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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 #800 on: July 16, 2012, 12:41:02 PM »
Confusion, wrong address, leaky plumbing had not opened the box yet . Will post back  ;)

Have not opened lappy yet. Getting close to 14 day return policy. @ Name Changed Do you think I will find a better deal as I really don't need this until end of Sept. 15.6 or 17 Laptop but want at least I3 or
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« Reply #801 on: July 16, 2012, 12:53:57 PM »
Have not opened lappy yet. Getting close to 14 day return policy. @ Name Changed Do you think I will find a better deal as I really don't need this until end of Sept. 15.6 or 17 Laptop but want at least I3 or
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You got it at $399 which is a good price for a i3 17" ... (besides for $75 worth or UR points)

I don't see any great deals yet.

Office Depot has 10X UR points (with INK cards)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #802 on: July 16, 2012, 01:04:57 PM »
  Thanks but is there something hapening in the next 10 weeks , that will cause similar deal prices to go down ? 

10 weeks in technology can be a lifetime but computer roll outs have cycles I have heard.
 I Know nothing about the timing of these rollouts. :)

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« Reply #803 on: July 16, 2012, 01:26:26 PM »
  Thanks but is there something hapening in the next 10 weeks , that will cause similar deal prices to go down ? 

10 weeks in technology can be a lifetime but computer roll outs have cycles I have heard.
 I Know nothing about the timing of these rollouts. :)
From what I have seen, there isn't often anything that drives prices down like crazy, even a newer processor isn't always such a big jump in performance. Intel just came out with a new product line, and the prices didn't drop like like crazy...

You got a good deal. If you wait around, there probably will be something a little cheaper, but its up to you how much time you wanna wait, and wanna search to find the right deal.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #804 on: July 16, 2012, 04:58:51 PM »
Dell has the inspiron 15 fro $399
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #805 on: July 16, 2012, 05:26:06 PM »
Here at Staples its for $549 - $50 Rebate - $100 Coupon Code - 79320

So its $399 and 4x UR points, and with a INK Bold an additional 5x points
Dell has the inspiron 15 fro $399


  Is the Dell an i5. or better than the one I have in quotes above ?

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« Reply #806 on: July 16, 2012, 05:41:20 PM »

  Is the Dell an i5. or better than the one I have in quotes above ?

i3
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« Reply #807 on: July 16, 2012, 06:02:54 PM »
i3

Thanks Same as the one I got. Will keep it  ;)

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« Reply #808 on: July 16, 2012, 06:28:40 PM »
Thanks Same as the one I got. Will keep it  ;)

I'm not sure what your saying. are you saying the HP is the same as dell? is the $549 price the same?
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« Reply #809 on: July 16, 2012, 07:09:46 PM »
    I am not saying anything aside from saying I got an i3 also . Where did you get the $549 figure?

 I  paid $399 after rebate . Plus around $75 in UR points
     I don't know if HP is as good as DELL  thats why I am posting in this forum . Do you ?
  Is it ?

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« Reply #810 on: July 16, 2012, 07:14:47 PM »

 I  paid $399 after rebate . Plus around $75 in UR points

Is the $399 w/rebate still available?
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« Reply #811 on: July 16, 2012, 07:17:12 PM »
Is the $399 w/rebate still available?


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« Reply #813 on: July 16, 2012, 10:51:14 PM »
Any good deals on a 17 inch?
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« Reply #814 on: July 17, 2012, 07:08:22 AM »
Any good deals on a 17 inch?

YES-- STAPLES has one on sale  HP 17 in. i3 intel 6gb ram 640 hard drive at $499 in this weeks circular --plus staples has a $50 off coupon brings to $449 -- not as good as last weeks ad at net after coupon 399-BUT still good deal at 449 plus get UR POINTS

OR Office depot gives 10 pts on  UR MALL plus ink 5 pts looks like same computer as staples at $499 --http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/195028/HP-Pavilion-g7-2010nr-Laptop-Computer/

if any know of better deals --speak up please

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« Reply #815 on: July 17, 2012, 03:36:36 PM »
YES-- STAPLES has one on sale  HP 17 in. i3 intel 6gb ram 640 hard drive at $499 in this weeks circular --plus staples has a $50 off coupon brings to $449 -- not as good as last weeks ad at net after coupon 399-BUT still good deal at 449 plus get UR POINTS

OR Office depot gives 10 pts on  UR MALL plus ink 5 pts looks like same computer as staples at $499 --http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/195028/HP-Pavilion-g7-2010nr-Laptop-Computer/

if any know of better deals --speak up please
I assume your reffering to HP Pavilion g7-2017-us 17.3" Laptop @ http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-g7-2017us-Notebook/product_932064 but its $549.99
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« Reply #816 on: July 17, 2012, 03:52:58 PM »
yeah but that brings it to $500 not $450.

the g7-2017us in this week adv is 499--less the 50 coupon = i will let u do the math (449)--how did u come up with 500?

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« Reply #817 on: July 17, 2012, 04:01:03 PM »
i have the $50 off for this week and do not think i will use ( will know friday a.m)-- if u are ready to buy i can give u the codes "if"  u  can not find on ur own--it is  valid through 7/21-- but--think u can find on ur own though

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« Reply #818 on: July 17, 2012, 04:19:13 PM »
I assume your reffering to HP Pavilion g7-2017-us 17.3" Laptop @ http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-g7-2017us-Notebook/product_932064 but its $549.99
the g7-2017us in this week adv is 499--less the 50 coupon = i will let u do the math (449)--how did u come up with 500?
the link takes me to 549.99. if I have the wrong link please let me know and if possible pls post correct one. Thanks.
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