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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 #14580 on: April 14, 2024, 04:38:30 AM »
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1820574-REG/hp_889t2aa_aba_14_dragonfly_pro_one.html
HP Dragonfly Pro 14 on sale for $799 and worth every penny. This is HP's "just works" business laptop, and if it weighs 3.33lbs that's just because it is built so well. Note: both RAM and SSD are soldered, and only Thunderbolt 4 ports (no USBA). Processor is a custom Ryzen 7 7736U (Zen 3+ with decent integrated graphics).
From my notes: 14 19x12  7736U (custom) 16x/512x 3.33lbs 2xUSB4 wf6e performance beating Intel 12P 10hvid
Review here: https://www.pcworld.com/article/1661500/hp-dragonfly-pro-review.html
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14581 on: April 15, 2024, 12:40:02 PM »
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1762579-REG/lenovo_82y1001vus_16_ideapad_flex_5.html
Looks like a very good price. I7-1355U 16GB LPDDR4x RAM | 512GB M.2 SSD

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« Reply #14582 on: April 17, 2024, 12:48:10 PM »
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« Reply #14583 on: April 18, 2024, 02:13:39 AM »
Dell Inspiron 16 5000 series (metal), Ryzen 7 7730U (15W Zen 3), 16GB RAM and TB SSD, $540 with coupon 10OFFCLEAR
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-16-laptop/spd/inspiron-16-5635-laptop/usichbts5635fyxf

Vivobook 16 partially metal, i5-13500H (35W, performs better than 15W i7), 8GB upgradeable RAM, 512GB SSD, $419
https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-Vivobook-PC-Laptop-16-Intel-Core-i5-13500H-CPU-8GB-RAM-512GB-SSD-Win-11-Home-Black-F1605VA-DS52/5085197427?athbdg=null%26athbdg%3DL1102_L1102&from=/search

Legion 5 Slim 16, Ryzen 5 7640HS (35W Zen 4), 16GB RAM, 512GB, RTX 4060. Not a good choice if you need good colors on the screen or battery life. Excellent for gaming or something that just needs graphics computing power. $900
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-legion-slim-5-16-gaming-laptop-wuxga-ryzen-5-7640hs-with-16gb-memory-nvidia-geforce-rtx-4060-8gb-512gb-ssd-storm-grey/6534469.p?skuId=6534469
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« Reply #14584 on: April 26, 2024, 02:24:34 AM »
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/vostro-16-laptop/spd/vostro-16-5630-laptop/usevcpbts5630fwsy?ref=variantstack
Vostro 16 5xxx series (metal) for $585 with 10OFFCLEAR, i7-1360P (28W), 16GB RAM and 256GB SSD. The P-series processors are all better than the U-series (even the i3-P matches the i7-U's core count but runs faster), and is far better for future-proofing. I actually wonder if the U-series processors, even the i7s, are very future-proof.

An alternative if you don't mind upgrading the RAM yourself and getting a partially plastic build, especially if you have no Dell credits, but if you won't be upgrading the RAM, don't bother:
Vivobook 16 partially metal, i5-13500H (35W, performs better than 15W i7), 8GB upgradeable RAM, 512GB SSD, $419
https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-Vivobook-PC-Laptop-16-Intel-Core-i5-13500H-CPU-8GB-RAM-512GB-SSD-Win-11-Home-Black-F1605VA-DS52/5085197427?athbdg=null%26athbdg%3DL1102_L1102&from=/search
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« Reply #14585 on: April 30, 2024, 01:19:12 AM »
Vivobook 15 S with Core Ultra 7, 16GB RAM (soldered) and TB SSD for $750 at Walmart. Weighs only 3.3 lbs and manufacturer claims 16 hours of battery life. (Haven't seen reviews yet.) 3K OLED color accurate screen. Note: blue.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-Vivobook-S-15-6-PC-Laptop-Intel-MTL-Core-Ultra-7-EVO-16GB-1TB-Win-11-Home-Blue-S5506MA-WS76/5123764605?
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« Reply #14586 on: April 30, 2024, 03:41:58 AM »
Thinkpad T14 with a very good Ryzen 7 Pro 6850U (Zen 3+), 16GB RAM (soldered), 256GB SSD for $426 from Lenovo at Newegg. Highly recommend for daily driver, rare to get such a well-built computer at this price (if it isn't very old). (Note: it doesn't weigh 1 pound.)
https://www.newegg.com/p/1TS-000E-1AD66?Item=9SIAHRCKA62345&SoldByNewegg=1
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« Reply #14587 on: May 02, 2024, 05:04:42 AM »
Processor explainer updated with Core Ultra and Ryzen 8000. Follow the ink.
Laptop processors updated list with basic specs and my opinion on them. All processors were spotted in the wild this week. Ctrl-F to find yours.
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« Reply #14588 on: May 06, 2024, 08:19:05 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0BTQWR77M/
$455, out of stock, can try to.order and hope it fulfills

