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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.



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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #615 on: June 01, 2012, 01:26:08 PM »
i have been looking for a small laptop for my commute to work and college work for a while now. I just stumbled upon this in my email:

http://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-AO722-0825-116-Laptop/product_425960?catalogId=10051

Plus $50 off with instore code: 19684. (expires 6/2)

Anyone has any idea if this is a decent laptop?!


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if this is a decent laptop?!
Doubtful.
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« Reply #617 on: June 01, 2012, 01:41:06 PM »
i have been looking for a small laptop for my commute to work and college work for a while now. I just stumbled upon this in my email:

http://www.staples.com/Acer-Aspire-AO722-0825-116-Laptop/product_425960?catalogId=10051

Plus $50 off with instore code: 19684. (expires 6/2)

Anyone has any idea if this is a decent laptop?!
Decent Laptop - No

Its a Netbook... Decent Netbook - YES

Its a great price at $249 for the specs - 4GB Ram with a Dual core processor.
Also I think it has HDMI and a handful other ports

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« Reply #618 on: June 01, 2012, 01:49:44 PM »
Its a Netbook... Decent Netbook - YES

User should expect netbook performance, and the screen is pretty small (compared to a laptop).
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« Reply #619 on: June 01, 2012, 01:50:59 PM »
User should expect netbook performance, and the screen is pretty small.
+1

However the screen is 720p so it will display the same content as a typical laptop

I have actually used this model and liked it

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+1

However the screen is 720p so it will display the same content as a typical laptop

I have actually used this model and liked it

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Tiny screen + high resolution = even tinier text...
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Tiny screen + high resolution = even tinier text...
Make the font size bigger.


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« Reply #623 on: June 01, 2012, 02:25:48 PM »
Make the font size bigger.
I played with all the settings on my Vaio Z1 but still had to return the 1080p version as it was just too small for a 13.3" screen.
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I played with all the settings on my Vaio Z1 but still had to return the 1080p version as it was just too small for a 13.3" screen.
Was it windows 7?

Windows 7 has a lot more options for this

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I tried all of the solutions but none worked perfectly for me.
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Macbook air 13" comes standard with 1080p and it works fine for everyone...

But 1080p in a 13" is probaly more condensed than 720p in a 11"


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Macbook air 13" comes standard with 1080p and it works fine for everyone...

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« Reply #628 on: June 01, 2012, 04:09:35 PM »
You're comparing Apples (pun) to oranges...
LOL

I just wanna bring out the point that it is possible to have a Hi Res on a small screen...

I have used this Acer netbook, I didn't find it annoying...

I have a 24" 1080p Desktop Monitor, When I got it the font size was way to small, since its so big I had to keep it farther back to see the whole screen... Basically it took a bunch of adjustments and some time to get used to it... Basically any screen size you could get used to of


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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #629 on: June 01, 2012, 07:27:20 PM »
Decent Laptop - No

Its a Netbook... Decent Netbook - YES

Its a great price at $249 for the specs - 4GB Ram with a Dual core processor.
Also I think it has HDMI and a handful other ports
OOS. any comparable netbook values?