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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 #646 on: June 06, 2012, 03:33:43 PM »

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« Reply #647 on: June 06, 2012, 03:37:10 PM »
Not sure - Look at this link -
its 2% in points per item up to 20% for 10 items

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« Reply #648 on: June 06, 2012, 03:47:23 PM »
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http://www.buy.com/prod/hp-probook-4530-a7k05ut-15-6-notebook-intel-core-i3-2350m-4gb-memory/227230457.html should I invest $50 more in this one
This one is also a good deal. I would pay an extra for for an HP Probook over Acer #@$!

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« Reply #649 on: June 06, 2012, 03:50:05 PM »
its 2% in points per item up to 20% for 10 items
Buy.com had 10 points about 3 weeks ago... I think that is better, as only the 5th unique item will get 10 points (and 10th item 20 points)
and this deal prob isnt good for ordering multiple of an item

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« Reply #650 on: June 06, 2012, 03:58:40 PM »
I am in no rush to buy it should I wait or buy?

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« Reply #651 on: June 06, 2012, 04:02:30 PM »
I am in no rush to buy it should I wait or buy?
Both laptops are good prices, and good specs.

If you wait you possibly could get for a little lower, but not that much. An i3, 4GB on sale is usually in the $350-$400 range.
But here with buy.com there is not tax, and 5x UR points which a lot of other sites might not have such a good cashback.

So - IMHO even if the actual price isnt a steal, but the no tax, and cashback would make it a deal breaker.



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« Reply #652 on: June 06, 2012, 04:04:05 PM »
Both laptops are good prices, and good specs.

If you wait you possibly could get for a little lower, but not that much. An i3, 4GB on sale is usually in the $350-$400 range.
But here with buy.com there is not tax, and 5x UR points which a lot of other sites might not have such a good cashback.

So - IMHO even if the actual price isnt a steal, but the no tax, and cashback would make it a deal breaker.
but why wouldn't I put it on my amex better warranty the chase?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #653 on: June 06, 2012, 04:05:15 PM »
but why wouldn't I put it on my amex better warranty the chase?

You don't need to use your chase cc to get the UR points.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #654 on: June 06, 2012, 07:36:49 PM »
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ok im buying my 3 options are
Lenovo G570 4334DBU 15.6" Notebook, Intel 2nd Generation Core i3-2350M (2.3 GHz), 4GB DDR3, 500GB 5400RPM, DVDRW, Integrated Intel HD 3000 Graphics, Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, Dark Brown IMR / Metal
for $400 free shipping
or
HP ProBook 4530 A7K05UT 15.6" Notebook, Intel Core i3-2350M, 4GB Memory, 500GB HDD, DVDRW, Windows7 Home Premium
for $400 free shipping
or
Acer Aspire AS5749Z-B964G50Mnkk 15.6" LED Notebook - Intel Pentium B960 2.20 GHz - 1366 x 768 WXGA Display - 4 GB RAM - 500 GB HDD - Intel Graphics Media Accelerator HD Graphics Card - Webcam - Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium - HDMI
for $350 free shipping

WHICH WOULD YOU BUY?

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« Reply #655 on: June 06, 2012, 07:48:51 PM »
I would go with the Probook

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #657 on: June 06, 2012, 08:39:37 PM »
You don't need to use your chase cc to get the UR points.
What do you mean? I went through UR mall but used a different card and never got the points.

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« Reply #658 on: June 06, 2012, 09:28:51 PM »
What do you mean? I went through UR mall but used a different card and never got the points.

Look at this thread seems like you will get the points on every site with a diff CC

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #659 on: June 06, 2012, 09:48:30 PM »
I would go with the Probook
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