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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 #3975 on: June 25, 2013, 06:32:11 PM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3976 on: June 25, 2013, 06:32:59 PM »
Looking for windows 7 laptop lightweight (think 2.5 pounds). Thanks
What size?
2.5lbs is very light for a laptop

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« Reply #3977 on: June 25, 2013, 06:35:22 PM »
Life isn't about checking the boxes. Nobody cares.

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« Reply #3978 on: June 25, 2013, 06:44:42 PM »
How about the Asus Zenbook, was available earlier this week with i7 for $800 or so

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« Reply #3979 on: June 25, 2013, 10:00:37 PM »
How about the Asus Zenbook, was available earlier this week with i7 for $800 or so
Windows 8 and he thinks the .4 of a pound will make a difference
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« Reply #3980 on: June 25, 2013, 10:02:22 PM »
Windows 8 and he thinks the .4 of a pound will make a difference
windows 7

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« Reply #3981 on: June 25, 2013, 10:05:05 PM »
windows 7
The one I saw was windows 8. Link?
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« Reply #3982 on: June 25, 2013, 10:33:38 PM »
Any windows 8 can be downgraded to windows 7

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3984 on: June 26, 2013, 08:16:22 AM »
Any windows 8 can be downgraded to windows 7

Assuming one has access to a legit copy of windows 7. No?

Is it possible to downgrade rather than doing a fresh install?

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« Reply #3985 on: June 26, 2013, 10:00:11 AM »
Just use the key off any old system, we all have one of those

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« Reply #3986 on: June 26, 2013, 10:35:33 AM »
So if my wife's comp has win 7, I just download it from Microsoft online and use her key?
It will be valid for two comps at the same time?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3988 on: June 26, 2013, 11:25:41 AM »
Is this a good laptop and a good deal for $389?
HP ENVY 6z-1100 Sleekbook
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=7551395&SRCCODE=LINKSHARE&cm_mmc_o=-ddCjC1bELltzywCjC-d2CjCdwwp&AffiliateID=isIkAyUyNbM-ZRzUcDeo4ntgijOIVOSTXw
Its an AMD Processor, other than that its a great price for this model.

Really slick and nice build

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3989 on: June 26, 2013, 11:40:45 AM »
My brother is looking to buy a laptop for general use. Looking to spend up to $500. Any recommendations?  Whats the best he can get for that price?