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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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« Reply #14520 on: March 17, 2024, 12:16:09 PM »
With the announcement of the refreshed version with newer processors, last year's Pavilion Plus 14 with a Ryzen 5 (7540U, Zen 4), 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD starts at $550. This is great value for a well-built 14" system (also taller, it isn't 16:9 like old 14" used to be), very good battery life. (Friend of mine using this for months and has zero complaints.)
Note that upgrading the screen will result in diminished battery life, but the default screen is officially not so bright (as mentioned, doesn't bother my friend). The Ryzen 7 is an advantage for anyone who does decent but not demanding gaming, and otherwise should be ignored as an option, especially as it requires a screen upgrade and will therefore result in a battery life hit.
https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-plus-laptop-14z-ey000-14-7y8v4av-1
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14521 on: March 17, 2024, 01:06:42 PM »
Selling the following Chromebooks all brand new in box.

4 Lenovo chromebooks at $110 each
Lenovo Chromebook S330, 14" HD, Mediatek MT8173C, 4GB RAM, 32GB eMMC SSD, Chrome OS, Black, 81JW0001US
https://www.walmart.com/ip/206750547

And 3 Asus chromebooks at $100 each
ASUS Chromebook CX1, 11.6" HD NanoEdge Display, Intel Celeron N3350 Processor, 32GB eMMC, 4GB RAM, Chrome OS, Transparent Silver, CX1100CNA-AS42
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« Reply #14522 on: March 18, 2024, 03:30:46 PM »
$420: Vivobook 16 (partially metal) with Ryzen 7 5800HS (35W, Zen 3), 12GB RAM (upgradeable to at least 20, max 24), 512GB SSD. Best Buy.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-vivobook-16-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-5800hs-with-12gb-memory-512gb-ssd-quiet-blue/6535990.p?skuId=6535990

$460: Lenovo Ideapad 16 5i (metal), 13th gen i5, 16GB RAM (soldered) and 512GB SSD. B&H.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html/specs

$600 ($615 shipped): Acer Swift Edge 16, Ryzen 7 7735U (15W, Zen 3+), 16GB RAM (soldered) and TB SSD, 4K OLED screen, weighs 2.58lbs. (Battery life suffers due to screen and small battery size - you'll be lucky to get 8 hours of light work - but this is a complaint at the MSRP, not at $600). @jj1000
https://www.costco.com/acer-swift-edge-16%22-4k-oled-laptop---amd-ryzen-7-7735u---windows-11.product.4000154421.html
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14523 on: March 19, 2024, 01:30:35 PM »
https://www.costco.com/.product.4000148653.html
Lenovo Flex 7i Intel Evo Platform 14" 2-in-1 Touchscreen Laptop - 13th Gen Intel Core i7-1355U - Windows 11 $750

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14527 on: March 20, 2024, 12:30:02 PM »
looking for a light business laptop

i showed the user one of these but he said its too heavy
HP ProBook 440 G9 Notebook


needs min of 16gb ram and 256 ssd is probably enough.
perhaps a surface

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14528 on: March 20, 2024, 12:44:05 PM »
looking for a light business laptop
i showed the user one of these but he said its too heavy
HP ProBook 440 G9 Notebook
needs min of 16gb ram and 256 ssd is probably enough.
perhaps a surface
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Most 14"s built well are around 3 lbs (2.8-3.2), like the Probook you mention.
You want lighter, you are looking at 13", a GalaxyBook Pro, an LG Gram, or an X1 Carbon.
You want larger, there's a good sale at Costco for the Swift Edge.
$600 ($615 shipped): Acer Swift Edge 16, Ryzen 7 7735U (15W, Zen 3+), 16GB RAM (soldered) and TB SSD, 4K OLED screen, weighs 2.58lbs. (Battery life suffers due to screen and small battery size - you'll be lucky to get 8 hours of light work - but this is a complaint at the MSRP, not at $600). @jj1000
https://www.costco.com/acer-swift-edge-16%22-4k-oled-laptop---amd-ryzen-7-7735u---windows-11.product.4000154421.html

