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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 #12525 on: July 01, 2020, 10:42:29 AM »
My initial thoughts on this:

Absolutely love the look and the solid build.
The display and sound are a pleasure.
I like the touch screen but there is something lacking with the tablet mode. It doesn't quite work as a tablet.
Not completely satisfied with the response time. Not sure if it's the i5 processor or the 8gb ram. But the next step up would have taken me north of $1,000 so I'll live with it.
Sounds good
The tablet mode is a windows problem, or a you problem (for trying to use it )

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12526 on: July 02, 2020, 10:46:02 AM »
My initial thoughts on this:

Absolutely love the look and the solid build.
The display and sound are a pleasure.
I like the touch screen but there is something lacking with the tablet mode. It doesn't quite work as a tablet.
Not completely satisfied with the response time. Not sure if it's the i5 processor or the 8gb ram. But the next step up would have taken me north of $1,000 so I'll live with it.

Please tell me you bought it at $649. The full price isn't that good.
Now depending on what you measure the response time for and what you compare it with, but definitely don't go gaming on this.

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« Reply #12527 on: July 02, 2020, 10:49:18 AM »
Looking for 14in or larger screen light (3lb or less) laptop. Anything good in the 600-700 range?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12528 on: July 02, 2020, 10:56:34 AM »
Please tell me you bought it at $649. The full price isn't that good.
Now depending on what you measure the response time for and what you compare it with, but definitely don't go gaming on this.
Price just went down. I got it at $699.
If you don't care why would you comment?
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« Reply #12529 on: July 02, 2020, 11:02:19 AM »
Price just went down. I got it at $699.

If it's within 7 (maybe 14) days they can do a price adjust with just the receipt.
If not you can return and re buy it.

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« Reply #12530 on: July 02, 2020, 06:01:57 PM »
If it's within 7 (maybe 14) days they can do a price adjust with just the receipt.
If not you can return and re buy it.
Success! Thanks for the suggestion
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12533 on: July 03, 2020, 01:47:08 AM »
I'd say a bit more RAM wouldn't hurt
is this considered a better deal? https://deals.dell.com/en-us/work/productdetail/4rvv

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12535 on: July 03, 2020, 11:11:06 AM »
https://www.dansdeals.com/shopping-deals/electronics/notebooks/dell-inspiron-5000-15-6%e2%80%b3-fhd-core-i7-laptop-512gb-ssd-636-99-low-373-29-business-platinum-cardholders/

is this a good laptop for multitasking?
Wiki says inspiron is YMMV

People needs to define what they are actually trying to do with their computers.

You need to be clear about the task you are multitasking.  ;D

Going between 4000 page word doc and 2 million rows of spreadsheet with full of formulas, while compiling a 4K movie.......NO
Going between a 3D game on medium-high settings and editing large complex Photoshop file.....NO
Going between Netflix, 20 browser tabs, and 5000 rows of spreadsheet with some formulas..... YES
Going between your Gmail and 5 browser tabs.....MORE THAN YES

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12537 on: July 05, 2020, 12:40:08 PM »
Looking for a deal on dell.com
Requirements are:
Intel Core i7-i9
16gb+ RAM
Touchscreen
256gb+ SSD
I need a backlit keyboard, with the number pad on the side, preferably 14", but may be ok with 15" if I can't get this in 14.
Decent battery life is important as well.

TIA.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12538 on: July 05, 2020, 03:01:57 PM »
Any thoughts on these? I would love a touchscreen, but only if I can get a good deal.
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