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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 #7980 on: April 28, 2015, 03:43:53 PM »
Your right I'm not.
Thanks for your help, I appreciate it!

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I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #7981 on: April 28, 2015, 07:23:16 PM »
This main site laptop sounds like an excellent deal.

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/64357

Do the experts agree?

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« Reply #7982 on: April 28, 2015, 07:29:53 PM »
This main site laptop sounds like an excellent deal.

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/64357

Do the experts agree?
It's a nice deal however these laptops are not the $1500 laptops you think it is even though it's an i7 it's a weak i7 and the hard drive is slow
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #7983 on: April 28, 2015, 07:33:39 PM »
It's a nice deal however these laptops are not the $1500 laptops you think it is even though it's an i7 it's a weak i7 and the hard drive is slow
what kind of hard drive is considered fast?

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« Reply #7984 on: April 28, 2015, 07:34:49 PM »
what kind of hard drive is considered fast?

Nowdays...SSD

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« Reply #7985 on: April 28, 2015, 07:35:57 PM »
what kind of hard drive is considered fast?
or at least 7200 rpm hard drive..

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« Reply #7986 on: April 28, 2015, 07:41:13 PM »
what kind of hard drive is considered fast?
Nowdays...SSD
There are 3 types of hard drives 5400rpm, 7200rpm, and SSD. There is a performance gain from 5400 to 7200 and a "higher end" laptop should not have 5400, the difference between either speed HDD to SSD is huge the problem is that a 240GB ssd costs about $90 and larger sizes cost much more and for some reason if they put the ssd inside you are paying at least 2-3 times that price just for the ssd upgrade
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« Reply #7987 on: April 28, 2015, 07:44:04 PM »
There are 3 types of hard drives 5400rpm, 7200rpm, and SSD. There is a performance gain from 5400 to 7200 and a "higher end" laptop should not have 5400, the difference between either speed HDD to SSD is huge the problem is that a 240GB ssd costs about $90 and larger sizes cost much more and for some reason if they put the ssd inside you are paying at least 2-3 times that price just for the ssd upgrade
so if someone were to want to day trade and needs speed, he would get an SSD or 7200rpm but i7 is not necessarily needed?

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« Reply #7988 on: April 28, 2015, 07:48:12 PM »
so if someone were to want to day trade and needs speed, he would get an SSD or 7200rpm but i7 is not necessarily needed?
I don't really know what day traders do to tell you if an ssd is what is needed it all depends what type of programs you run
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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« Reply #7989 on: April 28, 2015, 07:53:47 PM »
I don't really know what day traders do to tell you if an ssd is what is needed it all depends what type of programs you run
I have no idea. I'm not good with computers at all but lets just say people that day trade have computers like gamers. I would need to look through multiple charts and have a chat room running as well as the platform I'm trading with.... I would need something to connect 2 monitors at least....

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« Reply #7990 on: April 28, 2015, 07:57:58 PM »
I have no idea. I'm not good with computers at all but lets just say people that day trade have computers like gamers. I would need to look through multiple charts and have a chat room running as well as the platform I'm trading with.... I would need something to connect 2 monitors at least....
So it sounds like you really need a high end computer in which case unless you need a laptop you are best off buying a desktop with a decent i5 and an ssd
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #7991 on: April 29, 2015, 10:53:48 PM »
any good deals at the 72 hour dell small business outlet?

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« Reply #7992 on: April 29, 2015, 11:53:33 PM »
There are 3 types of hard drives 5400rpm, 7200rpm, and SSD. There is a performance gain from 5400 to 7200 and a "higher end" laptop should not have 5400, the difference between either speed HDD to SSD is huge the problem is that a 240GB ssd costs about $90 and larger sizes cost much more and for some reason if they put the ssd inside you are paying at least 2-3 times that price just for the ssd upgrade
For most basic operations like system start up, core functions etc., there isn't any significant timing difference between 7200 rpm and SSD hard drives.
Once you get in to the detailed functions of added programs (adobe, office etc.) and accessing files memory, you save some time.

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« Reply #7993 on: April 29, 2015, 11:57:48 PM »
For most basic operations like system start up, core functions etc., there isn't any significant timing difference between 7200 rpm and SSD hard drives.
Once you get in to the detailed functions of added programs (adobe, office etc.) and accessing files memory, you save some time.
There is a huge difference in startup
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« Reply #7994 on: April 30, 2015, 12:21:44 AM »
There is a huge difference in startup
I actually would beg to defer.
At my office, we employ many computer and software engineers, 1 of our goals was to achieve a faster start-up on a windows based system.
Even with SSD timing was almost identical to non-SSD drives.