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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 #510 on: March 25, 2012, 08:59:39 AM »
Update

The Staples laptop mentioned earlier - The Inspiron 14R is only avail in stores  :(

But the Inspiron 15R is avail online, and comes with a free extra changeable lid ($30 Value)

Specs
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Re: Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #511 on: March 25, 2012, 09:16:45 AM »
Update

The Staples laptop mentioned earlier - The Inspiron 14R is only avail in stores  :(

But the Inspiron 15R is avail online, and comes with a free extra changeable lid ($30 Value)

Specs
i5-2450M
6GB Ram
500GB Hard Drive
Bluetooth
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Does this also have the $100 rebate or final price is 499?
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« Reply #512 on: March 25, 2012, 09:25:35 AM »
Does this also have the $100 rebate or final price is 499?
Seems like the final price is $499

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #514 on: March 25, 2012, 09:57:08 PM »
is this a good laptop, and is it a good deal? http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/web/LenovoPortal/en_US/builder.workflow:Enter?mtm-item=%3A000000F3%3A00004A26%3A
NO, Processor is not good.

If you use an INK Bold you could get the staples Dell 15R for $425 - only $25 more than that Lenovo.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #515 on: March 25, 2012, 10:11:04 PM »
ye but i dont have that card is there any other good deal for around $400?

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what type of Processor am i suppose to be looking for?

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what type of Processor am i suppose to be looking for?
Depends on what you are using the laptop for. Typically an Intel i3 will suit most people.

Also I recommend 4GB of ram.


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« Reply #518 on: March 25, 2012, 10:18:30 PM »
i need it for internet browsing and watching with the dvd player?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #519 on: March 25, 2012, 10:22:58 PM »
i need it for internet browsing and watching with the dvd player?
The Lenovo will work for you, But its not good value for $400

Check back - there was decent deals posted in the $400 range many times already... When you see the next one grab it :)

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Re: Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #520 on: March 25, 2012, 10:23:50 PM »
The Lenovo will work for you, But its not good value for $400

Check back - there was decent deals posted in the $400 range many times already... When you see the next one grab it :)
What about the staples in store dealyou mentioned earlier
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« Reply #521 on: March 25, 2012, 10:25:59 PM »
What about the staples in store dealyou mentioned earlier
Its in store only...

Also its a 14" - For someone looking for a 14" its a really good deal, But I would recommend a 15.6" over a 14"

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« Reply #522 on: March 25, 2012, 10:29:35 PM »
i think 14 is to small know?

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« Reply #524 on: March 27, 2012, 11:02:42 AM »
What about this one is it good? http://mobile.buy.com/ibuy/Product.aspx?sku=228943587
Yes, pretty decent price. From Buy.com you wont pay sales tax, and you could get 5 extra pp$ thru UR mall.

So that should be a pretty decent deal for you!