I am a senior student at college. I have considered buying a laptop/notebook for few months now. I was influenced in my decisions by the good reviews online/in the media, and by my friends’ experiences with use of Dell, Compaq, and HP laptops. So I finally thought, after much reserach and seeking for advice, that Dell was the most popular and comparably less likely to cause issues.
My desired specifications are :
Intel i5 processor
about 2.50 GHz processor speed and above
4 GB RAM
But I also came across the newly released (or is it really newly released?) HP Probook 4321s laptop, which looks aesthetically great, the keyboard is sleek and leak-proof, the processor runs at 7200, instead of the 5400 (I think) for the Dell. The Dell I am talking about is the Inspiron N5010 and N4010 series. The other specifications are same.
The one thing I think matters (to me in school work and projects, or does it really make a difference?) is that the HP Probook has 13.3 inches display against the Dell’s 14 inches display. And the Probook has LED backlit screen.
Given this scenario, I am also inclined to the Probook in a way. But I am not sure if HP notebooks are known to have more problems than Dells. I am sort of in a dilemma and don’t know which one to buy.
In terms of the price, the HP Probook is about $100-$120 more expensive than the Dell.
If HP Probook were less likely to encounter hardware problems, for example I have heard from friends about the machine heating up fast, or the USB or LAN ports getting degenerated or damaged over time more quickly than other brands, I would invest the extra $ 100 on the Probook.
And finally the 13″ screen also nags me when compared to the 14″ Dell. Not sure if having 14 inches makes any significant difference.
And also one more question: I would like to know which of the chipsets of these two are better: Intel i5-480M vs Intel i5-560M and other three-digit specifications. Does a higher 3-digit number indicate more powerful processor?
Thanks to all and MakeUseOf in adavance! Please give opinions and suggestions.