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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 #14540 on: March 27, 2024, 06:57:22 AM »
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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LG Gram, especially if you want a larger screen.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14541 on: March 27, 2024, 03:58:50 PM »
thanks, any good deals on those now?
so he wants light and prefers larger screen as long as the battery isnt horrible

i5 15.6 or i7 16 inch,  extra storage doesnt matter and i doubt the screen size between these 2 will matter..

https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-15.6-touchscreen-laptop-13th-gen-intel-core-i5-1340p-1080p-windows-11.product.4000218364.html

https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-16%22-intel-evo-platform-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i7-1360p---2560-x-1600---windows-11.product.4000213360.html
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14542 on: March 27, 2024, 06:36:06 PM »
thanks, any good deals on those now?
so he wants light and prefers larger screen as long as the battery isnt horrible

i5 15.6 or i7 16 inch,  extra storage doesnt matter and i doubt the screen size between these 2 will matter..

https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-15.6-touchscreen-laptop-13th-gen-intel-core-i5-1340p-1080p-windows-11.product.4000218364.html

https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-16%22-intel-evo-platform-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i7-1360p---2560-x-1600---windows-11.product.4000213360.html

That's basically the price for the newest cpus and touchscreen.

The 16 In 2in1 is available from Amazon for $696 but it's heavier.
The 16 Inch with 12th gen i7 is also $699 on amazon, but without touch, and the battery life is (I think?) better with 13th Gen.

Seems the $800 for the 16 i7 touch is the way to go.


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14543 on: March 27, 2024, 10:36:06 PM »
thanks, any good deals on those now?
so he wants light and prefers larger screen as long as the battery isnt horrible

i5 15.6 or i7 16 inch,  extra storage doesnt matter and i doubt the screen size between these 2 will matter..

https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-15.6-touchscreen-laptop-13th-gen-intel-core-i5-1340p-1080p-windows-11.product.4000218364.html

https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-16%22-intel-evo-platform-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i7-1360p---2560-x-1600---windows-11.product.4000213360.html

You got it. Sub 3 lbs. (2.54 lbs. for the lighter of those two), virtually all-day battery, normal size screen, for $800 sounds like the way to go. Especially with Costcoís 2-year warranty.
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« Reply #14544 on: March 28, 2024, 09:46:22 AM »
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html
One day sale - Lenovo Ideapad 5i 16", i5-13th, 16GB RAM (soldered) and 512GB SSD, $399 at B&H.
Metal build. Excellent price. Support Yidden.
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« Reply #14545 on: March 28, 2024, 09:59:36 AM »
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html
One day sale - Lenovo Ideapad 5i 16", i3 i5-13th, 16GB RAM (soldered) and 512GB SSD, $399 at B&H.
Metal build. Excellent price. Support Yidden.

FTFY. For a second I was confused about why you'd recommend an i3 :)

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« Reply #14546 on: March 28, 2024, 10:01:26 AM »
FTFY. For a second I was confused about why you'd recommend an i3 :)
Thanks. Although I would happily recommend an i3 at the right price.  8)
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14547 on: March 28, 2024, 05:05:14 PM »
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html
One day sale - Lenovo Ideapad 5i 16", i5-13th, 16GB RAM (soldered) and 512GB SSD, $399 at B&H.
Metal build. Excellent price. Support Yidden.

Purchased for a friend

Should really be ddms, better than the plastic dells for $400

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14548 on: March 28, 2024, 11:25:02 PM »
Purchased for a friend

Should really be ddms, better than the plastic dells for $400
The $400 Dell was a Ryzen 7 and 1 TB SSD. Why is this one better?

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« Reply #14549 on: March 29, 2024, 12:16:50 AM »
The $400 Dell was a Ryzen 7 and 1 TB SSD. Why is this one better?
The dell had a Ryzen 7, true, but an old one, 5700u. The i5-1335u is 2 years newer, and is at least equivalent, or maybe much better, depending which benchmark and which tasks.

