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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:

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.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3645 on: May 28, 2013, 10:36:52 AM »
Check the Dell Biz Outlet site you will fine many options with Windows 7 and some really good deals. If its not urgent I would wait for the next coupon..

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3646 on: May 28, 2013, 02:24:35 PM »
I just bought this laptop from newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312468

Got it yesterday at $450 with 15% PCREFRESH13 coupon= $382.5

It's a i5- a very good one actually: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-3230M+%40+2.60GHz

4018 benchmark

I think it's a great deal- I know that Lenovo G series isn't great, but for this price you can't find a laptop with a processor as good as this one.

The only downside is the 4 gb memory.

What do you guys think?


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« Reply #3647 on: May 28, 2013, 02:27:22 PM »
i tried this yesterday and the 15% off code (PCREFRESH13) won't work with a bundle package.

Newegg Dell 14z Bundles w/ 2TB Newtork Hard Drive $549!!

    Intel Core i5 3337U(1.80GHz)
    6GB DDR3, 500GB HDD + 32GB SSD
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    1366 x 768
    Windows 8
    8X DVD+/-RW

Hard Drive has a $150 value. Making this laptop to $399

The Newegg promotions for New Customers should be stackable

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« Reply #3648 on: May 28, 2013, 02:59:26 PM »
I just bought this laptop from newegg:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834312468

Got it yesterday at $450 with 15% PCREFRESH13 coupon= $382.5

It's a i5- a very good one actually: http://www.cpubenchmark.net/cpu.php?cpu=Intel+Core+i5-3230M+%40+2.60GHz

4018 benchmark

I think it's a great deal- I know that Lenovo G series isn't great, but for this price you can't find a laptop with a processor as good as this one.

The only downside is the 4 gb memory.

What do you guys think?
that code wouldnt work for me,says that code is not valid with email address

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« Reply #3649 on: May 28, 2013, 03:01:15 PM »
that code wouldnt work for me,says that code is not valid with email address

Must be a new account and you have to have filled out all your info already according to what a rep told me.
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« Reply #3650 on: May 28, 2013, 03:49:40 PM »
sign up for the newsletter through this link
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I had to wait 24 hours before the code worked.

Must be a new account and you have to have filled out all your info already according to what a rep told me.

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« Reply #3651 on: May 28, 2013, 04:00:36 PM »
i've had an account for a few years.

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« Reply #3652 on: May 28, 2013, 04:01:55 PM »
it's for new customers only- so sign up for the newsletter with a diff email address

i've had an account for a few years.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3654 on: May 28, 2013, 04:24:05 PM »
why would u want an AMD processor? and tech is moving so fast that if u get anything inder an i-3 in two -three years its going to be so outdated you'll need to buy a new laptop, so to save money in the short run your going to spend more in the long one

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« Reply #3655 on: May 28, 2013, 04:27:39 PM »
Its not for me and they dont wanna spend more than $300 despite my advising them otherwise. Why AMD? My question is between the 2 which is better?
I am sometimes accused of overthinking things. I am still mulling over whether that accusation has merit.

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« Reply #3656 on: May 28, 2013, 07:22:10 PM »
HP DV6T-7300 - $609!
Use Coupon Code: SVD8492

Windows 8 64
3rd generation Intel Core i7-3630QM Processor (2.4GHz, 6MB L3 Cache)
Intel(R) HD Graphics 4000
15.6-inch diagonal High Definition BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366 x 768)
8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)
FREE Upgrade to 1TB 5400 rpm Hard Drive
6 Cell Lithium Ion Battery
SuperMulti 8X DVD+/-R/RW with Double Layer Support
Standard Keyboard
HP TrueVision HD Webcam with integrated dual array digital microphone
802.11b/g/n WLAN

Use Amex Open for additional savings
If I upgrade this to include the backlit keyboard for $20 and the 7200rpm 750gb hdd for free my total comes out to $682 after tax.

Any advice between going with that or this one from newegg for $17 more? Its got a 1080p screen and a dedicated graphics card but the hdd is only 5400rpm... Any major differences that I missed?

How do build qualities compare between HP and Dell?

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« Reply #3657 on: May 28, 2013, 07:36:21 PM »
7200RPM on this system is actually free and after using Amex & ..... you pay about $600 total.

Honestly its a great price and you feel like you get your moneys worth for an i7 but I'm just not sure about this system. Keyboard isn't perfect, and it sometimes feels like they didn't design it to fit the keyboard perfectly.

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