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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: Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1380 on: September 04, 2012, 11:03:14 AM »
Great Price for ultra-portable

Asus B23E-XH71 12.5" LED-backlit Notebook
Intel Core i7-2620M 2.7 GHz
4GB DDR3 RAM
500GB 7200RPM Hard Drive
Windows 7 Professional
3 yr Warranty!!!

$699



http://www.adorama.com/ASB23EXH71.html?utm_term=Other&utm_medium=Affiliate&utm_campaign=Other&utm_source=cj_227502


Looking for something very portable, in the $600-$700 range. using mainly for web design and photo shop


How's That?


Any other ideas?
Otherwise they are buying this
http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/portege/R930/R935-ST2N01/


lemme know how you like it. It looks really nice - and has 3 year warranty! which is great for ultraportables they tend to break faster due to misuse

 
They didn't like that option. Said the Toshiba I linked seems better, bigger screen, lighter, optical drive.
What do you think?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1381 on: September 04, 2012, 11:07:53 AM »
well first of all how important is optical drive?

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« Reply #1382 on: September 04, 2012, 11:11:14 AM »
well first of all how important is optical drive?
Didn't seem super important but they figure they might as well have it
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« Reply #1383 on: September 04, 2012, 11:12:19 AM »

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« Reply #1384 on: September 04, 2012, 11:12:57 AM »
Hello. I dont know much about computers but a family member is asking me to find them a laptop that has High Graphics Card and Adobe Element, if anyone can help me I would really apreciate it. Thanks.
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« Reply #1385 on: September 04, 2012, 11:13:46 AM »
Hello. I dont know much about computers but a family member is asking me to find them a laptop that has High Graphics Card and Adobe Element, if anyone can help me I would really apreciate it. Thanks.
Sure.
Gimme some details. What size screen? What's the budget?

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« Reply #1386 on: September 04, 2012, 11:16:04 AM »
Sure.
Gimme some details. What size screen? What's the budget?
They didnt tell me exactly but they need it for Graphics Design and I would say prob up to $500 if that makes sense.
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Re: Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1387 on: September 04, 2012, 11:16:22 AM »
http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=1816436&sku=H24-13025

Nice slim laptop - A Little pricier maybe but add 5x UR points
They want more memory
(BTW, thanks for your help. Sorry for cheppering you, and I am not making money off the deal. Just a favor for my Dad)
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1388 on: September 04, 2012, 11:18:54 AM »
It's Ok, Not a problem.

More memory as in hard drive space or more memory as in ram?

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« Reply #1389 on: September 04, 2012, 11:25:34 AM »
It's Ok, Not a problem.

More memory as in hard drive space or more memory as in ram?
Hard drive space, sorry I should know better
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1390 on: September 04, 2012, 11:33:07 AM »
They didnt tell me exactly but they need it for Graphics Design and I would say prob up to $500 if that makes sense.

HP has the DV6t quad edition

3rd generation Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 630M Graphics with 1GB GDDR3 memory
FREE UPGRADE to 8GB DDR3 System Memory
I would get the 7200RPM hard drive even ifs its a drop smaller (750GB)

$1129.99 - $430.00 off w/Coupon NB2481

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Re: Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #1391 on: September 04, 2012, 11:34:37 AM »
Hard drive space, sorry I should know better

Whats the laptop gonna be used for? whats the budget? is size more important or speed etc?

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« Reply #1392 on: September 04, 2012, 11:36:44 AM »
HP has the DV6t quad edition

3rd generation Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor
NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GT 630M Graphics with 1GB GDDR3 memory
FREE UPGRADE to 8GB DDR3 System Memory
I would get the 7200RPM hard drive even ifs its a drop smaller (750GB)

$1129.99 - $430.00 off w/Coupon NB2481

Total $699!!! Great Specs - additional 10% off amex credit

http://www.dansdeals.com/archives/23777
Thanks. Is that the cheapest?
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« Reply #1393 on: September 04, 2012, 11:40:00 AM »
Whats the laptop gonna be used for? whats the budget? is size more important or speed etc?


Looking for something very portable, in the $600-$700 range. using mainly for web design and photo shop
Size is more important. I don't think they see the difference in speed. Would probably even gos' little higher if they felt they were getting value
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« Reply #1394 on: September 04, 2012, 11:53:27 AM »
Thanks. Is that the cheapest?
Prob not - but you're getting a lot more for your money than an i5 for $550