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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.

Excellent "Laptop Buying Guide" by @dailykasha, written for Black Friday 2021
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5280 on: January 29, 2014, 09:44:25 PM »
I am totally clueless when it comes to buying. is a Desktop much more $$$?
also I like having two screens side by side.
I can compare two spreadsheets etc.
the computer I'm using I bought in Costco thinking I would return it when I found a good one.  ::)
Now I need a second one.
So I'm thinking I'll get myself a good one and use the current one for moving around.
What specs do you suggest?
I'm not being cheap but I don't want to spend more on upgrades that are not necessary for my needs.
Thanks
Desktops are cheaper than laptops

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5281 on: January 29, 2014, 09:54:41 PM »
Nothing good right now,  will update as I find something worthwhile

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5282 on: January 29, 2014, 10:17:46 PM »
Looking for a thin & slick laptop.
It doesn't have to be that powerful.


Any  recommendations?
Looking to pay 400-500.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5283 on: January 29, 2014, 11:53:12 PM »
Desktops are cheaper than laptops
I wouldn't say so, if you need to buy a monitor too, then it wont be cheaper. Although desktop processors are a lot better than laptop processors (typically) and hard drives on desktops are typically 7200 rpm, as apposed to laptop 5400 rpm

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5284 on: January 30, 2014, 12:02:36 AM »
ASUS X401A-BCL0705Y 14" 4GB Ultrabook For $229

http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=29151456%22

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« Reply #5285 on: January 30, 2014, 12:05:53 AM »
I wouldn't say so, if you need to buy a monitor too, then it wont be cheaper. Although desktop processors are a lot better than laptop processors (typically) and hard drives on desktops are typically 7200 rpm, as apposed to laptop 5400 rpm
Ram upgrades on Desktops are much better - so for someone with a budget that doesn't care either way and has lots of browser windows open.... you may do better with a desktop

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« Reply #5286 on: January 31, 2014, 08:29:51 AM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5287 on: January 31, 2014, 08:36:48 AM »
Great price for a i7 http://m.tigerdirect.com/products/8686585?SRCCODE=WEM3989BY
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5289 on: January 31, 2014, 09:36:08 AM »
looks like the first i7 ever
Still a i7, no?
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« Reply #5290 on: January 31, 2014, 10:40:25 AM »
Probably comparable to 3rd gen i3

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5291 on: February 01, 2014, 02:06:23 PM »
Is this a good deal?
Dell Inspiron 15R
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
Windows 8
8GB Memory
1TB Hard Drive

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5292 on: February 01, 2014, 03:22:04 PM »
Is this a good deal?
Dell Inspiron 15R
4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 Processor
Windows 8
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$489
IMO, yes.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5294 on: February 02, 2014, 02:54:00 AM »
$200 laptop deal, donno how good it is...

http://m.bestbuy.com/m/e/product/detail.jsp?id=pcmprd215100050065&skuId=9999216200050065&ref=199&loc=9HJhGeuz86k&siteID=9HJhGeuz86k-kO6v3o6xrljxzJ5B0BJMHQ&pid=pcmprd215100050065
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Entry-level single-core processor for general e-mail, Internet and productivity tasks.

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« Reply #5295 on: February 02, 2014, 04:37:17 AM »
Is this a good deal?
Dell Inspiron 15R
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Yea. Link Please.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5297 on: February 02, 2014, 08:03:01 AM »
It's on dell.com

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« Reply #5299 on: February 02, 2014, 11:10:48 AM »
this IS 3rd generation!!!
Your post said 4th Generation.
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