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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 #960 on: August 06, 2012, 11:56:56 PM »
Here is a Lenovo with i7-2670QM, NVIDIA GeForce GT 555M 1GB, 8.0 GB RAM, 15.6", 500 GB HD, Bluetooth $699

Coupon Code: DOORBUSTERDEAL

Exactly my point - don't you think thats better than a sony i5 for $729

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #963 on: August 07, 2012, 08:23:33 PM »
I say not bad but not AMAZING.
any recommendations? I just need a handful of decent laptops for internet use.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #964 on: August 07, 2012, 09:05:06 PM »
Exactly my point - don't you think thats better than a sony i5 for $729
At $729 - you have a good point. But w/ a free Xbox you gotta agree the Sony is a better deal

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #965 on: August 07, 2012, 09:08:17 PM »
At $729 - you have a good point. But w/ a free Xbox you gotta agree the Sony is a better deal
I wouldn't sacrifice the main product for the filler :)


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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #967 on: August 07, 2012, 10:03:38 PM »
Should've gotten this yesterday
http://www.ebay.com/itm/HP-ProBook-4530s-15-6-Notebook-2-30-GHz-Intel-Core-i3-2350M-4-GB-RAM-500-GB-/350586085073?afepn=5335869999&campid=5335869999&PID=1225267#ht_6773wt_1163

I wouldnt get that acer for $399 Its the old i3. I would reccomend this
http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/483442/Lenovo-G570-COREI3-Laptop-Computer-With/?cm_mmc=Affiliates-_-isIkAyUyNbM-_-10-_-27778_1
How about this one http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product.aspx?Prodid=11767151&search=EndofSummer080612&Sp=S&Mo=65&cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&lang=en-US&Nr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ns=P_Price|1||P_SignDesc1&N=5000043&whse=BC&Dx=mode+matchallpartial&Ntk=Text_Search&Dr=P_CatalogName:BC&Ne=4000000&D=EndofSummer080612&Ntt=EndofSummer080612&cm_mmc=BCEmail_Postcard-_-EndofSummer-_-1-_-MarketingItemName&ec=1&No=33&Ntx=mode+matchallpartial&Nty=1&topnav=&s=1 ? I like getting from costco because they give a 2 year warranty plus a 3rd from amex. Is this comparable to the one u posted?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #968 on: August 07, 2012, 10:21:44 PM »
yes that should be perfect for you.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #969 on: August 07, 2012, 10:29:11 PM »
I would go with the Costco Dell 15R with i3, 6gb $399

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #970 on: August 07, 2012, 10:44:13 PM »
definitely

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #971 on: August 08, 2012, 06:55:26 AM »
I don't know anything about computers/laptops so I don't know if this is a good deal. Amazon.com is offering a free $100 amazon GC with a purchase on select ultrabooks.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/browse.html/ref=pe_173920_25151070_pe_b2/?node=3269423011

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #972 on: August 09, 2012, 12:46:51 PM »
Amazon Has a Dell 15R with i5, 6GB

at $499

No sales tax  with Amazon
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #973 on: August 09, 2012, 12:50:05 PM »
I wouldn't sacrifice the main product for the filler :)

When said filler can easily be resold for $100, you should really be considering it a discount (or at least a rebate).
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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #974 on: August 09, 2012, 02:49:37 PM »
When said filler can easily be resold for $100, you should really be considering it a discount (or at least a rebate).
I would say more like a $150 rebate ;)