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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 #12980 on: July 19, 2021, 02:43:52 PM »
It's a good price for the specs given current inflated prices due to parts shortages. I'm considering the same one and I haven't found anything for the same value at this price point.


Anyone try this yet?

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« Reply #12981 on: July 19, 2021, 06:50:05 PM »

Anyone try this yet?


Didn't check out the specs but I'd stay away from gateway

Good find.

The gateways have 16gb ram, the vostro 8.
Proper full info on both these laptops is not so easy to find (if anyone has a simple way of figuring out the full specs for a vostro, including materials, displays, etc. feel free to correct me)

I'd take the vostro The reviews I've seen (online and from friends) on the gateway say its a low end device, with cheaper construction and short battery life. The screen is pretty dim, though it supposedly has an IPS.

The vostro, besides for the better processor, is most likely a better built device. Dell has three general vostro lines, 3000/5000/7000, so this is a midrange according to them.

I don't know by how much, but I'd wager it has longer battery, brighter screen, better functioning keypad, weighs less, will last longer. the 8gb ram is a bit concerning, but for the vast majority of tasks it will be fine, at least for the next few years.

All IMHO

Just make sure you know which size laptop you want. A 15.6 inch and a 14 inch are not the same thing at all.

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« Reply #12982 on: July 19, 2021, 07:46:42 PM »



Battery never really an issue for
me As I very seldom move it from the
Desk

The other factors are more important and
thanks for the Info .

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« Reply #12983 on: July 19, 2021, 08:15:40 PM »

Anyone try this yet?
I had one for 2 days and returned it due to the trackpad acting funny. The performance was great though! (for the short time I had it...)

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« Reply #12984 on: July 20, 2021, 12:02:41 AM »
I had one for 2 days and returned it due to the trackpad acting funny. The performance was great though! (for the short time I had it...)

have heard the same from friends re the trackpad

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« Reply #12985 on: July 21, 2021, 01:31:11 PM »
What's the difference between these two?
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/9c3h
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/9c4n

Anyone notice any deals on a 14inch for regular work, decent build quality? (i5, any size ssd, 8gb ram, non-horrible screen)

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« Reply #12986 on: July 21, 2021, 04:17:33 PM »
What's the difference between these two?
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/9c3h
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/9c4n

Anyone notice any deals on a 14inch for regular work, decent build quality? (i5, any size ssd, 8gb ram, non-horrible screen)
Looks like the same laptop just different deals, 550 isn't a bad deal for what your looking for

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12987 on: July 21, 2021, 07:42:36 PM »
Dell Inspiron 15 5510 FHD Laptop i5-11300H 16GB 256GB $549.99
11th Generation Intel Core i5-11300H Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.4GHz)
Windows 10 Home
Intel Iris Xe Graphics with shared graphics memory
15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display
16GB DDR4 3200MHz
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Intel Wi-Fi 6 2x2 (Gig+) and Bluetooth 5.1

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« Reply #12988 on: July 22, 2021, 12:15:14 AM »
Looks like the same laptop just different deals, 550 isn't a bad deal for what your looking for
Fair enough

Considering also the GalaxyBook Flex alpha 2 13.3 inch. $600 for i5 8gb 256gb or $720 for i7 16gb 512gb with bestbuy/samsung student deals If it helps anyone.

https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/galaxy-book-pro/buy/?link=galaxy-book-flex2-alpha
https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-galaxy-book-flex2-alpha-13-3-qled-touch-screen-laptop-intel-core-i5-8gb-memory-256gb-ssd-royal-silver/6457785.p?skuId=6457785

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« Reply #12989 on: July 22, 2021, 12:17:20 AM »
What's the difference between these two?
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/9c3h
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/productdetail/9c4n

Anyone notice any deals on a 14inch for regular work, decent build quality? (i5, any size ssd, 8gb ram, non-horrible screen)
https://deals.dell.com/en-us/mpp/productdetail/9ccl and also $550  ??? also $549

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Re: Laptop Deals Master Thread
« Reply #12990 on: July 22, 2021, 02:55:05 AM »
Dell Inspiron 15 5510 FHD Laptop i5-11300H 16GB 256GB $549.99
11th Generation Intel Core i5-11300H Processor (8MB Cache, up to 4.4GHz)
Windows 10 Home
Intel Iris Xe Graphics with shared graphics memory
15.6-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) Anti-glare LED Backlight Non-Touch Narrow Border WVA Display
16GB DDR4 3200MHz
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD
Intel Wi-Fi 6 2x2 (Gig+) and Bluetooth 5.1
An even better deal

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« Reply #12992 on: July 23, 2021, 12:46:03 PM »
Dell Inspiron 14 7405 2-in-1 Touch FHD Laptop Ryzen 5 4500U 8GB 256GB $499.99 BestBuy
Dell Inspiron 14 7405 2-in-1 Touch FHD Laptop Ryzen 5 4500U 8GB 256GB $499.99 BestBuy Via eBay
AMD Ryzen 5 4500U Processor 6 Core
Windows 10 Home
AMD Radeon Integrated Graphics
14" FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS LED Backlit Touch Narrow Border WVA Display
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Fingerprint reader & Backlit keyboard

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« Reply #12993 on: Today at 10:55:24 AM »
Any good basic laptop deals?