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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 #9545 on: March 13, 2016, 10:37:28 AM »
Anyone know of a good deal on a laptop running now? Looking to get the most for my money and I don't know much about computers so I figured I would ask here. Something simple is fine - it will be used mainly for work. I need something that will be quick and is going to last a while. Willing to spend up to $600. Any ideas or tips in the right direction are much appreciated.

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« Reply #9546 on: March 13, 2016, 12:32:44 PM »
Anyone know of a good deal on a laptop running now? Looking to get the most for my money and I don't know much about computers so I figured I would ask here. Something simple is fine - it will be used mainly for work. I need something that will be quick and is going to last a while. Willing to spend up to $600. Any ideas or tips in the right direction are much appreciated.
What type of work? Web browsing? Heavy excel workbooks? Simple word typing? Videos and pics? These are all factors that can make a difference.

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« Reply #9547 on: March 13, 2016, 01:53:38 PM »
What type of work? Web browsing? Heavy excel workbooks? Simple word typing? Videos and pics? These are all factors that can make a difference.
Mostly web browsing. I will be using it very often to work remotely through "log me in". Some word/excel but not much. Light video streaming and pics for personal use but nothing excessive.

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« Reply #9548 on: March 13, 2016, 02:15:57 PM »
Mostly web browsing. I will be using it very often to work remotely through "log me in". Some word/excel but not much. Light video streaming and pics for personal use but nothing excessive.
A good i3 should do, but you definitely don't need above i5. And you also don't necessarily need to spend your entire budget of $600. Wait around a week or so you'll for sure get something from a DDMS deal that'll nicely fit all your criteria.

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« Reply #9549 on: March 13, 2016, 02:26:10 PM »
A good i3 should do, but you definitely don't need above i5. And you also don't necessarily need to spend your entire budget of $600. Wait around a week or so you'll for sure get something from a DDMS deal that'll nicely fit all your criteria.
Ok thanks. I don't need to spend that amount but my boss offered to split the cost with me, so I want to make sure I get something good :)

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« Reply #9550 on: March 13, 2016, 02:35:41 PM »
Ok thanks. I don't need to spend that amount but my boss offered to split the cost with me, so I want to make sure I get something good :)
Then rather don't wait for a DDMS deal cuz those usually have their downside (low res etc.). Stick to this thread and you'll likely better off.

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« Reply #9551 on: March 13, 2016, 05:07:14 PM »
I bought the Lenovo Flex3 1580.
Model Name 80R4
 15.6" from Costco at $874.99 -$175 Rebate plus tax. (Item #704496)
Is that a good deal or bad.
I have 90 days to figure that out.  ;)
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« Reply #9552 on: March 13, 2016, 05:31:44 PM »
I'm a thinkpad fan, and am looking at the 2016 Carbon X1, (4th gen) anyone have personal experience? any thought on configuration? there's not much to choose from other than i56200u vs i5 6300u vs iz 6600vpro. and a couple different graphic choices.

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« Reply #9553 on: March 14, 2016, 11:37:27 AM »
im looking for a laptop to store a whole music library (over 100GB) and to use it constantly not just to store it. what specs will i need to look for that are relevant to this? it  also needs a disk drive. priority is quality over price
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« Reply #9554 on: March 16, 2016, 11:40:43 PM »
Is this a good deal?

Toshiba ultra book $619
2 in 1
i7, 128gb ssd  8gb ram 1920 x 1080
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Toshiba-Satellite-Click-2-Pro-Full-HD-13-3-TouchScreen-2-In-1-Ultrabook-/331800421973?rmvSB=true