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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: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #705 on: June 20, 2012, 01:02:09 AM »
Any good deals out there? I am looking for several quality laptops. prefer i3 or better, 14"-17" 4gb hard drive. No need for lots of ports, CD reader/burner, or anything else. Just a decent quality and priced laptop. Thanks

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Any good deals out there? I am looking for several quality laptops. prefer i3 or better, 14"-17" 4gb hard drive. No need for lots of ports, CD reader/burner, or anything else. Just a decent quality and priced laptop. Thanks
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Any good deals out there? I am looking for several quality laptops. prefer i3 or better, 14"-17" 4gb hard drive. No need for lots of ports, CD reader/burner, or anything else. Just a decent quality and priced laptop. Thanks
This Asus at $309 would be perfect, but its currently sold out online... maybe they will get more in stock

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #711 on: June 22, 2012, 10:36:55 AM »
Same deal here - TigerDirect, and get 6x points thru MR Mall

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« Reply #712 on: June 22, 2012, 10:44:04 AM »
Thoughts?

Stats are pretty good. my wife has it and likes it, a matter of how much you want to spend.

Anyone see any good netbook deals lately?

 

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« Reply #713 on: June 22, 2012, 11:32:05 AM »
Thoughts?
Its a great price for those specs in that model. With Tiger Direct no sales tax, and if you get 6x points its a sweet deal.

I have used an Inspiron 14z for a little
Nice build, Dell has moved up a notch on their slickness.

2 things I didn't like. The ports are covered with a flap... a little annoying, and the mouse pad buttons are not lifted up, and the click is very small, somtimes you will have to press harder or click a second time.

Other than that - Nice System, and pretty portable for a 14"

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« Reply #714 on: June 22, 2012, 11:35:15 AM »
Its a great price for those specs in that model. With Tiger Direct no sales tax, and if you get 6x points its a sweet deal.

I have used an Inspiron 14z for a little
Nice build, Dell has moved up a notch on their slickness.

2 things I didn't like. The ports are covered with a flap... a little annoying, and the mouse pad buttons are not lifted up, and the click is very small, somtimes you will have to press harder or click a second time.

Other than that - Nice System, and pretty portable for a 14"

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
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Am I missing something? I'm seeing only 2 pts at UR mall

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Am I missing something? I'm seeing only 2 pts at UR mall
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« Reply #717 on: June 22, 2012, 02:13:10 PM »
Thanks, I was looking at the UR mall.

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Got one - thanks!

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #719 on: June 25, 2012, 09:57:47 AM »
Just wondering if this is a good for simple browsing, and video streaming. I would say 90% of usage would be online.

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