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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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« Reply #13420 on: March 05, 2022, 11:58:51 PM »
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« Reply #13422 on: March 10, 2022, 08:14:41 PM »
Whats the difference between a laptop for home and business?

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« Reply #13423 on: March 10, 2022, 09:56:28 PM »
Sometimes build can be better, I think, but also business usually comes with Windows Pro, and also generally has less bloatware.

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« Reply #13424 on: March 10, 2022, 10:54:16 PM »
Thanks.
Whats different about windows pro? For biz is more expensive?
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« Reply #13425 on: March 10, 2022, 11:05:55 PM »
Thanks.
Whats different about windows pro? For biz is more expensive?
You can't add a computer running Home to a server (unless Server 2003 or earlier)

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« Reply #13426 on: March 11, 2022, 05:09:16 AM »
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13428 on: March 13, 2022, 02:46:32 PM »
I can't decide between these two. Any advice?
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/lenovo-ideapad-3-15-6-fhd-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i5-11th-gen-12gb-memory-256gb-ssd-arctic-grey/6461977.p?skuId=6461977

https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/ideapad/ideapad-500/ideapad-5-(15%E2%80%9D,-amd)-laptop/82ln00fbus

It's close.

Personally I'd prefer the Ideapad 5 to the Ideapad 3. The better build, larger battery, more storage and Usb c outweighs the extra ram.
Check cashback portals, can get 8% back on lenovo.

some other current sales, not necessarily amazing deals
https://www.costco.com/.product.100794389.html Lenovo Ideapad 5 15inch i7 12gb touchscreen $700
https://www.costco.com/.product.1598598.html HP pavilion 15inch Ryzen 7 16gb touchscreen $700
https://www.costco.com/.product.1629090.html HP Envy 13inch i5 16gb touchscreen $600

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13429 on: March 13, 2022, 06:51:47 PM »
It's close.

Personally I'd prefer the Ideapad 5 to the Ideapad 3. The better build, larger battery, more storage and Usb c outweighs the extra ram.
Check cashback portals, can get 8% back on lenovo.

some other current sales, not necessarily amazing deals
https://www.costco.com/.product.100794389.html Lenovo Ideapad 5 15inch i7 12gb touchscreen $700
https://www.costco.com/.product.1598598.html HP pavilion 15inch Ryzen 7 16gb touchscreen $700
https://www.costco.com/.product.1629090.html HP Envy 13inch i5 16gb touchscreen $600

Thanks. In what programs would I see a difference between the 12 and 8 ram?

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« Reply #13430 on: March 13, 2022, 07:19:37 PM »

Thanks. In what programs would I see a difference between the 12 and 8 ram?

You’d only see a difference if you’re using more than 8gb of RAM, in which case you’d see a difference in any program.

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« Reply #13431 on: March 14, 2022, 11:18:57 AM »

Thanks. In what programs would I see a difference between the 12 and 8 ram?

if you do basic computer work you wouldnt see much of a dif. unless you open many many tabs in your browser or open many programs.
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Is this good enough for otzar hachochma and microsoft office (word, excel)?

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« Reply #13433 on: March 14, 2022, 02:58:44 PM »
Is this good enough for otzar hachochma and microsoft office (word, excel)?

https://www.costco.com/.product.100841182.html

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

$30 cheaper from best buy ($319), unless you have some warranty benefits at Costco you'd like to use.

It's probably sufficient, though otzar and massive excel files can benefit from a more powerful processor.

The real issue here is the HD 220nit TN screen, which means the resolution is not optimal  the screen is not very bright, and the viewing angles aren't good.
If using for a lot of text, it's not great.
The battery is also pretty small.

So imho, unless you really prefer touchscreen,
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/df59 is better. $366 after code SAVE17, plus whatever amex offers you have. (Has gone down to $343 recently and $329 black Friday. I don't think worth waiting). FHD screen, larger battery

The i5 version was on DDMS for $390 but that's expired.

(Apologies if you knew all this already, and were just asking the narrow question if it's sufficient for otzar)

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« Reply #13434 on: March 14, 2022, 04:51:19 PM »
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

$30 cheaper from best buy ($319), unless you have some warranty benefits at Costco you'd like to use.

It's probably sufficient, though otzar and massive excel files can benefit from a more powerful processor.

The real issue here is the HD 220nit TN screen, which means the resolution is not optimal  the screen is not very bright, and the viewing angles aren't good.
If using for a lot of text, it's not great.
The battery is also pretty small.

So imho, unless you really prefer touchscreen,
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/member/productdetail/df59 is better. $366 after code SAVE17, plus whatever amex offers you have. (Has gone down to $343 recently and $329 black Friday. I don't think worth waiting). FHD screen, larger battery

The i5 version was on DDMS for $390 but that's expired.

(Apologies if you knew all this already, and were just asking the narrow question if it's sufficient for otzar)
can you please explain the difference between ram and processor? Is 8 ram enough for large Excel and otzar if it has an it and 5 processor?

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« Reply #13435 on: March 14, 2022, 05:20:46 PM »
can you please explain the difference between ram and processor? Is 8 ram enough for large Excel and otzar if it has an it and 5 processor?

ram: a small animal; alternatively, the part of the computer that temorarily stores data for quick access (as opposed to the hard drive which is for long term access). [ Mashal: The ram is your desk, the hard drive is the file cabinet (if your too young to know what this is, google it]
The processor is how fast you process data. [mashal: how fast you go through the work your doing]
i5 and 8gb ram is pretty solid unless your opening up many programs at once in which it wont have enough tempporary storage to save everything and it will need to access the had drive for info.
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« Reply #13438 on: March 22, 2022, 11:30:57 PM »
Now $650.
Comes to 730 after taxes and S&H. Is it worth the extra $80 over this https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/ideapad/ideapad-500/ideapad-5-(15%E2%80%9D,-amd)-laptop/82ln00fbus?orgRef=https%253A%252F%252Fforums.dansdeals.com%252F

(I know the deal expired. I ordered it and want to know if i should return it)

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« Reply #13439 on: March 23, 2022, 01:16:09 AM »
Comes to 730 after taxes and S&H. Is it worth the extra $80 over this https://www.lenovo.com/us/en/p/laptops/ideapad/ideapad-500/ideapad-5-(15%E2%80%9D,-amd)-laptop/82ln00fbus?orgRef=https%253A%252F%252Fforums.dansdeals.com%252F

(I know the deal expired. I ordered it and want to know if i should return it)
The main differences are an i7 and 12gb ram on the Costco,  ryzen 5 and 8gb ram on the other.  Ryzen 5 5500u vs i7- 1165g7 is a little hard to call. The ryzen almost for sure has noticeably better battery life.

At the end of the day, personally, after spending $650, I'd pay the extra $80 for 4gb more ram (as well as slightly newer wifi chip, better included warranty). Others may not worry, and would prefer the better battery. The color is not the same as well.
Hard to call