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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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« Reply #9375 on: January 06, 2016, 02:35:36 PM »
I'd like to understand the different types of displays. I'm not going to ask if you can explain it, but can you point to a simple clear article where it is explained? Thanks.

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« Reply #9376 on: January 06, 2016, 03:55:28 PM »
Take a look on one of these:

1) - HP Pavilion 17-g133cl Touchscreen Laptop | AMD A10 | 12GB RAM | 2GB Graphics | Backlit Keyboard
$699.99 at Costco

2) - Dell Inspiron 17 5000 Series 17.3" HD Laptop with Intel Core i5-4210U | 8GB | 1TB | Win 7 Professional
$530.10 from Dell Small Business after 10% off with coupon code SAVE10%BIZ

3) - 2016 Newest HP 17.3" Laptop with Intel Core i7-4510U | 8GB RAM | 1TB HDD | 17.3-inch HD+ LED Backlit Display | Win 10
$629.00 on Amazon
Thanks
Does it pay to add $120 to the dell inspiron and get a i7??

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« Reply #9377 on: January 06, 2016, 03:57:00 PM »
Take a look on one of these:


3) - 2016 Newest HP 17.3" Laptop with Intel Core i7-4510U | 8GB RAM | 1TB HDD | 17.3-inch HD+ LED Backlit Display | Win 10
$629.00 on Amazon
I'm not sure I would do business with a seller that advertises a laptop with a processor that is two generations old as "2016 Newest". The other specs. are probably old as well but I wouldn't know, I'm no expert.
I'm not saying you can't buy an older model laptop and save money that way, it is the advertising to unsuspecting buyers that makes me wary.
When I was looking for a laptop on Amazon last month I noticed many sellers that do this or similar tricks. There are some sellers that are advertising 2016 newest etc. and really have new specs, you just have to know the basics to see if the seller is being honest or not.

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« Reply #9378 on: January 06, 2016, 04:11:37 PM »
Thanks
Does it pay to add $120 to the dell inspiron and get a i7??
It's hard to say, but I would not. But $650 for a Dell i7 with 8GB RAM is still a good deal. (Where do you have it for this price? In my link to Dell you cannot change it to an i7.)

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« Reply #9379 on: January 06, 2016, 04:13:48 PM »
I'm not sure I would do business with a seller that advertises a laptop with a processor that is two generations old as "2016 Newest". The other specs. are probably old as well but I wouldn't know, I'm no expert.
I'm not saying you can't buy an older model laptop and save money that way, it is the advertising to unsuspecting buyers that makes me wary.
When I was looking for a laptop on Amazon last month I noticed many sellers that do this or similar tricks. There are some sellers that are advertising 2016 newest etc. and really have new specs, you just have to know the basics to see if the seller is being honest or not.
I'm not referring to this particular case, but generally OEMs do sometimes release new models with 2 gen old processors.

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« Reply #9380 on: January 06, 2016, 06:34:21 PM »
I'd like to understand the different types of displays. I'm not going to ask if you can explain it, but can you point to a simple clear article where it is explained? Thanks.
Back from Montreal... What do you want to know/understand? All laptops are basically LCD. Do you want to learn about the screen resolution? Graphics Cards? Touch screen digitizers?

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« Reply #9381 on: January 06, 2016, 06:41:22 PM »
Back from Montreal... What do you want to know/understand? All laptops are basically LCD. Do you want to learn about the screen resolution? Graphics Cards? Touch screen digitizers?
Welcome back Torontoguy, from Montreal to Lakewood(?)!
Not so sophisticated. :)
On Amazon, there is a list under" Display":
Touchscreen, Backlit, LED ,  Multi-Touch, 3D, and  LCD
What are all of these?

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« Reply #9382 on: January 06, 2016, 07:24:56 PM »
I'm not referring to this particular case, but generally OEMs do sometimes release new models with 2 gen old processors.
I didn't know that.
I personally wouldn't want to buy a computer with an older processor, if this is supposed to last a few years I don't want to be starting out with a 18 month old processor (though I did buy an S4 last January so who am I to talk  :)).

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« Reply #9383 on: January 06, 2016, 10:49:31 PM »
It's hard to say, but I would not. But $650 for a Dell i7 with 8GB RAM is still a good deal. (Where do you have it for this price? In my link to Dell you cannot change it to an i7.)
No not on dells site i have a credit to b&h and im buuing it there and the i5 is 679 and the i7 is 799

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« Reply #9385 on: January 17, 2016, 12:00:24 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331751176819?rmvSB=true

Acer Aspire 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop, i5-5200U 2.2GHz, 8GB Ram, 1TB HDD

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« Reply #9386 on: January 17, 2016, 02:31:53 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/331751176819?rmvSB=true

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« Reply #9388 on: January 18, 2016, 11:18:11 AM »
interesting article http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/find-best-laptop-600/
cmon peeps, need a good deal i can get shipped in a couple days on a basic (minimum i3) with a good full HD screen with touch capability for around 350. pretty please ??

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« Reply #9389 on: January 19, 2016, 11:50:32 PM »
Need to order a laptop fro some today

Was asked for i5/i7  4GB Ram win 10 
Will be used to work 5 hours a day 4 days a week, so I think she needs a decent screen.
Budget up to 6-7 hundred

Any recommendations?