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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!!


HT: Dh Data Recovery & Name Changed


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 #9570 on: March 28, 2016, 12:46:41 AM »
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.
I'd appreciate any advice anyone has to offer.
I would like to go ahead with the Thankpad Carbon x1 4th gen
Bearing in mind that I tend to keep my laptops for 4-5 years:
1) standard laptop or yoga? Yoga has pen, and for the occasional times the tablet will come in handy, it'll come in handy.
2) i56200 vs i56300 vs i76600
3) 16gb memory is only available with the i7
4) 512 GB SSD or 256GB? 512 is only available with the i7.
5) if 512 - SATA3 or PCIe-NVMe
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« Reply #9572 on: March 28, 2016, 01:05:01 PM »
At $229 it's a great deal considering you get Win 7 Pro
it seems like its win 10 pro. Either way Dan thought its a good deal. waiting for my HT

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« Reply #9573 on: March 28, 2016, 01:12:00 PM »
it seems like its win 10 pro. Either way Dan thought its a good deal. waiting for my HT
It's my... He didn't know it's a deal until I commented... If anyone is getting the HT it's me... :D

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« Reply #9574 on: March 28, 2016, 03:53:06 PM »
It's my... He didn't know it's a deal until I commented... If anyone is getting the HT it's me... :D
you have enough already  :D

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« Reply #9575 on: March 28, 2016, 05:54:03 PM »
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lenovo-B50-15-6-Notebook-Intel-i3-4GB-RAM-500GB-HDD-Win7Pro-Free-Win10-Upgrade/121805869954?hash=item1c5c321382&_trkparms=5374%3AFeatured|5373%3A0

Decent deal?
Good enough to run some light spreadsheets, browsing, watching movies? Need a Windows computer to remotely run my work software and this might do the trick.

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« Reply #9577 on: March 28, 2016, 09:08:51 PM »
I'd appreciate any advice anyone has to offer.
I would like to go ahead with the Thankpad Carbon x1 4th gen
Bearing in mind that I tend to keep my laptops for 4-5 years:
1) standard laptop or yoga? Yoga has pen, and for the occasional times the tablet will come in handy, it'll come in handy.
2) i56200 vs i56300 vs i76600
3) 16gb memory is only available with the i7
4) 512 GB SSD or 256GB? 512 is only available with the i7.
5) if 512 - SATA3 or PCIe-NVMe
Thanks

What are the prices you are looking at?
I just got the Thinkpad Yoga 14 inch.

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« Reply #9578 on: March 28, 2016, 09:23:00 PM »
What are the prices you are looking at?
I just got the Thinkpad Yoga 14 inch.
About 2k.
I just ordered it a couple of hours ago.  Are you happy?

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« Reply #9579 on: March 28, 2016, 09:29:35 PM »
About 2k.
I just ordered it a couple of hours ago.  Are you happy?
I got it for my wife to take with her to classes, and she is very happy with it. It is a very nice solid computer. It is probably a bit "bulkier" than the x1 carbon
This is the one I got except I paid $930 and there was no tax.
http://www.amazon.com/Thinkpad-Yoga-Convertible-Touchscreen-i5-6200U/dp/B01AQ84RD6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00
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« Reply #9580 on: March 28, 2016, 09:36:47 PM »
I got it for my wife to take with her to classes, and she is very happy with it. It is a very nice solid computer.
This is the one I got except I paid $930 and there was no tax.
http://www.amazon.com/Thinkpad-Yoga-Convertible-Touchscreen-i5-6200U/dp/B01AQ84RD6?ie=UTF8&psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00
That's a great price.
I got the i7,  16gb ram and 512 gb ssd. I work my laptops hard and keep them for a long time,  so I'd rather overkill than under. 
Got it directly from Lenovo,  they were offering a 10% discount,  and got another 5% through chat, and then 3% off.
Does she use it with a sim card?

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« Reply #9581 on: March 29, 2016, 12:24:51 AM »
That's a great price.
I got the i7,  16gb ram and 512 gb ssd. I work my laptops hard and keep them for a long time,  so I'd rather overkill than under. 
Got it directly from Lenovo,  they were offering a 10% discount,  and got another 5% through chat, and then 3% off.
Does she use it with a sim card?
Those are very nice specs you put together, is this the x1 carbon?
She does not use a sim.

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« Reply #9582 on: March 29, 2016, 12:46:11 AM »
Those are very nice specs you put together, is this the x1 carbon?
She does not use a sim.
Yes it is
ETA: my last laptop was bought in early 2011. went crazy on the specs, and that's why it's still a great computer now (added a ssd last year) just want 2.8 pounds vs close to 10
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« Reply #9583 on: March 29, 2016, 10:42:36 PM »
WOW! Wish I had 16ram, still on my 8 here!

What do you thingk about the ssd, is it really worth the extra money from the good ole regular hard drive>

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« Reply #9584 on: March 29, 2016, 10:48:22 PM »
WOW! Wish I had 16ram, still on my 8 here!

What do you thingk about the ssd, is it really worth the extra money from the good ole regular hard drive>
Absolutely.  Made my computer to from being a large paperweight to a useful machine.