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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.
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« Reply #2790 on: February 19, 2013, 10:05:39 AM »
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=swct72b&cs=ussoho1&dgvcode=ss&c=US&l=EN&dgc=BF&cid=7420&lid=197374&acd=10549103-1225267-ohnMqnpuEeKKLH6F092uNw0_gi0S3_ywL_0_0
dh or nc mind weighing in on this?   2nd gen processor and 2gb or ram should be turning me away?
This is a Desktop replacement.

Big, and Heavy - unless thats what you are looking for. You should be able to upgrade the ram for a few bucks yourself.


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« Reply #2791 on: February 19, 2013, 10:53:31 AM »
+1
These machines can be upgraded do 16GB Ram - but like namechanged said very heavy. Comes with 3 year warranty which is nice.

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« Reply #2792 on: February 19, 2013, 01:22:24 PM »
This is a Desktop replacement.

Big, and Heavy - unless thats what you are looking for. You should be able to upgrade the ram for a few bucks yourself.


i don't need anything so portable.    the truth is i'm looking for 14-15.6" screen  1080p with 320gb or higher 7200rpm hd      i5 3rd gen  4gb ram     b/w $5-700     that happening?       

also, how are dell certified refurbs generally?  i saw great specs on a vostro cert refurb that had everything i wanted (it's not avail. anymore) but wasn't sure how they hold up.

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« Reply #2793 on: February 19, 2013, 02:05:46 PM »
good deal?

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good deal?
Yup

I just saw this deal a lil earlier.

Great Deal!
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good deal? KB.......Stupid............./

Are you KB by any chance?
The guy constantly rips deals off the forums, including samples from the sample thread. Yet, gets upset when someone linked a picture of one of his deals to DDF.
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Are you KB by any chance?
The guy constantly rips deals off the forums, including samples from the sample thread. Yet, gets upset when someone linked a picture of one of his deals to DDF.
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« Reply #2797 on: February 20, 2013, 01:14:10 AM »
SAMSUNG Series 3 NP350V5C-T01US 15.6" Notebook - $699
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« Reply #2798 on: February 20, 2013, 01:52:57 AM »
Samsung Series 3 NP350E7C-A01US 17.3" Notebook - $599
Use $100 off coupon 37596
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« Reply #2799 on: February 20, 2013, 08:15:41 AM »
Samsung Series 3 NP350E7C-A01US 17.3" Notebook - $599
Use $100 off coupon 37596
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@dh data how does this Samsung compare to Dell, hp etc? I've had a Samsung phone for close to 2 years and I've found their radios (wifi, bt , etc) to be very weak...

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #2800 on: February 20, 2013, 11:17:08 AM »
Good Price, Pretty good reviews. Samsung doesn't make almost any of there own components in a laptop (other than the screen and maybe the hard drive and optical drive) The wireless is usually intel or broadcom or atheros.

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« Reply #2801 on: February 20, 2013, 02:42:12 PM »
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« Reply #2802 on: February 21, 2013, 05:32:21 PM »
Toshiba S855-S5378 3rd gen i715.6" Laptop $599 @ Staples

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« Reply #2803 on: February 22, 2013, 11:21:36 AM »
I bought the Dell Inspiron 15z using Dan's linky last week. Do you guys know how long after the purchase Dell will send out the $150 gift card?

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« Reply #2804 on: February 23, 2013, 07:24:21 PM »
@DH, bought this one today for $325 + tax after the $75 off coupon and $50 rebate. Is this  a good price?
Thanks

http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-g7-2270us-173-Laptop/product_132506