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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 #14300 on: January 16, 2024, 04:43:58 PM »
Looking for a laptop for basic photo and video editing. Under $1200.  All suggestions are appreciated!
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14301 on: January 16, 2024, 07:41:34 PM »
Looking for a 14 inch midranger.
Im seeing these two for $600. they both seem decent laptops, but possibly a little overpriced for the specs. Anyone have any input on acer swift 3 vs hp pavilion plus?

https://store.acer.com/en-us/swift-3-laptop-sf314-512-78jg
Acer swift 3 14. i7-1260P, 16 GB 4266 MHz LPDDR4X 512 GB SSD. 59whr battery. 2.76lbs

https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-plus-laptop-14-ew0010nr
Hp pavilion plus 14. i5-1335U 16GB 5200 MHz LPDDR5X 512GB SSD. 68whr battery. 3.19/3.04lbs

Should I wait for a lenovo yoga 7 to go back to that price?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14302 on: January 16, 2024, 07:55:28 PM »
@etech0 did you purchase anything?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14303 on: January 16, 2024, 07:59:21 PM »
Looking for a 14 inch midranger.
Im seeing these two for $600. they both seem decent laptops, but possibly a little overpriced for the specs. Anyone have any input on acer swift 3 vs hp pavilion plus?

Should I wait for a lenovo yoga 7 to go back to that price?

https://www.ebay.com/itm/295449125930 Also see this, a probook at $445, but the 250 nit screen and 42whr battery are a turn off. Also I believe this listing used to be a refurbished one....

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14304 on: January 16, 2024, 08:07:12 PM »
Looking for a laptop for basic photo and video editing. Under $1200.  All suggestions are appreciated!
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14305 on: January 16, 2024, 08:24:26 PM »
@etech0 did you purchase anything?
Thanks - no, still looking. Happy to hear any suggestions!
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« Reply #14306 on: January 16, 2024, 08:25:53 PM »
I see costco has a few options now, for example this:
https://www.costco.com/hp-17.3%22-touchscreen-laptop---amd-ryzen-5-7530u---windows-11.product.4000156739.html

But they aren't Envy/Pavilion. Does that mean skip?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14307 on: January 16, 2024, 08:56:00 PM »
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Would like to stick to PC
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« Reply #14308 on: January 16, 2024, 11:36:03 PM »

Would like to stick to PC
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14309 on: January 17, 2024, 02:37:07 AM »
I see costco has a few options now, for example this:
https://www.costco.com/hp-17.3%22-touchscreen-laptop---amd-ryzen-5-7530u---windows-11.product.4000156739.html

But they aren't Envy/Pavilion. Does that mean skip?
Imo yes, skip if it's above $500.
I tagged you because if 16inch is OK, the yoga is at 550 and the slim 5 even cheaper.

If its davkeh 17 you'll have to wait for an lg gram or hp envy. And I think the lowest they go is $800

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14310 on: January 17, 2024, 11:45:07 AM »
Looking for a laptop for basic photo and video editing. Under $1200.  All suggestions are appreciated!
@sky121 Photoshop needs 2GB dedicated VRAM and Premiere needs 4GB. Both do better with 6GB.
Having said that - casual use of these programs is usually okay with less. Most normal computers can do Photoshop for casual use. Premiere needs a bit more. So what do you mean by basic - casual, or no frills but constant?
Also: Are you looking to spend more for the sake of portability / battery life? If not, you can match Premiere's recommended specs for around $800, even $700 if lucky.
You also have to decide if you want to merely match the spec or spend a lot more to "future-proof" the computer. Consider this if you imagine yourself still using the computer full time in five years. Only in this last scenario should you be spending $1200.
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« Reply #14311 on: January 17, 2024, 11:46:46 AM »
Imo yes, skip if it's above $500.
I tagged you because if 16inch is OK, the yoga is at 550 and the slim 5 even cheaper.

If its davkeh 17 you'll have to wait for an lg gram or hp envy. And I think the lowest they go is $800
Thanks! I think they want 17 and prefer HP/Dell over Lenovo.

Is a non-Envy HP better than a Dell? Or does it depend on the model?
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« Reply #14313 on: January 17, 2024, 11:50:45 AM »
Looking for a 14 inch midranger.
Im seeing these two for $600. they both seem decent laptops, but possibly a little overpriced for the specs. Anyone have any input on acer swift 3 vs hp pavilion plus?

https://store.acer.com/en-us/swift-3-laptop-sf314-512-78jg
Acer swift 3 14. i7-1260P, 16 GB 4266 MHz LPDDR4X 512 GB SSD. 59whr battery. 2.76lbs

https://www.hp.com/us-en/shop/pdp/hp-pavilion-plus-laptop-14-ew0010nr
Hp pavilion plus 14. i5-1335U 16GB 5200 MHz LPDDR5X 512GB SSD. 68whr battery. 3.19/3.04lbs

Should I wait for a lenovo yoga 7 to go back to that price?
This above is regular price for a well built thin and light with good battery life, not overpriced. You can get higher specs in a plastic build for less. If you shop for this kind of computer, you can sometimes save money but usually only see better specs for the same price. I got ecstatic reviews for the Pavilion Plus with AMD (better integrated graphics). (Probooks are not all the same, by the way, though I didn't check your link.)
If I see something that jumps out at me, I'll post here.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14315 on: January 17, 2024, 11:56:45 AM »
A decently good deal for a two in one.
Am I paying For the 2 in 1 which I don't really need, or is this a good deal for the hardware itself?

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« Reply #14316 on: January 17, 2024, 12:09:11 PM »
Am I paying For the 2 in 1 which I don't really need, or is this a good deal for the hardware itself?
Don't get a 2-in-1 if you don't really need it. If you don't need it, and most people don't need the hardware bump from i5-level to i7-level, this is regular price. It becomes a deal when you factor the i7 and the storage, but still not out of the ordinary. Get whatever @Chuchum Ainer decides to get.  8)
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« Reply #14317 on: January 18, 2024, 12:11:53 AM »
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14318 on: January 18, 2024, 01:59:19 AM »


Worth upgrading the ram? $30 to get 12gb and $80 for 16gb...

Absolutely.
Technically you can get the 8gb version and pay $40 for two new 8gb sticks (eg, https://a.co/d/aaCK2ZD) but I don't think the savings over getting it from hp is worth it for the hassle and possibly voiding the warranty.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #14319 on: January 18, 2024, 05:10:34 AM »
Absolutely.
Technically you can get the 8gb version and pay $40 for two new 8gb sticks (eg, https://a.co/d/aaCK2ZD) but I don't think the savings over getting it from hp is worth it for the hassle and possibly voiding the warranty.
Even I would.
Agav, I'm sure you refer to voiding the warranty because you cracked something getting in. It has been illegal to void the warranty for doing upgrades for some time now, but they can get you on technicalities such as this.
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