Screen: b&h 300 nit vs Dell 250 nit.
Battery: 56.6 whr vs 41whr
keyboard: b&h backlit vs dell non.
fingerprint Reader: b&h yes, dell no.
Webcam: 1080p vs 720
Extra usb c port on the b&h, and better wifi chip.

What the dell has going for it is 1tb ssd vs 512, and it's .45lbs lighter because it's smaller. (15.6 vs 16 inch is preference, not a pro or con)

The main thing though is that the Lenovo slim 5 is metal and built better than the plastic dell Inspiron 3525.
The thing is, most people could get the dell for cheaper than list, with amex offers, credits, and cashback portals. So it's really a question of a $320 dell vs $400 lenovo.

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« Reply #14550 on: March 29, 2024, 04:08:07 AM »
Should really be ddms, better than the plastic dells for $400
But no HTs for this... (B&H Deal Zone)

Anyway, the yesod of the teretz in short is - both processors are way better than necessary, and this computer is a higher-quality computer. V'Idach pirusha hi, zil gmor.
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« Reply #14551 on: March 29, 2024, 04:52:13 AM »
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« Reply #14552 on: April 03, 2024, 12:27:48 AM »
Dell G15 with Ryzen 7 7840HS (Zen 4, 35W), RTX 4060 for $850 at BB. Good choice for midrange gamers or graphics pros, if they don't need to work unplugged.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-g15-15-6-gaming-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-7840hs-nvidia-geforce-rtx-4060-16gb-memory-512gb-ssd-dark-shadow-gray/6573743.p?skuId=6573743
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« Reply #14553 on: April 03, 2024, 07:10:01 PM »
Worth getting the Dell laptop on DDMS for basic use (documents. typing. email some browsing) or do better deals come up at dell ?

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« Reply #14554 on: April 03, 2024, 07:55:43 PM »
Worth getting the Dell laptop on DDMS for basic use (documents. typing. email some browsing) or do better deals come up at dell ?
With 1 dell credit go for it. If you have 2 or more, donít.

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« Reply #14555 on: April 03, 2024, 07:57:16 PM »
Remember 10% off via email signup and 10% back Amex offer though if you do. (Or any other Amex offer you have).

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« Reply #14556 on: April 04, 2024, 09:47:42 AM »
With 1 dell credit go for it. If you have 2 or more, donít.
Thanks, Is there a big difference between i3 and i5 ? worth an extra $75 ?

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« Reply #14557 on: April 04, 2024, 02:40:09 PM »
 Is there a big difference between i3 and i5 ?


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« Reply #14559 on: April 05, 2024, 04:00:56 AM »
Is there a big difference between i3 and i5 ?
Not for office work. More of a difference between 8GB and 16GB RAM.

This one
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3525-laptop/nbnn3525glhlh?ref=variantstack
or this one
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3520-laptop/nn3520grzys?cjdata=MXxZfDB8WXww&cjevent=bb2c52fcf2d911ee812db70e0a18ba72&dgc=CJ&publisherid=5370367&publisher=&aff=Skimlinks&affid=5370367&aff_webid=100033000&aff_user_id=53840X1297210Xe1f794ca0bbe1b505f03aa0ebd942672&gacd=9684992-28463632-5750457-345576786-177846717&dgc=af&VEN1=12839518-100033000-53840X1297210Xe1f794ca0bbe1b505f03aa0ebd942672-Skimlinks&dclid=CLz-n4bZqYUDFUUhBgAdrOoKmg
The first gets you better battery life. Aside for that, it depends on the task. They're both good enough for office work but you may find that you need more RAM (they are upgradeable, though).

worth an extra $75 ?
U series i3 have 2 regular cores and 4 low-powered cores, and i5s have 2 more low powered cores. I would say it is a waste of money unless you play casual video games (there is a small bump in graphics processing power).
Ryzen 3s have four regular cores, 5s have six (EXCEPT the 7520U, which should be considered a Ryzen 3), 7s have eight. Even though the 3 is plenty, I would consider it worth a small bump in price to get more cores. 
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