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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: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11775 on: October 10, 2018, 10:15:59 PM »
Thanks everyone for the feedback. In the end, it came down to the Surface, the Lenovo Yoga, and the XPS 15.

The Yoga got eliminated the instant I saw it; no matter how good it may be, the screen is simply too small for my needs. The XPS looks nice, but apparently has some serious screen issues - in fact, the one I was looking at developed a few stripes on the screen right in front of me. And obviously, it isn't a convertible.

And so the 15", 512GB Surface it is.

Did you look at the yoga 730 (15")?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11776 on: November 05, 2018, 02:27:53 PM »
Looking for a extremely fast computer, don't care about the hard drive space just the speed and reliability. Also, it should not have any bloatware from the manufacturer.  Willing to spend up to $800.

Any ideas?

Thanks

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« Reply #11777 on: November 05, 2018, 02:46:47 PM »
Looking for a extremely fast computer, don't care about the hard drive space just the speed and reliability. Also, it should not have any bloatware from the manufacturer.  Willing to spend up to $800.

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Make sure it has a solid state drive.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11778 on: November 05, 2018, 06:19:59 PM »
Looking for an extremely fast computer, don't care about the hard drive space just the speed and reliability. Also, it should not have any bloatware from the manufacturer.  Willing to spend up to $800.

Any ideas?

Thanks
As @aygart says, obviously make sure it has an SSD.

If you can give more info on what the fastness will be used for people might be able to match something. ($800 is not enough everything should be utmost best...)

About bloatware, with Windows 10 Refresh tool it is extremely easy to clean install Windows on any PC, so I don't think that you should necessarily look for one that comes without bloat (like Microsoft's Signature Edition line.

(I do not have a specific recommendation at the moment.)
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11779 on: November 05, 2018, 06:24:56 PM »
As @yossi4k says, obviously make sure it has an SSD.

If you can give more info on what the fastness will be used for people might be able to match something. ($800 is not enough everything should be utmost best...)

About bloatware, with Windows 10 Refresh tool it is extremely easy to clean install Windows on any PC, so I don't think that you should necessarily look for one that comes without bloat (like Microsoft's Signature Edition line.

(I do not have a specific recommendation at the moment.)

Mostly will be used for the web, scanning and uploading documents.

Any deals out there?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11781 on: November 11, 2018, 09:50:58 AM »
Looking for a extremely fast computer, don't care about the hard drive space just the speed and reliability. Also, it should not have any bloatware from the manufacturer.  Willing to spend up to $800.

Any ideas?

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https://www.bestbuy.com/site/dell-inspiron-15-6-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-256gb-solid-state-drive-black/6299821.p?skuId=6299821
this one is fast and's on sale

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11783 on: November 20, 2018, 12:29:15 AM »
Dell XPS 15 9570 Laptop: i7-8750H, 16GB DDR4, 512GB SSD, GTX 1050 Ti for $1250
Over $1700 on Dell.com

Specs
15.6" FHD (1920 x 1080) InfinityEdge Anti-Glare Non-touch IPS 100% sRGB 400-Nits display
8th Generation Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (9M Cache, up to 4.1 GHz, 6 Cores)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti 4GB GDDR5
16GB DDR4-2666MHz (2x8GB)
512GB M.2 2280 PCIe SSD
Killer 1535 802.11ac 2x2 WiFi + Bluetooth 4.2
Fingerprint Reader
Backlit Keyboard
6-Cell 97WHr Battery
Windows 10 Home
Ports:
1x USB 3.1 Gen 1 with Power Delivery
1x Thunderbolt 3
1x HDMI 2.0
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11785 on: November 22, 2018, 07:03:06 AM »
If anyone sees this over the weekend, please let me know:
BestBuy
i5+
8GB+
256 SSD
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Max $600

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11786 on: November 22, 2018, 12:58:38 PM »
I don't know anything about laptops. I just need one basically to put/download pics and music on to my hard drive, occasionally use it online and sometimes to print. I have an old $300 laptop that takes forever to do anything... what should I be looking for in a laptop that would fit my needs and work relitavely fast?
Would this work for my needs? I don’t know the first thing about these things... just want something fast for downloading music, pics... and shouldn’t stall in the middle of nowhere...
Acer Aspire TC-885-ACCFLi3 Desktop, 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8100, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, 8X DVD, 802.11ac WiFi, Windows 10 Home https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CYF9YGF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xYU9BbS75XWA6

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11787 on: November 22, 2018, 01:16:53 PM »
Would this work for my needs? I don’t know the first thing about these things... just want something fast for downloading music, pics... and shouldn’t stall in the middle of nowhere...
Acer Aspire TC-885-ACCFLi3 Desktop, 8th Gen Intel Core i3-8100, 8GB DDR4, 1TB HDD, 8X DVD, 802.11ac WiFi, Windows 10 Home https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CYF9YGF/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_xYU9BbS75XWA6
Yes.

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« Reply #11788 on: November 22, 2018, 06:54:41 PM »
I'm looking for a light travel laptop to do some work online and to watch some movies
No clue what's considered good for my needs
Any good deals now on BF?

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« Reply #11789 on: November 22, 2018, 06:56:06 PM »
I'm looking for a light travel laptop to do some work online and to watch some movies
No clue what's considered good for my needs
Any good deals now on BF?
Whats your budget?