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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 #3870 on: June 11, 2013, 01:37:11 PM »
Whats the point of touch on a standard size laptop?
I found it easier to navigate win 8 since it is more of a tablet geared os. Correct me if I'm wrong

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« Reply #3871 on: June 11, 2013, 03:06:26 PM »
I found it easier to navigate win 8 since it is more of a tablet geared os. Correct me if I'm wrong
+ 1 I find myself touching desktop screens and getting annoyed how slow navigating by mouse vs touch is since I got my touch laptop.

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« Reply #3872 on: June 11, 2013, 07:18:59 PM »
IdeaPad Y410p Laptop Use code: USPY416606 to bring it down to $850
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3873 on: June 11, 2013, 07:48:37 PM »
Is it so much better than the i7 Inspiron 15R that seems to be very similar specs for the same price on dell.com?
-assuming screen size is not a big factor...

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« Reply #3874 on: June 11, 2013, 10:37:46 PM »
Is it so much better than the i7 Inspiron 15R that seems to be very similar specs for the same price on dell.com?
-assuming screen size is not a big factor...

His is 4th Gen i7, yours is 3rd.

With the new chip, the 15R starts at $849 (i5).

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3875 on: June 11, 2013, 10:41:23 PM »
The new processor is already out - prices didn't really drop yet, and it isn't that much faster on many oif the models.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3876 on: June 11, 2013, 10:41:36 PM »
The new processor is already out - prices didn't really drop yet, and it isn't that much faster on many oif the models.

Isn't the battery supposed to be much better (50% longer). Thats a major advantage for many people.

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« Reply #3877 on: June 11, 2013, 10:42:45 PM »
:-)
That would takkeh be a big advantage if it is indeed the case.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3878 on: June 11, 2013, 11:33:30 PM »
Isn't the battery supposed to be much better (50% longer). Thats a major advantage for many people.
Actually according to the benchmark I checked for the i7-4770 vs the i7-3770, the 4th Generation consumes more power than the 3rd generation.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3879 on: June 12, 2013, 12:51:48 AM »
Actually according to the benchmark I checked for the i7-4770 vs the i7-3770, the 4th Generation consumes more power than the 3rd generation.
Do you mind posting that test so we can all see how it compares across the board.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3880 on: June 12, 2013, 01:30:41 AM »
google i7-3770 vs i7-4770 you should see the results immediately

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3881 on: June 12, 2013, 06:48:23 AM »
google i7-3770 vs i7-4770 you should see the results immediately
http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/440/Intel_Core_i7_i7-3770_vs_Intel_Core_i7_i7-4770.html
They seem to feel its a better buy but your right from thier tests the old chip had 8% better battery.
Each their own to decided I always feel the extra speed is worth the extra juice when you need it.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3882 on: June 12, 2013, 08:35:40 AM »
But it really isn't much faster, they say about 6% at best!

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3883 on: June 12, 2013, 09:13:11 AM »
Does anyone know of an i5 laptop for $500 or less that I can plug in 2 external monitors (to extend to a total of 2 screens - I would also be ok with laptop screen plus one external if need be) without having to use a docking station?
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #3884 on: June 12, 2013, 09:50:10 AM »
most laptop can take one additional screen, so that option should be easy.