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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 #345 on: February 14, 2012, 07:28:16 PM »
What do you guys think of this deal? Anything comparable (15" screen, comparable specs, same or better build quality etc) for cheaper?

wasn't there a deal on the mainsite recently?

any good deals on netbooks around?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #346 on: February 14, 2012, 08:01:03 PM »
What do you guys think of this deal? Anything comparable (15" screen, comparable specs, same or better build quality etc) for cheaper?

This Dell 15R Is basically the same specs, I have a $25 off coupon... (I have a few, they all are one time use)

It would come out to $525 ... For that price I could get the 15R with an i5, 6gb of ram - look at my earlier post

$599 - $50 - $25

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #347 on: February 14, 2012, 08:20:35 PM »
This Dell 15R Is basically the same specs, I have a $25 off coupon... (I have a few, they all are one time use)

It would come out to $525 ... For that price I could get the 15R with an i5, 6gb of ram - look at my earlier post

$599 - $50 - $25

Any advantages to the Dell over the Lenovo?
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #348 on: February 14, 2012, 08:39:27 PM »
Any advantages to the Dell over the Lenovo?
Some say Dell is a disadvantage :P

Not exactly the same as what your looking at but Dan posted a deal on a lenovo a couple days back ($599, 14", i5 2nd gen, 8gb ram).

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #349 on: February 14, 2012, 10:57:38 PM »
Any advantages to the Dell over the Lenovo?

I actually like Dell over Lenovo.

Not that it really is any better. but it really depend on which model, every company - Dell, Lenovo... Ect. make diff product lines -

Like the inspiron 15 isnt really comparable to the 15R...

With dell - with the basic warranty, they come to your home (usually the following day) to fix ur computer...

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #350 on: February 14, 2012, 10:58:28 PM »
I actually like Dell over Lenovo.

With dell - with the basic warranty, they come to your home (usually the following day) to fix ur computer...
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #351 on: February 14, 2012, 11:07:13 PM »
I actually like Dell over Lenovo.

Not that it really is any better. but it really depend on which model, every company - Dell, Lenovo... Ect. make diff product lines -

Like the inspiron 15 isnt really comparable to the 15R...

With dell - with the basic warranty, they come to your home (usually the following day) to fix ur computer...

I might've sloozed, looks to me like the Del 15R deal is gone. Do you think they (the Dell 15Rs) are built better than the Lenovos (Lenovo G570)?
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #352 on: February 14, 2012, 11:13:18 PM »
I might've sloozed, looks to me like the Del 15R deal is gone. Do you think they (the Dell 15Rs) are built better than the Lenovos (Lenovo G570)?
The deal isnt over... The price is $599 I have one time use stackable coupons ... to get the price to $525 PM if interested.

The Dell 15R has an i5 - I deff would take this over the Lenovo G570. Also overall I think the 15R is better than the g570

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #353 on: February 14, 2012, 11:16:09 PM »
The deal isnt over... The price is $599 I have one time use stackable coupons ... to get the price to $525 PM if interested.

The Dell 15R has an i5 - I deff would take this over the Lenovo G570. Also overall I think the 15R is better than the g570

Just to clarify, are you selling the coupons or giving them away?

The link doesn't open for me in Chrome. In IE it shows an i3 for $549 (with an i5 option for +$100).

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #354 on: February 15, 2012, 12:16:18 AM »
Just to clarify, are you selling the coupons or giving them away?

The link doesn't open for me in Chrome. In IE it shows an i3 for $549 (with an i5 option for +$100).
Here is a working link

I am giving them for free

Also you could use UR mall and get an extra 3 points per $ (earlier this week it was 5 pp$)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #355 on: February 15, 2012, 12:49:36 AM »
Here is a working link

I am giving them for free

Also you could use UR mall and get an extra 3 points per $ (earlier this week it was 5 pp$)

Any idea how long this link will last?
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« Reply #356 on: February 15, 2012, 08:43:16 AM »
Any idea how long this link will last?
Dunno - I would say a few days, but you never know  ;)

Currently there is also the newer version i5-2450M (2.5Ghz with turbo boost to 3.1Ghz) with 6GB ram, 750Gb Hard drive for $575 (after coupons)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #357 on: February 15, 2012, 10:12:51 AM »
Dunno - I would say a few days, but you never know  ;)

Currently there is also the newer version i5-2450M (2.5Ghz with turbo boost to 3.1Ghz) with 6GB ram, 750Gb Hard drive for $575 (after coupons)

It's a nice bump in specs, but I don't think my guy needs them and he's on a budget.
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« Reply #358 on: February 15, 2012, 10:48:49 AM »
Some nice deals can be found here: http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/19646
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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