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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, updated for holidays 2023

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14220 on: November 27, 2023, 01:31:54 PM »
Any recs/deals on a Chromebook for a 12 year old to do school work?


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14222 on: November 27, 2023, 08:08:43 PM »
$100 less for an i5 when an i5 is way more than you need? Sure. But the downgrade to 8GB of non-upgradeable RAM that you get with it makes it a horrible deal. Never buy a laptop with 8GB of non-upgradeable RAM if it isn't really cheap, and even then there are usually better options.
2-in-1s, when all other factors are equal, will drain your battery faster (1. the gyroscope 2. the touch screen), will weigh more (half a pound average) and introduces a design flaw (the more complicated cable between the motherboard and the screen) which if broken requires replacing the screen, which will cost you 70% of the computer's price.
However, a 2-in-1 Inspiron 7000 series will be much better built than an Inspiron 3000 series (not sure about 5000 series) that is not a 2-in-1. Also, an expensive 2-in-1 will often have a larger battery than a cheap regular laptop, the power management may be finessed more so that it sips power compared to a rough-and-ready cheap laptop, etc.
One practical example of this phenomenon: When I purchased my last computer for work, I was going to get a cheap metal laptop (~$550 at the time with the limitations on where I could shop and how fast I could get it - I had a plane to catch). However, my local Best Buy had an open box Galaxy Book Pro 2-in-1 for $650. There is no doubt that the build quality is better on the latter, the weight was less (it weighs 3 lbs and it is 15.6"), and the battery life can only be called ridiculous. I am sure I would have been happier getting the non 2-in-1, but that was only available for upwards of $1000.
(Agav, it has been 1.25 years, and the touch screen functionality has indeed managed to annoy me.)
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The i5 was oos so I splurged for the i7, 512, 1TB.  Should hold me off for a couple of years.  After discounts, about $625 before tax, with Pro.  Upgraded screen was well over $1100.  Swore off Dell, yet here I am.  Thank you for your help.

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« Reply #14223 on: November 28, 2023, 10:21:45 AM »
Any recs/deals on a Chromebook for a 12 year old to do school work?
This is a deal but not recd.
https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=134971.msg2771932#msg2771932
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« Reply #14224 on: November 28, 2023, 10:29:14 AM »
But since these two are similarly priced, would you recommend one over the other? Or is there something else you'd recommend in this price range?
There were at least four laptops that are better in my various posts - yesterday.
Today, only this is left: https://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-summit-e14-evo-14-laptop-intel-core-i5-16-gb-memory-512-gb-ssd-ink-black/6502628.p?skuId=6502628
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14225 on: November 28, 2023, 02:03:07 PM »
Very high specs for this price $699

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1763758-REG/lenovo_82sx0002us_14_ideapad_slim_7.html

14" Lenovo 2.8K Touch 16GB 1TB ssd i7 12th gen

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« Reply #14226 on: November 29, 2023, 05:00:45 AM »
A few more to throw out here, but I don't know if I have the energy to discuss them with anyone.
$600: HP Pavilion Plus 14, Ryzen 5 7540U (Zen 4), 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD. 3lbs and excellent battery life and build. Direct from HP and ships immediately. https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-plus-laptop-14-ey0047nr#techSpecs

$730: Vivovbook 16X, i7-12700H (35W), 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 3.97lbs, excellent battery life and build. https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-VivoBook-S-16X-PC-Laptop-16-WUXGA-Intel-i7-12700H-16GB-512GB-Win-11-S5602ZA-DB74/1846661587

$765: LG Gram 15, i5-1340P (28W), 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, 2.54lbs and excellent battery life. https://www.walmart.com/ip/ASUS-VivoBook-S-16X-PC-Laptop-16-WUXGA-Intel-i7-12700H-16GB-512GB-Win-11-S5602ZA-DB74/1846661587

$799: MSI Prestige 14 Evo, i7-1280P (28W), 32GB RAM, TB SSD. Heavyish for its class but built very well and excellent battery life. https://www.newegg.com/carbon-gray-msi-prestige-14evo-a12m-054-work-business/p/N82E16834156406?Item=N82E16834156406&SoldByNewegg=1
You can also downgrade the processor, RAM and storage and up the weight and build quality - the MSI Summit E14 Evo - https://www.bestbuy.com/site/msi-summit-e14-evo-14-laptop-intel-core-i5-16-gb-memory-512-gb-ssd-ink-black/6502628.p?skuId=6502628

