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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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« Reply #12075 on: September 20, 2019, 01:14:32 PM »
is this a great deal? the cpu didn't look that great on the benchmark report

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« Reply #12076 on: September 23, 2019, 10:02:00 AM »
For this price, a current-gen i5, SSD, and FHD resolution is a good deal.
https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/dell/dell-vostro-15-6-core-i5-256gb-ssd-laptop-469-shipped-320-off-coupon-369-business-platinum-cardholders/

 Anything super about this deal that I should jump my guns or just hang tight for one with FHD and the rest, while a CD slot i gave up on and will just buy an adapter "if" necessary.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12077 on: September 23, 2019, 11:14:54 AM »
https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/dell/dell-vostro-15-6-core-i5-256gb-ssd-laptop-469-shipped-320-off-coupon-369-business-platinum-cardholders/

 Anything super about this deal that I should jump my guns or just hang tight for one with FHD and the rest, while a CD slot i gave up on and will just buy an adapter "if" necessary.
I can't tell you if should wait, but this is a good deal. (It does actually have FHD.)

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12078 on: September 23, 2019, 11:54:44 AM »
Is there a thread for desktops?

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« Reply #12079 on: September 23, 2019, 12:14:15 PM »

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« Reply #12080 on: September 23, 2019, 12:30:00 PM »
I can't tell you if should wait, but this is a good deal. (It does actually have FHD.)
How about the WiFi?

Wireless
802.11ac 1x1 WiFi and Bluetooth

 Is that good or bad being that it's 1x1?
Prefer something with speed.
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« Reply #12081 on: September 23, 2019, 12:31:38 PM »
How about the WiFi?

Wireless
802.11ac 1x1 WiFi and Bluetooth

 Is that good or bad being that it's 1x1?
Prefer something with speed.
It is not "good or bad". Of course it is not as good as 2x2... but I think this is standard for budget devices.

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« Reply #12082 on: September 23, 2019, 12:33:42 PM »
It is not "good or bad". Of course it is not as good as 2x2... but I think this is standard for budget devices.
What's considered onto the next level not a budget computer?
    Gaming laptop?
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« Reply #12083 on: September 23, 2019, 12:35:25 PM »
What's considered onto the next level not a budget computer?
    Gaming laptop?
Gaming is different. Not "budget" is more "premium".

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« Reply #12084 on: September 23, 2019, 12:42:28 PM »
Gaming is different. Not "budget" is more "premium".
Meaning something with i7 or i9 or even a computer with 16 or 32 gb of ram?

  I hate that this is only 8gb, will that be a problem with lots of tabs and programs running?
   Is the job to change the ram difficult to Perform on my own? Or you think 8gb should be ok, assuming the 8gb I have on my cellphone is the same 8gb on my laptop then that's quite slow. Hate the speeds of a loaded phone, goes slower than slow.
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« Reply #12085 on: September 23, 2019, 12:48:44 PM »
Meaning something with i7 or i9 or even a computer with 16 or 32 gb of ram?

  I hate that this is only 8gb, will that be a problem with lots of tabs and programs running?
   Is the job to change the ram difficult to Perform on my own? Or you think 8gb should be ok, assuming the 8gb I have on my cellphone is the same 8gb on my laptop then that's quite slow. Hate the speeds of a loaded phone, goes slower than slow.
I mean everything, including better CPU, more RAM, and even, in general, a more premium product line.

8 GB RAM is decent but basic and not very good. I can't tell you how hard it is gonna be "for you" to add RAM since I don't know you (Don't compare it to the cellphone, every single thing is different, and there is no way to compare it just "because it has the same amount of RAM.")

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« Reply #12086 on: September 23, 2019, 01:03:48 PM »
I mean everything, including better CPU, more RAM, and even, in general, a more premium product line.

8 GB RAM is decent but basic and not very good. I can't tell you how hard it is gonna be "for you" to add RAM since I don't know you (Don't compare it to the cellphone, every single thing is different, and there is no way to compare it just "because it has the same amount of RAM.")
Gotcha ya, so I take it this is a $350-$400 laptop and not more.
 In essence you pay for what you get for.
 Either I stick around or for starters grab this and move on from here?
   What's your take hang tight for another deal or start with this?
  Not happy about the ram and wifi speeds,
 Can the wifi be swapped out for a 2x2 capable piece which would give me double the speeds and work better when connected to a 5ghz band. Does the 1x1 wifi even work well when connected to a 5ghz band?
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« Reply #12087 on: September 23, 2019, 01:10:59 PM »
Gotcha ya, so I take it this is a $350-$400 laptop and not more.
 In essence you pay for what you get for.
 Either I stick around or for starters grab this and move on from here?
   What's your take hang tight for another deal or start with this?
  Not happy about the ram and wifi speeds,
 Can the wifi be swapped out for a 2x2 capable piece which would give me double the speeds and work better when connected to a 5ghz band. Does the 1x1 wifi even work well when connected to a 5ghz band?
No, this is a $500 (which is still "way" in the "budget" territory.) So it is a good deal for what it is (and if you are not willing to spend like $700 or more I see no reason not to take it), and of course you should not expect all "premium" things in it.

1x1 is standard WiFi. (And I do not think it is easy to swap, if possible.)

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« Reply #12088 on: September 23, 2019, 01:13:44 PM »
No, this is a $500 (which is still "way" in the "budget" territory.) So it is a good deal for what it is (and if you are not willing to spend like $700 or more I see no reason not to take it), and of course you should not expect all "premium" things in it.

1x1 is standard WiFi. (And I do not think it is easy to swap, if possible.)
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12089 on: September 23, 2019, 01:58:52 PM »
Lenovo ThinkPad T490 Core i7, 512GB SSD, 16GB RAM, 14″ FHD Ultraportable Laptop

is this a great deal?