different financing if you wanted that. I don’t think anyone is selling fake MacBooks on Amazon (under the same ASIN as the real ones/sold by Amazon), but for Apple accessories I wouldn’t be 100% sure the Amazon ones are legit. 2nd hand is an entirely different story, there’s a risk factor there and Apple certified refurbs are likely more expensive but also more reliable.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14151 on: November 16, 2023, 11:14:19 AM »
Woops, sorry. I'd like to use the excuse English is my third language but I really should have looked the word up before replying. lol


You think I should wait for black friday + Apple will lower prices on later models since they came out with a new machine now?
Or not necessary to wait until BF because they just came out with a newer model?

I am not in a rush. I would need a computer by February though.

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« Reply #14153 on: November 19, 2023, 07:28:01 AM »
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« Reply #14154 on: November 20, 2023, 09:37:27 AM »
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lg-gram-17-laptop-intel-evo-platform-13th-gen-intel-core-i7-with-32gb-ram-1tb-nvme-ssd-black/6559122.p?skuId=6559122

LG Gram 17, 28W i7 13th gen, 32GB RAM, 1TB SSD, more than 13 hours of battery life and the lightest 17" laptop in existence: $1000 at Best Buy.
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« Reply #14155 on: November 20, 2023, 11:11:36 PM »
Microsoft Surface Pro 9 (2022), 13" 2-in-1 Tablet & Laptop, Thin & Lightweight, Intel 12th Gen i7 Fast Processor for Multi-Tasking, 16GB RAM, 256GB Storage with Windows 11, Graphite https://a.co/d/djlniIu

Is this a good deal?

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« Reply #14156 on: November 21, 2023, 08:55:10 AM »
HP Pavilion Aero 13, Ryzen 5 7535U, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD, $550 at HP with quick shipping. Rare to get such a good price on a 13" laptop.
https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-aero-laptop-13-be2047nr#techSpecs
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« Reply #14157 on: November 21, 2023, 10:00:48 AM »
HP Pavilion Aero 13, Ryzen 5 7535U, 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD, $550 at HP with quick shipping. Rare to get such a good price on a 13" laptop.
https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-aero-laptop-13-be2047nr#techSpecs

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« Reply #14158 on: November 21, 2023, 02:42:32 PM »
Someone asked me to buy them a laptop. They plan on using it for very basic tasks; typing, basic browsing etc. They obviously don't need anything to fancy and I am looking at this deal here: https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3520-laptop

I am just trying to decide if it's worth upgrading to the i5 or just stick with the cheapest option at the i3. Any advice?


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14159 on: November 21, 2023, 08:01:13 PM »
Someone asked me to buy them a laptop. They plan on using it for very basic tasks; typing, basic browsing etc. They obviously don't need anything to fancy and I am looking at this deal here: https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3520-laptop

I am just trying to decide if it's worth upgrading to the i5 or just stick with the cheapest option at the i3. Any advice?


I was looking at the link, for some reason there is no price difference between ryzen 5 with 8gb ram and 512 SSD and ryzen 7 with 16gb ram and 1tb SSD. both 450

maybe @mevinyavin can weigh in...