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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 #3825 on: June 05, 2013, 06:34:32 PM »
Comman knowledge, windows threading is too heavy for i-3 never go lower then i-5 you won't be able to handle much.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3826 on: June 05, 2013, 07:07:32 PM »
Basic use i3 is ok, especially if it comes with extra ssd cache.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3827 on: June 05, 2013, 08:57:30 PM »
any thoughts on this for $399
http://www.microcenter.com/product/410335/Aspire_V5-571-6499_156_Laptop_Computer_Refurbished_-_Silky_Silver
Intel Core i5-3317U
Microsoft Windows 8 (64-bit)
8GB DDR3 SDRAM
750GB 5,400RPM Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics 4000
DVD-RW Drive
Memory Card Reader
10/100/1000 Network
802.11a/b/g/n Wireless
Bluetooth 4.0+HS
15.6" HD CineCrystal LED-backlit Display

the same thing is also available with 6gb ddr3 sdram and with a 20 gb ssd . which one is better?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3828 on: June 05, 2013, 09:37:33 PM »
Refurb...

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3829 on: June 06, 2013, 02:20:10 AM »
how soon will there be blowout deals on sandy i5 laptops? i'm ready to bite for 400 or so, but want a laptop with a good resolution, better than 768*1333 or whatever it is. 14' or 15' with at least dvd. onboard graphics card would also be nice...

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3830 on: June 06, 2013, 09:39:45 AM »
prob in a month or so. I think you meant dedicated graphics not onboard... Most of the $400 deals will not be higher resolution ime but we'll see-

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3831 on: June 06, 2013, 12:36:54 PM »
Newegg Dell Inspiron 13z

i3-3217U, 4GB, 500GB

Great Price
I finally got this sent to israel, and I see it doesn't come with word. anyway I can take word from old laptop and put it on this one?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3832 on: June 06, 2013, 01:00:18 PM »
Asus 14" Ultrabook Core i5-3317U, 6Gb Ram, 750GB HDD + 24GB SSD, Win 8 $465 + Free Shipping (eBay Daily Deal)
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Asus-14-U...4d0c3e935d

Good deal?


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3834 on: June 06, 2013, 01:58:30 PM »
I finally got this sent to israel, and I see it doesn't come with word. anyway I can take word from old laptop and put it on this one?

There's a free application called OPENOFFICE which is very similar to Microsoft Office.  Google it...

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3836 on: June 06, 2013, 04:37:13 PM »
Is it hard to switch to windows 7 if it comes with windows 8?

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« Reply #3837 on: June 06, 2013, 04:47:46 PM »
Depends on your level of skill. I've done hundreds of them some are easy, some more difficult

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3838 on: June 06, 2013, 05:34:27 PM »
There's a free application called OPENOFFICE which is very similar to Microsoft Office.  Google it...
that's not really the same thing.........

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« Reply #3839 on: June 06, 2013, 05:39:20 PM »
that's not really the same thing.........
I need Word