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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 #885 on: July 31, 2012, 02:45:19 PM »
seriously tell him he should stop trying to be cheap with $75 you will suffer in the long run. spend the $399 and you get a way better system with a processor thats much faster and a larger drive and more ram!!

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #886 on: July 31, 2012, 02:46:39 PM »
he for whatever reason really doesnt want a dell

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #887 on: July 31, 2012, 02:48:55 PM »
oh im sorry i didnt understand that was the issue, we have to know that if we're looking to help

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #888 on: July 31, 2012, 02:49:46 PM »
oh im sorry i didnt understand that was the issue, we have to know that if we're looking to help
sorry should have metioned it but i just found out like 10minutes ago

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #889 on: July 31, 2012, 02:51:23 PM »
they do haqve a toshiba with an i3 processor for $399 as well

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #892 on: July 31, 2012, 03:00:50 PM »
Rather take the lenovo for $379. the've been making very good laptops lately

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #893 on: July 31, 2012, 04:51:20 PM »
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 #894 on: July 31, 2012, 05:27:19 PM »
4) is the "best buy" (pardon my pun, couldn't resist) Comes with more memory and larger hard drive. If you dont like dell - then go with the lenovo

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #895 on: August 02, 2012, 03:07:15 PM »
Looking for a cheap (used) computer 200$ .

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #897 on: August 02, 2012, 08:16:45 PM »
the only thing I can think of to satisfy that budget in laptop - not netbooks, is to check Dell financial services off lease etc or Dell outlet. Ebay may also be an option - I don't like buying used or that cheap you generally have more issues and may have to replace it faster than a laptop for a little more.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #898 on: August 02, 2012, 08:22:22 PM »
the only thing I can think of to satisfy that budget in laptop - not netbooks, is to check Dell financial services off lease etc or Dell outlet. Ebay may also be an option - I don't like buying used or that cheap you generally have more issues and may have to replace it faster than a laptop for a little more.
specific reason to exclude netbooks?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #899 on: August 02, 2012, 08:54:36 PM »
he asked for a computer, netbook isn't really a computer imho