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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: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1080 on: August 23, 2012, 04:13:43 PM »
Does anybody (name changed) know of a deal on the Toshiba Z935-P300 ultrabook
I paid $900 for it and I have a couple of days left to price match at best buy or if I can't that's a really good deal on the ASUS and I can return my Toshiba
Although I really like my Toshiba and its a ivybridge

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« Reply #1081 on: August 23, 2012, 04:55:26 PM »
You wont be able to price match it, this model is sold exclusively in Bestbuy

http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/portege/Z930/Z935-P300/

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« Reply #1082 on: August 23, 2012, 07:33:13 PM »
Dell New Inspiron 13z i5 3rd gen 6gb Ram 500GB HD for $629 after 25% coupon
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=fndaa31bc&cs=19&c=US&l=EN&vw=list&dgc=BA&cid=251312&lid=4393028&acd=123091572242158410

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« Reply #1083 on: August 23, 2012, 09:37:24 PM »

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« Reply #1084 on: August 23, 2012, 10:53:38 PM »
HP SleekBook

i3, 4Gb, 500GB $574

Coupon - NBR5142

Not a steal, but a good price for this machine

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« Reply #1085 on: August 23, 2012, 10:55:28 PM »
5% if you spend under $1K on the card in the cal year.
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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5% if you spend under $1K on the card in the cal year.
Yea, Yea ... Just drying to make the deal sound sweeter ;)

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« Reply #1087 on: August 24, 2012, 12:12:52 AM »
HP SleekBook

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they had it last week for $550

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1089 on: August 24, 2012, 09:44:05 AM »
Dell 15r inspiron i7 3rd gen $699! At MicroCenter

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0394043
How is it compared to the HP Pavilion dv7t-7000 Quad?
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« Reply #1090 on: August 24, 2012, 09:56:42 AM »
for starters the HP is 17"

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« Reply #1091 on: August 24, 2012, 10:17:22 AM »
for starters the HP is 17"
Besides that nothing?
What would you recommend if someone asks for advise between the 2?
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« Reply #1092 on: August 24, 2012, 10:54:58 AM »
what are the specs you're looking at in the dv7 and what price? If the specs are the same and you don't care about size and price is the same I may choose the dell over hp just because I like the tech support on dell better and the machine may be a litter nicer, but I think its just gonna boil down to preference on your end, what appeals to you more.
@name changed - what is your opinion?

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« Reply #1093 on: August 24, 2012, 10:57:22 AM »
Besides that nothing?
What would you recommend if someone asks for advise between the 2?
TIA
The HP has a dedicated graphics card, has a 2 year warranty, Bul-Ray, and could be customized.

I happen to like the keypad on HP that the Dell doesn't have.

I would recommend the HP

(Besides that after Points and Amex statement credit the HP will be cheaper)

@DH Data Recovery - I agree Dell is way better Tech Support, but I think a 2 year warranty makes it better, and this Dell prob only has the Mail in Warranty, not in home
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« Reply #1094 on: August 24, 2012, 11:09:39 AM »
I didn't check all the options - I posted the hp a while back. My reccomendation is if both are exactly the same, otherwise 2 yr warranty and graphics card are obviously better.
(I'm still wary of HP sometimes because of the whole dv6000, dv2000 fiasco) and mail in warranty doesn't bother me as a tech - I just request all the parts and change it myself.