I am new to the forum, and need advice on which laptop to buy.
I work from home, and need a reliable, desktop-replacement like laptop, that will serve me well for the next 2 years (at least). On a typical day, I usually have 2-4 spreadsheets running, outlook, ms office, notepad, photoshop, FileZilla, chrome (10-30 tabs), firefox (about 5-10 tabs), quickbooks. Occasionally, I will play some simple online games, and watch youtube. I do not use the laptop to store videos/music/photos.
From time to time I will need to carry the laptop with me to meet with some of my clients, so weight is a small issue.
I've been browsing the web a lot, and have my brain stuck on two laptops, the new HP ProBook Gen 4, as they seem to have what I need and they don't cost a leg and an arm:
http://www.lmc.com.au/products/592109/HP-ProBook-450-G4-Z3Y50PA - Intel i7, 8gb ram, 256gb ssd, windows 10, 15.6" fhd
http://www.lmc.com.au/products/592107/HP-ProBook-450-G4-Z3Y48PA - Intel i5, 8gb ram, 256gb ssd, windows 10, 15.6"fhd
The reasons for me thinking about those 2 models are; I've found HP very reliable, their extended warranty and support is quite cheap in Australia with a very good service, I prefer a factory fit ssd than buying one myself, and I prefer a bigger and decent looking screen (no 14inch or less, or hd display).
Which one of those 2 would you recommend? Does i7 really make a big difference over i5 for the previously listed tasks I normally do? I really need the laptop to continue performing well for the next 2 years, without lagging and taking forever to load/open documents and boot up. Battery life is also important, ideally I'd like to get at least 3hrs use on a single charge.
I appreciate your help in advance.