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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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« Reply #8971 on: November 17, 2015, 08:56:35 AM »
The one I posted for $330 can do all that, plus. That i3 is more than sufficient for basic needs.

That's why I asked what specs you're looking for if that one is "too basic." 8gb? 1tb? SSD? I5 or better?
I would think i5 and 8Gb

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« Reply #8974 on: November 17, 2015, 10:19:17 AM »
now an ignorant question: Why are i3, 4Gb Laptops costantly posted as good deals?
Aren't they a little weak?

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« Reply #8975 on: November 17, 2015, 10:27:17 AM »
now an ignorant question: Why are i3, 4Gb Laptops costantly posted as good deals?
Aren't they a little weak?
I3 is fine for basic use, 4gb works and can usually be easily upgraded to 8 for about $25
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« Reply #8976 on: November 17, 2015, 12:26:57 PM »
Yes, dan just posted it on ddms from ebay

How would you say that one compares to the $329 one from Amazon yesterday? For basic stuff
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« Reply #8977 on: November 17, 2015, 12:48:53 PM »
How would you say that one compares to the $329 one from Amazon yesterday? For basic stuff
I would go for the one from yesterday because it has a bunch of small upgrades
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« Reply #8978 on: November 17, 2015, 12:51:46 PM »
I would go for the one from yesterday because it has a bunch of small upgrades
Thanks! Works out cheaper than best buy if I stack multiple amex offers but then no amex protection
What are the small upgrades?
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Thanks! Works out cheaper than best buy if I stack multiple amex offers but then no amex protection
What are the small upgrades?

do you have a link to this deal?

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« Reply #8980 on: November 17, 2015, 01:17:54 PM »
Thanks! Works out cheaper than best buy if I stack multiple amex offers but then no amex protection
What are the small upgrades?
better processor,  higher resolution
do you have a link to this deal?
Also not bad:

ASUS F555LA-AB31 15.6-inch Full-HD Laptop (Core i3, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD) with Windows 10 for $329.99

    -15.6" Full HD (1920*1080) provides more clarity and sharp visual experience on video, photo and games
    -Powerful 5th-generation Intel Core i3-5010U 2.1GHz, Broadwell.
    -4GB RAM/ 500GB 5400RPM with DL DVD±RW/CD-RW.
    -Equipped WiFi 802.11ac. This is almost 3x faster than the typical 802.11n.
    -Feature 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, 1 x HDMI and VGA ports.
    -1 year International Warranty with 1 year Accidental Damage Protection
    -Ergonomically designed keyboard with IceCool technology keeps the palm rest at a comfort temperature

From Amazon.

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« Reply #8981 on: November 17, 2015, 01:22:56 PM »
now an ignorant question: Why are i3, 4Gb Laptops costantly posted as good deals?
Aren't they a little weak?
Deals here (and on DDMS) are mainly categorized as such due to their value for the money you pay. But of course, it would be criminal to just blindly follow a deal posted without knowing what specs are best in your situation.

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« Reply #8982 on: November 17, 2015, 03:50:06 PM »
Looking for a recommendation for a laptop- I'm going to be using it apart exclusively for typing word documents, with a bit of basic web surfing. Smaller is preferable but still needs to have a big enough keyboard that it's comfortable to type with. Am I supposed to be looking for a notebook? Maybe a tablet with a keyboard attachment?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #8983 on: November 17, 2015, 03:58:56 PM »
Deals here (and on DDMS) are mainly categorized as such due to their value for the money you pay. But of course, it would be criminal to just blindly follow a deal posted without knowing what specs are best in your situation.
So true! And not just for laptops...
Workflowy. You won't know what you're missing until you try it.

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« Reply #8984 on: November 17, 2015, 05:30:09 PM »
So true! And not just for laptops...

You might be a ddfer if....

You got checks for a bank account,   that you don't intend to use even once



When you get excited about a MIA deal but then realize that you don't have a reason to go.

Etc etc.. Can go on for hours