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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 #1005 on: August 11, 2012, 10:47:25 PM »
Here a Dell 15R i3, 6GB, 640GB for $399

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« Reply #1006 on: August 12, 2012, 03:40:33 AM »
Thanks Name Changed and DH Data Recovery for the responses. I don't know yet what I'm going to get, I figured it would be expensive, but I didn't realize it would be in the $800+ range. I'm so used to seeing cheap computers for $400 and under.

Typically I would recommend a desktop, as you could get much more powerful specs at better prices.
Yea but they are quite hard to ship to Israel.  :)

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #1007 on: August 12, 2012, 05:17:51 AM »
Just got a link for this laptop emailed to me. Dunno much about where laptop technology is up to these days... Is it any good? Amazon.com claims it's $100 off - is that a good deal for this?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #1008 on: August 12, 2012, 09:05:06 AM »
A little steep for a laptop with only i3 processor and 5400rpm hard drive, IMO

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« Reply #1009 on: August 12, 2012, 09:37:01 AM »
Thanks Name Changed and DH Data Recovery for the responses. I don't know yet what I'm going to get, I figured it would be expensive, but I didn't realize it would be in the $800+ range. I'm so used to seeing cheap computers for $400 and under.
Cheap $400 computers won't be good for graphics.

The $400 laptops are good for the typical user, but for graphics you need upgraded specs for it to be efficient and that costs money.


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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #1010 on: August 12, 2012, 09:38:23 AM »
A little steep for a laptop with only i3 processor and 5400rpm hard drive, IMO
Dell has their 13z and 14z very pricey now. $599 - $100 is a good price for that 13z, but I agree that its pricey for those specs


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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #1011 on: August 12, 2012, 09:40:10 AM »
correct, you have to figure out first thing when you're ready to purchase a computer what's the most important is it the price or the specs. You usually have to sacrifice somewhere

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« Reply #1012 on: August 12, 2012, 02:01:54 PM »
Cheap $400 computers won't be good for graphics.

The $400 laptops are good for the typical user, but for graphics you need upgraded specs for it to be efficient and that costs money.

Yea, I know I just have to come up with the money for it now.

Is the HP a really good deal? Should I jump at it or wait for something better to come up?

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« Reply #1013 on: August 12, 2012, 02:07:20 PM »
Yea, I know I just have to come up with the money for it now.

Is the HP a really good deal? Should I jump at it or wait for something better to come up?
The HP DV7T Quad series is always on sale every few weeks.

The price is very good now. Usually on sale its around $849 - now its $799

If you have an Amex Biz card then you get between 5-10% statement credit. (5% for up to $1000 spend w/ HP on that card, 10% for over $1000)

The UR mall 4x points.

Not likely will you find these specs on a 17.3" laptop for cheaper


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Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #1014 on: August 12, 2012, 02:28:09 PM »
 http://m.buy.com/product/details/228943588
this is  decent deal no?

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #1015 on: August 12, 2012, 02:59:35 PM »
http://m.buy.com/product/details/228943588
this is  decent deal no?
This is better - more ram, no tax
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 #1016 on: August 14, 2012, 12:21:10 PM »
Any deals in the 3-400 range? this is for a relative, no graphics etc.. I kno you can get 300 at walmart, but he's looking for something decent.

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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #1017 on: August 14, 2012, 12:25:10 PM »
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.


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Re: Looking for cheap good Laptop deal
« Reply #1019 on: August 14, 2012, 01:47:06 PM »
$489: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B006LX2K44/?tag=cl03f-20
HOT!!

They lowered the price!!

This is a really good deal. I highly recommended going with this model.