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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 #585 on: May 21, 2012, 04:28:01 PM »
I am looking for 2 laptops. All they are needed for is playing videos and casual surfing the net. How cheap can I get one for? (The bigger the screen the better, 15in. minimum.) TIA!!!

Two? His and hers?

Should cost less than a lifeguarding course ;)

Here's an example, but if you wait and shop around, you can find a good one in that range, possibly with better specs.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #586 on: May 21, 2012, 04:37:43 PM »
Meh, Celery+2GB RAM is asking for trouble. Should be able to do much better even in the $300-$400 range.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #587 on: May 21, 2012, 05:11:43 PM »
Meh, Celery+2GB RAM is asking for trouble. Should be able to do much better even in the $300-$400 range.

He asked how cheap he can get one for. I agree that for ~$50 more he can get a spec bump that's worth it.

I don't think he needs more than 2gb RAM if he isn't doing heavy browsing and not installing/running any software.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #589 on: May 21, 2012, 06:50:29 PM »
What do you think of this http://www.kingoflaptops.com/Laptops/IBM-Lenovo/Lenovo-ThinkPad-T60-Notebook-PC-Intel-183GHz-2GB-RAM-PID-473 or here http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=849713&SRCCODE=GOOGLEBASE&cm_mmc_o=VRqCjC7BBTkwCjCECjCE
Can you find cheaper refurb? Is it a mistake to buy refurb?

1. Off-lease means it's used/refurb
2. I wouldn't buy refurb
3. Those are outdated specs
4. That price isn't a steal for those specs
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« Reply #590 on: May 21, 2012, 07:51:05 PM »
He asked how cheap he can get one for. I agree that for ~$50 more he can get a spec bump that's worth it.

I don't think he needs more than 2gb RAM if he isn't doing heavy browsing and not installing/running any software.
I disagree, I dont think its worth buying a laptop with less than 4GB of Ram, Unless you plan on adding in ram yourself

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #591 on: May 21, 2012, 09:02:36 PM »
I disagree, I dont think its worth buying a laptop with less than 4GB of Ram, Unless you plan on adding in ram yourself
See anything decent for jj1000 in the $400 range?
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #592 on: May 21, 2012, 09:05:59 PM »
See anything decent for jj1000 in the $400 range?

(I think even Name Changed will agree that: ) This one isn't bad for $400.
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« Reply #593 on: May 21, 2012, 10:20:46 PM »
(I think even Name Changed will agree that: ) This one isn't bad for $400.
See anything decent for jj1000 in the $400 range?
Its decent for $400

Here is a little better

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #594 on: May 21, 2012, 10:39:22 PM »
Its decent for $400

Here is a little better

2nd gen i3, and no sales tax in NY, nice!

@Name Changed: If I'm looking for a $400-500 machine and I'm in no rush to buy (I need it for Tishrei), what would you advise?
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« Reply #595 on: May 21, 2012, 10:44:46 PM »
@Name Changed: If I'm looking for a $400-500 machine and I'm in no rush to buy (I need it for Tishrei), what would you advise?
In the $500 range you probably will get more for your money.

You should be able to get for $500 an i5 with 6GB or ram.

Maybe an XPS 15 might go on sale (again) before than  :P

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #596 on: May 21, 2012, 10:48:03 PM »
Maybe an XPS 15 might go on sale (again) before than  :P

Wishful thinking.

I was actually in Israel when the XPS deal was going on, and that's when this person asked me to find them a laptop by Tishrei.

Thanks for your advice, I think I'll wait for now, unless something really hot shows up.
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #597 on: May 22, 2012, 08:41:29 AM »
Does anyone know of anything good in the 400-500 range, with a 17" screen?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #598 on: May 22, 2012, 10:05:19 AM »
woot has an hp that looks pretty good for $450 right now (woot off). what do you think @name changed?

http://www.woot.com/

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« Reply #599 on: May 22, 2012, 10:50:24 AM »
woot has an hp that looks pretty good for $450 right now (woot off). what do you think @name changed?

http://www.woot.com/
Surprised to see an New and not refurb on woot.

Specs are nice. Good price, but processor aint too good. For light use its fine.
I usually stay away from AMD processors, they are really better for games not the typical computer user...

This processor is benchmarked 1/3 lower than the i3-2330 ...