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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 #5520 on: February 23, 2014, 03:35:13 PM »
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So we're hoping our latest price drop puts the shine on this HP 17.3" Touchsmart laptop. Aside from the irrational fear and loathing that Windows 8 inspires in the hearts of men, it can do a lot for a laptop at this price. That 1920x1080 touchscreen, 8GB DDR3 memory, the 1TB hard drive, four USB ports including one USB 3.0: these are burly specs. This laptop totally shreds, people! Come on!

But the market's truths are pitiless and not subject to appeal. And the market says we've still got a pile of these laptops on our hands. So the experiment continues: what's the magic price that sends these flying off of our shelves and into your hands?

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« Reply #5521 on: February 23, 2014, 03:37:21 PM »
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« Reply #5522 on: February 23, 2014, 03:38:51 PM »

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« Reply #5523 on: February 25, 2014, 10:10:01 AM »
I got this email from staples this morning
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Dear Valued Customer,

We are so sorry that we weren't able to fulfill the laptop order(s) you placed during our President's Day Sale.  You must be disappointed, and we hope you'll let us try to make it right.

We'd like to offer you $25 off any Staples.com order of $100 or more between 2/25/14-3/1/14.  Simply add the coupon code below to your order.

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« Reply #5524 on: February 25, 2014, 10:38:56 AM »
I got this email from staples this morning
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« Reply #5525 on: February 25, 2014, 12:03:52 PM »
Here's a great place to use that coupon....

Toshiba L55-A5284 - $350
After $50 Rebate
$100 Coupon Code: 14385

Intel® Core™ i5 3rd Generation Processor
8GB DDR3 Memory
750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
15.6" LED backlight diagonal display (1366 x 768)
DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)
Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
Premium US keyboard with 10-key pad
DTS Sound™, Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono), Built-in stereo speakers
4 cell lithium ion battery: Up to 3.97 hours of battery life
Windows 8

http://www.staples.com/Toshiba-156-Laptop/product_49558

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5526 on: February 25, 2014, 12:12:22 PM »
Here's a great place to use that coupon....

Toshiba L55-A5284 - $350
After $50 Rebate
$100 Coupon Code: 14385

Intel® Core™ i5 3rd Generation Processor
8GB DDR3 Memory
750GB 5400RPM Hard Drive
15.6" LED backlight diagonal display (1366 x 768)
DVD-SuperMulti drive (+/-R double layer)
Wi-Fi® Wireless networking (802.11b/g/n)
Premium US keyboard with 10-key pad
DTS Sound™, Headphone jack (stereo), Microphone jack (mono), Built-in stereo speakers
4 cell lithium ion battery: Up to 3.97 hours of battery life
Windows 8

http://www.staples.com/Toshiba-156-Laptop/product_49558

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« Reply #5527 on: February 25, 2014, 12:20:24 PM »
Well $350 is still a very good price for this..

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« Reply #5528 on: February 25, 2014, 12:37:37 PM »
Well $350 is still a very good price for this..

Right

Is there a way to make this Bluetooth compatible?
and can you downgrade to win 7?

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« Reply #5529 on: February 25, 2014, 12:44:38 PM »
Well $350 is still a very good price for this..
OOS already

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« Reply #5530 on: February 25, 2014, 12:46:51 PM »
Sorry if im not posting in the right thread

I'm looking for a cheap NEW computer for just web browsing and office any recommendations?

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« Reply #5531 on: February 25, 2014, 04:13:54 PM »
Using the same above coupon code- is this one good for 399?
http://www.staples.com/HP-Pavilion-14-inch-Touch-Screen-Laptop/product_275822

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« Reply #5533 on: February 25, 2014, 04:18:37 PM »
Right

Is there a way to make this Bluetooth compatible?
and can you downgrade to win 7?
You can buy a cheap Bluetooth Dongle.

Pretty much every laptop can be downgraded to Windows 7 If you know how to do it.

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« Reply #5534 on: February 25, 2014, 04:32:01 PM »
You can buy a cheap Bluetooth Dongle.

Pretty much every laptop can be downgraded to Windows 7 If you know how to do it.

Is my licence good for win 7?