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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: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9511 on: February 29, 2016, 06:30:40 PM »
Anyone interested in buying this computer from me for $325? I will pay for standard shipping within the mainland US.

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-g70-80-17-3-laptop-intel-core-i3-4gb-1tb-hard-drive-black/4914701.p?id=bb4914701&skuId=4914701

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9512 on: February 29, 2016, 11:03:00 PM »
Anybody want an intel core i5 laptop (used) for $200? The problem I'm having with it is that when I try to put it to sleep it just it occasionally shuts off.  Would any store want it?

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« Reply #9513 on: February 29, 2016, 11:11:11 PM »
Something tells me you need more specs than just the processor
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9515 on: February 29, 2016, 11:49:48 PM »
Can any experts weigh in?
Don't take this as me self-labeling myself an expert. However, I think this is quite a good deal. My only reason not to buy it would be the brand. I am not a big fan of Acer's customer service or the quality of the hardware.
If someone is looking for a first/only laptop with a lot of storage and portability (New couples) this is a great deal.

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« Reply #9516 on: March 01, 2016, 04:09:02 AM »
Can any experts weigh in?
No DVD drive.

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« Reply #9517 on: March 01, 2016, 02:57:41 PM »
Hey DDF'ers,

I'm starting up a new online business and need a laptop to start off with. I will mainly be using it for excel, outlook, ship station and to log on to eBay and Amazon seller central. Does anyone have any inexpensive suggestions?
If not, does anyone have any suggestions on what laptop requirements I need? I'm pretty good with computers, but when it comes to purchasing one I have no clue what specifications to look for.

Thanks in advance for any help!!

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« Reply #9518 on: March 01, 2016, 11:35:27 PM »
Is 4GB RAM enough for Windows 7 or 10, or is it recommended to have at least 6 or 8?

Alternatively, how expensive is it to upgrade from 4GB to 8? I know very little about tech, so...is the 4GB in a single stick, or would I be able to buy 2 4GB sticks and replace them, or just one and add it...?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9519 on: March 02, 2016, 12:05:56 AM »
Is 4GB RAM enough for Windows 7 or 10, or is it recommended to have at least 6 or 8?

Alternatively, how expensive is it to upgrade from 4GB to 8? I know very little about tech, so...is the 4GB in a single stick, or would I be able to buy 2 4GB sticks and replace them, or just one and add it...?
Easy and cheap to upgrade. If it's a good deal and the only problem is the RAM go for it. Just make sure to check if and by how much the pc is upgradeable.

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« Reply #9520 on: March 02, 2016, 01:39:08 AM »
Easy and cheap to upgrade. If it's a good deal and the only problem is the RAM go for it. Just make sure to check if and by how much the pc is upgradeable.

I was thinking of the main site deal...the lack of CD/DVD drives doesn't bother me, but I'm worried that the RAM isn't enough.

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« Reply #9521 on: March 02, 2016, 01:43:20 PM »
I was thinking of the main site deal...the lack of CD/DVD drives doesn't bother me, but I'm worried that the RAM isn't enough.
Although it's completely at your discretion, but lack of the cd/dvd is something you may regret down the road. So you should really consider it carefully. I wanted to save a couple bucks and didn't buy a backlit keyboard. I have regretted it every now and then.

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« Reply #9522 on: March 02, 2016, 02:01:29 PM »
Although it's completely at your discretion, but lack of the cd/dvd is something you may regret down the road. So you should really consider it carefully. I wanted to save a couple bucks and didn't buy a backlit keyboard. I have regretted it every now and then.
-1 you can just buy en external drive. There's no way to buy a backlight for your keyboard

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9523 on: March 02, 2016, 02:03:44 PM »
-1 you can just buy en external drive.
+1 they are not expensive
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« Reply #9524 on: March 02, 2016, 02:04:13 PM »
-1 you can just buy en external drive. There's no way to buy a backlight for your keyboard
You can also wait a week or two to find a good deal where you won't have to mess with all the extra schlep. After all the purpose of a laptop is its compactness and mobility; something the external really impedes.