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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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« Reply #5145 on: January 04, 2014, 06:52:50 PM »
You can get very similar system to that, non-touch in Costco for about $75 less

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« Reply #5146 on: January 05, 2014, 02:57:14 AM »
HP - Pavilion 17.3" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - $349

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« Reply #5147 on: January 06, 2014, 01:40:49 PM »
ASUS VivoBook 14" Touchscreen $399

http://www.ebay.com/itm/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=300956868689

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« Reply #5148 on: January 06, 2014, 03:27:39 PM »
HP - Pavilion 17.3" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 750GB Hard Drive - $349

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« Reply #5150 on: January 07, 2014, 02:23:05 PM »
Asus - 15" Touch-Screen Ultrabook - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Silver Aluminum $399
It features an Intel Core i3-3217U 1.8GHz Ivy Bridge dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit multi-touch LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth 4.0, webcam, 3-cell battery, and Windows 8 64-bit. (It doesn't have an optical drive.)

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Asus+-+15%22+Touch-Screen+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+500GB+Hard+Drive+-+Silver+Aluminum/2749027.p?skuId=2749027&productCategoryId=pcmcat247400050000&id=1219077152619&ref=199&loc=NKa3hZyYoHA&siteID=NKa3hZyYoHA-r3aNR5bM.fSsLyr_D2xsmg
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« Reply #5151 on: January 08, 2014, 04:49:09 AM »
Any good deals for a 15" pref i5 with decent RAM in the $3-500 range?

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No deals there
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« Reply #5155 on: January 09, 2014, 02:07:18 PM »
Looking for a 11" laptop cm something on the cheaper side, would consider used if in great condition

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« Reply #5157 on: January 12, 2014, 04:28:16 AM »
Looking for a 11" laptop cm something on the cheaper side, would consider used if in great condition
Bought this.  http://m.ebay.com/itm/131085411631?nav=WON&txnId=0&sbk=1

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« Reply #5158 on: January 12, 2014, 02:44:38 PM »
Dell Alienware 17 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 17.3" Gaming Laptop $1399

Dell offers the Dell Alienware 17 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 17.3" Gaming Laptop (Silver-Anodized Aluminum)  for $1499

Coupon code 2M66J?BPVPP$F3 drops it to $1399 + free shipping.

Features: 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core i7-4700MQ 3.4GHz, 8GB DDR3L, 750GB HDD, 2GB GeForce GTX 765M, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 ac, DVD+/-RW, 17.3" 1600x900 LED, webcam, Win 7 HP x64

The same code 2M66J?BPVPP$F3 can be used to take $100 off other Alienware gaming laptops priced $1499 or more

Deal expires 1/23
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« Reply #5159 on: January 12, 2014, 03:02:39 PM »
Dell Alienware 17 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 17.3" Gaming Laptop $1399

Dell offers the Dell Alienware 17 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core 17.3" Gaming Laptop (Silver-Anodized Aluminum)  for $1499

Coupon code 2M66J?BPVPP$F3 drops it to $1399 + free shipping.

Features: 4th Generation Intel Core i7 Quad-Core i7-4700MQ 3.4GHz, 8GB DDR3L, 750GB HDD, 2GB GeForce GTX 765M, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11 ac, DVD+/-RW, 17.3" 1600x900 LED, webcam, Win 7 HP x64

The same code 2M66J?BPVPP$F3 can be used to take $100 off other Alienware gaming laptops priced $1499 or more

Deal expires 1/23

The only outstanding feature here is the GTX 765. What else makes this worth $1399?