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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 #1125 on: August 27, 2012, 06:40:31 PM »
so to splurge on mac?! or settle with dell 14z or hp sleekbook?

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« Reply #1126 on: August 27, 2012, 06:44:40 PM »
all depends on whats the most important to you, price? size? weight? operating system and compatibility? etc

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« Reply #1127 on: August 27, 2012, 06:46:55 PM »
all depends on whats the most important to you, price? size? weight? operating system and compatibility? etc
fitting in with everyone else that has it....

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« Reply #1128 on: August 27, 2012, 06:48:41 PM »
Mac for sure then. You can be an elitist too and look down at all the pc users - maybe even sue anyone else that has a similiar product :P

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« Reply #1129 on: August 27, 2012, 07:24:55 PM »
Mac for sure then. You can be an elitist too and look down at all the pc users - maybe even sue anyone else that has a similiar product :P
i already look down at pcs users

does it add anything that macs have strong resale value?
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« Reply #1130 on: August 27, 2012, 11:27:26 PM »
Does it add anything that macs have strong resale value?
As good as a resale value it has, the cost of owning it will still be more than a windows laptop.

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« Reply #1131 on: August 28, 2012, 01:48:35 AM »
Nicer Looking - I Didn't test the sleekbook yet, to be honest. I did sell a couple of Dell 14z and so far customer were happy with it. It has a nice solid feel to it.
@Name Changed - did you work with the hp sleekbooks yet?

I just bought a 14z for someone on eBay, and now he decided he doesn't want it because it doesn't look like an ultrabook to him. Is there more than one iteration of the 14z (with varying thickness)?
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« Reply #1132 on: August 28, 2012, 01:58:22 AM »
Dell has the Inspiron 14z i3 Processor For $430 aftter $70 Coupon

http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=fncws29&model_id=inspiron-n411z&c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&dgc=BA&cid=251312&lid=4393028&acd=123091572242158410

Coupon Code: 2SQ9$G1G5P82SF

This is a very nice slim laptop!
Would you recommend this over the toshiba?

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« Reply #1133 on: August 28, 2012, 08:26:31 AM »
@Name Changed - did you work with the hp sleekbooks yet?
Not yet

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« Reply #1134 on: August 28, 2012, 08:31:09 AM »
I just bought a 14z for someone on eBay, and now he decided he doesn't want it because it doesn't look like an ultrabook to him. Is there more than one iteration of the 14z (with varying thickness)?
Dell has the Inspiron 14z Ultrabook, and the XPS 14 Ultrabook

I personally wouldnt call the Inspiron a true Ultrabook, even though Dell is calling it that.
The XPS 14 is an Ultrabook, but is much more costly.

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« Reply #1135 on: August 28, 2012, 09:08:17 AM »
I think there's a newer inspiron 14z and an old one. The old 14z is not an ultraportable  its just a little thinner than the 14r.

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« Reply #1136 on: August 28, 2012, 09:14:24 AM »
I think there's a newer inspiron 14z and an old one. The old 14z is not an ultraportable  its just a little thinner than the 14r.
That's correct, the old 14z is similar to the 14R, just a little slicker, and for some odd reason has hidden ports.

The current "Inspiron 14z Ultrabook" is a new laptop that Dell is calling an Ultrabook

@DH Data Recovery - what do you think about that?

Also Dell has came out with XPS 14 which is in place of the XPS 14z.

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« Reply #1137 on: August 28, 2012, 09:27:25 AM »
the new XPS are definitely nice and pretty slim

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« Reply #1138 on: August 28, 2012, 09:33:39 AM »
the new XPS are definitely nice and pretty slim
I'm asking what do you think about the New Inspiron 14z

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« Reply #1139 on: August 28, 2012, 09:47:52 AM »
didn't work with them yet - the new inspiron 14r actually took a little from the 14z design