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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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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #9960 on: September 26, 2016, 04:09:06 PM »
Looking for a decent laptop in the $3-500 range.
Only specifications needed are solid build and 17.3 inch screen.
Which company should I look at?

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« Reply #9961 on: September 26, 2016, 04:14:21 PM »
Looking for a decent laptop in the $3-500 range.
Only specifications needed are solid build and 17.3 inch screen.
Which company should I look at?
By solid build you mean externally?
I wonder what people who type "u" instead of "you" do with all their free time.

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« Reply #9962 on: September 26, 2016, 04:15:45 PM »
By solid build you mean externally?
Yea. Takes some abuse.

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Yea. Takes some abuse.
Then you need a business machine like a Dell latitude
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« Reply #9964 on: September 26, 2016, 04:35:01 PM »
Then you need a business machine like a Dell latitude
I don't see any that work for me that will ship in time.
If I had to choose between HP and Lenovo in that price range which one should I go for?

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« Reply #9965 on: September 26, 2016, 04:41:19 PM »
I don't see any that work for me that will ship in time.
If I had to choose between HP and Lenovo in that price range which one should I go for?
Lenovo
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« Reply #9966 on: September 26, 2016, 04:45:55 PM »
thoughts?
http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/95639

bought this, a little bigger than i expected. before I return - anyone want it? box opened, not turned on. total with tax was $494.

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« Reply #9971 on: September 27, 2016, 12:33:47 AM »
Is this a good deal for a basic home computer?
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No the one from best buy is a good deal
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No the one from best buy is a good deal
Thanks. I was hoping to find a good deal from staples because I have a few hundred dollars in staples rewards. Oh well.

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« Reply #9974 on: September 27, 2016, 10:35:31 AM »
$89
Acer Cloudbook 14", 2 GB Ram, 32 GB Flash Memory, Intel Celeron N3050 1.60 GHz, HD, Windows 10 Home - AO1-431-C8G8

Scratch and Dent
Description : Fully refurbished and functioning with slight visible damage

Condition: Fully Functional, Slight cosmetic damage- refurbished by the factory
but it's certified refurbished

Return & Exchange Policy: 14 Day Refund - No Exchanges Accepted

Warranty: 90 Day


http://acerrecertified.com/Acer-Cloudbook-14-2-GB-Ram-32-GB-Flash-Memory-Intel-Celeron-N3050-1.60-GHz-HD-Windows-10-Home-AO1-431-C8G8-Scratch-and-Dent
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