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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 #6345 on: July 01, 2014, 11:56:56 AM »
Which laptop did you select?
Nothing major, needed it urgent so i selected whatever they had available.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6346 on: July 01, 2014, 12:02:42 PM »
Note the 75 off 350 with Amex @ HP. This can help get a pretty good deal.
Any idea what happens to the $75 statement credit if I return the product (no, that's not my plan, but i might have to return it )?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6347 on: July 01, 2014, 12:06:33 PM »
do you need something that powerful?

My last computer was apple 27"all in 1 ($2300)
3.4GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
4GB (2x2GB) RAM
1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive
AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GPU
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/767696-REG/Apple_Z0M7_0005_27_iMac_Desktop_Computer.html

not capable of running quickbooks and sketchup at once.  Drawing on it was a complete nightmare every line took 25 seconds.  The only thing going for it was the screen is awesome.

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6348 on: July 01, 2014, 12:09:56 PM »
Any idea what happens to the $75 statement credit if I return the product (no, that's not my plan, but i might have to return it )?

DDF'ers have reported that they will claw back the credit.
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6349 on: July 01, 2014, 12:23:02 PM »
My last computer was apple 27"all in 1 ($2300)
3.4GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
4GB (2x2GB) RAM
1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive
AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GPU
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/767696-REG/Apple_Z0M7_0005_27_iMac_Desktop_Computer.html

not capable of running quickbooks and sketchup at once.  Drawing on it was a complete nightmare every line took 25 seconds.  The only thing going for it was the screen is awesome.
ill let the experts chime in

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« Reply #6350 on: July 01, 2014, 12:29:16 PM »
ill let the experts chime in

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« Reply #6351 on: July 01, 2014, 12:30:35 PM »
My last computer was apple 27"all in 1 ($2300)
3.4GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
4GB (2x2GB) RAM
1TB 7200rpm Hard Drive
AMD Radeon HD 6970M 2GB GPU
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/767696-REG/Apple_Z0M7_0005_27_iMac_Desktop_Computer.html

not capable of running quickbooks and sketchup at once.  Drawing on it was a complete nightmare every line took 25 seconds.  The only thing going for it was the screen is awesome.
I imagine you need more RAM
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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6352 on: July 01, 2014, 01:26:17 PM »
Great Price for 17" i5 Laptop - if you use the HP Amex $75 Credit.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/J5R53AV?HP-Pavilion-17t

Upgrade to 4th Generation i5- Processor for additional $70
- 4 Color Options

Use Coupon Code: JUNE75 (Expires Today) for $75 off.

+ 5% - 10% Amex Statement Credit & $75 Amex Statement Credit.

Total: $599 - $75 - $75 - 5%-10% ($26 - $52) = Pretty Great Price...

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6353 on: July 01, 2014, 01:51:59 PM »
Great Price for 17" i5 Laptop - if you use the HP Amex $75 Credit.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/J5R53AV?HP-Pavilion-17t

Upgrade to 4th Generation i5- Processor for additional $70
- 4 Color Options

Use Coupon Code: JUNE75 (Expires Today) for $75 off.

+ 5% - 10% Amex Statement Credit & $75 Amex Statement Credit.

Total: $599 - $75 - $75 - 5%-10% ($26 - $52) = Pretty Great Price...
 

And compared to:

$449

New Inspiron 15 3000 Series

4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4210U processor (3M Cache, up to 2.7 GHz)
8GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx1)
1TB 5400 rpm SATA Hard Drive

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6354 on: July 01, 2014, 01:52:31 PM »
Great Price for 17" i5 Laptop - if you use the HP Amex $75 Credit.

http://www.shopping.hp.com/en_US/home-office/-/products/Laptops/HP-Pavilion/J5R53AV?HP-Pavilion-17t

Upgrade to 4th Generation i5- Processor for additional $70
- 4 Color Options

Use Coupon Code: JUNE75 (Expires Today) for $75 off.

+ 5% - 10% Amex Statement Credit & $75 Amex Statement Credit.

Total: $599 - $75 - $75 - 5%-10% ($26 - $52) = Pretty Great Price...

Is the AMEX discount still, live?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6355 on: July 01, 2014, 01:54:25 PM »
Turns out I'm signed up--but I don't know with which card?

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #6356 on: July 01, 2014, 01:57:15 PM »
Turns out I'm signed up--but I don't know with which card?
Just unsync then resync.

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« Reply #6357 on: July 01, 2014, 01:57:59 PM »
Turns out I'm signed up--but I don't know with which card?
log into your amex account and check the offers on bottom of page. if you are on the card that it is saved to it will say saved

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« Reply #6358 on: July 01, 2014, 02:01:31 PM »
Got it.  Thought it was linked through Twitter.  Thanks.

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« Reply #6359 on: July 01, 2014, 02:02:17 PM »
sorry for all the questions....

how do I get the 5-10% credit mentioned?