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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:

Spectre - Top of the line personal (dragonfly is the top of the line for business) - lightest laptops, and beautiful!

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 #5070 on: December 29, 2013, 01:07:37 AM »
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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« Reply #5071 on: December 29, 2013, 01:15:34 AM »
No Internal DVD or CD Drive

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« Reply #5072 on: December 29, 2013, 01:17:16 AM »
Sorry  :-\
No need to be sorry.  You can edit your post and write the price. 

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« Reply #5074 on: December 29, 2013, 09:11:49 AM »
Probably the second. It's a newer model with 4th Gen processor, gotta look more closely at the rest of the specs but I think the Dell is better

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« Reply #5075 on: December 29, 2013, 10:24:27 AM »
Thank you so much for responding.
Just two quick q.s
1. A guy in office Max told me that dell don't actually put in the specs they write and it's not as powerful as they write any reason to be worried?
2. Is this good for video editing with adobe premiere or do I need a better laptop?

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« Reply #5076 on: December 29, 2013, 10:52:22 AM »
1) That's so utterly ridiculous - how could a company not put in the specs they list it with?? Is he saying that Dell is defrauding their customers and Office Max knows about it and is a willing accomplice?
2) Depends how hi-end graphics and your budget...

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« Reply #5077 on: December 29, 2013, 11:36:27 AM »
If my budget is 700$ and I would say mid to high is this the best I could do?

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Aluminum

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Aluminum

I see by color it says "cold steel", but where do you see that this is definitively aluminum?

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« Reply #5082 on: December 29, 2013, 06:47:51 PM »
What is my best value if i need the following
15 INCH and up
8GB Ram
1TB + SSD
I5 (would like I7)
Light
has optical drive
Long battery life
Solid screen
decent graphics card

budget $800 Range!

Any ideas!?

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« Reply #5083 on: December 30, 2013, 09:19:49 AM »
Is this a good deal? It's an i5 for $260

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« Reply #5084 on: December 30, 2013, 11:30:58 AM »
Is this a good deal? It's an i5 for $260


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