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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 #9916 on: September 03, 2016, 11:21:05 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IA9FXAO
Is this a decent monitor?
Any reason not to buy this?
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« Reply #9917 on: September 04, 2016, 12:16:39 AM »
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IA9FXAO
Is this a decent monitor?
Any reason not to buy this?
Too big, Imho best set up is two 27'.
May be a personal preference thing.

Dunno about actual monitor.

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Too big, Imho best set up is two 27'.
May be a personal preference thing.

Dunno about actual monitor.
So you mean to say "I don't know"
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« Reply #9919 on: September 04, 2016, 01:30:02 AM »
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IA9FXAO
Is this a decent monitor?
Any reason not to buy this?
Seems like a good monitor, I actually paid about 240 for it a few weeks ago. (I never saw it, we sent it straight to a remote office)
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« Reply #9920 on: September 04, 2016, 08:00:56 AM »
Dell Financial Services is currently taking 45% off any refurbished item $299 or more with coupon code LABORDAY The same code also takes 25% off any item $298 or less and provides free shipping.

http://dellrefurbished.com/
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« Reply #9921 on: September 04, 2016, 08:48:03 AM »
Dell Financial Services is currently taking 45% off any refurbished item $299 or more with coupon code LABORDAY The same code also takes 25% off any item $298 or less and provides free shipping.

http://dellrefurbished.com/
How are their refurbished stuff?

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How are their refurbished stuff?
I've used it for several years in my office

cosmetic is perfect no blemishes whatsoever

Internal not sure I would assume in par with outside
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I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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« Reply #9925 on: September 04, 2016, 11:10:28 AM »
I've used it for several years in my office

cosmetic is perfect no blemishes whatsoever

Internal not sure I would assume in par with outside
did you have the grade A or grade B condition?
Or is there that much of a difference between grade a and grade B?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9928 on: September 06, 2016, 02:07:00 PM »
I guess it is!
Now on DDMS
Congrats to your first HT :)
What do you guys make of the negative reviews?

I'm interested in getting something smaller than 15", i3 I think is fine for my needs, hoping to get cheap ($300 or less)
[have been using an 11.6", i3. got for $250. been pretty satified]
Is this one the best I'll find? better deal out there? wait for black friday?

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« Reply #9929 on: September 06, 2016, 08:08:40 PM »
I have a couple HP gift cards I am looking to sell if anyone finds a good deal on HP.com