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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 #405 on: February 22, 2012, 10:06:31 AM »
That for some reason is really quick for your specs... is it a 7200rpm hard drive?
5400. HD is partitioned, only OS gets loaded to C. Programs, Pagefile, Temp Int Files and all other BS does not go on C. Sys restore off, it is useless.
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« Reply #406 on: February 22, 2012, 10:08:48 AM »
i dont think i recognize anything there but im not a maven in these things. how do i know which of that stuff doesn't need to load?
Mostly application you installed or somehow got installed you could easily disable. For example skype - this really slows the start up. If you disable it, it wont open at startup. (I actually keep it on my startup, cuz I anyways will open it...)


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« Reply #407 on: February 22, 2012, 10:11:22 AM »
Mostly application you installed or somehow got installed you could easily disable. For example skype - this really slows the start up. If you disable it, it wont open at startup. (I actually keep it on my startup, cuz I anyways will open it...)

I don't understand why they can't have a lower priority for some start-up apps, where they'll only load if the computer is idle (or you load manually).
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« Reply #408 on: February 22, 2012, 10:12:39 AM »
i dont think i recognize anything there but im not a maven in these things. how do i know which of that stuff doesn't need to load?
99.9% of the time you can just “disable all”. Not only will it boot faster it will also run faster. You can then go back and enable something you always use after startup, like your AV.
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« Reply #409 on: February 22, 2012, 10:13:35 AM »
I don't understand why they can't have a lower priority for some start-up apps, where they'll only load if the computer is idle (or you load manually).
When you write you own OS keep that idea in mind  ;)

I wouldn't be supprised if there is an app that could do this

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« Reply #410 on: February 22, 2012, 10:14:54 AM »
99.9% of the time you can just “disable all”. Not only will it boot faster it will also run faster. You can then go back and enable something you always use after startup, like your AV.

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Getting a little more technical, you could go to Safemode, and see there the list of apps that started, and note the names...
those are prob the crucial ones


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« Reply #411 on: February 22, 2012, 10:18:01 AM »
99.9% of the time you can just “disable all”. Not only will it boot faster it will also run faster. You can then go back and enable something you always use after startup, like your AV.

none of these things are necessary? i have some stuff random letters starting from the windows/system32 folder

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« Reply #412 on: February 22, 2012, 10:22:12 AM »
none of these things are necessary? i have some stuff random letters starting from the windows/system32 folder

If it's truly random it sounds like they might be viruses. Could also be drivers. Try googling the filenames and see what you come up with, then try scanning them.
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« Reply #413 on: February 22, 2012, 10:29:02 AM »
If it's truly random it sounds like they might be viruses. Could also be drivers. Try googling the filenames and see what you come up with, then try scanning them.
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« Reply #414 on: February 22, 2012, 10:29:18 AM »
If it's truly random it sounds like they might be viruses. Could also be drivers. Try googling the filenames and see what you come up with, then try scanning them.

they are prob not really random i just prob don't understand them. i'll try googling them

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« Reply #415 on: February 22, 2012, 10:31:54 AM »
none of these things are necessary? i have some stuff random letters starting from the windows/system32 folder
I am nowhere near an expert in this field. My understanding is everything in msconfig/startup is put there so programs/utilities run faster the first time you click on them. The problem is they all take time and space at startup. You might not run a certain program/utility for days/months and it still is eating resources.

As an example I have in my startup a program to warm up the lamp in my scanner. I might not use my scanner for months. No need for this to start every time.

AsherO makes a good point about viruses. I do not use an AV program but do run Malwarebytes in the background.
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« Reply #416 on: February 22, 2012, 10:36:09 AM »
I am nowhere near an expert in this field. My understanding is everything in msconfig/startup is put there so programs/utilities run faster the first time you click on them. The problem is they all take time and space at startup. You might not run a certain program/utility for days/months and it still is eating resources.

As an example I have in my startup a program to warm up the lamp in my scanner. I might not use my scanner for months. No need for this to start every time.

AsherO makes a good point about viruses. I do not use an AV program but do run Malwarebytes in the background.

looking thru now it seems i shouldn't be disabling everything like igfxtray or igfxpers

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« Reply #417 on: February 22, 2012, 10:39:14 AM »
This kinda went OT, maybe we open a thread for tech support?

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« Reply #418 on: February 22, 2012, 10:42:11 AM »
looking thru now it seems i shouldn't be disabling everything like igfxtray or igfxpers
They are for your graphics card. So you can change things like screen resolution easily.

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« Reply #419 on: February 22, 2012, 01:45:30 PM »
My exact boot time on my nearly 2 year old Z12 is 25.5 seconds for my background to load and 28.5 seconds for Chrome to open.
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