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Need help deciding between HP laptops

I've been juggling different manufacturers in regard to purchasing a new laptop and seem to have settled on HP. Now I'm trying to decide between the HP m7 - which has 1TB memory/ Intel chipset (i5/ i7) and integrated intel graphics or the HP Pavilion DV7-7023CL. The DV7 has about 750 GB memory/ 6GB ram/ AMD Quad Core A8 - 4500M CPU and AMD Radeon 7640 G graphics. Supposedly, this is a dedicated graphics card but I always like to make certain of what I'm buying. Also, both have 'Beats Audio' too.

I do not like integrated graphics as a rule but I understand AMD is touting some new advances with it's AOD chipset? Not sure if this is part of that effort, but I digress...

I'd like to know which is the better choice for the long run as I would use this for training, entertainment (music/ video/ some editing) home and business travel. I am still researching price + coverage/ total cost options because at first look the m7 is $300.00 more than the DV7.

I would also appreciate input on which CPU is better for the long haul?? Your response is not only needed, it's greatly appreciated.


Thanks!

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what laptop is right

I would recommend the intel laptop. If your budget can go up to $850 you could get a Lenovo ideapad Y580 or Y480. They have rely good graphocs cards. Also they have rely good built in speakers. I would also try to get a laptop with Nvidia graphics.

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Laptops

Have you looked an other manufacturers, such as Toshiba, Sony, Dell and perhaps as a prior poster mentioned, Lenovo? For a laptop I am going Intel versus AMD, everytime. For an economical desktop build I would consider AMD quad. The Hp Dv series latops do not thrill me, I have seen too many issues, mainly with the AMD systems.

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Like I said, I am open...

Thanks for the input. And yes, I have looked at (and to be honest, still am eyeing...) other brands. The form factor or the HP (the leaner non-brick like 'wedge' design) and the all metal case appealed to me for a number of reasons. These models seemed to have most of the items I'm seeking except for the descrepancies I mentioned previously. Too bad there isn't a site where I could enter my preferences and receive a short list of results (heavy sigh) Wink If you know of one, then please hit me up!

You both mentioned different manufacturers and I can look again. Except, I would never buy a Sony (ANY Sony product) as their support is non-existant and customer service is a joke - I state that based on personal experience. As for the Chipset, I'm leaning toward the intel as well. What brand/ model did you get and how satisfied are you?

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I have 2 Toshibas, both core 2 systems, they are a few years old but VERY functional. I am toying with the idea of getting another, Toshi, i-5 series. One that I have is a 17" and has been ALL over the place airport to airport, East coast West coast and has been absolutely bullet proof. It was Win Vista when purchased and within a month went to Win 7 with Linux/Ubuntu as a dual boot OS. The thing has given me great service and actually looks as if it is new. I have a very good case for it for travel. I use a Logitech Nano Laser mouse, pretty much from day one. If the thing conked out tomorrow it doesn't owe me a dime. The Other is a core two 15" that I got for my wife just prior to the i series processors coming out, it too has been exceptionally relaible but hasn't seen the use the 17" has. As for Sony, some years back I dealt with many and most of the electronics manufacturers at corporate/technical levels, Sony was the most difficult to deal with so I am inclined to lean in your direction, at least to a degree although some of their hardware is quite good. Were I to purchase a new laptop in the fairly near future it would likely be a higher end Toshiba using the i-5 processor but...I am leaning toward a Mac, at this point it might be a coin toss.

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Good input...

Thanks for your thoughts. It's always good to get reviews for those who travel extensively, as they do use (or abuse) the laptop more than a home user. I do know Toshiba has a pretty solid record for quality and it was definitely on the list - the brick form factor on most of their models turned me off. I like to touch and feel the unit before I buy and so far, i have not been able to find one that meets what I'm seeking.

...at least in the stores. I'll probably purchase online due to a lower price point, but I want to see what I'm getting versus viewing a vid or specs online. Picky? Yeah, cause I already have a older brick type laptop and want a lighter, leaner machine that is close to, but not an ultrabook. No CD burner. Wink

Thanks again - this information is good and will help me (and hopefully others..) to get more bang for their buck

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