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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 #5115 on: January 01, 2014, 04:06:19 PM »
Wasn't that $350 last time?
I think that was if you used amex

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« Reply #5116 on: January 01, 2014, 04:16:14 PM »
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« Reply #5118 on: January 02, 2014, 08:48:26 AM »
Was selling for $450

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« Reply #5119 on: January 02, 2014, 08:52:09 AM »
Would love to buy a new 15 inch, 6 gb ram, 4 gen i5 intel, 750 GB (can be more from everything, but not the size :)) for around $500-600

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« Reply #5121 on: January 02, 2014, 10:11:50 AM »
Would love to buy a new 15 inch, 6 gb ram, 4 gen i5 intel, 750 GB (can be more from everything, but not the size :)) for around $500-600

Right here: Link

there are plenty of laptops out there with those specs and that price.

You need to understand though, not all i5's are the same. The link I pointed to above is the ultraportable i5, which is good, but not nearly as good as the standard i5. Also, as with all processors, Intel makes them in various frequencies, with higher frequencies costing more.

I also think you should consider battery life as a factor when buying a laptop, especially with the new Haswell processors.
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« Reply #5122 on: January 02, 2014, 10:36:39 AM »
This isn't really a nice laptop, has a very flimsy plastic feel to it. The keyboard and touch pad don't feel that great either. I would recommend the 15R over this one.  It's a more solid laptop and can take more upgrades.  This one doesn't take more than 8gb ram total which is pretty weak for a new laptop these days

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« Reply #5123 on: January 02, 2014, 10:45:40 AM »
Toshiba has an i7 laptop for $549 will post the link when I'm at the computer.  Good deal

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« Reply #5124 on: January 02, 2014, 10:53:15 AM »
Toshiba has an i7 laptop for $549 will post the link when I'm at the computer.  Good deal
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« Reply #5125 on: January 02, 2014, 11:47:50 AM »
Link

Use code S5017NY

That's indeed a great deal for the specs.

This one is very similar with some upgrades at $599, but they have a damn $30 shipping fee: http://www.costco.com/HP-ENVY-15t-Quad-Laptop-%7c-Intel-Core-i7-%7c-Non-Touch-15.6-inch-Display.product.100077282.html

This one has:

-8gb ram
-Touchscreen
-1TB HD
-Thinner


Toshiba has:

-DVD player

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« Reply #5126 on: January 02, 2014, 11:55:16 AM »
That's indeed a great deal for the specs.

This one is very similar with some upgrades at $599, but they have a damn $30 shipping fee: http://www.costco.com/HP-ENVY-15t-Quad-Laptop-%7c-Intel-Core-i7-%7c-Non-Touch-15.6-inch-Display.product.100077282.html

This one has:

-8gb ram
-Non Touchscreen
-1TB HD
-Thinner


Toshiba has:

-DVD player
FTFY

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« Reply #5127 on: January 02, 2014, 11:56:30 AM »
FTFY

You are correct, not sure why I didn't catch that. I was under the impression that the whole HP "T" line was touchscreen.

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« Reply #5128 on: January 02, 2014, 11:58:13 AM »
Nope the T line was out before they were even selling touchscreens

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« Reply #5129 on: January 02, 2014, 12:00:52 PM »
Nope the T line was out before they were even selling touchscreens

The current T line that is