The $699 model seems decent too

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« Reply #14589 on: May 07, 2024, 04:10:00 AM »
The $699 model seems decent too
Referring to the Core Ultra 5 125H model, I assume. Based on the offers available, I would recommend the CU7 155H ($800) due to the extra integrated graphics unless you have no need for it (ie just office work - no video conversions, huge external monitors, gaming).
In general, make sure you are buying from Amazon and not one of the other sellers.
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« Reply #14590 on: May 07, 2024, 05:43:42 AM »
Seems that I'm blocked from Micro Center, so unable to confirm, but officially,
MSI GF63: i5-12450H (45W) and RTX 2050, probably only 8GB upgradeable RAM and the graphics is low wattage, for $450.
https://www.microcenter.com/product/669330/msi-thin-gf63-12ucx-814us-156-gaming-laptop-computer-black
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« Reply #14591 on: May 08, 2024, 11:35:16 AM »
Acer Nitro 16 with Ryzen 7 7840HS (35W Zen 4) and RTX 4060 for $900 direct from Acer's US store.
https://store.acer.com/en-us/nitro-16-gaming-laptop-an16-41-r1we
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« Reply #14592 on: May 09, 2024, 12:27:03 PM »
Ridiculous price on Swift X 16 at Acer's store https://store.acer.com/en-us/swift-x-16-laptop-sfx16-61g-r9vd
Ryzen 7 7840HS (Zen 4, 45W), 16GB RAM, TB SSD, RTX 3050 6GB for only $550. A graphics pro would be happy with this laptop for a few years, and it is lighter than its specs usually indicate.

Good price on Vivobook S with 3K screen, CU 7 155H (28W), 16GB RAM, TB SSD, only 3.31 lbs, $750. https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-Vivobook-S-15-6-inch-3K-OLED-120Hz-Laptop-Intel-Core-Ultra-7-155H-Evo-Edition-16GB-RAM-1TB-SSD-Mist-Blue/5123764605?filters=%5B%7B%22intent%22%3A%22retailer%22%2C%22values%22%3A%5B%22Walmart%22%5D%7D%5D&adsRedirect=true

Nice price on Swift Edge 16, 3K OLED screen, Ryzen 7 7840U (and the famed Radeon 780M integrated graphics), 16GB RAM, TB SSD, somehow weighs only 2.75lbs, $850. https://www.bestbuy.com/site/acer-swift-edge-16-16-3-2k-120hz-oled-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-7840u-with-16gb-lpddr5-memory-1tb-pcie-gen-4-ssd-olivine-black/6546242.p?skuId=6546242
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« Reply #14593 on: May 13, 2024, 05:07:57 AM »
ASUS TUF A16, Ryzen 7 7735HS and 7700S graphics, $1000.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-tuf-gaming-a16-16-165hz-gaming-laptop-fhd-amd-ryzen-7-7735hs-with-16gb-ddr5-memory-radeon-rx7700s-512gb-pcie-ssd-off-black/6560989.p?skuId=6560989
Now $750. Have personally used this laptop. It is built very well, has a fast screen and good colors, and excellent battery life considering the specs. Better for pros (in which the raw specs matter) than for gamers, though respectable gaming performance on all modern titles.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14594 on: May 13, 2024, 11:38:07 AM »
Now $750. Have personally used this laptop. It is built very well, has a fast screen and good colors, and excellent battery life considering the specs. Better for pros (in which the raw specs matter) than for gamers, though respectable gaming performance on all modern titles.
ASUS has really upped their game in the past few years.
In the past i would never recommend one to a costumer.
Now, i have a hard time recommending HP or Lenovo and even Dell. Asus is taking the cake... Vivobooks and Tufbooks.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14595 on: May 13, 2024, 11:43:44 AM »
Here are a few more good deals from Best Buy now on ASUS laptops:

