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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.

Excellent "Laptop Buying Guide" by @dailykasha, written for Black Friday 2021, updated for holidays 2023

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4640 on: November 26, 2013, 12:53:49 AM »
HP i7 $599

4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz
8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Drives:
1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive
No Internal DVD or CD Drive

Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Graphics & Video:
15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
Intel HD Graphics 4600

http://m.costco.com/.product.809193.html
Good deal?
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4641 on: November 26, 2013, 01:36:15 AM »
is there any benefit to buying a macbook pro at apple as opposed to bestbuy?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4642 on: November 26, 2013, 06:56:22 AM »
HP i7 $599

4th generation Intel® Core™ i7-4700MQ 2.4GHz
8GB DDR3 System Memory (2 Dimm)

Drives:
1TB 5400RPM Hard Drive
No Internal DVD or CD Drive

Operating System:
Microsoft® Windows 8.1 (64-bit)

Graphics & Video:
15.6-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit Display (1366x768)
Intel HD Graphics 4600

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4643 on: November 26, 2013, 10:38:22 AM »
Hi DH:
Which is the better deal:
Gateway NV570P10u Touchscreen Laptop - $399

15.6-inch HD touchscreen
Intel Core i5-3337U
4 GB memory/500 GB HDD
or this this black friday deal OFFER AVAILABLE Thurs 8 pm from office depot:
HP Pavilion TouchSmart Laptop
eaturing 4th Gen Intel® Core™ i3-4005U Processor and Windows 8
15.6" touchscreen, 6GB DDR3 memory, 750GB hard drive
(15-n034nr)
Intel Core i3-4005U Processor, 6GB Memory, 750GB Hard Drive, Windows 8, 15.6-inch LED Touch Screen Display
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4644 on: November 26, 2013, 11:00:37 AM »
Gateway is an i5..

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4645 on: November 26, 2013, 11:01:06 AM »

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4646 on: November 26, 2013, 11:07:04 AM »
Is the HP's 6GB DDR3L SDRAM (2 DIMM)/750GB 5400RPM hard drive worth anything? also, I don't think the gateway comes with a DVD drive

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4647 on: November 26, 2013, 12:18:34 PM »
What's your opinion about touch vs non touch. The dell looks good, but is not touch.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4649 on: November 26, 2013, 12:29:36 PM »
You can put Windows 7 on any system basically..

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4650 on: November 26, 2013, 12:35:27 PM »
Dell i5 for $449 Still available - New Link

http://www.dell.com/us/p/inspiron-15-3537/pd?oc=fndoc204h&model_id=inspiron-15-3537

Use Coupon: HF08ZLDCXJM19W
I see that the processer is only 1.6gh'z, how big of a deal is that? let's say vs a 2.5?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #4651 on: November 26, 2013, 02:31:17 PM »
You can put Windows 7 on any system basically..

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Many laptops that ship with windows 8 need professional experience to change to windows 7 or even just add second boot

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« Reply #4652 on: November 26, 2013, 02:34:18 PM »
I see that the processer is only 1.6gh'z, how big of a deal is that? let's say vs a 2.5?

IMHO Not much of a difference for regular users (RAM Size/HDD Speed/Proccesor Model/Cores/ much more important)

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« Reply #4653 on: November 26, 2013, 02:44:53 PM »
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Many laptops that ship with windows 8 need professional experience to change to windows 7 or even just add second boot
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I'm in middle of writing a thread for that - but the point is that any computer can run with Windows 7, if the user doesn't wan't to try it themselves a decent competent tech can do it.

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« Reply #4657 on: November 26, 2013, 03:51:30 PM »
Here's a cheap Toshiba http://www.staples.com/Toshiba-C55-A5384-15-inch-Laptop/product_276395 only $260+tx after coupon code 64888 at staples.
opinions?
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« Reply #4658 on: November 26, 2013, 04:03:35 PM »
Here's a cheap Toshiba http://www.staples.com/Toshiba-C55-A5384-15-inch-Laptop/product_276395 only $260+tx after coupon code 64888 at staples.
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just came here to ask the same q

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« Reply #4659 on: November 26, 2013, 04:06:50 PM »
Here's a cheap Toshiba http://www.staples.com/Toshiba-C55-A5384-15-inch-Laptop/product_276395 only $260+tx after coupon code 64888 at staples.
opinions?
Looks good!
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