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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 #555 on: April 23, 2012, 02:34:33 PM »
Office Depot Has a Lenovo G570 for $329

Specs:
Processor - B960 - 2.2GHz Dual Core
4GB Ram
320GB Hard Drive
15.6" Screen

Good Laptop for someone looking for something in this price range for light use

Use UR Mall with a INK Bold and get 10X + 5x points for office store purchase
I know nothing about tech, can you explain why only for light use, is it slow?
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #556 on: April 23, 2012, 02:40:03 PM »
I know nothing about tech, can you explain why only for light use, is it slow?
The processor is not powerful.

If you will be using the computer lightly - Internet browsing, DDF, Word Processing, DVD's it'll be fine

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #557 on: April 23, 2012, 02:47:02 PM »
The processor is not powerful.

If you will be using the computer lightly - Internet browsing, DDF, Word Processing, DVD's it'll be fine
Thanx. If I get 15x per dollar 15 x 1.65 (going rate) = 24.75 cents per dollar, which is a 25% discount, total 329 - 81 = $248. I don't need a laptop desparately, is this a once in a year deal? Or if I wait 6 months, there'll be a simmilar deal or better? Sorry for bothering, but from skimming thru this thread I can see you're a very helpful person!
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« Reply #558 on: April 23, 2012, 03:07:38 PM »
Thanx. If I get 15x per dollar 15 x 1.65 (going rate) = 24.75 cents per dollar, which is a 25% discount, total 329 - 81 = $248. I don't need a laptop desparately, is this a once in a year deal? Or if I wait 6 months, there'll be a simmilar deal or better? Sorry for bothering, but from skimming thru this thread I can see you're a very helpful person!
With the 10X points I would say its a once in a year deal. UR says its offering the 10X till 4/28

The specs of this laptop are really decent. Even if you come across a $250 laptop in a few months I doubt the specs will be comparable

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« Reply #559 on: April 23, 2012, 03:26:54 PM »
With the 10X points I would say its a once in a year deal. UR says its offering the 10X till 4/28

The specs of this laptop are really decent. Even if you come across a $250 laptop in a few months I doubt the specs will be comparable
thanx for the advice.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #560 on: April 24, 2012, 12:32:54 AM »
http://1saleaday.com/flash/htc-shift/ (login required)
HTC Shift UMPC 7"
(http://www.pcworld.com/article/143606/htcs_shifta_small_smart_ultraportable_pc.html)
$199
is there a catch? if i'm thinking of getting this, is there something i should be warned about? better value elsewhere?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #561 on: April 24, 2012, 01:33:39 AM »
http://1saleaday.com/flash/htc-shift/ (login required)
HTC Shift UMPC 7"
(http://www.pcworld.com/article/143606/htcs_shifta_small_smart_ultraportable_pc.html)
$199
is there a catch? if i'm thinking of getting this, is there something i should be warned about? better value elsewhere?

In my experience, their products are as discribed but they have lousy customer service and shipping lead time.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #562 on: April 24, 2012, 02:17:31 AM »
In my experience, their products are as discribed but they have lousy customer service and shipping lead time.

thanks. I'm familiar with the seller, my question is more about the device (and price). should I have posted it in 'tech' instead?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #563 on: April 24, 2012, 12:47:18 PM »
BestBuy has an Asus 15.6" for $329

Specs:
Processor - i3-2330M
4GB Ram
320GB Hard Drive
15.6" Screen

Its a very simple laptop (regarding its ports ect.) but a great price for an i3 processor

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #564 on: April 24, 2012, 03:59:04 PM »
thanks.
how about smaller, more portable, etc? (tablet form factor option?)
along the lines of a netbook
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #565 on: April 25, 2012, 01:26:22 PM »
With the 10X points I would say its a once in a year deal. UR says its offering the 10X till 4/28

The specs of this laptop are really decent. Even if you come across a $250 laptop in a few months I doubt the specs will be comparable
  I just logged into UR and I only saw 4X points per/$ for office depot, Am I missing something? thanks

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  I just logged into UR and I only saw 4X points per/$ for office depot, Am I missing something? thanks
The 10X is if you have an INK card - there, there are different amounts of points for merchants

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« Reply #567 on: April 25, 2012, 01:29:28 PM »
The 10X is if you have an INK card - there, there are different amounts of points for merchants
thanks, I just went back a page and saw that :)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #568 on: April 25, 2012, 01:34:27 PM »
Office Depot Has a Lenovo G570 for $329

Specs:
Processor - B960 - 2.2GHz Dual Core
4GB Ram
320GB Hard Drive
15.6" Screen

Good Laptop for someone looking for something in this price range for light use

Use UR Mall with a INK Bold and get 10X + 5x points for office store purchase
I never really used my ink bold before (I just used it to reach the $5000 spending limit :)).
I am assuming you mean use your ink bold card when buying it in the UR mall to get a total of 15pts/$ (10x bec. of UR mall, and another 5X for using the ink bold card? thanks!

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« Reply #569 on: April 25, 2012, 01:36:02 PM »
I never really used my ink bold before (I just used it to reach the $5000 spending limit :)).
I am assuming you mean use your ink bold card when buying it in the UR mall to get a total of 15pts/$ (10x bec. of UR mall, and another 5X for using the ink bold card? thanks!
Correct.  ;D