1. Do some amount of ANdroid coding in Eclipse. So that means I need 8GB plus RAM. SSD . Higher speed processor is better, however not as important as higher RAM.
2. My main use cases is typing and writing Word documents, Excel, pdfs.
3. I like portability
I was looking at the Ideapad Y500 and Y400..those are fast i7s with 8gb RAM at the same price point. But its going to be tough to take them to a meeting or generally in an office..tough there. But the performance is good there.
This T series, also T430 and T430s...more NORMAL machines, more portable but not so hot on the coding part. Also will have to upgrade them with more RAM and maybe SSD is they dont come with it.
So. Some coding. I guess only the compilation part requires fast i7s ...rest of the time, high RAM and i5s are good enough...no?
You don't need a really high end setup for Eclipse - I'd definitely recommend the T430 (NOT the s) with an i5 compared to everything else you mentioned. You can kick that one up to 16GB, but I'd buy it with 4GB and upgrade it on your own.
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