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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 #13440 on: March 23, 2022, 09:24:36 AM »
Thanks.
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

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13441 on: March 23, 2022, 06:39:37 PM »
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

On a side note AMD Ryzen reserves 2GB ram out of 8GB for graphics leaving only 6GB in total

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #13442 on: March 23, 2022, 07:47:21 PM »
On a side note AMD Ryzen reserves 2GB ram out of 8GB for graphics leaving only 6GB in total
how does that compare to intel?

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« Reply #13443 on: March 23, 2022, 08:20:38 PM »
how does that compare to intel?

Intel reserves like 100MB
On some higher grade models you may be able to adjust the amount in the BIOS
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« Reply #13444 on: March 23, 2022, 08:27:35 PM »
The 2gb it reserves is always reserved for it or only when using graphics intensive programs

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« Reply #13445 on: March 23, 2022, 10:59:54 PM »
The 2gb it reserves is always reserved for it or only when using graphics intensive programs

2GB ram is always reserved on AMD Ryzen

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« Reply #13446 on: March 24, 2022, 12:26:57 AM »
Is there a big difference in battery life?

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« Reply #13447 on: March 28, 2022, 07:35:57 PM »
Dell Inspiron 15 5510 15.6" FHD Laptop i5-11320H 8GB 256GB $485.10
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« Reply #13448 on: March 30, 2022, 02:33:56 PM »
https://www.dell.com/en-us/work/shop/deals-for-business/vostro-5510-laptop/spd/vostro-15-5510-laptop/smv155w11p1c5112c

Can anyone comment on the value of this machine? Would be using Plat + 10% off.
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« Reply #13449 on: March 30, 2022, 02:49:46 PM »

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« Reply #13450 on: March 30, 2022, 02:57:15 PM »
value for resale or for usage?
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« Reply #13451 on: March 30, 2022, 03:44:07 PM »
seems like a pretty good deal! the port options are pretty nice if youll use them and the internal specs are quite capable

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« Reply #13452 on: April 03, 2022, 06:49:07 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)

are any of these available in 13" or 14"?

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« Reply #13453 on: April 04, 2022, 10:51:16 PM »
Looking for a recommendation on a portable second screen.
Would like it to have its own power source rather rather than feed of the laptop.

Purchased one earlier this week, drains the battery and the wires are in the way
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« Reply #13454 on: April 04, 2022, 11:51:17 PM »
Try making an offer to a seller on eBay sometimes thats the best way to find them

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« Reply #13455 on: April 07, 2022, 05:57:30 AM »
Looking for a recommendation on a portable second screen.
Would like it to have its own power source rather rather than feed of the laptop.

Purchased one earlier this week, drains the battery and the wires are in the way

for the power draining, can you get an external battery?
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« Reply #13456 on: April 07, 2022, 09:15:43 AM »
for the power draining, can you get an external battery?
sure, but trying to limit the baggage :)
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« Reply #13457 on: April 11, 2022, 04:51:02 PM »
Looking for a recommendation on a portable second screen.
Would like it to have its own power source rather rather than feed of the laptop.

Purchased one earlier this week, drains the battery and the wires are in the way
There are apps that let you use a tablet as a second screen, either wired or wireless, if that size works for you.

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« Reply #13458 on: April 12, 2022, 10:58:20 AM »
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?

Is this one below good enough for OTZAR HACHOCHMA?

https://www.dell.com/en-us/member/shop/dell-laptops/inspiron-15-3000-laptop/spd/inspiron-15-3511-laptop/nn3511ezwhh?view=configurations