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HP Envy x360 15.6" Laptop: Ryzen 5 2500U, 128GB SSD, 8GB RAM, Vega 8 EXPIRED

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Best Buy has HP Envy x360 2-in-1 15.6" Touchscreen Laptop (15M-CP0011DX) on sale for $659.99 - $100 with EDU Coupon (Login to your My Best Buy Account and then Sign up for Student Deals; coupon should arrive by email) = $559.99. Shipping is free, otherwise you may select free store pickup where available. Thanks Suryasis

Specs:
  • 15.6" 1920x1080P IPS Touchscreen Edge to Edge Display /w Windows Ink Support
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2500U 2GHz Processor
  • 8GB 2400MHz DDR4 SDRAM
  • 128GB M.2 Solid State Drive
  • AMD Radeon RX Vega 8 Graphics
    • 2x USB 3.0
    • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C
    • 1x HDMI 1.4
  • WiFi Dual Band 802.11ac + Bluetooth 4.2
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • 3-Cell Lithium-polymer Battery
  • Windows 10 Home (64 Bit)
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Best Buy offers HP Envy X360 15 2-in-1 ( 15M-CP0011DX) laptop @ $559.99 with the unique Edu Coupon after you register at https://www.bestbuy.com/site/clp/...6200050000

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https://www.bestbuy.com/site/hp-e...Id=6237349

SPEC:
  • Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
  • 15.6" 1080P IPS Touchscreen Edge to Edge Display /w Windows Ink Support
  • AMD Ryzen 5 2500U 2 GHz (3.6 GHz, 6MB Cache)
  • VEGA 8 Graphics
  • 8GBx1 DDR4L 2400 MHz Ram (32GB Max)
  • 128GB M.2 SSD + Empty 2.5" Bay
  • Backlit Keyboard
  • Wide Vision 1080P WebCam
  • Bang & Olufsen, quad speakers
  • Dual Band 802.11ac (2x2) + Bluetooth 4.2
  • PORTS:
    • 2x USB 3.0 (1 /w HP Sleep & Charge)
    • 1x USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1 (Data, Power Delivery, DisplayPort 1.2)
    • 1x HDMI 1.4
    • 1x SDXC Card Reader
    • 1x Audio Combo Jack
  • 3 Cell 52.5 WHr Li-Ion Battery
  • 4.7 lbs
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The 13 inch was on sale last week, it'll probably return next week or so. The downside of the 13inch is that the RAM is soldered in while the 15inch is upgradable. I have heard on some Reddit post that the 15inch crashes randomly from time to time, not sure if this is that model or not. That student deals is obtain by signing up on the website. Type in "student deals" in the search bar and the sign up will be on top of the page. You use to need a .edu email, but they may have changed that.
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The TDP wattage is the amount of cooling that's recommended. Not a measure of processor performance. So the higher TDP processors have a higher wattage partly because they're clocked faster, but also because they're binned worse.

When Intel or AMD makes these processors, they don't have separate lines for laptop vs desktop processors, or high TDP vs low TDP processors. They're all the same processor (with some exceptions for 2, 4, and 6 cores*). Each processor is individually tested to see what clock speeds it can hit at what voltages (lower voltage = less power). Due to random manufacturing variances, each processor will perform slightly differently.

The ones which can hit good clock speeds at low voltage get binned as laptop processors (typically 15 Watt TDP). The rest get binned as desktop processors (where they can dump lots of power into it to get it to run at the desired clock speed, and rely on coolers which can remove 65-95 Watts of heat to keep things cool). The ones which can perform the best at the lowest voltage get binned as the low-power processors (5 and 11 Watt TDP).

The 6 core processors are harder to get into the 15 Watt bin, because all 6 of the cores have to function properly at lower voltages. Consequently, Intel lowers the bar and requires them to only hit a 45 Watt standard. They perform better than the 15 Watt quad cores, but at a much higher penalty in heat production (and reduced battery life). For 45W quad cores vs 15W quad cores, there's no comparison. Get the 15W unless you need the slightly higher clock speed of the 45W version (but pay for it with nearly 3x the power consumption and heat production).

One thing the higher TDP will get you is more overhead during turbo boost. But for the most part this is already taken into account in the processor's marketed clock speed. They're typically marketed as "3.2 GHz with up to 3.8 GHz performance" or "up to 3.8 GHz performance" or something like that. The "up to" is the turbo boost speed.

