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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:

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 #825 on: July 18, 2012, 03:54:51 PM »
If you are registered it's good till 07/31.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #826 on: July 18, 2012, 04:13:52 PM »
Thanks  :)

But I don't see i5 for $530 inc. tax and shipped @Dell

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #827 on: July 18, 2012, 04:19:01 PM »
Thanks  :)

But I don't see i5 for $530 inc. tax and shipped @Dell

It's 630 after 20% off coupon and then $100 with twitter/amex promo

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #828 on: July 18, 2012, 04:22:29 PM »
It's 630 after 20% off coupon and then $100 with twitter/amex promo

Refurb, scratch And dent or new ?  Link please. Thx

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #829 on: July 18, 2012, 04:24:59 PM »
Refurb, scratch And dent or new ?  Link please. Thx

Refurb- there are no links since each system is seperate. Just look on the site- systems are coming and going

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #830 on: July 18, 2012, 08:50:19 PM »
This Dell Inspiron 15R

is $499 after the $100 twitter credit and after using a $50 coupon. PM me for a code

Specs:
i5-3210M
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This is Dell's New Inspiron 15R, I have not seen one yet to give my review

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #831 on: July 19, 2012, 04:42:45 PM »
DEll latitude E5520
$499
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« Reply #832 on: July 19, 2012, 04:46:10 PM »
DEll latitude E5520
$499
+ Get $200 gift card
That one has an i3 Processor, 2GB Ram, 250GB Hard Drive.

For a Latitude at $299 its a steal...

I would upgrade the processor to i5-2430 $60

I would upgrade the Ram myself - as Dell is charging $85 for 4GB, you could get 8GB for $50

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #833 on: July 19, 2012, 04:47:46 PM »
That one has an i3 Processor, 32GB Ram, 250GB Hard Drive.

For a Latitude at $299 its a steal...

I would upgrade the processor to i5-2430 $60

I would upgrade the Ram myself - as Dell is charging $85 for 4GB, you could get 8GB for $50
u need more than 32GB ram? I assume you meant something else cause 32....

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DEll latitude E5520
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #836 on: July 19, 2012, 04:52:05 PM »
DEll latitude E5520
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it says the gc is only for systems 599+

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #837 on: July 19, 2012, 04:53:46 PM »
it says the gc is only for systems 599+
It says in the product desc -

Also Included
Latitude E5520
Energy Star 5.0 Enabled / EPEAT Gold
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$200 Dell Promo e-Gift Card Arrives in 10-20 days via email, 90 Day Exp. Terms at Dell.com/giftcard
90W A/C Adapter (3-pin).

f you order it, you will get the GC, that $599 is prb a mistake

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #838 on: July 24, 2012, 03:22:32 PM »
Buying laptops seems like quite the challenge.

I am trying to find something for my daughter who is going off to college in less than a month.  For her, it is all about the look and feel.  For me, I want something with more power than she needs now as we know how Windows bogs down over time and I would like for it to last.

She really likes the look/feel of the Toshiba P845-S4200 from BB.  Currently priced at $650.  It is 14" (15.6" is too big.  I tried to get her into a 15.6 since there are more options/performance for the price, but I now agree that the 14" is a better fit for her.)

My biggest concern is that it has an i5-3317U which seems somewhat slow at 1.7 GHz vs. an older generation i5-2450m at 2.5 GHz, or even an i3-2350 if looking at PassMark scores.  I know that PassMark isn't the end-all, but I am concerned.  I know that models in this size generally have Intel graphics, and the 3xxx series processors have the Intel 4000 graphics which is obviously better than the Intel 3000 graphics of the 2xxx series processors.

She like the silver color of the Toshiba, and the keyboard layout, and of course the size.

Anyone had some ideas on a 14" laptop that isn't "boring gray" and has some decent performance specs?  I was hoping to keep the initial cost (before tax, warranty options, etc) no higher than $750 if possible.

Obviously, reviews are important too.

Please help a frustrated guy.   :o

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #839 on: July 24, 2012, 03:40:42 PM »
My biggest concern is that it has an i5-3317U which seems somewhat slow at 1.7 GHz vs. an older generation i5-2450m at 2.5 GHz, or even an i3-2350 if looking at PassMark scores.  I know that PassMark isn't the end-all, but I am concerned.  I know that models in this size generally have Intel graphics, and the 3xxx series processors have the Intel 4000 graphics which is obviously better than the Intel 3000 graphics of the 2xxx series processors.
I would suggest to find a laptop that has the non mobile version of the i5, like the i5-2450m or i5-3210m. The i5-3317U is a mobile version of the i5, that uses much less battery power. This model is typically found in ultra books. I would not call the Toshiba P845-S4200 an Ultrabook, and from what you are saying, it doesnt seem thats what you are looking for.