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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 #9600 on: April 07, 2016, 08:23:32 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the exact place for this, but I picked this up from a deal site, the price is $650, after having fun on chat the rep gave it to me for $635.

My question is for techies on a scale from 1-10 how good of a deal is this?
Ps I'm not expecting 9 or 10.....

http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/productdetails/inspiron-15-7568-laptop/dncwa005s

I need this for home/work no video games....

Thank You

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« Reply #9602 on: April 13, 2016, 12:15:16 PM »
any input on it?

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« Reply #9603 on: April 13, 2016, 12:16:00 PM »
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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« Reply #9604 on: April 13, 2016, 12:23:51 PM »
Great deal
thanks just noticed there's no dvd drive or Ethernet port, just in case people need that

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« Reply #9605 on: April 13, 2016, 12:26:30 PM »
thanks just noticed there's no dvd drive or Ethernet port, just in case people need that
Good catch, no optical drive is standard but no ethernet is not
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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« Reply #9606 on: April 13, 2016, 10:27:29 PM »
I'm not sure if this is the exact place for this, but I picked this up from a deal site, the price is $650, after having fun on chat the rep gave it to me for $635.

My question is for techies on a scale from 1-10 how good of a deal is this?
Ps I'm not expecting 9 or 10.....

http://www.dell.com/en-us/shop/productdetails/inspiron-15-7568-laptop/dncwa005s

I need this for home/work no video games....

Thank You

At first I thought this deal is too good to be true, and on paper I.E. based on the specs, it is, and i recall seeing it mentioned on some lists of top laptops (PCmag IIRC).  As far as the specs are concerned it's WAY more than u need.

However, the user ratings put a huge dampener in it for me - 2.9/5 from 266 reviews, and only 48% "of customers recommend this". However, on the bright side, those reviews were written by people who paid for and were expecting $1000+ so thier expectations r probably high. Also, of the 4 reviewers who considered themselves "Experts", it got near perfect ratings except for some quibble about the keyboard layout.

I'm curious, where did u find this deal?

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« Reply #9607 on: April 14, 2016, 08:18:52 AM »
At first I thought this deal is too good to be true, and on paper I.E. based on the specs, it is, and i recall seeing it mentioned on some lists of top laptops (PCmag IIRC).  As far as the specs are concerned it's WAY more than u need.

However, the user ratings put a huge dampener in it for me - 2.9/5 from 266 reviews, and only 48% "of customers recommend this". However, on the bright side, those reviews were written by people who paid for and were expecting $1000+ so thier expectations r probably high. Also, of the 4 reviewers who considered themselves "Experts", it got near perfect ratings except for some quibble about the keyboard layout.

I'm curious, where did u find this deal?
It was on ddms
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.


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« Reply #9611 on: May 10, 2016, 02:31:24 PM »
Any opinions on getting this chromebook as an alternative to a cheap laptop?
Really only need it for surfing and writing papers and powerpoint presentations (which i guess would have to be google docs and the equivalent to powerpoint?)

http://www.woot.com/offers/hisense-11-6-16gb-ssd-chromebook-3?ref=w_cnt_gw_dly_img

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9613 on: May 11, 2016, 11:09:40 AM »
Thoughts on this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834315343
I need it just for typing. Thank you

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« Reply #9614 on: May 11, 2016, 12:13:59 PM »
Thoughts on this? http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834315343
I need it just for typing. Thank you
I wouldnt mind someone giving an opinion on this machine too.