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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 #270 on: December 29, 2011, 02:09:04 PM »
It actually is a pretty decent deal

This processor benchmarked is near the i5-2430m
It is a quad core, but each core is only 1.4ghz
(The AMD A6-3400M is better for gaming)

I would still recommend this lenovo laptop $379 - as it has the latest i3 - with 2 cores that are 2.2Ghz each

For the typical person this processor will be more productive for them
The problem is you have to pick it up in store and its unavailable Ny/nj

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #271 on: December 29, 2011, 02:29:56 PM »
The problem is you have to pick it up in store and its unavailable Ny/nj

I know I just looked and saw that...

The toshiba deal mentioned - here is a good price.

I am not seeing any good Dell prices in the $400 range

Hopefully in a few days  ;)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #272 on: January 03, 2012, 07:50:02 PM »
I see Lenovo.com has some doorbuster deals that look good and i want to buy one for my brother in the 450$ range but if amazing deal maybe a bit more can anyone tell me the best deal there? or if they are not great deals?

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« Reply #273 on: January 11, 2012, 01:47:50 PM »
It is all from Hashem and he will continue to give!

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« Reply #274 on: January 11, 2012, 11:32:26 PM »
AMD, 1.5 GHz.
Am I wrong not to be overly excited?

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« Reply #275 on: January 12, 2012, 12:02:56 AM »
AMD, 1.5 GHz.
Am I wrong not to be overly excited?

4x1.5ghz = excited 4x2.4ghz turbo charged =so excited
It is all from Hashem and he will continue to give!

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #276 on: January 12, 2012, 11:24:48 PM »
Looking for a recommendation for a new Laptop. What would be the macbook equivalent in a Windows Notebook. Similar in performance, weight, size (thin) Sleek.

Use Microsoft Office and extensive web surfing. Including videos.

Looking for speed. Don't need a large hard drive at all.

Would take a better price over a better machine.

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« Reply #277 on: January 12, 2012, 11:32:57 PM »
Looking for a recommendation for a new Laptop. What would be the macbook equivalent in a Windows Notebook. Similar in performance, weight, size (thin) Sleek.

You could either wait for the XPS 13 from Dell to come out in Feb - Here

Or maybe you might be interested in something like the Acer S Series - here
They are really slick think light and great specs. I saw in Costco for $779 the model with i5, 4gb and 320gb hard drive with 20gb ssd

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« Reply #278 on: January 12, 2012, 11:35:20 PM »
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« Reply #280 on: January 12, 2012, 11:39:28 PM »
Any idea the $ range for the xps?

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« Reply #281 on: January 12, 2012, 11:47:07 PM »
Any idea the $ range for the xps?

Seems like around $1000

The XPS 14z came out a couple of months ago, started out at $999, dropped to $899, and yesterday was selling for $799

When the XPS 13 comes out, and you are interested - PM me, I should be able to get it at a discounted price  ;)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #282 on: January 13, 2012, 12:46:12 AM »
You could either wait for the XPS 13 from Dell to come out in Feb - Here
No HDMI.
No dedicated graphics.
No SD slot.
No optical drive.
No replaceable battery.

Dell can shove it where the sun don't shine.
The only true "ultrabook" ever made is the discontinued Sony Vaio Z1 that I'm typing on now.  Beast of a machine in a ultralight package with every spec and feature you can possibly want.

For lower-end than the pricey Vaio, check out this thin and light with good specs: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005KP070I/?tag=cl03f-20
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #283 on: January 13, 2012, 02:21:13 AM »
Name Changed, I can't believe I'm asking someone for laptop shopping advice, but it seems you really know your stuff.

A friend of mine is looking for an HD (1080p screen resolution) laptop for his work, a smaller screen, e.g. 14-15.6". I found the HP envy and the Lenovo W5xx series, but I'm wondering if you can recommend something cheaper with a core i3/i5?

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« Reply #284 on: January 13, 2012, 08:40:21 AM »
No HDMI. No dedicated graphics. No SD slot. No optical drive. No replaceable battery.

The only true "ultrabook" ever made is the discontinued Sony Vaio Z1 that I'm typing on now.  Beast of a machine in a ultralight package with every spec and feature you can possibly want.

Yes the Sony Vaio Z1 is a really nice, Packed with feature and powerful Ultra Portabel Laptop, But Pricey  ;)

But you gotta differentiate an Ultra Portable Laptop and an Ultrabook.

An Ultra Portable Laptop is something like the Sony Vaio Z1, Toshiba Portege, Dell Latitiude E6220 Or even the Vostro V131 (with i5, 4gb, 500gb Priced under $600)

An Ultrabook is something like the Macbook air, Acer S series, Dell XPS 13

Ultra books are meant to be really portable - thinner and lighter and dont include the features mentioned above.


A friend of mine is looking for an HD (1080p screen resolution) laptop for his work, a smaller screen, e.g. 14-15.6". I found the HP envy and the Lenovo W5xx series, but I'm wondering if you can recommend something cheaper with a core i3/i5?
Its hard to come across a 14" Laptop with 1080p display - you prob will find the 900p (and 1080p will be pricey)

If he specifically wants the 1080p - I would say to go with a 15.6"
There are a lot of option - what price range does he have in mind?

The HP Envy is slick laptop and will be more on the pricey side... Dell XPS 15z too is pricey and slick

Dell XPS 15 is more affordable - not as slick, but has a sub-woofer and great sound

Dell Latitude E5520 wont be too expensive, and you could even save by getting the i3 (not avail on the XPS's)
The latitudes are really great laptops, really good quality