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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 #11897 on: March 13, 2019, 08:38:16 AM »
Apologies for the multiple posts--last one.  I am looking for a budget machine for wordprocessing (Word/WP) and browsing.  The others have more heft but does this do the trick? 

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1401775-REG/lenovo_81f500bsus_330s_i3_8130u_16gb_1tb.html

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11898 on: March 13, 2019, 07:11:10 PM »
None of these are good enough IMHO.

You want a 15.6", i5 CPU, 8 GB of RAM. (And in general, the Lenovo Idea Pad line is not the best, look elsewhere...)

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« Reply #11899 on: March 14, 2019, 08:33:03 PM »
Microsoft has the Dell XPS 13 on sale
Dell XPS 13 9370 Intel Core i7-8550U 4K UHD touchscreen 256SSD $999
Dell XPS 13 9370 Intel Core i5-8250U 4K UHD touchscreen 128GB SSD $799
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« Reply #11900 on: March 14, 2019, 10:04:12 PM »
Microsoft has the Dell XPS 13 on sale
Dell XPS 13 9370 Intel Core i7-8550U 4K UHD touchscreen 256SSD $999
Dell XPS 13 9370 Intel Core i5-8250U 4K UHD touchscreen 128GB SSD $799
Seems like a great Laptop (1st option)

Is the price really great?

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« Reply #11902 on: March 15, 2019, 01:52:23 PM »
I am sometimes accused of overthinking things. I am still mulling over whether that accusation has merit.

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« Reply #11903 on: March 16, 2019, 09:37:49 PM »
Microsoft has the Dell XPS 15 i5-8300H up to 4.00 GHz 8GB DDR4 256GB SSD $1099

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #11906 on: Yesterday at 03:47:33 AM »
Very decent (just make sure you want a 14" and not a 15.6"), certainly if you can get the $394.10 price.
Can anyone buy this for me with their plat card and I will PP the money? (btw, I am not the same person who posted this question on DD site)