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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: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #160 on: December 04, 2011, 03:31:49 PM »
I got an  offer from amex  $50 off $400 purchase at best buy, register your card @ amexnetwork.com/bestbuyholiday. Possibly targeted.

By invitation only, oh well

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #161 on: December 04, 2011, 03:32:51 PM »
I got an  offer from amex  $50 off $400 purchase at best buy, register your card @ amexnetwork.com/bestbuyholiday. Possibly targeted. Im looking for the best deal i can get in $400 range. Thanks

This Laptop Lenovo is $379 and has the latest i3 processor. Deff worth the price

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #162 on: December 04, 2011, 07:31:33 PM »
This Laptop Lenovo is $379 and has the latest i3 processor. Deff worth the price
Thank you, Does lenovo compare to dell  as far as the computer lasting? I had a Dell for 5+ years

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #163 on: December 04, 2011, 07:43:21 PM »
Thank you, Does lenovo compare to dell  as far as the computer lasting? I had a Dell for 5+ years
my lenovo lasted almost five years till it started having miner issues, overall im very happy with lenovo.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #164 on: December 04, 2011, 09:00:51 PM »
Thank you, Does lenovo compare to dell  as far as the computer lasting? I had a Dell for 5+ years
Lenovo are great laptops. This specific model is a lower end one. If you would be buying a dell in the $350-$400 range you would probably get the Dell Inspiron 15 which is also the lower end one.
Dell vrs Lenovo?? Some people like dell better some like lenovo

 

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #165 on: December 04, 2011, 09:52:50 PM »
Thanks i think ill go with the lenovo being its my second computer the usage will be minimum

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« Reply #166 on: December 04, 2011, 10:37:34 PM »
Thanks i think ill go with the lenovo being its my second computer the usage will be minimum

Should be more than fine for you!

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #167 on: December 05, 2011, 02:38:51 PM »
Here is a decent priced Dell 15R with an i5 - $499

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #168 on: December 05, 2011, 03:06:05 PM »
Any disadvantage with buying it from NewEgg as opposed to Dell?
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #169 on: December 05, 2011, 03:15:08 PM »
Any disadvantage with buying it from NewEgg as opposed to Dell?

You might save on sales tax with NewEgg

But regarding the warranty, should be the same - as it goes by the service tag #

Just something interesting - I have purchase laptops from Bestbuy in the past, and when i checked up the service tag for the 1 year warranty it came up on Dell's site about 15 months remaining.
So probably buying not from dell u'll get a longer warranty - but prob only if this item wasnt sitting on the store shelf for awhile

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #170 on: December 05, 2011, 03:20:20 PM »
You might save on sales tax with NewEgg
when buying a laptop sales tax can make a big difference!!

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #171 on: December 05, 2011, 05:56:53 PM »
Here is a decent priced Dell 15R with an i5 - $499

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« Reply #172 on: December 05, 2011, 07:57:08 PM »
Tried to pull the trigger. Waited too long. OOS.

The deals that I post dont last too long  ;)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #173 on: December 05, 2011, 08:21:28 PM »
The deals that I post dont last too long  ;)

Was buying it for someone and couldn't get in touch with them soon enough.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #174 on: December 05, 2011, 08:41:35 PM »
The deals that I post dont last too long  ;)
Thats cuz  they're hot deals. Please keep em coming we appreciate them

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #175 on: December 05, 2011, 08:47:28 PM »
The deals that I post dont last too long  ;)
Thats cuz  they're hot deals. Please keep em coming we appreciate them

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #176 on: December 06, 2011, 01:23:53 PM »
Here is a Dell 15R from Microcenter for $399

Specs:
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500GB hard drive

Its in store only

Very decent price - not a steal of a deal

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #177 on: December 06, 2011, 02:16:39 PM »
HOT!!!!

Dell is now offering to purchase a $300 gift card get a free $50 gift card!

Here

This offer expires Dec-26

You cant use both when you check out online, but - you could use both of them if you call and speak to a rep on the phone

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #178 on: December 06, 2011, 02:26:02 PM »
HOT!!!!

Dell is now offering to purchase a $300 gift card get a free $50 gift card!

Here

This offer expires Dec-26

You cant use both when you check out online, but - you could use both of them if you call and speak to a rep on the phone

I know this is more ideal for cheaper systems (<$475 incl. taxes/shipping), but technically $475 for $400 is a discount of ~1% more.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #179 on: December 06, 2011, 02:34:42 PM »
I know this is more ideal for cheaper systems (<$475 incl. taxes/shipping), but technically $475 for $400 is a discount of ~1% more.

$400 for $475 is 2% better than $300 for $350

And I agree - that seems like the people here wanna spend rock bottom, (even if it means to get a computer worth way less) and by using the $400 and $75 prob will have left over $ on gift cards....