ASUS - Vivobook Go 14" FHD Laptop - AMD Ryzen 3 7320U - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Mixed Black
$279.99
Save $170
Was $449.99
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-vivobook-go-14-fhd-laptop-amd-ryzen-3-7320u-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-mixed-black/6549406.p?skuId=6549406

ASUS - Vivobook 16" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS with 12GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Quiet Blue
$469.99
Save $280
Was $749.99
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-vivobook-16-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-5800hs-with-12gb-memory-512gb-ssd-quiet-blue/6535990.p?skuId=6535990

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14596 on: May 13, 2024, 11:49:34 AM »
ASUS has really upped their game in the past few years.
In the past i would never recommend one to a costumer.
Now, i have a hard time recommending HP or Lenovo and even Dell. Asus is taking the cake... Vivobooks and Tufbooks.
I assume you are comparing like to like? I have personally used ASUS as my main driver much of the time for the last years, and it is the only company I had no complaints about (personally). (I get everyone else's complaints too, and those get spread out evenly between the various companies without any standouts except Gateway and Toshiba A"H.)

To be precise - it isn't fair to compare an HP 00 series with a Dell 5000 series, or an Ideapad 3 with a Vivobook 3000 series. Unless you are saying that they are undercutting the competition in value. The only standout that I can recall over the years is the insane value of the Acer Swift 3 between 2018 and 2020, selling light and portable metal laptops with excellent battery life at $150 less than the competition. (Today's Swift equivalents are overpriced IMHO.) Nothing seems particularly better than anything else today.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14597 on: May 13, 2024, 11:51:42 AM »
Here are a few more good deals from Best Buy now on ASUS laptops:

ASUS - Vivobook Go 14" FHD Laptop - AMD Ryzen 3 7320U - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD - Mixed Black
$279.99
Save $170
Was $449.99
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-vivobook-go-14-fhd-laptop-amd-ryzen-3-7320u-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-mixed-black/6549406.p?skuId=6549406

ASUS - Vivobook 16" Laptop - AMD Ryzen 7 5800HS with 12GB Memory - 512GB SSD - Quiet Blue
$469.99
Save $280
Was $749.99
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-vivobook-16-laptop-amd-ryzen-7-5800hs-with-12gb-memory-512gb-ssd-quiet-blue/6535990.p?skuId=6535990
Note the first has soldered RAM and no upgrade possibility, and the second has either 4 or 8GB RAM soldered and one slot. Also the first is Mendoccino based on Zen 2, as I have noted in the past.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14598 on: May 13, 2024, 12:00:33 PM »
Note the first has soldered RAM and no upgrade possibility, and the second has either 4 or 8GB RAM soldered and one slot. Also the first is Mendoccino based on Zen 2, as I have noted in the past.
That is true. A bit of a minus.
But the cheap price means you can just buy a new computer in a couple of years without sweat.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14599 on: May 13, 2024, 12:07:14 PM »
That is true. A bit of a minus.
But the cheap price means you can just buy a new computer in a couple of years without sweat.
Correct. Which is why I didn't say it wasn't a good price, simply noting info for the benefit of one considering buying it.
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