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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 #9660 on: May 31, 2016, 04:30:50 PM »
As a general rule if they don't tell you the model number of the processor it's junk
They told ME,
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9661 on: May 31, 2016, 05:30:18 PM »
They told ME,
On desktop I couldn't find it
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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« Reply #9662 on: May 31, 2016, 07:08:47 PM »
Pardon my ignorance, is that a good processor? And if yes, is the computer a good deal?

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« Reply #9663 on: June 02, 2016, 03:27:48 PM »
Pardon my ignorance, is that a good processor? And if yes, is the computer a good deal?

Im not an expert but:

The processor is standard. Many laptops have it and its decent but nothing special. The other issue is that this is an Asus. To some peoople, the manufacturer is most important and those people generally only buy Dell LEnovo , sometimes HP and Toshiba I beklieve (and Apple).

Its not a scintiallting deal.

For an example of a better deal for this standard processor, see here:

http://www.staples.com/Lenovo-Ideapad-100-4-GB-RAM-1-TB-HDD-Intel-Core-i5-5200-U-Processor/product_2009067

Its a Lenovo, double the HD capacity (1 tb) for $60 less. The only issue is that it has 4gb of ram instead of the 8. However, it is upgradable to 8 and Ram is probably the easiest and cheapest install - $25 and 10 minutes.

Both are decent but dont expect them to still be relevant in 5 years time - my $0.02


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« Reply #9664 on: June 03, 2016, 02:57:02 PM »
I work at a real estate management company. We're short two computers. Doesn't have to be the ritz but needs to be up to date and highly functional for excel, yardi, photography modification, etc. Need it purchased by Monday. Needs a big screen. PREFER DESKTOP. Advice appreciated!!!!

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« Reply #9665 on: June 03, 2016, 03:44:43 PM »
I work at a real estate management company. We're short two computers. Doesn't have to be the ritz but needs to be up to date and highly functional for excel, yardi, photography modification, etc. Need it purchased by Monday. Needs a big screen. PREFER DESKTOP. Advice appreciated!!!!

As far as I can see, what you are looking for is the ritz. Aside from gaming, there is nothing that will be more demanding on a computer than photo modification and complicated excel spreadsheets.

Thought you should know since your boss will inevitably blame you if/when you overspend / the computer crashes since he told you that he doesnt need the ritz when in fact he does.

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« Reply #9666 on: June 05, 2016, 02:19:34 AM »
Dell vs HP. I have 2 models, price is almost the same, and features are identical.

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« Reply #9667 on: June 05, 2016, 03:45:10 PM »
Dell vs HP. I have 2 models, price is almost the same, and features are identical.
I'm no expert, but if Dell vs. HP, i would take Dell, HP has way too much junk software pre-installed

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« Reply #9668 on: June 05, 2016, 03:58:01 PM »
Tnx

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« Reply #9669 on: June 05, 2016, 10:02:15 PM »
Can anyone please advise. I need a laptop (for selling on Amazon) doesn't have to be anything major but good enough for a good price but I need it now.
Thanks!

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« Reply #9670 on: June 05, 2016, 10:59:37 PM »
Can anyone please advise. I need a laptop (for selling on Amazon) doesn't have to be anything major but good enough for a good price but I need it now.
Thanks!
Try a chromebook. That's what I use. You can buy for $150 on amazon

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« Reply #9671 on: June 05, 2016, 11:06:13 PM »
Try a chromebook. That's what I use. You can buy for $150 on amazon
I second this. I got a refurbished chromebook for $90 and I am loving it.  Plus android apps are coming to chromebook soon which will make it much better

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« Reply #9672 on: June 05, 2016, 11:23:04 PM »
Try a chromebook. That's what I use. You can buy for $150 on amazon
Thanks, I don't mind paying the $300/400 for a regular laptop.
What's the downside for a chromebook?

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« Reply #9673 on: June 06, 2016, 02:01:29 AM »
Thanks, I don't mind paying the $300/400 for a regular laptop.
What's the downside for a chromebook?
Main downsides are they have limited storage, and have no internet filters(that I know of). They are awesome pieces though, but they don't run Windows apps. They have sick battery life, are fast and portable.

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« Reply #9674 on: June 06, 2016, 01:23:42 PM »
How is Lenovo in comparison to Dell?
I have a Dell with the same specs as the Lenovo on DDMA today besides the dedicated graphics, and for -$100.
I don't really need the dedicated card.
Should I stay with Dell, or go with the Lenovo.