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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 #14660 on: June 04, 2024, 04:13:21 AM »
Thank you. I loved my first edition fully loaded yoga x1 and had it for many years. Never used the tablet functionality though.
I think, based on this that the new surface laptop might be a good fit, weight and speed wise particularly
Yoga X1 is a good computer. I just happen to think that the Galaxy is better (battery life, primarily). I have nothing against the Surface Laptop (except it seems expensive for what you get) - in this segment of the market, it is a choice between excellent and stupendous.
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« Reply #14661 on: June 06, 2024, 04:42:11 AM »
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-vivobook-14-laptop-intel-core-i3-1215u-with-8gb-memory-128gb-ssd-quiet-blue/6568805.p?skuId=6568805

Asus Vivobook X1404ZA, i3-1215U, 8GB partially upgradeable RAM (soldered RAM and one RAM slot) and 128GB SSD, $230 at Best Buy.
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« Reply #14662 on: June 07, 2024, 01:24:17 AM »
Apple - Geek Squad Certified Refurbished MacBook Pro - 13"
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Model: TI-GSRF MPXQ2LL/A | SKU: 6530197

$299.00


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« Reply #14663 on: June 07, 2024, 06:37:00 AM »
@aishel
All options: 16GB RAM
$460 is your budget option, an Ideapad 5 16 with 13th gen i5, 512GB SSD and 4.17lbs, B&H. (Upthread somewhere) https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html/specs
$600:
A 14" option is the Swift Go 14 Evo with a 13th gen i7, 512GB SSD, weighs 2.76 and excellent battery life. (Select AMAZON as the seller.) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0BTQWR77M/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER
16", there is an LG Ultra PC with a Ryzen 7 7730U (Zen 3), 512GB SSD, weighs 3.52lbs. https://www.microcenter.com/product/670279/lg-ultrapc-16u70r-kaas7u1-thin-and-lightweight-16-laptop-computer-charcoal-gray

The above are fine for light work, and should get decent battery life (excellent in the case of the Swift), but may not be fast in five years. Below are orders of magnitude more powerful. These following have a TB of storage, if that matters.

Best 14" in your budget is the more modern Swift Go with Core Ultra 7 for $715 shipped from Costco or $700 pickup: https://www.costco.com/acer-swift-go-14%e2%80%9d-touchscreen-laptop-intel-evo-edition-powered-by-intel-core-ultra-7-processor-155h---lcd-1920-x-1200---windows-11.product.4000237600.html
Best 16" is a LG Gram 16 Evo with 13th gen i7 (higher wattage and core count than above 13th gens) that weighs 2.78lbs.  $765 shipped from Costco and $750 picked up. 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

Other than the above, which I recommend without reservation:
This ASUS 15.6" Vivobook has oodles of power and will probably still be fast in ten years if it isn't broken. Still only 3.75 lbs. But don't expect battery life out of it. It has a 45W i9 and mid-range dedicated graphics. Get this if your daughter might decide to go into the graphics world. Don't get this is battery life matters. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1807565-REG/asus_k5504vn_ds96_15_6_vivobook_s_15.html/specs

Since I was last looking into this and then my daughter decided she didn't need a laptop, she has started a summer semester of college and quickly realized that her chromebook indeed was not sufficient for her. I was able to narrow down some more requirements from her and was wondering if you think these options are still good or if I should head in a different direction. And again, I really appreciate your knowledge and willingness to help so many people.

She wants a bigger screen 15.6" or higher and a keyboard with a numpad.  Touchscreen would be nice unless you think it's just a bad idea in general. Her studies will be a focus on computer science, so more networking, coding, and programming than things that are heavily graphics oriented. Outside of online community college classes, she'll be going to a local Jewish college that does not have a large campus, so I don't think weight will matter as much. Thank you.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14664 on: June 09, 2024, 05:13:39 AM »
Since I was last looking into this and then my daughter decided she didn't need a laptop, she has started a summer semester of college and quickly realized that her chromebook indeed was not sufficient for her. I was able to narrow down some more requirements from her and was wondering if you think these options are still good or if I should head in a different direction. And again, I really appreciate your knowledge and willingness to help so many people.

