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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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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #5580 on: March 08, 2014, 07:55:07 PM »
Acer 15.6" Aspire Laptop 8GB 1TB | R7-572-6423 (Manufacturer refurbished) for $649.99 (reg. $899.99) plus free shipping.

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Toshiba 15.6" FHD Premium Satellite Core i5-4200U 6GB 750GB BL Ky Win8|P55-A5312 (Manufacturer refurbished) for $459 (orig. $744.99) with free shipping.

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Acer 15.6" Full HD Core i5 Convertible Laptop $479.99 from Woot.

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Factory Reconditioned.

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Is there a difference between factory recondition and manufacturer refurbished. Tia

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Is there a difference between factory recondition and manufacturer refurbished. Tia
IINM, reconditioned mean there was only cosmetic damage and they touched it up. Refurbished means the function of the of the object was damaged, then fixed.

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Looking for a nice ultrabook under $700.
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Looking for a small, light laptop (14" or smaller) for a friend. She prefers Dell but it's not a must. She only uses it for light office work so Core i3 should be sufficient. Touchscreen is a plus. Her price range is $300-$400. Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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I want a cheap 17 inch laptop with Windows 7.

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Is Vizio as good as a Toshiba or a dell??? Thanks sounds like a good price

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Is there a way to turn Windows 8 back to Windows 7 if I get the above Lenovo ideapad?

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Is there a way to turn Windows 8 back to Windows 7 if I get the above Lenovo ideapad?
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