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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 #5380 on: February 11, 2014, 09:30:35 AM »
If im buying a lenovo and I wanna do video editing on my laptop what is better y or z series?
Y Series

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5381 on: February 11, 2014, 09:32:37 AM »
It's  still very messy. The concept is good but it's not developed enough
+1

Also I so not find them to be powerful, additionally, if you are without internet its worthless.

For all practical purposes, I wouldn't get a Chromebook as a laptop replacement, I would get one as an additional laptop.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5382 on: February 11, 2014, 11:53:35 AM »
+1

Also I so not find them to be powerful, additionally, if you are without internet its worthless.

For all practical purposes, I wouldn't get a Chromebook as a laptop replacement, I would get one as an additional laptop.

At its price point, I find it is good bang for your buck. A laptop at <$300 is going to be real slow, and not be be able to handle any serious applications beyond the web apps you would be using on a Chromebook. It's more of a tablet replacement than a laptop replacement, but with a keyboard, bigger screen and better performance.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5383 on: February 11, 2014, 12:26:43 PM »
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We've seen many deals on i3 processor for about $275-$350. Even if you go with the new Pentium you will be much faster and efficient  than a Chromebook.

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« Reply #5384 on: February 11, 2014, 12:51:29 PM »
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We've seen many deals on i3 processor for about $275-$350. Even if you go with the new Pentium you will be much faster and efficient  than a Chromebook.

I was on your side of the argument until a good friend did a lot of review reading, got a Chromebook (against my advice), and the performance is unmatched by any basic i3 windows setup I've seen. It boots up and opens everything in seconds, and works really smoothly. He's had it for months and is still really happy with his choice.

Judging by your posts, I'm definitely far less knowledgeable than you, but perhaps you place too much stock in processing power over the benefits of flash memory? In a sense, the Chromebook is a cheap laptop with an SSD.

I use a <$300 laptop and I find that it started off ok, but the burden of running Windows and the host of processes that come along with the desktop apps you end up running take their toll, heavily. Even browsing became a chore.

When a Chromebook doesn't fit your needs as a power user, it becomes difficult to suggest it to others- even though they have far more simplistic needs.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5385 on: February 11, 2014, 01:38:31 PM »
whats the best computer under 200

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« Reply #5386 on: February 11, 2014, 02:05:20 PM »
I was on your side of the argument until a good friend did a lot of review reading, got a Chromebook (against my advice), and the performance is unmatched by any basic i3 windows setup I've seen. It boots up and opens everything in seconds, and works really smoothly. He's had it for months and is still really happy with his choice.

Judging by your posts, I'm definitely far less knowledgeable than you, but perhaps you place too much stock in processing power over the benefits of flash memory? In a sense, the Chromebook is a cheap laptop with an SSD.

I use a <$300 laptop and I find that it started off ok, but the burden of running Windows and the host of processes that come along with the desktop apps you end up running take their toll, heavily. Even browsing became a chore.

When a Chromebook doesn't fit your needs as a power user, it becomes difficult to suggest it to others- even though they have far more simplistic needs.
+1 for speed, battery life and slickness, but if your doing ANYTHING but web browsing & Google hangout, expect it to be either impossible or cumbersome. Even simple tasks like playing music and editing pictures are slightly backwards.

Also I have yet to find a comparable filter for the Chromebook as k9.
There is a supervised user functionality on beta but it only has a white/black list and no filter.

That said, having 200mb of free Tmobile lte/month is pretty awesome

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5387 on: February 11, 2014, 08:22:18 PM »
Is the Acer 15.6" Aspire Laptop 8GB 1TB | V5-572P-6646 for $550 considered a very good price?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5388 on: February 11, 2014, 08:29:20 PM »
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/
is the 759$ one a good deal?
is there a point to pay a extra 20$ to get the HD+?
also is there any advantages for the Y510? here http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y510p/

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« Reply #5389 on: February 11, 2014, 09:27:56 PM »
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y410p/
is the 759$ one a good deal?
is there a point to pay a extra 20$ to get the HD+?
also is there any advantages for the Y510? here http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y510p/
y410 is the 14" Model
y510 is the 15.6" Model

IMO its worth $20 for HD+

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5390 on: February 11, 2014, 09:38:42 PM »
y410 is the 14" Model
y510 is the 15.6" Model

IMO its worth $20 for HD+
For these specs could I get a better price?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5391 on: February 11, 2014, 10:45:31 PM »
Is the Acer 15.6" Aspire Laptop 8GB 1TB | V5-572P-6646 for $550 considered a very good price?
was that price a couple of weeks ago

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« Reply #5392 on: February 11, 2014, 11:08:35 PM »
For these specs could I get a better price?
Right now the sale price of these models is very good.

The Y series is a great laptop, not likely will you find these specs on a different laptop that is par to this one at these prices.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5393 on: February 11, 2014, 11:57:38 PM »
If u work for a living, why kill urself working?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5394 on: February 11, 2014, 11:58:47 PM »
Old, Slow and was being sold recently for cheaper..
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« Reply #5395 on: February 11, 2014, 11:58:56 PM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5396 on: February 12, 2014, 02:56:24 PM »
I got an offer for an Acer aspire 722 used for about 8 months by a friend for $175. Is that a good deal ?

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« Reply #5397 on: February 12, 2014, 04:04:24 PM »
I got an offer for an Acer aspire 722 used for about 8 months by a friend for $175. Is that a good deal ?
Its decent, great battery life.

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