She wants a bigger screen 15.6" or higher and a keyboard with a numpad.  Touchscreen would be nice unless you think it's just a bad idea in general. Her studies will be a focus on computer science, so more networking, coding, and programming than things that are heavily graphics oriented. Outside of online community college classes, she'll be going to a local Jewish college that does not have a large campus, so I don't think weight will matter as much. Thank you.
Ideapad 5 is still a good budget option. For school it is definitely enough. Consider the more powerful Vivobook if she ends up working on the computer after school, depending on which area of computer science she will work in. Or you can defer the decision (and get more for your money, lechora) after school, as the Ideapad is definitely sufficient for school itself.
This without looking around at the market and seeing if there is anything better out there. I cannot recommend the Gram for you at this time.
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« Reply #14666 on: June 09, 2024, 10:10:33 AM »
@aishel - this is a great $800 alternative ($815 shipped). You take a hit in performance vs the i9-13900H but the tradeoff is great battery life and portability. Is touch.
https://www.costco.com/acer-swift-go-16%e2%80%9d-touchscreen-laptop-%e2%80%93-intel-core-ultra-9-185h-processor-%e2%80%93-1200p-%e2%80%93-windows-11.product.4000266174.html
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14667 on: June 11, 2024, 12:52:01 PM »
Dell Inspiron 15 For $296.99 after 10% coupon.

12th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-1235U (12MB Cache, up to 4.4 GHz, 10 cores).

512GB SSD
8GB RAM

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« Reply #14668 on: June 11, 2024, 04:00:44 PM »
@aishel - this is a great $800 alternative ($815 shipped). You take a hit in performance vs the i9-13900H but the tradeoff is great battery life and portability. Is touch.
https://www.costco.com/acer-swift-go-16%e2%80%9d-touchscreen-laptop-%e2%80%93-intel-core-ultra-9-185h-processor-%e2%80%93-1200p-%e2%80%93-windows-11.product.4000266174.html
I ended up buying this one, and it arrived today! She's very happy with it, though it's only been a short time.

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Ideapad 5 16 with 13th gen i5, 512GB SSD and 4.17lbs, B&H.

Looks like I'll need to buy Microsoft Office for her separately though. I think I saw a good deal at Costco. I'll deal with that after YT.

Thank you so much again for all your help and insight.

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« Reply #14669 on: June 11, 2024, 05:23:50 PM »


Looks like I'll need to buy Microsoft Office for her separately though. I think I saw a good deal at Costco. I'll deal with that after YT.

Thank you so much again for all your help and insight.
Groupon sells office from previous years

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« Reply #14670 on: June 11, 2024, 07:17:07 PM »
Groupon sells office from previous years
I never knew this. It's five times cheaper! Is there a catch?

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« Reply #14671 on: June 13, 2024, 04:18:00 AM »
I never knew this. It's five times cheaper! Is there a catch?
Not really. You should never pay more than $25 for an office perpetual license. Old is fine.
Who needs the latest versions: those who constantly work with large files. Like me for word documents (400,000 words showing changes by five people), or someone in data science working with huge excel files, and the like.
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« Reply #14673 on: June 13, 2024, 08:07:38 AM »
Inspiron 14 Plus with CU7 155H, 16GB RAM, TB SSD, for $800 at Dell before Dell-related discounts.
https://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-14-plus/spd/inspiron-14-7440-laptop/useichbts7440gznv

My review notes say:
3.49lbs
17+ hours battery life
1xThunderbolt (C), 2xUSB A, HDMI, audio, mSD
Screen up to 418nits, 100% srgb
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« Reply #14674 on: June 13, 2024, 09:07:02 AM »
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« Reply #14675 on: June 18, 2024, 01:09:08 AM »
Ideapad 5i 16 was a great price at $460. Now it is $400.
https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1772712-REG/lenovo_82xf0065us_16_ideapad_slim_5i.html

Zenbook 14 with CU7H for $750 at BB.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-zenbook-14-oled-14-wuxga-touch-laptop-intel-core-ultra-7-intel-evo-edition-16gb-memory-1tb-ssd-jasper-gray/6568761.p?skuId=6568761
My review notes: 14 28x18 OLED tch 120Hz 550nit 100%DCIP3 155H 16/TB 1.28kg 13:36 vid 2xTB4 1xA HDMI 3.5mm WF6E thermally limited performance (this last isn't nogea to 95% of users, it just explains the 13.5h video playback battery life)
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« Reply #14676 on: June 18, 2024, 11:47:36 AM »
What touchscreen laptop would you recommend?

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« Reply #14677 on: June 18, 2024, 02:04:52 PM »
HP Pavilion Laptop 15t-eg300, 15.6", $399.99

Windows 11 Home
Intel® Core™ i5-1335U (up to 4.6 GHz, 12 MB L3 cache, 10 cores, 12 threads) + Intel® Iris® Xe Graphics
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14679 on: June 19, 2024, 05:22:17 PM »
my daughter is taking a course and instructor asked for following specs. whats my best option?
An i7 or i9 CPU
At least 16GB of RAM & 256GB of storage
A 64-bit operating system
A dedicated (internal) graphics card (ex. NVIDIA) – not integrated!
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