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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:

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 #855 on: July 25, 2012, 12:52:22 PM »
Bring it on :P

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #856 on: July 25, 2012, 02:10:30 PM »
I would stay away from any sony machine - as a technician with years of experience on thousands of laptops I can tell you sony always has issues with support, proprietary parts, and very expensive pricing for anything that breaks!

I am thinking that the right laptop, despite the thousands of variations and variables out there, doesn't exist.

14"
decent i5 processor
backlit keyboard
gets good reviews
doesn't looks "boring" as my daughter would put it

Seems like 5 easy things.  RAM, video, hard drive, optical drive, so on and so forth are all easy and sufficient in any model I've looked at.

Oh, add a 6th...  Price less than $750...

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #857 on: July 25, 2012, 09:02:01 PM »
Did Name Changed just get a bar plugta on these forums? :P

This thread should prove you wrong :P
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« Reply #859 on: July 25, 2012, 09:23:18 PM »
I'm only useful in the computer and data recovery field though, don't know much about points, coupons etc, so name changed is def better

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #860 on: July 25, 2012, 09:26:45 PM »
How about this deal? http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod6930126&dblclick=true&pid=_DoubleClick_Affiliates
p.s. curious what @name changed thinks about this one compared to the one i got

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #861 on: July 25, 2012, 09:30:31 PM »
The ultrabooks are designed with longer battery life - as a result the use lower powered processors to conserve power. As a rule - Usually ultrabooks processors are not as fast as regular processors.
Btw I believe dell has this model for the same price as Sams Club

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #862 on: July 25, 2012, 09:59:48 PM »
I'm only useful in the computer and data recovery field though, don't know much about points, coupons etc, so name changed is def better
Ok, I am in the market for a HD. WD or Seagate?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #863 on: July 25, 2012, 10:07:23 PM »
depends. Internal or external? Laptop or Desktop?

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« Reply #864 on: July 25, 2012, 10:17:17 PM »
depends. Internal or external? Laptop or Desktop?
internal laptop, external backup.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #865 on: July 25, 2012, 10:30:06 PM »
How about this deal? http://www.samsclub.com/sams/shop/product.jsp?productId=prod6930126&dblclick=true&pid=_DoubleClick_Affiliates
p.s. curious what @name changed thinks about this one compared to the one i got
Same thing, you ended up paying less, and you got it with the Dell on home warranty. Usually the Dell laptops sold at retails have the mail in warranty. The in home warranty also works internationally, when the mail in doesn't.

Btw - how do u like it?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #866 on: July 26, 2012, 01:01:40 AM »
First and foremost thanks a million.
I didn't use it that much but have got to say its fast and what I like about it best is from switching on until ready to work is less then 60 seconds (as a previous Mac owner this means a lot to me)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #867 on: July 26, 2012, 11:49:36 AM »
Thanks for the tips.  Funny thing now is that my daughter is starting to hear from other friends that are already in college that they don't actually take the laptops to class very often, at least for her major. So maybe a 15.6 is in order after all.  A LOT more options with the extra 1.6" diag and extra pound or so of weight, but those 14" options mentioned are good. 

Agreed on the Sam's Club one.  I'm been trying to stay away from the i5-3317U because of its slower speed. 

The kid at Best Buy was trying to tell me that a Toshiba i5-3317U was going to be faster than the i5-2450M.  Sure, Intel 4000 graphics vs Intel 3000, but a mobile processor vs an ultrabook should take the win I told him.  He tried to keep pushing it, and I told him, "Look, we were in here the other day and another guy kept pushing that same model with the 3317U.  Are you guys getting some sort of bonus or incentive for pushing that model or the Toshiba Harmon Kardon systems?"  He stopped trying to push it... Hmmmm....

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #868 on: July 27, 2012, 03:47:23 PM »
HP 635 15.6" AMD Dual-Core Notebook PC US $349.99
http://www.ebay.com/itm/230828138466?ru=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fsch%2Fi.html%3F_sacat%3D0%26_nkw%3D230828138466%26_rdc%3D1
Is this a good price or pretty weak specs?
I am sometimes accused of overthinking things. I am still mulling over whether that accusation has merit.

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