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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 #3750 on: June 02, 2013, 09:08:04 AM »
My bad, the code is JUNE
Doesn't seen like it's working for that Samsung Ultrabook

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3751 on: June 02, 2013, 10:00:47 AM »
What are peoples' experience with buying a refurbished Dell laptop?
Thanks

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3752 on: June 02, 2013, 10:35:36 AM »
I'll take dell biz refurb any day because it comes with a 3yr warranty.

Actually typing this using a Dell Latitude E6230 from Dell outlet! Love it!!

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« Reply #3753 on: June 02, 2013, 10:47:21 AM »
I'll take dell biz refurb any day because it comes with a 3yr warranty.

Actually typing this using a Dell Latitude E6230 from Dell outlet! Love it!!

Would you recommend this deal then?

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« Reply #3755 on: June 02, 2013, 12:00:27 PM »
No - only buy from Dell outlet direct, you get the full warranty there.

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« Reply #3756 on: June 02, 2013, 12:01:20 PM »
Btw Dell has 35% coupon on XPS 13 today! Def good time to buy. Will check models soon

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« Reply #3757 on: June 02, 2013, 01:21:01 PM »
Btw Dell has 35% coupon on XPS 13 today! Def good time to buy. Will check models soon
thats dell home though... will have the regular 1 year warranty

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« Reply #3758 on: June 02, 2013, 01:46:26 PM »
you can add 3 yr and still have good deal

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3759 on: June 02, 2013, 02:24:04 PM »
When there is talk of home use vs business laptops, what exactly are the things that differ between them?
Specs? Build quality? Reliability?

I'm looking for something that will be capable for photo editing, so I'll probably want i7 and 16 GB RAM. SSD / hybrid would probably also help working speed.
Aside from photo editing it will mostly just be browsing and word processing, so aside from the photo editing needs, I just want something that will be responsive and reliable.

Not looking to purchase just yet. Probably a few weeks / couple of months down the line, so not looking for a current deal, but want to start moving in the direction of figuring out what I should be looking for.

Is this the wrong place for this enquiry since its not about a deal?
Should it be in the tech forum?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3760 on: June 02, 2013, 04:35:01 PM »
Dell Outlet - Scratch & Dent
Inspiron 14z Ultrabook

    Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i5-3317U Processor (1.7GHz)
    Windows 8
    Dell Outlet Inspiron 14z Ultrabook
    500 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
    6GB DDR3 1600MHz (4GBx1+2Gx1)
    8X Tray Load CD/DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)

for $489

Deal or no deal?

or same specs - refurbished for $384 ?
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« Reply #3761 on: June 02, 2013, 04:44:51 PM »
Doesn't seen like it's working for that Samsung Ultrabook
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« Reply #3762 on: June 02, 2013, 05:01:44 PM »
Latitude E5430 - scratch & Dent

    Processor: Intel Core 3rd Generation i5-3210M Processor (2.5GHz, 3M cache)
    Genuine Windows 7 Professional
    Dell Outlet Latitude E5430 Laptop
    320 GB SATA Hard Drive (5400 RPM)
    4 GB DDR3 1333MHz (2X2G)
    8X DVD +/- RW Drive
    Intel Integrated Video

Optical Drive Bezel - what is that?

Deal or no deal?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3763 on: June 02, 2013, 07:24:46 PM »
Price?
Warranty?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3764 on: June 02, 2013, 07:25:51 PM »
Is this the wrong place for this enquiry since its not about a deal?
Should it be in the tech forum?
Not sure, but you hve to be persistent here sometimes. Since this is primarily a deal thread, deals will override questions usually.
Just reread your post, if you're not ready to buy just yet you may want to wait as the new processor is being released - their may be some more options for higher end systems that are more relevant for you.