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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:

Spectre - Top of the line personal (dragonfly is the top of the line for business) - lightest laptops, and beautiful!

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 #12272 on: April 12, 2020, 10:41:34 PM »
In general for Windows machines, try to get at least i5 and 8GB RAM. The performance increase is significant and well worth the $100-200 premium. If going cheaper, stick to Chromebooks.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12273 on: April 27, 2020, 10:10:42 AM »
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/ideapad-700-series/IdeaPad-Slim-7-15IIL05/p/88IPS701406?clickid=U8IUIl1cYxyOUP1wUx0Mo38VUki2bYxUETaaww0&irgwc=1&PID=10451&acid=ww%3Aaffiliate%3Abv0as6

(found on sd for 850) any thoughts on this price/model? foresee any much better deals within next month due to new releases
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12274 on: April 27, 2020, 10:52:39 AM »
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/ideapad-700-series/IdeaPad-Slim-7-15IIL05/p/88IPS701406?clickid=U8IUIl1cYxyOUP1wUx0Mo38VUki2bYxUETaaww0&irgwc=1&PID=10451&acid=ww%3Aaffiliate%3Abv0as6

(found on sd for 850) any thoughts on this price/model? foresee any much better deals within next month due to new releases
Thanks!!!
It's a good deal for these days, specs are very good and fully up to date.
Right now there is still a shortage of laptops (and computers), so it's hard to get a good deal.
Who know what the next few months will bring.

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« Reply #12277 on: April 27, 2020, 01:37:22 PM »
Not really, depends on what you need it for.
For something like online learning, it's ok. For more than that, it will be really slow
Thanks! For online conferences and minimal web browsing, will it be usable and worth the price?
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« Reply #12278 on: April 27, 2020, 01:44:12 PM »
Thanks! For online conferences and minimal web browsing, will it be usable and worth the price?
Should be good enough, big webpages might take a second, but otherwise good enough for very basic web browsing.

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« Reply #12279 on: April 27, 2020, 01:45:03 PM »
I'm not sure what's in stock, but sounds a bit overkill for that.
Hmmm... so is there anything specific to recommend? I also looked for a decent laptop in the $300-$400 range but couldn't find anything so was thinking to go the chromebook/tablet route.
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« Reply #12280 on: April 27, 2020, 01:46:09 PM »
Hmmm... so is there anything specific to recommend? I also looked for a decent laptop in the $300-$400 range but couldn't find anything so was thinking to go the chromebook/tablet route.
Sorry my mistake, I thought you were referring to the $850 laptop above.

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« Reply #12281 on: April 27, 2020, 01:46:39 PM »
Sorry my mistake, I thought you were referring to the $850 laptop above.
Oh :D yeah that makes more sense!
Should be good enough, big webpages might take a second, but otherwise good enough for very basic web browsing.
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« Reply #12284 on: April 29, 2020, 05:34:34 PM »
4GB Ram, 16GB Intel Optane.
Not 4+16gb ram.
Oops, I copied the info from a listing, I don't know much about specs