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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!!


HT: Dh Data Recovery & Name Changed


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 #360 on: February 15, 2012, 10:57:25 AM »
@Name Changed, I've got someone looking for a 17", think this one is a good deal?

$599 - $50 coupon = $549.99
Dell Inspiron i17RN-5295BK 17.3" Laptop
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2450M Processor (Dual-Core, 2.5GHz, 3MB Cache)
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
750GB hard drive
17.3" High Definition LED Display
Bluetooth® 3.0
Intel® HD Graphics
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Dimensions 16.5" W x 1.23" H x 11.3" D, 7.14 lbs.
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #361 on: February 15, 2012, 11:13:09 AM »
@Name Changed, I've got someone looking for a 17", think this one is a good deal?

$599 - $50 coupon = $549.99
Dell Inspiron i17RN-5295BK 17.3" Laptop
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2450M Processor (Dual-Core, 2.5GHz, 3MB Cache)
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
750GB hard drive
17.3" High Definition LED Display
Bluetooth® 3.0
Intel® HD Graphics
8-in-1 Media Card Reader
Dimensions 16.5" W x 1.23" H x 11.3" D, 7.14 lbs.
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

Name Changed, you should be flattered a nerd like BAHayman is consulting you for tech advice :D

BAHayman, looks like a nice deal IMHO.
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Re: Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #362 on: February 15, 2012, 11:35:50 AM »
Name Changed, you should be flattered a nerd like BAHayman is consulting you for tech advice :D

BAHayman, looks like a nice deal IMHO.
Lol unfortunately I haven't been following the laptop world too closely and Name Changed seems to know his laptops :-)

Ya I figured its pretty decent, but I'll give it a couple more hours to see if anyone finds anything better...

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #363 on: February 15, 2012, 01:30:02 PM »
@Name Changed, I've got someone looking for a 17", think this one is a good deal?

$599 - $50 coupon = $549.99

Great deal for a 17" (I got a couple of these)

Grab it before its sold out.

I havent seen a Dell 17R with i5 anywhere near this price in a few months

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #364 on: February 15, 2012, 04:05:13 PM »
@Name Changed, I've got someone looking for a 17", think this one is a good deal?

$599 - $50 coupon = $549.99
Dell Inspiron i17RN-5295BK 17.3" Laptop
2nd Generation Intel® Core™ i5-2450M Processor (Dual-Core, 2.5GHz, 3MB Cache)
8GB Shared Dual Channel DDR3 Memory
750GB hard drive
17.3" High Definition LED Display
Bluetooth® 3.0
Intel® HD Graphics
8-in-1 Media Card Reader
Dimensions 16.5" W x 1.23" H x 11.3" D, 7.14 lbs.
Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (64-Bit)

Here is a Dell 17R
Similar to the staples deal.

This one has the i5-2430M 6Gb ram, 500gb hard drive, 2 year dell warranty
AND Microsoft Office 2010

Its for $650-$50-$25 (with my coupons) = $575 ($25 more, if the warranty is worth that to you, and you need MS Office but less ram and HD size)
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #365 on: February 15, 2012, 09:44:37 PM »
Great deal for a 17" (I got a couple of these)

Grab it before its sold out.

I havent seen a Dell 17R with i5 anywhere near this price in a few months

Here is a Dell 17R
Similar to the staples deal.

This one has the i5-2430M 6Gb ram, 500gb hard drive, 2 year dell warranty
AND Microsoft Office 2010

Its for $650-$50-$25 (with my coupons) = $575 ($25 more, if the warranty is worth that to you, and you need MS Office but less ram and HD size)
Thanks! They ended up deciding on the Staples one.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #366 on: February 15, 2012, 09:49:45 PM »
Thanks! They ended up deciding on the Staples one.
You didn't ask me for the coupon codes  ;)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #367 on: February 16, 2012, 02:39:09 AM »
I ended up buying this computer for $475 shipped, no tax (from blinq.com, after 10% off coupon code WelcomeBack).

Thanks again Name Changed for all your help!
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #368 on: February 16, 2012, 10:49:29 AM »
@ Namechange,

Staples will have this <a href="http://www.staples.com/HP-G7-1310US-173-Laptop/product_424330&cmArea=CIRCULAR">17 inch Laptop</a> on sale next week for $399.99, does it seem like a good deal?     

Thanks
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #369 on: February 16, 2012, 11:03:54 AM »
Also i cant seem to figure out what I'm doing wrong with my hyperlink, I'm new at it... if anyone can enlighten me ill be forever grateful?

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Also i cant seem to figure out what I'm doing wrong with my hyperlink, I'm new at it... if anyone can enlighten me ill be forever grateful?
Just quote any other hyperlink to see how it's done.
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any deals on netbooks around?

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« Reply #372 on: February 16, 2012, 03:01:12 PM »
@ Namechange,

Staples will have this on sale next week for $399.99, does it seem like a good deal?     

Thanks

Deff a really good deal!

Where did you see it mentioned? I am assuming this is after a rebate. Does it require a trade in?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #373 on: February 16, 2012, 03:08:45 PM »
Deff a really good deal!

Where did you see it mentioned? I am assuming this is after a rebate. Does it require a trade in?
No trade in. Head to staples.com and look at the circular for the upcoming week

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« Reply #374 on: February 16, 2012, 03:11:54 PM »
No trade in. Head to staples.com and look at the circular for the upcoming week
Just saw it.

@Shpitzik if you want this laptop - I would suggest to buy it as soon as its avail, often these staples deals sell out quickly