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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: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #690 on: June 17, 2012, 09:05:13 AM »
Looks like I was too slow - out of stock
I should have suggested to buy it last week when it was avail, and get staples to price match it to this weeks price... I have done that a few times and it works.

Either way, when its out of stock it usually comes avail again later on during the week, so keep on checking :)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #691 on: June 17, 2012, 01:12:30 PM »
Looks like I was too slow - out of stock

Here's my story.
Ordered it around 1am today. E/t seemed proper except that I received no confirmation email. Checked my account a few hours later, and it showed an order but with a cost of $0.
Called them and they told me it must have been out of stock. I argued, he checked different warehouses, and he found me s/t and booked it over the phone.

So... perhaps try calling.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #693 on: June 18, 2012, 08:27:42 AM »
Thanks,
what do you think of this one?
http://www.buy.com/prod/lenovo-g570-4334-9ku-15-6-notebook-intel-core-i5-2450m-2-5ghz-4gb-ddr3/228227354.html
Good price for the specs.

Use UR Mall and 5x points which will make this into a really sweet deal ;)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #694 on: June 18, 2012, 10:39:27 AM »
Which would you recommend?  I found a floor model from Staples - Extra 5% off or get the Lenovo from Buy.com
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Which would you recommend?  I found a floor model from Staples - Extra 5% off or get the Lenovo from Buy.com
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Which Model of the floor model? Same as from Buy.com? In staples you will pay sales tax...

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« Reply #698 on: June 18, 2012, 01:16:05 PM »
Ok I last question - what to buy - I'm thinking the Staples one as its for a 15yo

I found a Staples with a new
http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-dm4-3050US-14-Laptop/product_424328&cmArea=CIRCULAR
or go with
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The HP Dm4 is a better laptop than the Lenovo. It will cost you a little more. Its a 14" keep that in mind. I would suggest getting a 14" if you do not need the portability of it

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #699 on: June 18, 2012, 04:47:48 PM »
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #700 on: June 19, 2012, 01:21:56 AM »
Dm4 is a great computer though that staples one is not the best price I've seen for it.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #702 on: June 19, 2012, 07:40:52 AM »
Not with the specs they've got for that price. And once you start customizing and put in an i3 processor, it's over $500.

Unless maybe there's another coupon code or something...?

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« Reply #703 on: June 19, 2012, 09:33:57 AM »
Not with the specs they've got for that price. And once you start customizing and put in an i3 processor, it's over $500.
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@elikay - What price have you seen staples selling the HP Dm4 in the past

Its avail no online (its not saying out of stock) IMHO its a really good price for those specs

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #704 on: June 19, 2012, 07:15:56 PM »
Office Depot has the HP for $100 more will match Staples