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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 #10875 on: May 05, 2017, 08:26:37 AM »
Hi all!

I would really appreciate any recommendations/deals for a laptop with the following specs:

Price: $300 or less
OS: Windows 10
Ram: 6GB+
HD: SSD preferably but probably not happening at this price
Processor: i5 (would go i3 if closer to $200)

Thanks!
At that price an i5 with 6+ is also not happening. You can't simply choose a price range and choose exact specs, it's either you choose your price range and go with what that range has to offer or you choose specs and pay how much these specs cost.

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« Reply #10876 on: May 05, 2017, 09:07:16 AM »
I understand that it's unlikely that I find an i5 at $300. I recently purchased this http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i3-6gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-ebony-black/5707528.p?skuId=5707528 for $279 at best but on sale. I would buy it at that price or even an i5 version low $300s. I would even consider open box item like best buy.

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« Reply #10877 on: May 05, 2017, 11:23:52 AM »
IMO you are overdoing it, get an i5 with 8gb ram, ssd, and a graphics card and it will do everything you need it to do. No need for i7, and the extra ram. I assume you are not planning using it to store pictures and videos so no need for the extra TB drive.
You should be able to save a decent amount by doing that

Just to throw out a thank you to all those active in this thread.  I came here with my needs and was given specs (thanks @avromie7) and those specs turned out to be perfect. 

Further guidance from @Yisroel Tech helped me find the right match and I saved about $400 from what I would have paid with out all of your advice.

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« Reply #10878 on: May 05, 2017, 04:36:59 PM »
I too was helped a lot by reading this thread.
Thank you to Yisroel Tech and Avromie7, in particular.

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« Reply #10879 on: May 05, 2017, 04:42:30 PM »
I understand that it's unlikely that I find an i5 at $300. I recently purchased this http://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i3-6gb-memory-1tb-hard-drive-ebony-black/5707528.p?skuId=5707528 for $279 at best but on sale. I would buy it at that price or even an i5 version low $300s. I would even consider open box item like best buy.
So your are saying that you'd buy this i3 (not the best device really) for $279 (which is almost $300, and that is what you wanted an i5 for), why don't you buy it? It is now also $279.

Otherwise, you simply won't find  :-[ Laptops just cost more...

If you are willing to look at refurbished/used this one is a nice option http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-15-TouchScreen-Laptop-Intel-Dual-Core-i5-2-3GHz-6GB-RAM-1TB-15-AY013DX-/262968571890?hash=item3d3a25f7f2:g:L0gAAOSwTM5Yueqw#viTabs_0

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« Reply #10880 on: May 05, 2017, 04:48:31 PM »

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« Reply #10881 on: May 05, 2017, 04:50:36 PM »

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« Reply #10882 on: May 05, 2017, 04:56:41 PM »
What's your opinion of the refurbished laptops on Newegg?
There are a lot of options.

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« Reply #10883 on: May 05, 2017, 04:59:05 PM »
What's your opinion of the refurbished laptops on Newegg?
There are a lot of options.
I would recommend refurbished if 1) the seller has sold a lot of merchandise and has a very good reputation 2) the model is a new one with at least a fifth gen Intel CPU or its AMD equivalent.

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« Reply #10884 on: May 06, 2017, 02:11:46 PM »
https://www.amazon.com/Acer-E5-575G-57D4-15-6-Inches-Notebook-i5-7200U/dp/B01LD4MGY4/

 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor (Up to 3.1GHz)
15.6" Full HD Widescreen Comfy View LED-backlit Display supporting Acer Color Blast technology
NVIDIA GeForce 940MX with 2GB of GDDR5 Video Memory
8GB DDR4 Memory, 256GB SSD

$562

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« Reply #10886 on: May 06, 2017, 09:43:48 PM »
Dell Inspiron 15 5000 Intel Core i7-7500U Kaby Lake 15.6" Laptop,  512GB SSD, 8GB RAM.
$599.00 + FREE SHIPPING, With Coupon: SAVE270

http://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/productdetails/inspiron-15-5566-laptop/cai155w10p7b013c2?oc=cai155w10p7b013c2&prg=1&VEN1=12930464-3796334-f8c66b2f-e8b4-4340-ba34-053ee75c1aab&DGC=BF&DGSeg=BSD&CID=198376&LID=45675&ACD=12309198376456750&VEN3=572103783096067548

This a great deal! It's interesting how the same code I posted last week is now taking off $300 instead of $270

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« Reply #10887 on: May 06, 2017, 10:12:34 PM »
So your are saying that you'd buy this i3 (not the best device really) for $279 (which is almost $300, and that is what you wanted an i5 for), why don't you buy it? It is now also $279.

Otherwise, you simply won't find  :-[ Laptops just cost more...

If you are willing to look at refurbished/used this one is a nice option http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-15-TouchScreen-Laptop-Intel-Dual-Core-i5-2-3GHz-6GB-RAM-1TB-15-AY013DX-/262968571890?hash=item3d3a25f7f2:g:L0gAAOSwTM5Yueqw#viTabs_0

When I posted that, it was $50 more  :)

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #10889 on: May 07, 2017, 01:16:27 AM »
Where do you guys come up with these codes?
This one I got from PCMag deals.