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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
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5260 on: January 24, 2014, 10:28:51 AM »
Huh?
Earlier this week it was on sale for $449.99

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5261 on: January 24, 2014, 10:36:40 AM »
Earlier this week it was on sale for $449.99
Why didn't anyone post? Never seen a i7 lappy for that low.
Save your time, I don't answer PM. Post it in the forum and a dedicated DDF'er will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5262 on: January 24, 2014, 10:47:17 AM »
Why didn't anyone post? Never seen a i7 lappy for that low.
Pretty sure the one for $449 was the i5, I saw it

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5264 on: January 24, 2014, 11:40:11 AM »
Sorry for putting this in the wrong thread, but I figured it's for the laptop.

So, for anyone buying this Samsung laptop, I have four $100 BestBuy Gift Cards for 93% of value. Pm me if interested.
Thanks.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5265 on: January 24, 2014, 11:58:58 AM »
Sorry for putting this in the wrong thread, but I figured it's for the laptop.

So, for anyone buying this Samsung laptop, I have four $100 BestBuy Gift Cards for 93% of value. Pm me if interested.
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Maybe comment on the main site.
You can say what you think when you think what you say.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5266 on: January 24, 2014, 11:59:47 AM »
The i7 Doesn't have an optical drive but its a great price for i7 Samsung.

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« Reply #5267 on: January 24, 2014, 02:38:11 PM »
Good deal?
http://shop.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/ideapad/y-series/y510p/
   
Lenovo IdeaPad Y510p 15.6" Laptop w/ Intel Core i7-4700MQ Quad-Core
$789

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5268 on: January 24, 2014, 03:21:14 PM »
Here's another BestBuy Deal:

HP 17-e019dx - $379

17.3" LED-backlit high-definition display
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5269 on: January 26, 2014, 11:26:18 AM »
http://www.woot.com/offers/hp-17-3-full-hd-i7-touchsmart-laptop-7
I know it's factory reconditioned and that is part of my q. Is this a good deal?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5270 on: January 26, 2014, 09:18:07 PM »
Hi y'all,

I'm looking for a good deal on a 14 or 15in WINDOWS 7 laptop.
-i5 or i7
-solid battery
-back lit keyboard
-at least 750gb HD

Thanks for your help!!!


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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5271 on: January 26, 2014, 09:56:23 PM »
Nice Deal:

Best Buy.

HP - 15.6" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 500GB Hard Drive - Black Licorice $299 (was $329 last week)

I'm not a Computer Mavin, but i did see sites compering the processor to Intel I5

Link: http://www.bestbuy.com/site/15-6-laptop-4gb-memory-500gb-hard-drive/3215006.p?id=1219089115046&skuId=3215006&st=3215006&cp=1&lp=1

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5272 on: January 26, 2014, 10:51:02 PM »
Very cheap build quality laptop, AMD isn't a very reliable processor for long term use and this is equivalent to the i3-3217U Processor so not even close to an i5.
No Deal

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5273 on: January 26, 2014, 10:52:16 PM »
Hi y'all,

I'm looking for a good deal on a 14 or 15in WINDOWS 7 laptop.
-i5 or i7
-solid battery
-back lit keyboard
-at least 750gb HD

Thanks for your help!!!
Difficult to find Windows 7 Laptops right now, but you can pretty much do a fresh install of Windows 7 on any Windows 8 Laptop.

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« Reply #5274 on: January 26, 2014, 11:17:44 PM »
I'm just worried about the drivers not being backwards compatible and things not working right..

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5275 on: January 27, 2014, 12:06:37 AM »
The internal parts of a computer are pretty much exactly the same. The component manufacturers have Windows 7 support, its only the computer manufacturer that isn't supplying them

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5276 on: January 27, 2014, 04:33:37 PM »
I'm looking for a laptop (or very cheap Desktop)
I don't need awesome specs but I sometimes open many windows in multiple chromes.
my current one can't really handle it.
I have a separate keyboard and monitor so that doesn't really matter. (as long as it has a port for HDMI)
Would I really notice the difference in an i7?
or is that only necessary for heavy things like gaming.
what are the minimum specs I should look for?
Thanks in advance!  :)
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5277 on: January 27, 2014, 04:57:43 PM »
You can prob do better in a desktop. If you have lots of browsers open you need enough ram (and a decent hard drive as well). You can get much better prices in a desktop and add lots of ram than a laptop...

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5278 on: January 27, 2014, 10:56:28 PM »
You can prob do better in a desktop. If you have lots of browsers open you need enough ram (and a decent hard drive as well). You can get much better prices in a desktop and add lots of ram than a laptop...
I am totally clueless when it comes to buying. is a Desktop much more $$$?
also I like having two screens side by side.
I can compare two spreadsheets etc.
the computer I'm using I bought in Costco thinking I would return it when I found a good one.  ::)
Now I need a second one.
So I'm thinking I'll get myself a good one and use the current one for moving around.
What specs do you suggest?
I'm not being cheap but I don't want to spend more on upgrades that are not necessary for my needs.
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« Reply #5279 on: January 29, 2014, 08:51:11 PM »
I need a new laptop that can withstand a few bumps and bruises. I don't wanna compromise on specs, though. Does anyone have some suggestions?