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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 #4035 on: July 06, 2013, 04:13:13 PM »
Ended up getting this. at $879 with and additional $70 off (plus tax) came to a total of like $890.
http://us.toshiba.com/computers/laptops/portege/Z930/Z935-ST4N06/
Not the best deal in the world, but could be worse
why would you??     you could do much better

you could semi-regularly (seen it twice in the last month) get a new dell xps 13 from dell home outlet,  with 3rd gen i5, 256gb ssd, 8gb ram, and a full hd screen for about the same price.     seems like a no brainer.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4036 on: July 06, 2013, 10:01:05 PM »
Convertible or Twist Laptops.
Anyone have any good or bad experiences with laptops that the screen changes so that it can be used as a tablet.
Seen a Lenovo on clearance at Staples and just wondering if the mount between the screen and actual laptop is a
real weak point for breakage, connections etc.
Thanks
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I have the Lenovo Yoga and love it, but I mostly use it as laptop with touch screen which I think is a must  on Windows 8 can't speak for all of them but this is really well made the only issue You might have is the keyboard on bottom when using as tablet which personally does not bother me. and some people are complaining that the keyboard is not attached well enough to laptop and right edge pops up a bit.

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« Reply #4037 on: July 06, 2013, 10:59:10 PM »
why would you??     you could do much better

you could semi-regularly (seen it twice in the last month) get a new dell xps 13 from dell home outlet,  with 3rd gen i5, 256gb ssd, 8gb ram, and a full hd screen for about the same price.     seems like a no brainer.
See above, the guy I'm buying for wanted as light as possible. XPS 13 weighs 3 pounds
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« Reply #4038 on: July 07, 2013, 10:24:13 AM »
I have the Lenovo Yoga and love it, but I mostly use it as laptop with touch screen which I think is a must  on Windows 8 can't speak for all of them but this is really well made the only issue You might have is the keyboard on bottom when using as tablet which personally does not bother me. and some people are complaining that the keyboard is not attached well enough to laptop and right edge pops up a bit.

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« Reply #4039 on: July 08, 2013, 01:30:00 PM »
Does anybody know what is Dell outlet's return policy?
And is it the same for scratch and dent, refurbished, new?

I called Dell and I searched online I just couldn't get through to the right info.

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« Reply #4040 on: July 08, 2013, 02:42:12 PM »
Family-member looking for a good deal on a laptop.

I guess 14 or 15inch screen, PC.

Looking to spend ~$500.

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« Reply #4041 on: July 08, 2013, 02:52:04 PM »
Family-member looking for a good deal on a laptop.

I guess 14 or 15inch screen, PC.

Looking to spend ~$500.

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I havent see the typicall Dell, HP, Lenovo laptop with an i5 in the under $500 price-range the past few days

For $549.99

Coupon - 0H9Q3PQ6L3744C
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=fncwu18b2&cs=19&c=US&l=EN&vw=list&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10550055-600263-

i5-3337U
8GB Ram
1TB Hard Drive

This is a fair price, but not a "deal"

Or

http://www.jr.com/product/productListing.jsp?Ntt=PSKGGU-01P003&SiteID=aB8BeTfRgb8-YxQESvQaDO0euzjQKQmmUA&JRSource=linkshare

Also $550 but no tax to most states

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« Reply #4042 on: July 08, 2013, 03:30:50 PM »
Acer Aspire S7 11.6" Full HD Touchscreen Ultrabook -S7-191-6400

$649.99

www.ebay.com/itm/271235937710

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« Reply #4043 on: July 08, 2013, 06:19:40 PM »
Family-member looking for a good deal on a laptop.

I guess 14 or 15inch screen, PC.

Looking to spend ~$500.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4044 on: July 08, 2013, 06:50:07 PM »
I havent see the typicall Dell, HP, Lenovo laptop with an i5 in the under $500 price-range the past few days

For $549.99

Coupon - 0H9Q3PQ6L3744C
http://configure.us.dell.com/dellstore/config.aspx?oc=fncwu18b2&cs=19&c=US&l=EN&vw=list&dgc=CJ&cid=24471&lid=566643&acd=10550055-600263-

i5-3337U
8GB Ram
1TB Hard Drive

This is a fair price, but not a "deal"

Or

http://www.jr.com/product/productListing.jsp?Ntt=PSKGGU-01P003&SiteID=aB8BeTfRgb8-YxQESvQaDO0euzjQKQmmUA&JRSource=linkshare

Also $550 but no tax to most states

Thanks.

I'll let them know. If you come across a "deal," please let me know.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4045 on: July 08, 2013, 11:47:32 PM »
Wait another few days, no good deals right now.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4046 on: July 10, 2013, 12:22:32 PM »
I just got an email from Dell that my order will be delayed and I'll get it a few days later then originally expected,

Can I try to get any sort of compensation from them?
Has anybody gotten anything from them in the pass?

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« Reply #4047 on: July 10, 2013, 12:36:10 PM »
Yes

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« Reply #4048 on: July 10, 2013, 12:41:09 PM »
Yes
Which department did you talk to?
What did you ask for/what have you gotten?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4049 on: July 12, 2013, 03:05:21 AM »
I just got an email from Dell that my order will be delayed and I'll get it a few days later then originally expected,

Can I try to get any sort of compensation from them?
Has anybody gotten anything from them in the pass?
Don't waiste your time.  They barely speak English and will transfer you around the world in circles