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Lenovo IdeaPad 500 vs HP Pavilion 17t laptops

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#1 volkswagen4881


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Posted 22 January 2016 - 01:54 PM

I have narrowed down my choices to these two computers. I will be using this for pictures, surfing, netflix, hulu, Rosetta Stone, Office, Sims and other computer games and may try out some online gaming. They are the same price and I'm having difficulty deciding which one would be better. They both have an I7 Processor but the Lenovo has 16gb RAM and the HP has 12GB. The Lenovo has a 1TB 5400RPM Hybrid drive + 8GB SSHD, LED backlit FHD Display and 2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 840m Graphics. The HP has a 1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive, WLED FHD IPA Display and 2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940m Graphics. From what I can tell from google, because I really don't know computers other than they piss me off regularly, the Lenovo has a better hard drive than the HP but the HP has a better graphics card and I have no idea what either of the displays descriptions mean. The HP does say that it has a backlit keyboard which is nice but not necessary while the Lenovo doesn't state that it has a backlit keyboard. The HPs battery also states it last 2hr 15 min longer than the Lenovos. I really need help. The only reviews I could find were on the Costco website for the HP with one person giving it a 5 star the other a 1 star. These are both 17" laptops on the Costco website if this is not enough info but I could really use help with this. At this point I'm about ready to do a coin toss to figure this out. I would really like to get it ordered within the next couple of days. Thanks for any help.

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#2 Dotlife


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Posted 24 January 2016 - 01:32 AM

The Lenovo has:

Intel Core I7


1TB 5400RPM Hybrid drive + 8GB SSHD

LED backlit FHD Display

2GB Nvidia GeForce GT 840m Graphics


The HP has:

Intel Core I7


1TB 5400rpm SATA Hard Drive,


2GB NVIDIA GeForce 940m Graphics


Are they both the same generation of I7?


Do you really need the extra 2:15 the HP offers? 


The Lenovo has a "better" storage because it has an 8gb solid state drive used to boot the system and a few applications faster.  It will learn what you use the most and put those onto the SSD so they will also boot faster.


How much do each cost?  As the HP has a better graphics card and you're mainly going to be playing games and watching movies, that's the clear choice.


EDIT:  Broke down what OP wrote in an easier to read format.

Edited by Dotlife, 24 January 2016 - 01:32 AM.

#3 ljohnson588


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Posted 25 January 2016 - 01:18 PM

I think the HP would probably be the better deal, especially since it has a better graphics card. This will definitely help you since playing games and watching movies is what you will mostly be doing.

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