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Is this laptop a suitable replacement / good deal?

4,371 1,445 August 7, 2019 at 01:26 PM
I need a new laptop and I'm wondering if the one I've found is a suitable replacement / good deal. Hoping someone can help.

I love my current laptop, but unfortunately dropped it long ago and the damaged done to the case is becoming a problem. The main specs on my current machine are:

HP Pavilion Power (gaming laptop, though not high-end gaming and I don't play)
Intel Core i7-7700HQ (2.8 GHz, up to 3.8 GHz, 6 MB cache, 4 cores)
NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1050 (4 GB GDDR5 dedicated)
15.6" FHD IPS WLED-backlit multitouch-enabled display
12GB DDR4-2400 SDRAM
256GB PCIe NBMe M.2 SSD

I know it'll be somewhat of a downgrade, but I'm looking at replacing with:

Dell Inspiron 15 5000 2-in-in1
8th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-8265U Processor
Windows 10 Home 64-bit English
Intel® UHD Graphics 620 with shared graphics memory
8GB, 8Gx1, DDR4, 2666MHz
256GB M.2 PCIe NVMe Solid State Drive

I know that's a downgrade, but I'm wondering if it'll matter for my purposes.

I work from home on the laptop. I often have 30 or more web browser tabs open over a couple of browsers as well as some other basic apps like paint, a calculator, etc. Mostly writing / video conferencing / spreadsheets via Google Docs. I love that my current computer never gets bogged down with any of that -- I can always switch between tabs / apps without delay. Do i need to hold out for an i7 with a little more RAM?

The Dell is on my mind because it's $685 right now with a $100 Promo Visa GC. With my Business Platinum credit card, I'd get $100 back plus 10% back via Amex Offer. Stacked with 4% back via a portal and valuing the Visa GC at face value, that's like $390 net before tax. That's a price I can certainly live with. I'm looking to be at a net cost of $500 or less, so I could stretch a bit more if need be.

Can any experts weigh in on whether or not the downgrade to the i5 with 8GB of RAM is going to make a noticeable difference for my purposes?

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Hello,
You may have issues with the 8 GB of ram when you are running that many programs at once. That being said, you don't seem to need the NVIDA graphics card, that money could be better spent on a nicer CPU/more ram.
Now I'm not dissing in the i5. That has a great size i5 in it, I think 12gb of ram would do you best. HP Envy is a high ish end laptop with lots of ram. Good prices too. Hope you find what you're looking for!
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seems expensive and underpowered and overpriced
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