Hi all. First post on this forum, looks like a great resource.
So I have 2 (sort of 3) laptops I'm juggling. There are the Lenovo Ideapad's 700 and y700. I can't really be sure of the difference between the 2, but I think the 700 is newer and the biggest difference I can find is that it mentions a PCle solid state whereas the y700 does not mention the PCle (but does offer solid state).
As far as comparing either of those with Dell 15 7000, it seems I can get the Dell a bit cheaper but would possibly want to consider RAM and/or SSD upgrade to get to where I would be with the Lenovos. Any reason to pull the trigger on the Dell and upgrade rather than just get one of the Lenovo? Perhaps price...?
The specs, BTW, are: i7 for both. discrete graphics for both. All the right ports and wi-fi capabilities for both. Main difference in the numbers I can see is that the 700 can come with 16.0GB PC4-17000 DDR4 2133 MHz and 1TB 5400 RPM+256GB PCIe SSD. This compared to Dell's 8GB Single Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (8GBx1) and 1TB 5.4k Hybrid HDD + 8G Cache [1TB 5400 rpm Hybrid Hard Drive + 8GB Embedded Flash Cache].
Additionally I believe some reviews states Lenovo had the upper hand on sound.
Either way, It seems like having the SDD would be a big plus, even over the 8mg flash cache the Dell offers.
I will fill out the buying template just to cover my bases, but I am pretty sure I've narrowed it down the the two listed above.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop - don't need a super light one.
My budget for the new computer is: up to 1,200
What are the primary uses for this computer (IE: mail, web browsing, programming, games, etc)? Browsing (I tend to run many tabs), streaming (watching movies and such), media downloading, photo editing, light video editing.
What software do you intend on using on the computer? Microsoft 10
Do you play games? If so, what type of games? Not really
Do you tend to have a lot of programs running at the same time, or do you close every program when you are done using it? I try to close PROGRAMS but tend to run a lot of tabs, and sometimes a few programs get backed up in the heat of editing or whatnot.
Do you store a lot of pictures or music on the computer? yes, currently use external
Will you be overclocking? not even sure
Location for online shopping/shipment/prices? anywhere
How many monitors are you planning to use? 1, possibly hook up to tv (hdmi wanted, as is usb, good wi-fi (ac) and sd card reader)
Do you need peripherals? OS? don't think so
Any particular reason why you are upgrading? Old computer smashed screen and sometimes slow anyways (dell inspiron n5110 i5)