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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 #11685 on: June 28, 2018, 01:09:15 PM »
How difficult/expensive is it to replace a HD with SSD on a new laptop?
every laptop is different. Some are as easy as plug n' play with a separate door for the ssd. others you have to open the back panel and play around a bit but not too difficult. others can be very difficult (such as my Lenovo miix 510)
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« Reply #11686 on: July 02, 2018, 03:19:50 PM »
Im looking for a 2 in 1 laptop for under 600 dollars. What is the best value out there that has i5 processor or better and 15+ inch screen with good brightness/resolution? (For general usage and studying- not much gaming but videos/movies)

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« Reply #11687 on: July 02, 2018, 06:10:10 PM »
Im looking for a 2 in 1 laptop for under 600 dollars. What is the best value out there that has i5 processor or better and 15+ inch screen with good brightness/resolution? (For general usage and studying- not much gaming but videos/movies)
You will not find a lot of options, because 15" 2-in-1s is already a real niche market with few options at all.

Take a look at this Asus for $544, I think it is a decent option, https://www.amazon.com/Asus-VivoBook-R518UA-DH51T-15-6-inch-Processor/dp/B076S55M9L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1530569125&sr=1-16&refinements=p_n_operating_system_browse-bin:17702486011,p_n_operating_system_browse-bin:12035945011,p_n_size_browse-bin:2423841011&linkCode=ll1&tag=1a2b3c4d-20&linkId=d9539f39a6804a7e8346fc6976b4c704

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« Reply #11688 on: July 02, 2018, 07:08:22 PM »
You will not find a lot of options, because 15" 2-in-1s is already a real niche market with few options at all.

Take a look at this Asus for $544, I think it is a decent option, https://www.amazon.com/Asus-VivoBook-R518UA-DH51T-15-6-inch-Processor/dp/B076S55M9L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1530569125&sr=1-16&refinements=p_n_operating_system_browse-bin:17702486011,p_n_operating_system_browse-bin:12035945011,p_n_size_browse-bin:2423841011&linkCode=ll1&tag=1a2b3c4d-20&linkId=d9539f39a6804a7e8346fc6976b4c704


Thanks! Just wondering, is this model the 1920x1080 or 1366x768? Is there a big difference between the 2 resolutions?

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« Reply #11689 on: July 02, 2018, 07:11:29 PM »

Thanks! Just wondering, is this model the 1920x1080 or 1366x768? Is there a big difference between the 2 resolutions?
It's 1366x768. There is a noticeable difference, but I think it is still a good option.

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« Reply #11690 on: July 02, 2018, 07:16:06 PM »
It's 1366x768. There is a noticeable difference, but I think it is still a good option.

You perfer Asus to Inspiron, Pavillion, or Levono flex?

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« Reply #11691 on: July 02, 2018, 07:37:54 PM »
You perfer Asus to Inspiron, Pavillion, or Levono flex?
Asus is pretty good. When you ask if I prefer something first you need to find something in these lines similar to this and within your price range.

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« Reply #11692 on: July 02, 2018, 09:11:36 PM »
Asus is pretty good. When you ask if I prefer something first you need to find something in these lines similar to this and within your price range.


Hp pavillion, Dell inspiron, and lenovo flex 5 all have 15 inch 2 in 1 1920x 1080, i5 processor all for about 600 dollara or so. Which one is the best option in your opinion?

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« Reply #11693 on: July 02, 2018, 09:25:23 PM »
Hp pavillion, Dell inspiron, and lenovo flex 5 all have 15 inch 2 in 1 1920x 1080, i5 processor all for about 600 dollara or so. Which one is the best option in your opinion?
Again. I do not want to do theoretical comparisons, it is never-ending. If you can bring a link to anything like it for this price range I will try to give my input.

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« Reply #11694 on: July 02, 2018, 09:30:43 PM »
You will not find a lot of options, because 15" 2-in-1s is already a real niche market with few options at all.

Take a look at this Asus for $544, I think it is a decent option, https://www.amazon.com/Asus-VivoBook-R518UA-DH51T-15-6-inch-Processor/dp/B076S55M9L/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1530569125&sr=1-16&refinements=p_n_operating_system_browse-bin:17702486011,p_n_operating_system_browse-bin:12035945011,p_n_size_browse-bin:2423841011&linkCode=ll1&tag=1a2b3c4d-20&linkId=d9539f39a6804a7e8346fc6976b4c704
I'm actually having a hard time finding these specs in a 13 or 14 in.  About a year ago my company bought several miix 510 and Acer spin5 both i5/m5 8gb 256ssd. We paid in the $500 range. Now similar items seem to be at least $650 or more.
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« Reply #11695 on: July 02, 2018, 09:50:06 PM »
hi everyone,

hoping to buy a dell laptop in the next day or 2. there is currently a 15% off coupon for miltary members. if anyone could help me out with a code. should take 2 mins as you can just generate code here https://webapp.dell.epsilon.com/CVM/coupons/register/militaryid?c=US&l=en

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« Reply #11696 on: July 02, 2018, 09:55:29 PM »
I'm actually having a hard time finding these specs in a 13 or 14 in.  About a year ago my company bought several miix 510 and Acer spin5 both i5/m5 8gb 256ssd. We paid in the $500 range. Now similar items seem to be at least $650 or more.
For 13 and 14 there is at least a bigger selection, so you can more likely find some deals. (For instance, this is today https://www.ebay.com/itm/322834272875?rmvSB=true)
It's 1366x768. There is a noticeable difference, but I think it is still a good option.
If you want a 1920x1080 (FHD) this HP Envy x360 is a pretty good option https://www.ebay.com/itm/192409871544?rmvSB=true

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« Reply #11697 on: July 03, 2018, 11:16:31 AM »
Want something for home use, speed is my main priority. Have been waiting for months for the right price for something with at least an i5, 8GB ram and an SSD. This at $450 seems like what I've been waiting for. Any thoughts?

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-330s-15ikb-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-128gb-solid-state-drive-platinum-gray/6221786.p?skuId=6221786

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« Reply #11698 on: July 03, 2018, 11:21:09 AM »
Want something for home use, speed is my main priority. Have been waiting for months for the right price for something with at least an i5, 8GB ram and an SSD. This at $450 seems like what I've been waiting for. Any thoughts?

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-330s-15ikb-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-128gb-solid-state-drive-platinum-gray/6221786.p?skuId=6221786
SSD is a little small.
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