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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 #13181 on: November 24, 2021, 05:30:32 PM »
How do these 2 compare aside for the screen size and extra 4gb ram?

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-ideapad-3-15-6-fhd-laptop-intel-core-i5-11th-gen-12gb-memory-256gb-ssd-arctic-grey/6461977.p?skuId=6461977
$429

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lenovo-Ideapad-Slim-7i-Pro-14-0-Intel-Core-i5-11300H-16GB-256GB-NVMe-TLC-SSD-Intel-Iris-Xe-Graphics-Windows-11-Home-Slate-Grey-82QT000QUS/661718571
$699

The 7i is worlds better. It's a premium laptop, the 3 is a budget laptop.
So aside from the more powerful processor, the screen is brighter with better color, fans will be quieter, battery will last longer, the computer will just last longer.

Whether that's worth $270 more depends on what you want it for and and your budget.

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« Reply #13182 on: November 24, 2021, 06:09:03 PM »

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« Reply #13183 on: November 24, 2021, 07:23:23 PM »
Any thoughts on these two ? Looking for a basic laptop for basic use email browsing etc.

https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/big5


https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/bc2c
Bump any recommendations as a second laptop.
(These can be free with the Amex plat)

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« Reply #13185 on: November 24, 2021, 08:18:57 PM »
Bump any recommendations as a second laptop.
(These can be free with the Amex plat)
For a bit more money I would say this is a better bet.
I think 8gb is mandatory with windows.. mentioned upthread.

This has better processor and more ram..

https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/bij3

But if price is main point and it's very light usage, perhaps u can make those work


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« Reply #13187 on: November 25, 2021, 12:23:38 PM »
so many deals out there, but have no idea which is the best to get so looking for help.

would be primary computer for home use - web surfing, google docs/msft office, perhaps if i ever get around to it -- photo/video editing (basic family stuff). NO gaming.

any thoughts on these, first one costs $400 with 2nd one $525 ?

The $525 hp starts with a HD screen,  FHD screen upgrade is pretty important and brings it up to $585.

I'd say either the $429 ideapad 3 with 12 gb ram, or this dell. It was $569 yesterday, now $599. If you have the amex offers, will be worth it.
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/bimt

If there is a better deal tomorrow, you can cancel/return.
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« Reply #13188 on: November 25, 2021, 02:24:48 PM »
The $525 hp starts with a HD screen,  FHD screen upgrade is pretty important and brings it up to $585.

I'd say either the $429 ideapad 3 with 12 gb ram, or this dell. It was $569 yesterday, now $599. If you have the amex offers, will be worth it.
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/bimt

If there is a better deal tomorrow, you can cancel/return.
IMHO
The 429 ideapad says out of stock
any input on these
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/ideapad/ideapad-300/ideapad-3i-15itl5/81wb01bkus
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-natural-silver/6461985.p?skuId=6461985
https://www.staples.com/hp-17-cn0273st-17-3-laptop-intel-i3-8gb-memory-512gb-ssd-4z4z8ua-aba/product_24504667

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« Reply #13189 on: November 25, 2021, 04:01:49 PM »
The 429 ideapad says out of stock
any input on these
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/ideapad/ideapad-300/ideapad-3i-15itl5/81wb01bkus
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-15-6-laptop-intel-core-i3-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-natural-silver/6461985.p?skuId=6461985
https://www.staples.com/hp-17-cn0273st-17-3-laptop-intel-i3-8gb-memory-512gb-ssd-4z4z8ua-aba/product_24504667
17 inch is massive, unless that's what you are looking for.
$329 for an i3 and 8gb is not bad, the hp you linked and the dell upthread are probably equivalent.

The real question is if you will be ok with the budget tier. Might be worth bumping up to a better level of overall quality. Like an Hp Pavillion, lenovo ideapad 5, or dell inspiron 5000.

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« Reply #13191 on: November 25, 2021, 08:23:13 PM »
Is this a medal frame?
No. Mine from 2 years ago is already falling apart

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« Reply #13192 on: November 25, 2021, 08:26:16 PM »
No. Mine from 2 years ago is already falling apart
Heavy use?
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« Reply #13193 on: November 25, 2021, 08:28:22 PM »
If it's between that one or this one, which should I get?
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« Reply #13195 on: November 25, 2021, 08:40:54 PM »
If it's between that one or this one, which should I get?
Why are those your only options?

I still have mine from last year's insane deal, I treat it as plastic and so far it's holding up, definitely not made for the kids laptop though.
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« Reply #13196 on: November 25, 2021, 08:43:28 PM »
Why are those your only options?

I still have mine from last year's insane deal, I treat it as plastic and so far it's holding up, definitely not made for the kids laptop though.
My BIL needs one now. He asked me about the Dell one, and I mentioned "Hey, DDMS has an HP one with similar specs."

He needs a good processor for multitasking. Which would you recommend right now? (he needs it ASAP)
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« Reply #13197 on: November 25, 2021, 09:00:02 PM »
My BIL needs one now. He asked me about the Dell one, and I mentioned "Hey, DDMS has an HP one with similar specs."

He needs a good processor for multitasking. Which would you recommend right now? (he needs it ASAP)
The HP is definitely one of the cheapest per the specs you can get (the screen a necessary $60 upgrade btw), the build quality is trash the keyboard flex is horrible, it can very well fall apart. With a 3 year warranty though it may just be worth it for some.

HP takes their time on delivery.
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« Reply #13198 on: November 25, 2021, 11:30:41 PM »
I really don't get how dell links work. Somone correct me if I'm wrong, but these seem to be the same model
https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/laptops/intel/spd/inspiron-15-5510-laptop/nn5510eyvkh $587.99 (i5 16gb)
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/bimt $599.99
So it's $12 cheaper to use the regular link over the "deal" link?

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« Reply #13199 on: November 25, 2021, 11:52:37 PM »
anyone has input on these HP deals?
15inch Envy 360 Ryzen 5 8gb for $570, can upgrade screen or ram for $80. note the 51whr battery
https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-envy-x360-convertible-laptop-15z-eu000-touch-268j0av-1

14inch pavilion for $499, Ryzen 5 8gb. 43whr battery
https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-laptop-14z-ec000-touch-optional-2z8h7av-1

15inch pavilion for $620, Ryzen 7 16gb. 41whr battery
https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-laptop-15-eh1097nr

So far I haven't seen anything midrange which beats the $699 14inch Ideapad 7, $499 Ideapad 5 15inch, or Dell Inspiron 15 for $569-$599. Maybe the staples $650 https://www.staples.com/product_24503583 https://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/IdeaPad/IdeaPad_5_15ITL05?M=82FG0163US