* Some of the 2 core processors are actually 4 cores, where one of the two cores failed testing due to manufacturing defects. The bad cores are disabled, and the processor is sold as a dual core. Likewise, some of the quad cores are actually 6-core processors, where one or two cores failed and were disabled. After a few years when they get manufacturing reliability high enough, they may start manufacturing dual cores with the intent to sell them as dual cores, quad cores with the intent to sell as quad cores, etc.


If they won't do a price adjustment, just go to the store and buy another one at the sale price. Then immediately take it to their return counter and return it (unopened) for a refund using your pre-sale purchase receipt.

Stores which refuse to do price adjustments within the item's return period are simply trying to hoodwink you into accepting the higher price.


Someone already explained that it's on par with the 940MX. But I thought you may want to see some comparison game benchmarks.

https://www.notebookcheck.net/Com...fullname=1
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I actually think that intel processor is worse. Mostly cause the igpu sucks. The ryzen cpu may be 10% slower, but it's graphics are 100% better.
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Need a 13.3" version that's way lighter. However, this is a really good deal. It just needs a fingerprint sensor or it's a deal breaker. How do you get an EDU coupon?
The 13 inch was on sale last week, it'll probably return next week or so. The downside of the 13inch is that the RAM is soldered in while the 15inch is upgradable. I have heard on some Reddit post that the 15inch crashes randomly from time to time, not sure if this is that model or not. That student deals is obtain by signing up on the website. Type in "student deals" in the search bar and the sign up will be on top of the page. You use to need a .edu email, but they may have changed that.
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Need a 13.3" version that's way lighter. However, this is a really good deal. It just needs a fingerprint sensor or it's a deal breaker. How do you get an EDU coupon?
Go to the register link in my original post and register with your email ID and give some school or college names and location. They don't validate anything. After than, you will receive the coupon code in your email.
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The 13 inch was on sale last week, it'll probably return next week or so. The downside of the 13inch is that the RAM is soldered in while the 15inch is upgradable. I have heard on some Reddit post that the 15inch crashes randomly from time to time, not sure if this is that model or not. That student deals is obtain by signing up on the website. Type in "student deals" in the search bar and the sign up will be on top of the page. You use to need a .edu email, but they may have changed that.
Type in student deals into what search bar? Plus do you know how much & what kind of RAM does the 13.3" version have? Also, do you know how this AMD Ryzen 5 2500U compares to an 8th Gen Intel Core i5?

8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM is my minimum, but would prefer at least 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM. Thanks for the feedback buddy.

[Update] Nevermind, found the OP's link. Thanks anyways though.
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Go to the register link in my original post and register with your email ID and give some school or college names and location. They don't validate anything. After than, you will receive the coupon code in your email.
Thanks bro, I appreciate it!
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Probably the cleanest laptop on the market right now next to its previous version. I don't count Macbooks because theyre not a slick deal. You pay a 3x premium for the shell and operating system. Specwise, you get nothing special with Macbooks. But this model doesn't have the 4k screen. I wish they didn't put the number pad in this so that the mouse pad and keyboard are more centered like it's winter 2017 version. Though the sound on this is an improvement over it's last iteration.

TL;DR. Good deal if you don't need the 4k version and dedicated GPU.
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Type in student deals into what search bar? Plus do you know how much & what kind of RAM does the 13.3" version have? Also, do you know how this AMD Ryzen 5 2500U compares to an 8th Gen Intel Core i5?

8GB DDR4 2400MHz RAM is my minimum, but would prefer at least 16GB DDR4 2666MHz RAM. Thanks for the feedback buddy.

[Update] Nevermind, found the OP's link. Thanks anyways though.
Good luck finding 2666MHz RAM in a laptop. Most laptop CPUs only support up to 2400Mhz.
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only 204.9 nits brightness ....
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How is the performance of these Ryzen CPUs on laptops?
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How is this vs a Lenovo Yoga 730 15" with i5-8250U, 8GB RAM 256GB SSD? Bought that from Best Buy a couple weeks back for $660 (+tax) but maybe I can return that if this is much better.
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How is the performance of these Ryzen CPUs on laptops?
I bought this for my teen daughter and she plays Fortnite on it in medium with no issue.
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Good luck finding 2666MHz RAM in a laptop. Most laptop CPUs only support up to 2400Mhz.
I've seen plenty of'em.
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How is this vs a Lenovo Yoga 730 15" with i5-8250U, 8GB RAM 256GB SSD? Bought that from Best Buy a couple weeks back for $660 (+tax) but maybe I can return that if this is much better.
I think the YOGA is probably better.
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