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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
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« Reply #197 on: December 09, 2011, 01:09:42 PM »
i had bad experiences with them as well !!

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #200 on: December 10, 2011, 07:04:25 PM »
HP Pavilion g7t Core i3 Dual 2.4GHz 17" LED Laptop = 474.99 Use Code SAVE25HP
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/load_configuration.do?destination=review&config_id=6889957

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #201 on: December 10, 2011, 07:14:04 PM »
Toshiba Satellite Core i5 Dual 2.4GHz 16" LED Laptop with FREE 8x8 Shutterfly Photbook = $449.99


Includes:
Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, media card reader, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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« Reply #202 on: December 10, 2011, 07:25:19 PM »
Toshiba Satellite Core i5 Dual 2.4GHz 16" LED Laptop with FREE 8x8 Shutterfly Photbook = $449.99


Includes:
Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz dual-core processor, 15.6" 1366x768 LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, media card reader, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.

Seems pretty good with the Sec Gen i5.

Thoughts on this for a sub $500 lappie?
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« Reply #203 on: December 10, 2011, 08:20:27 PM »
Dell Inspiron 15R Core i5 Dual 2.4GHz 16" LED Laptop = $499.99

Includes:
Intel Core i5-2430M 2.4GHz dual core Sandy Bridge processor, 15.6" 1366x768 (720p) LED-backlit widescreen LCD, 4GB RAM, 500GB hard drive, DVD burner, 802.11n wireless, Bluetooth, webcam, 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #204 on: December 10, 2011, 08:30:29 PM »
thoughts on this one: ASUS A53SV-EH71 15.6" Core i7-2670QM
$669 from amazon

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Display: 15.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768) (LED)
Processor: Intel® Core™i7-2670QM Processor (2.2 GHz)
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M with 1GB of DDR3 VRAM Graphics
WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
Memory: 6GB DDR3 SDRAM,2 x SODIMM Sockets (up to 8GB)
Storage: 640GB 5400RPM hard drive
Optical Drive: DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
Camera: 0.3 megapixel
Speakers: Altec Lansing® Speakers
Microphone: Microphone
Card Reader: 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO SDHC (SD2.0)
Input / Output: 1 x Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI
Battery: 6 cell
Dimensions: 15.12 x 10.12 x 1.4 –inches (W x D x H)
Weight: 5.72 lbs (with 6 cell battery)
Color: Black

Dont know much about these things, but on SD people are saying the resolution is bad.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #205 on: December 10, 2011, 08:33:40 PM »
I have an ASUS netbook, and it gives me tzoros, but my reading around here tells me, that that's 'par for the course' with netbooks.

One thing I'm noticing, is that all these prices do not include Microsoft office, which costs well over $100 extra, and I don't see a laptop being productive without it.  But I suppose that's consistent across the board, so it is what it is, and you just gotta keep it in mind when being excited by an advertised price.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #206 on: December 10, 2011, 08:46:56 PM »
I have an ASUS netbook, and it gives me tzoros, but my reading around here tells me, that that's 'par for the course' with netbooks.

One thing I'm noticing, is that all these prices do not include Microsoft office, which costs well over $100 extra, and I don't see a laptop being productive without it.  But I suppose that's consistent across the board, so it is what it is, and you just gotta keep it in mind when being excited by an advertised price.

Google Open Office or Google Docs.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #207 on: December 10, 2011, 09:14:05 PM »
Google Open Office or Google Docs.
I suppose....
Although that limits you to only being able to do word processing when you have internet connection, and if you get around a fair bit and don't have a USB Modem or a hotspot, it could seriously limit productivity.

Definitely a thought to consider though.
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« Reply #208 on: December 10, 2011, 09:16:39 PM »
thoughts on this one: ASUS A53SV-EH71 15.6" Core i7-2670QM
$669 from amazon

Operating System: Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)
Display: 15.6-inch HD display (1366 x 768) (LED)
Processor: Intel® Core™i7-2670QM Processor (2.2 GHz)
Graphics: NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 540M with 1GB of DDR3 VRAM Graphics
WLAN: 802.11 b/g/n
LAN: 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
Memory: 6GB DDR3 SDRAM,2 x SODIMM Sockets (up to 8GB)
Storage: 640GB 5400RPM hard drive
Optical Drive: DL DVD±RW/CD-RW
Camera: 0.3 megapixel
Speakers: Altec Lansing® Speakers
Microphone: Microphone
Card Reader: 5-in-1 card reader (SD, MMC, MS, MS PRO SDHC (SD2.0)
Input / Output: 1 x Mic-in, 1 x Headphone-out, 1 x VGA port/Mini D-Sub 15-pin for external monitor, 1 x RJ-45 LAN, 2 x USB 2.0 ports, 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x HDMI
Battery: 6 cell
Dimensions: 15.12 x 10.12 x 1.4 –inches (W x D x H)
Weight: 5.72 lbs (with 6 cell battery)
Color: Black

Dont know much about these things, but on SD people are saying the resolution is bad.

Can someone weigh in on this? Should i be looking for something else? Is this standard resolution for a laptop like this?

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« Reply #209 on: December 10, 2011, 09:40:42 PM »
I suppose....
Although that limits you to only being able to do word processing when you have internet connection, and if you get around a fair bit and don't have a USB Modem or a hotspot, it could seriously limit productivity.

Definitely a thought to consider though.
Thanx

Doesn't seem you googled Open Office.

Does not require internet to use.
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