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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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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #135 on: December 01, 2011, 02:52:49 PM »
Thanks.

Which would you go with of the three?

None  ;)

The size i would take is 15.6"
If the staples i5 one was 15.6" that would be good

But I usually get from Dell those specs for cheaper.
As of now those specs from dell wud be $499 Here

Then if you have the $400 and $75 would make the price to $425

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #136 on: December 01, 2011, 03:03:51 PM »
Hmm... but with the 400+75 coupon, I don't get AMEX warranty.

I guess I could buy a square trade warranty instead...

You just go here: http://dell.cashstar.com/ and buy for 400 and they automatically send you another 75?
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« Reply #137 on: December 01, 2011, 03:15:37 PM »
Hmm... but with the 400+75 coupon, I don't get AMEX warranty.

I guess I could buy a square trade warranty instead...

You just go here: http://dell.cashstar.com/ and buy for 400 and they automatically send you another 75?
+1 to squaretrade

As of now the Dell isn't giving the free $75... but you do get it right away when you purchase the $400 one

The offer it like every other month

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« Reply #138 on: December 01, 2011, 04:09:42 PM »
+1 to squaretrade

As of now the Dell isn't giving the free $75... but you do get it right away when you purchase the $400 one

The offer it like every other month

Sometimes they give away a stackable $75 coupon? Interesting.

But to get the 400+75, you just purchase the $400 one on that link?
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« Reply #139 on: December 01, 2011, 04:14:33 PM »
Sometimes they give away a stackable $75 coupon? Interesting.

But to get the 400+75, you just purchase the $400 one on that link?

No

Im referring to the offer of free $75 with the purchase of a $400

Now it is not offered - Dont buy the $400 ...

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« Reply #140 on: December 01, 2011, 10:29:48 PM »
Ohhh, thanks for clarifying...

I guess I'll wait.
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« Reply #141 on: December 01, 2011, 10:37:24 PM »
Ohhh, thanks for clarifying...

I guess I'll wait.

There were really good deals last week, you could see more on the older post
Prob worth it to wait

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« Reply #142 on: December 01, 2011, 10:38:19 PM »
There were really good deals last week, you could see more on the older post
Prob worth it to wait

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #143 on: December 02, 2011, 01:15:56 AM »
between the toshiba 15.6 intel core i3 6cell battery 4gb memory and 320gb hard drive nd the asus mentioned last night 14 in screen i3 processor same price i like toshiba as a name better and the 15.6 in screen but the downside is 320 gb hard drive

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« Reply #144 on: December 02, 2011, 08:33:42 AM »
between the toshiba 15.6 intel core i3 6cell battery 4gb memory and 320gb hard drive nd the asus mentioned last night 14 in screen i3 processor same price i like toshiba as a name better and the 15.6 in screen but the downside is 320 gb hard drive
Whats the downside of the 320GB hard drive?
What are you storing on it already?
Use an external

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« Reply #145 on: December 02, 2011, 09:47:07 AM »
Here is a decent price for the Dell 15R with i3, 6GB Ram, 640GB Hard Drive $420
Decent Price for these specs

(You could upgrade to the i5 for $100)


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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #146 on: December 03, 2011, 11:50:29 PM »
Here is a decent price for the Dell 15R with i3, 6GB Ram, 640GB Hard Drive $420
Decent Price for these specs

(You could upgrade to the i5 for $100)


Is there anything in the $300-350 range
doesn't have to be a dell
don't need with a lot of space
need microsoft word 7
thank you
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #147 on: December 04, 2011, 12:20:40 AM »
Is there anything in the $300-350 range
doesn't have to be a dell
don't need with a lot of space
need microsoft word 7
thank you

I don't think you want that, Word 7.0 was part of Office '95... Do you mean Word '07 or Word 2010 (came out after Windows 7)?

This Dell is a decent deal in the price range you're looking for, but you'll have to get your own copy of MS Word.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #148 on: December 04, 2011, 12:28:12 AM »
I don't think you want that, Word 7.0 was part of Office '95... Do you mean Word '07 or Word 2010 (came out after Windows 7)?

This Dell is a decent deal in the price range you're looking for, but you'll have to get your own copy of MS Word.
thanks
meant windows 7
what do u think of a Lenevo @ bestbuy for $299
15.6 Lenovo - Laptop / AMD E-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory - Black?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #149 on: December 04, 2011, 12:34:30 AM »
thanks
meant windows 7
what do u think of a Lenevo @ bestbuy for $299
15.6 Lenovo - Laptop / AMD E-Series Processor / 15.6" Display / 4GB Memory - Black?

Virtually any Windows laptop you buy now will come with Windows 7 (as opposed to an older Windows version).

If you're looking for cheap, and you don't care much about power consumption (the one I listed with an Intel processor will probably do better at power consumption), go for it.
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