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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 #3780 on: June 03, 2013, 08:01:30 PM »
I just bought a Samsung Monitor from Costco to attach to my Laptop (Pavillion G6)
Some thing simiar to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-S27B350H-27-Inch-LED-Lit-Monitor/dp/B007A1G07O
I paid like $240. is this a good deal?
is there something better out there for me?
I only need it for work.
Spread sheets, banking sites, airlines,
I just want to stop craning my neck. nothing fancy necessary
I want to hear some opinions before I open the box
Thanks!

When returning to Costco it doesn't make a difference if the box is opened or not.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3781 on: June 03, 2013, 08:03:21 PM »
It's actually $444 if i do the dell gift card promo.
The question is if i do the promo and pay for part of the laptop with the gift cards, will I still get the amex protection?

Amex will only cover you up to the amount you paid on the card.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3782 on: June 03, 2013, 08:38:39 PM »
Amex will only cover you up to the amount you paid on the card.

Hmmm, so the question is if it's worth it to use the promo GC's.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3783 on: June 03, 2013, 08:42:21 PM »
Or this one for $599 or with promo gc's $524?

Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop
1080p display
3rd Gen Intel Core i5
6GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz
750GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
2GB AMD 7730M video card

are these good deals?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3784 on: June 03, 2013, 11:07:12 PM »
When returning to Costco it doesn't make a difference if the box is opened or not.
Yes but its a hassle.
I went to buy a different one but it was out of stock.
I just took this one and figured I'd look for a better deal when I got home.  :-\
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3785 on: June 03, 2013, 11:08:37 PM »
I just bought a Samsung Monitor from Costco to attach to my Laptop (Pavillion G6)
Some thing simiar to this one: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-S27B350H-27-Inch-LED-Lit-Monitor/dp/B007A1G07O
I paid like $240. is this a good deal?
is there something better out there for me?
I only need it for work.
Spread sheets, banking sites, airlines,
I just want to stop craning my neck. nothing fancy necessary
I want to hear some opinions before I open the box
Thanks!
Bump. Paging DHDR!  ;) Pretty please?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3786 on: June 04, 2013, 12:06:50 AM »
Hard to know all the models of monitors out there. I've personally never used this one, sold it, or seen it at a client yet. Samsung is generally a good manufacturer, I would read the reviews on it to know more. You can start here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001551

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3787 on: June 04, 2013, 07:56:50 AM »
How do You get it from $699 to $519 ?

This coupon gets it down to $519: 30FMBN5VQ4S920

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« Reply #3788 on: June 04, 2013, 01:22:04 PM »
Hard to know all the models of monitors out there. I've personally never used this one, sold it, or seen it at a client yet. Samsung is generally a good manufacturer, I would read the reviews on it to know more. You can start here.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16824001551
Thanks.  I bought it from Costco so I'm not as worried of it dropping dead.
I was just wondering if there is a much better deal available that I'm not aware of.
Otherwise I paid $20 less than amazon (Plus tax ::)) w/ a great return policy.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3789 on: June 04, 2013, 01:27:01 PM »
It's actually $444 if i do the dell gift card promo.
The question is if i do the promo and pay for part of the laptop with the gift cards, will I still get the amex protection?
What is the dell gift card promo?

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« Reply #3791 on: June 04, 2013, 01:41:10 PM »
It's actually $444 if i do the dell gift card promo.
The question is if i do the promo and pay for part of the laptop with the gift cards, will I still get the amex protection?

+ get a 5% e-promo gift card for a future purchase, which should be something like $26.

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This coupon gets it down to $519: 30FMBN5VQ4S920

It doesn't allow this code to be combined with the $200 off code

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« Reply #3793 on: June 04, 2013, 03:02:03 PM »
Or this one for $599 or with promo gc's $524?

Dell Inspiron 15R Special Edition Laptop
1080p display
3rd Gen Intel Core i5
6GB Dual Channel DDR3 1600MHz
750GB 5400 RPM SATA Hard Drive
2GB AMD 7730M video card

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can any of the pros comment on whether this is a good deal?

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« Reply #3794 on: June 04, 2013, 03:07:27 PM »
bump

can any of the pros comment on whether this is a good deal?
For someone looking for 2GB Video Card. and 1080p this is an amazing deal.

If those specs dont mean anything to you, then you are paying for specs that you dont really need.