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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.

Excellent "Laptop Buying Guide" by @dailykasha, written for Black Friday 2021
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13400 on: February 21, 2022, 10:25:13 AM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13401 on: February 22, 2022, 12:34:40 PM »
https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/yoga/yoga-2-in-1-series/yoga-9-14itl5/82bg009uus
$1124 with codes
YOGAEXTRA
PREZPREMIUMDB1
https://psref.lenovo.com/Detail/Yoga/Yoga_9_14ITL5?M=82bg009uus
Rakuten has 12% cashback, befrugal has 7%
Also an amex offer 15% up to $100, but I'm not clear if it will work here, or if will stack with portal.

Not a screaming deal, but one of the best personal laptops you can buy.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13405 on: February 28, 2022, 06:11:46 PM »
depends what you need if for
Nothing fancy. Excel, internet, otzar hachochma.
No
Can you please explain why not? I haven't seen anything else with these specs for this price.

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« Reply #13406 on: February 28, 2022, 06:42:48 PM »
Can you please explain why not? I haven't seen anything else with these specs for this price.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/274981158
https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/7975007/
Not recommending necessary, just an example
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« Reply #13408 on: February 28, 2022, 07:47:10 PM »
Can you please explain why not? I haven't seen anything else with these specs for this price.


https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/cxtb $549
i5h ryzen 5 8gb touchscreen. it's a cut above the Inspiron 3000s, metal build.
cough.

currently $600 before any amex offers, check on dell.com

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« Reply #13409 on: February 28, 2022, 07:53:27 PM »
Ryzen 5 is on par with 11 gen i3?

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« Reply #13411 on: February 28, 2022, 08:01:59 PM »
https://www.officedepot.com/a/products/7975007/ non touchscreen and more expensive
i'll give you the https://www.walmart.com/ip/274981158 if you want non touchscreen 17 inch screen
A better more productive way of going about this, is you describing your use case and we can take it from there.
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« Reply #13412 on: February 28, 2022, 11:33:10 PM »
Nothing fancy. Excel, internet, otzar hachochma.Can you please explain why not? I haven't seen anything else with these specs for this price.

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« Reply #13413 on: March 01, 2022, 12:38:14 AM »

No mention of needing a touch screen
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« Reply #13414 on: March 01, 2022, 01:51:02 AM »
Ryzen 5 is on par with 11 gen i3?

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« Reply #13415 on: March 01, 2022, 01:54:34 PM »
No mention of needing a touch screen
True.

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« Reply #13416 on: March 01, 2022, 10:20:32 PM »
Picked up 2x HP 15-ef1082nr 15.6" laptops for $150 each at my local Micro Center. Fill out the form below and receive a coupon via text. New Micro Center customers only. In store only. Must use a "real" mobile number to register - no VoIP numbers.

https://www.microcenter.com/site/content/specialofferhplaptopinf.aspx (rang up as $149.99 after coupon despite the page saying $199 after coupon).
  • AMD Ryzen 3 3250U 2.6GHz Processor
  • 8GB DDR4-2400 RAM
  • 256GB Solid State Drive
  • Microsoft Windows 11 Home
  • 1x1 802.11ac Wi-Fi+Bluetooth 4.2 Combo
  • 15.6" Full HD IPS Micro-Edge Anti-Glare Display (1920x1080)
Full specs: https://www.microcenter.com/product/642900/hp-15-ef1082nr-156-laptop-computer-silver

For $300 (regular retail price) it's pretty impressive; for $150 it's a steal. Great for kids - more than enough power for web browsing, watching videos, Google Workspace, Zoom, etc. Screen resolution is only 1920x1080 and even at full brightness it's barely bright enough. It's also all cheap plastic but that means it's only 3.75lbs. It won't compete with a good quality Dell Latitude/Lenovo ThinkPad but for a cheap laptop it can't be beat.

The Patterson, NJ Micro Center had at least a hundred in stock when I was there. Technically 1 per customer but the cashier let me "pick one up for a friend".
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« Reply #13417 on: March 02, 2022, 12:20:10 PM »
I'm looking for a decent laptop for internet use in the $200-$250 Range. Any recommendations?

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« Reply #13418 on: March 02, 2022, 12:30:06 PM »
I'm looking for a decent laptop for internet use in the $200-$250 Range. Any recommendations?

define decent.
home? work? play? entertainment? watching? kids? Grandparents?
1 hour a week use? 8/day?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13419 on: March 02, 2022, 10:13:01 PM »
I'm looking for a decent laptop for internet use in the $200-$250 Range. Any recommendations?
The post above yours has a good deal, if you have a microcenter near you.
If a chromebook works for your uses, that's the way to go. you won't find a windows laptop better than chromebook at that price point.

You do need to be more specific as to what you need it for, as well as what size and other features you prefer.

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-ideapad-3-15-hd-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i3-1115g4-intel-uhd-graphics-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-platinum-grey/6477624.p?skuId=6477624 $369 might work for you (also possibly @avadah )

https://www.bestbuy.com/site/6469400.p $199.
https://www.walmart.com/ip/SAMSUNG-Galaxy-Book-Go-14-Laptop-Qualcomm-Snapdragon-7c-Gen-2-4GB-Memory-128GB-eUFS-Silver/252762343 $199
Really not recommended to go that weak on a windows laptop, but putting it out there.

Some chromebook options to look at
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Samsung-Chromebook-4-11-6-Intel-Celeron-N4020-4GB-RAM-32GB-SSD-Chrome-OS-Platinum-Titan-XE310XBA/153097702 $99
https://www.target.com/p/acer-315-15-6-chromebook-intel-celeron-n4020-1-1ghz-4gb-ram-64gb-flash-chrome-manufacturer-refurbished/-/A-84139757 $169
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Lenovo-81JW0001US-Chromebook-S330-14-HD-Display-Mediatek-MT8173C-CPU-4GB-RAM-32GB-eMMC-SSD-Chrome-OS-Black/206750547 $184
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07HS2RCKG $197
https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-chromebook-14a-na1047nr $290 (has been much cheaper in the past)


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