If you are more specific about what you want I can try to find you something.
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« Reply #14530 on: March 21, 2024, 04:39:02 AM »
Soldered?
What, the SSD? No, full price at retail even if it came with no SSD inside.
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« Reply #14531 on: March 21, 2024, 05:53:49 AM »
Not too bad a price on 13" Galaxy Book, 12th gen i7, 16GB RAM, at Woot for $875.
https://computers.woot.com/offers/samsung-galaxy-book2-pro-13-3-laptop?ref=w_cnt_wp_0_30
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14532 on: March 21, 2024, 09:44:22 AM »
Not too bad a price on 13" Galaxy Book, 12th gen i7, 16GB RAM, at Woot for $875.
https://computers.woot.com/offers/samsung-galaxy-book2-pro-13-3-laptop?ref=w_cnt_wp_0_30
same as this? https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/galaxy-books/galaxy-book2-pro/galaxy-book2-pro-13-intel-core-i7-512gb-graphite-np930xed-ka1us/

it says sold out but its cheaper.. $780
i know if its not able to be bought, its not the same idea..

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« Reply #14533 on: March 21, 2024, 12:13:10 PM »
same as this? https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/galaxy-books/galaxy-book2-pro/galaxy-book2-pro-13-intel-core-i7-512gb-graphite-np930xed-ka1us/

it says sold out but its cheaper.. $780
i know if its not able to be bought, its not the same idea..
Yes, same as that. Hence my lack of enthusiasm. It's okay, not great. But may be better than other 13" options right now.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14534 on: March 26, 2024, 02:32:49 PM »
@mevinyavin looking for a low cost but decent laptop of another employee. Generally using web based programs, and  MS office.

Thoughts on this one
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3520-laptop/nn3520grzys?ref=variantstack

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« Reply #14535 on: March 26, 2024, 02:33:10 PM »
Random seller selling older Surface Laptop for $509 at ebay. Posting because various tech sites are saying it is legit. This computer is old (4000 series Ryzen 5 is close but not equal to modern i3), but it is 13.5", which is difficult to find with this build quality at this price, much less with 16GB of RAM. If you are willing to spend more, about $200 should get you something more modern but not Microsoft-made.
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« Reply #14536 on: March 26, 2024, 02:36:45 PM »
@mevinyavin looking for a low cost but decent laptop of another employee. Generally using web based programs, and  MS office.

Thoughts on this one
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3520-laptop/nn3520grzys?ref=variantstack
It's a good price. You may find that more RAM is needed, though it is hard to find 16GB of RAM inside laptops for cheap. (Do it yourself is about $35-$40 and fairly straightforward. PM me if you buy this and decide you want more RAM.)
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« Reply #14538 on: March 27, 2024, 06:02:01 AM »
Ridiculous price on the ASUS Zephyrus G14, Ryzen 7 6800HS (35W, Zen 3+) and RX6800S graphics (roughly par with RTX 3070 without ray-tracing advantages), 16GB RAM and TB SSD, direct from ASUS for $800. This computer is built very well, has excellent colors on the screen, excellent battery life. A great choice for graphics pros who need portability and a very good price for gamers who want portability. I know two pros who bought a slightly-less powered version of this for $1100 a year or so back and are ecstatic. TBH I'm tempted to buy it myself. (Note: ASUSJAN10 gets $10 off - $790.)
https://shop.asus.com/us/90nr09u3-m00hl0-rog-zephyrus-g14-2022.html
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14539 on: March 27, 2024, 06:42:44 AM »
Ridiculous price on the ASUS Zephyrus G14, Ryzen 7 6800HS (35W, Zen 3+) and RX6800S graphics (roughly par with RTX 3070 without ray-tracing advantages), 16GB RAM and TB SSD, direct from ASUS for $800. This computer is built very well, has excellent colors on the screen, excellent battery life. A great choice for graphics pros who need portability and a very good price for gamers who want portability. I know two pros who bought a slightly-less powered version of this for $1100 a year or so back and are ecstatic. TBH I'm tempted to buy it myself. (Note: ASUSJAN10 gets $10 off - $790.)
https://shop.asus.com/us/90nr09u3-m00hl0-rog-zephyrus-g14-2022.html

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