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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 #870 on: July 27, 2012, 04:30:09 PM »
try as much as possible to stay away from AMD processors! If you're ready to spend 349 def spend $50 more for i3 processors! You can pretty much find good deals on i3 processors for $399.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #871 on: July 27, 2012, 04:46:28 PM »
Does everyone agree with that? Just asking?
I am sometimes accused of overthinking things. I am still mulling over whether that accusation has merit.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #872 on: July 27, 2012, 04:57:46 PM »
it wasn't always that way, before Intel started the I series processors AMD was actually catching up, many gamers started using them because of the overclocking abilities and customizations. Now they're not used in any business environment and even home users that have some knowledge try to stay away from them. That's AMD in general - they do have some newer and faster processor lately however this one definitely doesn't fall into that category its a very weak processor

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #875 on: July 31, 2012, 11:05:12 AM »
AMD  :-\
its not me my friend is planning on getting it is it that terrible

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #876 on: July 31, 2012, 11:30:11 AM »
If you are ready to spend $399 you can find many good deals now for an i3 processor for the same price and its way faster.

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« Reply #877 on: July 31, 2012, 11:31:02 AM »
If you are ready to spend $399 you can find many good deals now for an i3 processor for the same price and its way faster.
any recommendations and its 350 in store with instant rebates not 390
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. Dell Inspiron 15 N5040 Intel Core i3 2.66GHz
« Reply #878 on: July 31, 2012, 01:38:59 PM »
$399 free shipping @ dell
I'm just say'inę«

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Re: . Dell Inspiron 15 N5040 Intel Core i3 2.66GHz
« Reply #881 on: July 31, 2012, 01:50:18 PM »
Here is a Dell N5050 - has i3-2350M, 6GB Ram, 500GB Hard Drive, BT, HDMI

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #882 on: July 31, 2012, 02:29:20 PM »
I would go with the dell in Bestbuy. You can also get a longer warranty if you dont register.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #884 on: July 31, 2012, 02:44:26 PM »
my friend wants to know what thoughts on this laptop are http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Lenovo+-+15.6%26%2334%3B+Laptop+-+4GB+Memory+-+320GB+Hard+Drive+-+Black/5296917.p?id=1218631403034&skuId=5296917
This laptop has the Intel Pentium B960 Processor. It their lower level processor. The laptop is a good deal for the specs, the Q' is if the would rather spend $70 more and get the Dell N5050