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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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« Reply #3660 on: May 28, 2013, 11:15:48 PM »
nope

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« Reply #3662 on: May 29, 2013, 09:36:48 AM »
Hi,
Can someone let me know if they think this is a good deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230683

ASUS R500A-RH51 Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1600 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 4000
Price is $429

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« Reply #3663 on: May 29, 2013, 09:39:38 AM »
Hi,
Can someone let me know if they think this is a good deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230683

ASUS R500A-RH51 Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1600 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 4000
Price is $429

Thank you
Very Decent

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« Reply #3664 on: May 29, 2013, 10:01:48 AM »
price is ok, but the design and build is from previous gen. Lately when I buy laptops I realized some laptops look current  and some look like they could've been built 5 yrs ago. This one, the Lenovo g580, the Dell 15 (older model) and many other models fall into that category.

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« Reply #3665 on: May 29, 2013, 10:14:25 AM »
price is ok, but the design and build is from previous gen. Lately when I buy laptops I realized some laptops look current  and some look like they could've been built 5 yrs ago. This one, the Lenovo g580, the Dell 15 (older model) and many other models fall into that category.

Does the design and build affect the performance, or are you coming from a more asthetic perspective?

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« Reply #3666 on: May 29, 2013, 10:44:36 AM »
Doesn't affect performance, the older design generally use slightly older motherboards, which may affect the max Ram capabilities - but  for a cheap laptop I don't think you care about that.
weight may be a factor as well as battery life  though.

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« Reply #3667 on: May 29, 2013, 12:33:09 PM »
Is this a good deal or I can find this here and there all year round?

Dell Inspiron 15 i15RV-10000BLK 15.6-Inch Laptop (Black Matte with Textured Finish)
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AM7MM84/?tag=cl03f-20
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« Reply #3668 on: May 29, 2013, 01:13:10 PM »
Hi,
Can someone let me know if they think this is a good deal:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834230683

ASUS R500A-RH51 Notebook Intel Core i5 3210M(2.50GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory DDR3 1600 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD±R/RW Intel HD Graphics 4000
Price is $429

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is the quoted laptop better than this one? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=34-215-992&Tpk=N82E16834215992

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« Reply #3669 on: May 29, 2013, 04:58:11 PM »
Any good deals for a decent laptop. All I need it for is surfing the web, reliable, and pretty fast.

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« Reply #3671 on: May 29, 2013, 07:17:46 PM »
Any good deals for a decent laptop. All I need it for is surfing the web, reliable, and pretty fast.

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Allright, I think I want to go with a Dell and i5. Not refurbished.

Am I in the right direction?

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« Reply #3672 on: May 29, 2013, 07:20:15 PM »
Allright, I think I want to go with a Dell and i5. Not refurbished.

Am I in the right direction?
If all you need is surfing the web then you don't need an i5 ( you can even get a tablet for that.. ).

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« Reply #3673 on: May 29, 2013, 07:23:11 PM »
If all you need is surfing the web then you don't need an i5 ( you can even get a tablet for that.. ).
You are right I should rephrase myself.

I need it for surfing and doing work. I need it to be fast and reliable (not going to shut down and freeze, randomly)

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« Reply #3674 on: May 29, 2013, 07:37:14 PM »
an i-3 is not going to freeze and shut down, its processing power , and from your comments im gonna assume that you dont need it and an i-5 is overkill for u and a waste of money