We have the i7 based dv7 and the same applies to the dv8t. That unit would fail if one would put it in a backpack and carry it all around daily. It is a desktop replacement to be put on a desk and replace a desktop.
Many can't wrap their head around this and then complain the laptop doesn't last very long.
The Asus is slightly better but you are still looking at a big laptop that is not suitable for average college student use patterns.
If you go with such big laptops with no battery time worth writing about and 300 cycle batteries which means dead batteries if the owner uses it as a portable then what to write if the owner doesn't figure it out?
I'm torn between two laptops for college, and I thought maybe I'd turn here for some help.
First, let me introduce the idea a little. No matter what with the laptop, I intend on getting the LoJack Anti-theft service and a TV tuner. On the HP, these come bundled, but these would be bought separately with the ASUS.
Here's the first laptop:
(both same laptop, buy.com is slightly cheaper, amazon has the better description though)
Pro: Larger HDD (640G vs 500G), Blu-Ray, Good brand
Con: Smaller Screen (17.3" vs 18.4"), More expensive (~$1497.98 after LoJack and TV Tuner), 6 Cell battery
And here's the second HP laptop I customized:
Pro: Larger Screen, cheaper, built-in TV Tuner, 8 Cell battery, discounted LoJack
Con: I have been hearing HP computers are not as well-built as they used to be.
I'm not too good with the graphics card comparison, is the ATI 5470 (ASUS) comparable to Nvidia GeForce 230M (HP)?
Long story short, they're both pretty close, but the real deciding factor will probably be: Which company is to be more trusted, ASUS or HP? I've bought HP before, and I've personally never had an issue. However, I've been hearing that their hardware is more likely to fail within a 3-year span. ASUS, on the other hand, I've heard nothing but good things about. Any suggestions out there?
Also, I was considering getting an additional warranty from SquareTrade on the ASUS or extended HP warranty. Both would cost me about $300 (for plans including accidental damage, important for college) for 3 years. If anyone has any experience with either SquareTrade or HP warranties & service, I'd love to hear about it.
Thanks in advance!