$800: ASUS Zenbook 15, Ryzen 5 7535U (Zen 3+), 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, only 3.06lbs (if you prefer avoiding the Gram 15 or want the better integrated graphics). https://www.amazon.com/ASUS-Zenbook-Display-Graphics-UM3504DA-AS54/dp/B0CDM5RF8D/ref=sr_1_86?qid=1701246651&refinements=p_6%3AA2XZ7JICGUQ1CX%7CATVPDKIKX0DER%2Cp_36%3A-81500&refresh=1&rnid=2421885011&s=computers-intl-ship&sr=1-86&th=1
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« Reply #14227 on: November 29, 2023, 08:37:42 AM »
HP Victus 15.6", i5-12500H (35W), RTX 4060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD. https://www.walmart.com/ip/seort/2879058590
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« Reply #14228 on: December 01, 2023, 03:44:56 AM »
https://computers.woot.com/offers/hp-15-6-hd-amd-ryzen-5-touch-laptop-3?ref=w_cnt_cdet_pc_dly_tl
Not worth it even if it was new. Zen 2 processors - the Ryzen 3 5000 series is more powerful than this Ryzen "5" computer.
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« Reply #14229 on: December 02, 2023, 01:54:31 PM »
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« Reply #14230 on: December 02, 2023, 10:17:03 PM »
I bought an hp laptop on a black Friday sale in 2020 and cant for the life of mine find the email where they sent me the 3 year hp care pack. Any ideas? I'm trying to submit the rebate.

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« Reply #14231 on: December 03, 2023, 05:18:50 AM »
I bought an hp laptop on a black Friday sale in 2020 and cant for the life of mine find the email where they sent me the 3 year hp care pack. Any ideas? I'm trying to submit the rebate.
Do you have an HP login on their site? Maybe you can get a copy there.
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« Reply #14232 on: December 03, 2023, 08:53:53 AM »
Do you have an HP login on their site? Maybe you can get a copy there.
doesn't show up there... I remember getting an email but have no clue how to find it..

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« Reply #14233 on: December 05, 2023, 12:05:02 PM »
ASUS TUF A16, Ryzen 7 7735HS and ... 7600S is $750.
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/asus-tuf-gaming-a16-16-165hz-gaming-laptop-fhd-amd-ryzen-7-7735hs-with-16gb-ddr5-memory-radeon-rx7600s-512gb-pcie-ssd-off-black/6535499.p?skuId=6535499
Now $730.

Lenovo Slim 7 Pro X 14.5" with 35W Ryzen 9 6900HS, 32GB RAM, TB SSD, and RTX 3050 (3GB) for $915 at Costco. Has beautiful screen (3K), excellent battery life for the specs, and weighs only 3.2 lbs. https://www.costco.com/lenovo-slim-7-pro-x-14.5%22-touchscreen-laptop---amd-ryzen-9-6900hs---geforce-rtx-3050---120hz-3072-x-1920-display---windows-11.product.100976621.html

Gram 15, i5-1340P (28W), 16GB RAM and 512GB SSD, touch screen, $765 at Costco. Weighs a physics-defying 2.54 lbs. https://www.costco.com/lg-gram-15.6%22-touchscreen-laptop---13th-gen-intel-core-i5-1340p---1080p---windows-11.product.4000218364.html

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14234 on: December 05, 2023, 12:32:23 PM »
Any apple macs on sale?
 
 Besides the M1 Chip that's on sale from Amazon for $749.

 Looking for the m2 or m3 chip. In either pro or air.
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« Reply #14235 on: December 05, 2023, 12:57:40 PM »

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« Reply #14236 on: December 06, 2023, 09:30:06 AM »
i ordered an HP 13 inch as mentioned above but its very delayed

this is $500 from costco today
https://www.costco.com/lenovo-thinkpad-l13-yoga-13.3%22-touchscreen-2-in-1-laptop---11th-gen-intel-core-i5-1145g7----1080p---windows-11.product.4000186794.html
11th gen Intel is old and underpowered. Good battery life, though, to compensate, and it is enough power for office work (at least for now).
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14237 on: December 06, 2023, 10:15:08 AM »
Any apple macs on sale?
 
 Besides the M1 Chip that's on sale from Amazon for $749.

 Looking for the m2 or m3 chip. In either pro or air.

@myi this one is on sale but itís not much of a discount. For $50 less you can get direct from Apple with 8gb RAM.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1793756-REG/apple_mbp14m304sg_14_macbook_pro_m3.html/BI/865/KBID/1173/SID/e8f29cf6944811eea2fd7e3755fa1b3f0INTQ
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« Reply #14238 on: December 06, 2023, 10:22:42 AM »
@myi this one is on sale but itís not much of a discount. For $50 less you can get direct from Apple with 8gb RAM.

https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1793756-REG/apple_mbp14m304sg_14_macbook_pro_m3.html/BI/865/KBID/1173/SID/e8f29cf6944811eea2fd7e3755fa1b3f0INTQ
Seems if I trade in my old MacBook air. I can get anywhere from 225-575. Apple, best buy and costco seems to be offering money back if I send back my old one. Now I just have to run the numbers and see which one is offering the most.
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« Reply #14239 on: December 09, 2023, 08:36:48 PM »
Seems if I trade in my old MacBook air. I can get anywhere from 225-575. Apple, best buy and costco seems to be offering money back if I send back my old one. Now I just have to run the numbers and see which one is offering the most.
 But thanks for the tip about bnh.

Idk which MBA youíre trading in, but you might get more selling that one than trade-in value. Also see this deal, I think itís the same one as the B&H for $1,499, nice deal for a recent release:

https://www.connection.com/product/apple-cto-macbook-pro-14-m3-chip-w-8c-cpu-10c-gpu-16gb-512gb-70w-space-gray/z1c80001d/41739147
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